Rated 4.23 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review GAME CHANGER!!!!!!
WHEN I SAY THIS IS A GAME CHANGER I AM NOT JOKING!! I have combo skin that tends to be more dry. And I have very sensitive skin but this product has not gave me any problems. I have rosacea too just for more information on my skin. I bought this product out of desperation because I had developed severe acne scars caused my chronic cystic hormonal acne. Backstory... I never had acne as a teen, maybe one big pimple twice a year but otherwise nothing....then I turned 21 and my skin totally changed. I started getting horrid cystic acne only on the right side of my jaw during that time of the month. Before you think why didn't she just get birth control? Well I didn't because birth control is actually extremely bad for you according to the research I have done. Anyway the cysts would get so big and red that it was embarrassing and then it would take weeks to calm down. Because it took weeks to even begin to get smaller and redder in size, by the time this was happening I was again getting that wonderful monthly visitor and they would get set off all over again. And on top of that I would get more acne... again only on one side of my jaw. So finally I decided to try this product after trying everything else on my period mind you. At first I thought for the price that it would not work and it would just be another product that sits on my shelf before I throw it out. HOWEVER I WAS SO WRONG. Within 2 days my red cystic acne was gone!!!!! I wish I had my before and after photos to show because I am not kidding!! I was shook and it got rid of my old acne scars within a week. i cannot even see them now. I use this every morning and the niacinamide and zinc at night. The overall coloring and pigmentation of my skin has never been better and I could not be happier with this product.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not for me. Preservative they use causes dermatitis.
I tried a few Ordinary products -- they look very promising with the active ingredients and low cost. Unfortunately, this product and several others from this brand contain Chlorphenesin, a preservative. Now, preservatives are necessary and for most people Chlorphenesin is ok, so I'm not knocking this brand for using it. However it is a known irritant/allergen for a subset of people, and indeed I found out I had a dermatitis reaction (irritation, redness, bumps... cleared up a few days after I stopped using this), which I'm 99% sure was because of the Chlorphenesin. I am particularly sensitive to things -- especially as I used to work as a chemist and got accidentally exposed to sensitizing chemicals that make my skin "hyper aware" -- but heads-up. This product and several others from the Ordinary may not be good for other people who have sensitive skin, eczema issues, or are trying to figure out why their skin is unhappy.
Reviewed by 128 customers Love it
Natasha from NY
Products have hugely helped my acne scars I can't believe how much clearer my skin looks. Amazing product for an amazing price
Good for post acne marks
jane doe from California
It is best to use this a long with the ordinary niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% if you have active acne.
Blondie79329 from Lubbock, TX
I love this product. I use it along with the ordinary Niacinamide and the ordinary natural moisturizer. It really helps keep my skin hydrated and I started seeing results near immediately. I used it twice a day. The only negative thing was it would start clumping up in some areas as I put it on. Like a peel away mask would. But overall, I loved it.
Gentle and effective
TEKAY from Chino Hills
This product is nice and helps to gently shed layers of dead skin while simultaneously restoring new skin cells. Love it!
Fine product, but horrible bottle design
NB from California
This product has helped lighten my dark spots and improve my skin tone, although it took a while to do so (~1 month to fade old scars, still working on new ones). However, I understand as this is much cheaper than most alternatives. I'm taking off two stars because the bottle cap no longer stays on the bottle - it used to at first but now I can't screw it back on. This makes it really hard to move this bottle around and I don't think it would be possible to travel, etc with this. Very weird since my other bottles form The Ordinary work fine.
Llama15 from New York
I started seeing a difference with consistent uses. My dark spots were actually disappearing.
Must try out!
Chanellleeeee from Woodinville
Viewing the comments I think maybe this isnt for everyone, but ive added this product into my skin routine and I'm very satasfied with the results from just 2 days! My skin was brighter, my little pimples started to go away. For me I highly recommend!
... from ...
Okay I really don't know how to feel?? It didn't fade ANY of my dark spots, it didn't feel hydrating, and I did not see a difference in my skin...BUT it did dry down nicely. It tightened my skin A LOT, it almost felt like a clay mask?? Other than the tightening it did nothing for me:(
Perfect for scars
Nemo from California
This is the best my face has looked in a while. I need to stock on this.
I love it
CecyR from El centro
I love it
My acne scars were erased in a WEEK
Ash the Actor from PA
During my teenage years I had chronic cystic acne. I spent lots of time in a dermatologists office. As I aged the acne went away but my cheeks were still covered in red spots and indentations and were severely scarred from the acne. I bought this product along with the chemical peel and nicrimamide serum. Within THREE DAYS my skin had visibly improved. By the time a week passed I had a completely new face. The acne scars are almost completely gone! None of the many prescription cremes I used worked remotely as well. Not even a competition. BUY THIS PRODUCT! You won't regret it!
hallie from somewhere
Always sold out for a reason started using this on a whim about 3 months ago due to acne scars and hyperpigmentation from that and it really helps fade them. it's been really helpful for stopping the occasional hormonal acne from creating a scar. also, very hydrating and makes my face feel supple. It is tacky but i would recommend using a smaller amount if it's excessively sticky for you.
"Laila" from Florida
Layer it over spritz of water and then layer of niacinamide over it. Seal it with cerave moisturizer cream
Kosy from Sacramento, California
I literally love this product. I use it along with other products from The Ordinary. It has really been helping fading my dark spots. I wanted to try this out because it was much less harsh than other products that target hyperpigmentation. I've been using this with, the niacinamide + zinc, hyalournic acid + b5, azelaic acid suspension and it's really evening out my texture. Get the alpha arbutin, it's perfect!!
great product, better price
Kennedy from USA
Upon many Youtube recommendations, I decided to try this as a spot treatment on my dark acne scars, alongside their niacinamide serum. After over a month of consistent use, my acne scars have faded significantly. As someone who compulsively picks at zits, this is a game changer. I have also been testing this on darker stretch marks, and it has lightened them quite a bit! Overall, this product is worth a try! And for the pricepoint, this can't be beat. For post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, this cannot be beat, even by scar treatment like Mederma (for acne scarring at least).
It literally melted.
Genesis from Philadelphia
I can't say anything about the product itself because I didn't even get to use it. I'm so mad the product melted like how does that even happen it's not even that hot outside. So upset.
This did not work for me
Sasha from NYC
I used it with their Niacinamide drops for a year and saw no change in face discoloration and age spots
Giselle from Lusby, Maryland
This really helped me clear my skin, I do still have a few really bad scars but I can tell they've been slowly fading. This product feels very sticky when it dries so if u don't already use a moisturizer after you definitely should. I feel like it really gets rid of newer scars but it takes a while for older ones. But I really loved this and I'm about to buy another bottle!
I would buy it again
Ammi from Chicago illinois
I am amazed by the texture of this ptoduct. It doesnt make skin oily and i can barely feel that i have applied it on my skin. Currently i have been using this product for 2 weeks so can't tell how effective it is.
Not for me
Brittany from North Carolina
I initially loved this because it was SO hydrating but after about a week or so of using it, my face broke out SO bad. I thought it was possible that my skin was purging because I recently changed my skin care products but this definitely isn't purging.
Didn't Notice a Difference
katie from virginia beach
I bought this in the hopes of clearing up acne scars, and I have not noticed any scars fading. It's great for moisturizing, though. ***TO AVOID THE TACKY FEELING*** Use this when your face is wet! the HA absorbs into your skin better when it's wet.
This product really works well
Sara from Westchester County NY
Am using this morning and night after my vitamin C serum but before I moisturize. I allow at least 20 minutes for it to settle in. After using it for about two to three months I really noticed a significant difference. There was some marks on my face that I have really faded dramatically with the use of this product.
Gradually but Surely Fades Acne Scars
un0riginal-nickname from USA
normal skin + oily t-zone with no allergies or sensitivities. used product to fade away old, dark acne scars on my face. it does the job gradually but surely and also hydrates my skin. it does feel tacky sometimes, but the stickiness is from using too much product, and the stickiness will go away with time.
Waiting for product results,love this Company
Faery from NC
I love this company,and with freckles from living most of my life in Florida, thought this product with its headline to resolve discolouration a perfect fit. I am faithfully using it nightly with vegan spf 50 daily over my oils, havent seen a major diff yet, but half of this type of product is Faith imo. The major thing about it that i dont care for is it leaves a thin rubbery film that gets on pillow and sticks to hair, im now bobby pinning hair back but if i dont spent the night back sleeping my hair will stick to my face, not a charming effect!
acne scars and pigmentation issues
Meredith from The Mitten
i've struggled with severe cystic and hormonal acne for most of my teenage years. my skin seems to have cycles where it looks and feels great for a few months & then gets bad again. as a result, i have a lot of pigmentation issues and acne scars. i started using this along with the 0.5% retinol in squalene oil and i noticed an INSANE difference in my skin. most of my newer scars and pigmentation issues all went away within just a few weeks of using this. it didn't break me out or cause me to go through a purging phase, just did it's job and has made me feel so much better about my skin. i would highly recommend this product to any of my other friends out there who are suffering from/have suffered from severe acne that has left them with scarring or pigmentation issues.