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C-12 pure bright serum

potent skin brightening treatment

Lightweight, highly-active topical treatment combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. Advanced formula absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity.Learn More

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C-12 pure bright serum

Lightweight, highly-active topical treatment combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. Advanced formula absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity. Contains an exclusive blend of Oligopeptides, plus Rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate, and Red and Brown Algae to help regulate melanin (pigment) formation to treat hyperpigmentation at its source.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Certified vegan by PETA
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Helps brighten skin, minimize discoloration and improve skin clarity.
  • Is a silky-rich, highly-potent treatment that absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy.
  • Helps address pigmentation imbalance.

how to use

After cleansing, apply directly to areas of uneven skin tone. For best results, use twice daily. Allow one minute for product absorption. For best results, follow with Pure Light SPF50 during the day and Pure Night during the evening.

quick tip

Protect your skin from UV rays – a top contributor to brown spots and uneven skin tone – by regularly applying Pure Light SPF50.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Oligopeptide-34, Oligopeptide-51, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polysorbate 60, Phytic Acid, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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part of powerbright trx product system

Brighter skin, without compromise. Get uneven skin tone under control.

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PowerBright TRx™

Brighter skin, without compromise.

PowerBright TRx™ is the product of several years of research on melanin biosynthesis and skin brightening by the skin health experts at Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute.

Designed to be layered onto the skin for optimum efficacy, PowerBright TRx™ works around the clock to banish brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone for your brightest skin ever.

how it works

Brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone are all signs of hyperpigmentation, the treatment of which is a multi-faceted process. When integrated into your Dermalogica regimen, PowerBright TRx™ uses skin-brightening agents to control hyperpigmentation and eliminate dark spots while UV-boosting technology helps protect against future hyperpigmentation.

I would buy this product again, it wonderful on caramel skin


Just started using it and I love the way it's making my skin glow. I use it everyday.

New Orleans, LA


Maybe works on someone's skin face


I spent to much money, and I don't see any results!!

New Jersey


Amazing Product


This product works well. The price is too high for only 1.7 oz



Unfortunately I do not recommend


I have combination skin and am recovering from acne scars and this product along with the Night cream you are to use after this one does not work.... at least on my skin, it may work for yours but I have been consistent day and night and no lunch at now 2 weeks

New York, New York


Works well to reduce dark spots


I've used the trial size of this product a couple of times now, and it really does work to reduce hyperpigmentation. Reduce, not remove completely. For reference, I am dark skinned with lots of acne scars made worse by lack of sunscreen in my younger years. By the time I've used the bottle, my skin tone looks a lot more even. I believe it's a product that needs to be used consistently over a long period of time to see the full benefit and that's where a star is lost. This serum is prohibitively expensive. I really like it but can't purchase it consistently. Definitely get the trial kit if you're not sure- you should see some results within a couple of weeks.





Love it. I feel so much healthier my skin is so thankful.

Wilkes barre PA


I absolutely love!


I absolutely love this product, just wish it was a little less expensive!



Recommend with reservation


I have found this product most effective status post laser skin treatment for hyperpigmentation. I used the product prior to that but it did little. As soon as I could - following laser, I began using the C-12 to control the return of hyperpigmentation - I think it is helping. I also try to control this problem with monthly micro-dermabrasion during summer months, #50SPF Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery and a hat. The price of the product is too high but I" wear my face" everyday and so I continue. It would be nice if Dermalogica would consider offering us a deal to buy three and then offer the fourth one free. I would recommend this product with reservation - it is not a miracle cure for the skin damage we inflict upon ourselves as young women.

Polk County North Carolina


I wouldn't buy this product again


Ok, I generally never do any reviews but this one I had to write as I was excepting some really good results after this one but it failed on every promise. So I thought after spending hundreds of dollars on Dermalogica products and not achieving any results I should let others know as well. Might save someone some money. I have a combination skin with some sun damage and pigmentation. Which isn't very bad. My concern was Melasma which just started to appear on my upper lip area. It was just a starting so I thought I better get it fixed before it gets too dark. Again I would like to mention that its not bad yet. Only I seem to notice it since I am very particular about my skin. A girl from Endota Spa recommended that I start using some of the Dermalogica products so she introduced me to this one. I was very hopeful based on the praise of Endota Spa's staff's regarding this and I used the whole bottle along with the Special Cleansing Cleanser, Daily Microfoliant followed by Pure Bright Serum and Pure Bright Day Cream with SPF50 and in the night their Pure Brigh Night Cream. BUT I DIDN'T WORK AT ALL!!! NONE OF THE PRODUCTS MADE ANY DIFFERENCE TO MY SKIN. I used them religiously without any miss, kept myself hydrated but it didn't fade a single pigmentation on my face, NOT A SINGLE ONE. AND THE TEXTURE OF MY SKIN REMAINS THE SAME. SO M VERY DISAPPOINTED AS I HAVE WASTED SO MUCH MONEY ON DERMALOGICA PRODUCTS AND HAD VERY HIGH HOPES. So no I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED DERMALOGICA USER.





Use especially at nights with Pure Night. Very light on skin. A little costly

Miami, Florida



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I wanted to know how I can incorporate the brightening serum with a regimen for dry skin? Could you recommend something for dry skin and hyper pigmentation


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try the Power Bright TRX Kit and a hydrating mist, like Antioxidant Hydramist. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I have been using PowerBright TRX for the past 3 weeks and I feel that this product is working for my uneven skin tone. However, after using this I found that my skin has become really dry. I'll skip using this for a day (using my existing moisturiser) then using this every other day. Is this still the right product for me and my skin type? Thanks!


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Keep using the Power Bright TRX Kit. Try adding Intensive Moisture Cleanser, Multi Active Toner and Skin Hydrating Mask for added moisture. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi the skin on both side of my cheeks is begiging to turn a bit brown. what it could be ? i am 54 years old with brown asian skin and I have uneven shin around my mouth. What product I should use to remove brown patches on my cheeks although they are not very dark and just begining to appear.currently i use age smart skin recovery.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You may like Daily Microfoliant, Bio Lumin C, Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask and Pure Night, in addition to Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Can this system be used on the lips? Are the ingredients safe on this mucus membrane? I have hyperpigmentation on my lips most likely due to dehydration.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. These items are for the face and not the lip area. Please consult with a Dermatologist regarding hyper pigmentation on the lip area. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I used c12 pure bright serum and it caused very painful bumps and acne on my whole face.i stopped it and start using after some break, it again caused me the same reaction..Sadly, I never expected such bad reaction from an expensive and renowned brand product . Looking forward for your helpful response...Very disappointed.


Hello, Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for your negative experience. Please contact for help with an exchange. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Can I continue to use this when I am pregnant?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, PowerBright TRX is safe during pregnancy. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hi I have got pigmentation on my upperlip area and chin. I also have lots of dark circles. My skin is sensitive and I'm not sure which products I should use for pigmentation and dark circles. Thanks Khadija


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use The Power Bright TRX Kit for hyper pigmentation. You can use Stress Positive Eye Lift on the under eye area. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I have dark acne scars caused by hyperpigmentation - is this the right product to treat it? Also, should I be using it with other products? Thanks


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This can help post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. It will not reverse texture acne scars. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Are you able to use the product year round or do you need to cycle it in and out of your skin routine?


Hello Nicole, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. For best results, use Power Bright TRX year round to treat and prevent hyperpigmentation. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I'm just wondering if the brightening products can somehow be used in combination with the age smart products. I would like to incorporate the pure night, pure bright, and c-12 into my regimen but I'm not quite sure how to do this and get the best results to help with hyperpigmentation as well as aging. A lot of the instructions say to use twice daily. Right now I use the age smart eye cream with retinol, the age smart serum, and the age smart overnight repair with retinol. Any advice on the best way to go about this? Thank you Kara


Hello Kara, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Retinol also brightens the skin. You can use Overnight Retinol Repair. When you finish the bottle, switch off to Power Bright. When you finish off the Power Bright bottles, switch back to Overnight Retinol Repair. You can continue in that fashion. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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