L.A. Refining Serum

L.A. Refining Serum
L.A. Refining Serum
L.A. Refining Serum
L.A. Refining Serum
L.A. Refining Serum

L.A. Refining Serum


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Rapidly boost your radiance with this multi-tasking AHA and PHA serum. This milky, ultra-concentrated formula dramatically helps with the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots, fine lines, and uneven texture. Gentle exfoliants, lactic acid (AHA) and gluconolactone (PHA), work with brightening licorice root to reveal a smoother and healthier-looking complexion.

  • Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, and Gluconolactone (PHA) exfoliate and improve clarity
  • Polishes away the build-up of dead skin and excess sebum
  • Quickly improves the look of fine lines and promotes radiance

What makes L.A. Refining Serum unique?

This powerful yet gentle serum is formulated with dual exfoliating acids of 12% Lactic Acid (AHA), Mandelic Acid, and Gluconolactone (PHA) to exfoliate and improve clarity. This unique formula polishes away the build-up of dead skin cells and excess sebum, which can lead to skin congestion, dullness, texture, blackheads, and, acne if left untreated.


Does L.A. Refining Serum work with Needle-less Serum?

Yes! L.A. Refining Serum can be applied on top of Needle-less serum before your moisturizer. You'll wake up with an unmistakable radiant glow.

Suitable For These Skin Types

combination dry normal oily
animal derm gluten_free paraben_free sulfate_free


  • Apply 1-2 pumps to clean skin in the morning or evening.
  • Allow to absorb before applying additional products.
  • Can be used once daily or as directed by a physician.


Ingredient Highlights:

Lactic Acid 12%, Gluconolactone, Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Allantoin, Lactobionic Acid, Licorice Root Extract


All Ingredients:
Water, Lactic Acid, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Beheneth-5, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sclerotium Gum, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mandelic Acid, Gluconolactone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Hydrogenated Soy Polyglycerides, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Phospholipids, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Nopal Cactus) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Allantoin, Citral, Lactobionic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Saccharamyces Cerevisiae Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, C15-23 Alkane, Fragrance (Parfum), Geraniol, Linalool 

Skin Types

This product is suitable for these skin types.

Normal skin: No or few imperfections, no severe sensitivity, barely visible pores, a radiant complexion

Sensitive skin*: Reaction to common ingredients, redness, itching, dryness

Dry skin: Dull complexion, rough complexion, red patches, more prone to wrinkles, skin is itchy and flaky

Oily skin: Skin appears shiny, enlarged pores, more prone to acne

Combination skin: Oily skin in some areas and dry skin in others.


If you have particularly sensitive skin, we recommend using LA Refining Serum as a 15-minute mask rather than a leave-on treatment.

Customer Reviews

Based on 122 reviews
Tammy Janvrin
Age: 40 - 55
Skin type: Combination
First Impressions

I've never really used a lactic acid serum that I felt did anything. This one is definitely different. I started off using nightly and quickly realized this was stronger than over the counter serums. It works, but I had to back off to using every 3 days. The day after using, I notice a dryness to my skin, but this is taken care of by exfoliating the dryness/dead skin off. I can already see a difference in the brightness of my skin after a couple of weeks.

Tawnya Amburgey
Age: 40 - 55
Skin type: Dry
New Addition

This is my latest addition/addiction to my DRMTLGY collection. I haven’t used long enough to see dramatic changes but I do love what I am experiencing already: enhanced glow. And the smell, I like.

Age: 40 - 55
Skin type: Oily
Love it

I love this! It will forever be in my routine. I use it after CEF and my skin is loving it. The smell is a little string but goes away.

Age: 55+
Skin type: Combination
Loving it so far

I bought two of these. So far I love it. Some say it has a horrible scent but I think it smells like lemon.

Jessica Nelson
Age: 30 - 39
Skin type: Normal
Baby soft skin

After just a week my skin is so refreshed and soft!

Frequently Asked Questions

L.A. Refining Serum is excellent for normal, dry, combination, acne-prone, and oily skin types. If your skin is particularly sensitive, we recommend starting with LA Refining Serum as a 15-minute mask rather than a leave-on treatment and then trying it as an overnight treatment as the skin builds up tolerance.

Yes, L.A. Refining serum can be used once per day in your morning or evening routine.

This product works with most skincare routines, (link routine builder) to see where it fits best in your routine.

Yes L.A. Refining Serum can be layered on top of the Needle-less serum. Both products work well when used together.

L.A. Refining serum is formulated with Lactic Acid, a humectant that is extremely beneficial to dry skin types.

This product is manufactured and shipped in Los Angeles, CA.