Review: La Roche-Posay PigmentClar Serum

La Roche-Posay PigmentClar Serum review

I was in Hawaii in early October and because I read somewhere that wearing sunscreen while snorkelling harms the reefs, I bravely did not wear sunscreen one day and got super sun burned. Thus I developed more sun spots and I came back to Canada needing a brightening serum to help even out my skin tone and eliminate those spots. I’ve had this La Roche-Posay PigmentClar Serum in my skincare backup for a while now but this was the perfect time to try it out, and I was not disappointed.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from This anti-dark spot serum with long lasting efficacy* offers a global correcting approach, to even out visibly the complexion, with results sustained in time.  Highly concentrated in [LHA], this serum offers gentle surface exfoliation to quickly unify the complexion. Thanks to its powerful anti-dark-spot complex [PhE-Resorcinol + Ginkgo + Ferulic Acid], this serum significantly reduces the dark spots and pigment irregularities.

Clinically proven results*:
– Instantly after use: the complexion is unified; the skin tone becomes fresh and luminous.
– After 4 weeks: the appearance of dark spots and pigment irregularities are visibly reduced.
– After 8 weeks: dark spots appear significantly decreased. Their intensity and colour look reduced.

La Roche-Posay PigmentClar Serum review
La Roche-Posay PigmentClar Serum review

Texture/Scent: Fluid gel, fresh scent

The good: This really works. I’ve been using the PigmentClar Serum for about 6 weeks and my skin looks more translucent, brightened, even toned, and my sun spots have definitely lightened. My skin texture has also improved, feeling silkier and more refined. This super lightweight, gel serum absorbs extremely quickly into my skin leaving a fresh, clean finish (despite using three pumps over my face and neck). The packaging is also very clean and streamlined.

  • Really works – my skin looks more brightened and sun spots are lightened
  • Improved skin textre
  • Lightweight
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Nice packaging

The bad: I have nothing bad to say about this. The only thing you do want to be aware of is to wear at least SPF 15 each morning because your skin will be more sensitive to the sun.

  • Nothing!

Overall: This is one of the most effective drugstore brightening products I’ve used from a Western brand. The La Roche-Posay PigmentClar serum is great for those who are looking for something to brighten and even out their skin tone, or lighten any dark spots on their skin. I got a lot of freckles from being in the sun in Hawaii, which was starting to go past the cute look, but this serum helped to reign in those sun spots and freckles so now my skin just looks so much more even. The texture is amazing, being very lightweight and quick absorbing. Overall this deserves a giant A+ from me!

Product: 20/20
Packaging: 4.5/5
Value: 4.5/5
Overall: 29/30 | A
Repurchase? YESSS


La Roche-Posay PigmentClar Serum ingredients

6 thoughts on “Review: La Roche-Posay PigmentClar Serum

  1. Woohoo! It’s so rare to hear of a product that actually works on hyperpigmentation. This makes me want to run out and buy it right away lol

      • I appreciate the review, I still have a doubt, what happens if you stop using it? everything goes back to the point before? or stops there? I mean, does it only works if is use forever? or one can use it for a month or 2 or 3 and then stop?

        • Brightening products do two things 1) help lighten existing hyperpigmentation and scarring, and 2) prevents new hyperpigmentation on your skin. When you’re using this product, it is actively trying to heal and protect your skin. When you stop using it, your skin retains the healing from before, but there is nothing preventing new spots from showing up. If you couple that with sun exposure and other pigmentation-inducing factors, then yes you may notice an increase in hyperpigmentation later on. This isn’t to say that the product isn’t good – there’s nothing cosmetic in this skincare product (i.e., it’s not just covering up your scars like a concealer) – it’s just that the external factors in daily life may damage your skin if you don’t have that prevention factor. That is why you should use sunscreen every day as well. I always have a brightening product in my skincare routine just because I need that prevention factor, and this is one of the products I love using that also works. Hope that was helpful!

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