Rated 4.14 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Miracle Elixir of the Gods
I have been struggling with acne my entire life. I'm 31 and had HAD IT with still dealing with acne in my adult years. I also had severe forehead scarring from acne and major hyper pigmentation. Almost any new product I tried would cause a breakout. After trying hundreds of creams, soaps, topical treatments, masks, medications, cleansers, etc. over the years and following different skin care blogs, I came across this product. It sounded unlike anything I had ever tried and the price was so fantastic I gave it a go. After the first use I saw a 20% improvement in redness reduction. By day 3, I noticed a significant shrinkage in my pores. By week 2, my forehead pores (which were pitted and scarred by years of acne) were much finer. Even the bumps I had were gone and my entire face was even in both tone and texture. It has been a little over 4 weeks now and I have a completely NEW face thanks to this serum! Honest!!! I…for literally the first time in my life…have a face I actually love. My makeup goes on so smoothly and I use 50% less foundation and almost zero powder now. My skin is smooth and there is no redness. And…no breakouts!!! The serum is even repairing the discoloration I had from acne around my lips and on my chin. My ridiculously oily forehead is now completely normal. It was once like an oil slick. My face skin is now 90% healed and I would actually leave the house makeup free. I almost don't recognize myself. I am a user for life!!! And I pray to GOD that The Ordinary never stops making this miracle serum. It has boosted my confidence and self-love and saved my life.
Most Helpful Critical Review Chemical burn
I have dry skin and some eczema. My skin is textured and had discoloration is some small places also my skin can be dull at some times. My skin is also sensitive.I used this product for 3 days. After the first day I used it I got bumps but I read a lot of reviews saying that they had bumps at first but that they went away after a while. So I continued to use it. When I apply it I feel a stinging and burning sensation on around my nose and around my mouth which is were I have eczema. Today which is my third day of use I applied it over my face on top of my Lactic Acid 10% which is also from the ordinary (the lactic acid has never cause me any irritation). It then felt a crazy amount of stinging around my nose and around my mouth. I then looked in the mirror and noticed the product had made a develop a chemical burn from right side of my bottom lip all the way down to my jaw. Thankfully it wasn't too bad bec I washed it off as fast as I could and once I did it took 1min for it to feel better. I still a chemical burn but hopefully it will heal within the past few days.
Reviewed by 1879 customers Great for sensitive acne prone skin
CJGOGIRL from Bethlehem, PA
This is by far one of the skin care products that I will buy again. I have acne prone sensitive skin. I tried a good bit of products, and I'm so happy that this is really affordable! I used this serum after I cleansed my face with a foaming Cetaphil cleanser, and applied unscented Thayers toner on. I do this every morning and night One thing which I don't like about this is that sometimes if your not careful, when the serum dries up on you skin when you applied too much on a particular area, it will leave a flaky white mark on the skin. Similar to dried up glue. (You just cant peel it off) The smell isn't the best either. But I'm still buying it again because it works for my breakouts.
Helps with mask acne
Marie from Indiana
I bought this after seeing a lot of hype about this brand on instagram. I've been using it about 2-3 times a week for about 6 weeks now and I love it. I also used a couple other items from the ordinary and my acne has cleared up. I have to wear a mask all day at work and my face started to break out and get bacteria bumps. I definitely recommend.
Anna from Michigan
I love this! I put it on every day after washing my face before applying me moisturizer and it has really helped clear up any little acne bumps on my skin!
I would buy this many more times!!!
Makenna from Green Bay
This product is great for anyone who has extra oily skin or just needs a little something extra to add to their skin routine.
got rid of my acne
s from france
i love this so much. it got rid of my acne completely.
OILY SKIN GIRLS/GUYS!!!!
Angie from Texas
WHERE HAS THIS PRODUCT BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE! I am 34, have oily skin and had acne in my teen years, but it is gone now. I have never been able to control my oil and I wear makeup every single day so I am always blotting my face. This product is AMAZING! Only use 2 drops and work then into my skin. I follow with a light moisturizer and then my makeup. (Sometimes I use a facial oil too) and it still helps my makeup stay on beautifully ALL day! I will NEVER be without this again! I also see my skin looking very clear and nice. I have been using it for about 2 months now.
MakeupKombat from Boston, MA
My face was red, itchy, and stung like crazy! This ain't it for me :(
I mean it works for me
c from Chicago
I have sensitive oily skin with pores and acne underneath my skin. This worked for me really well I applied it before I went to bed and woke up to make skin looking smooth without bumps. This has also reduced my oiliness but also made my skin dry it could be because of the weather turning cold and my cleanser tho.
Purchasing again without a question!
Sav from Charleston, SC
This product has completely changed my skin. This is the first serum I use after I wash my face and use a toner. Supposed to help minimize oil production and let me tell you!! I can usually fill up two entire oil sheets in a day. I now am filling up just one about 75%! Game changer. I still have my healthy glow without the extra slick feeling of excess oil. And you can't beat that price point!
Jaxs from Los Angeles
I have oily skin and the is has helped it a lot! Also, I've been using the product for 4 days and I can a significant difference in the redness of my post-acne scars. Very much recommended
Han from Wi
gets rids of bumps/texture and definitely controls oil!! Im way less oily now, I am on my 3 or 4 th bottle, it is so good
Gabriella from NYC
I usually never write reviews but this product really deserves one. My skin is very oily and acne prone. After using this product for over a month I can say that my skin has never looked better. I 100% recommended this product to anyone with oily or combination skin! Remember to always use sunscreen after using the serum.
Best impulse buy I've ever made
Pansmyman from Neverland
Slightly tacky at first, but sinks in after a few minutes. No issues with wearing under makeup (that is if I'm wearing makeup nowadays since my skin has been clear). My skin is sensitive (not reactive) and I haven't had any issues. Not sure if this helped my pore size, but this has cleared my adult acne that suddenly appeared a year ago and faded old scars.
Isabel from Oxnard
I love this product!! Only apply during day and I personally don't use a lot because a little can go a long way! I have sensitive skin as well as oily+dry. It's a good price for an amazing product and I will definitely be buying again. This product doesn't burn but I hope this review helped!
Great stuff at a great price
Mary t from South carolina
I am very pleased with the results
Definitely give it a try
Ktbell from York, pa
I've been frustrated with my skin for awhile now. This was only about 5 bucks so I figured it couldn't hurt to try. After a couple days my skin is so much softer and clearer. Finally feel more comfortable and confident.
angiencs from Maryland
Amazing product, I noticed a huge difference after just a couple of uses!! I have dark spots/hyperpigmentation from picking at acne caused by steroids from several years ago, so even though my skin is pretty clear, the marks havent faded much. I noticed a change in their darkness within the first 2.5 weeks of this, my sister and mom confirmed that they had faded significantly!!
I WOULD ADVISE AGAINST USING THIS EVERY DAY!!! I only use it at night every other day or every two days as it can cause sensitivity/tenderness; think of it like a light peel.
Would buy over and over again
kjm97 from NYC
Thought my large pores and scars from picking my blackheads on my nose would be permanent. Nothing would work after 6 years of trying every med or product I thought would help ..and this product changed my skin's surface appearance so much! I've never felt more confident in my skin without makeup. Pores/Oiliness/fine lines were reduced dramatically. Top five skincare/cosmetic products I've ever used in my life!
Overall pretty good
Christy from Los Angeles, CA
I've been using this product for over 5 months and I haven't noticed any dramatic changes BUT it does help with preventing breakouts and I find now that I don't get as many pimples as before. For my skin texture and blackheads, I haven't seen any big change but my overall skin appearance looks clearer. I'd give this a solid 8.9/10. Would buy again!
Skin from Face
This saved my skin That's all I have to say get ittt
A definite must have
Nikki-Mck from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Immediately noticed a change in my skin within 2 days. Wow!!! This addition to my regimen will be a sure repeat purchase.
Causes heavy breakouts!
Kk from Oklahoma
I usually love TO but this caused me to have cystic acne. I stopped using it and it immediately cleared up. Sad it didn't work
A miracle in a bottle
Tracey from Michigan
I was having a very hard time with hyperpigmentation and nodule acne. I've tried so many treatments and serums with little luck until I found this. After using for three weeks, my breakouts have almost completely stopped, and my dark spots are fading considerably. I also don't notice as much oil or shine in my t-zone. Two drops every morning and evening are working wonders!
Cleared up my skin texture!
Erica from IL
I was nervous to try this after reading mixed reviews about how it works for some people and not for others but I have lots of tiny bumps that appeared on my forehead and cheeks over a year ago and nothing was fixing them until I tried this and I saw an immediate difference in my skin. I have fairly oily skin and this product does dry your face out a little so I would not recommend for very sensitive and dry skin.
Desi from Florida
This stuff is helping my skin so so much. I recently moved to FL and have struggled so much finding a skincare routine that works. Jan Marini Bioglycolic face wash, this product, The Ordinary hyalauronic acid & the neutrogena hydro boost over it all & my skin is CLEAR. This has been a god send in my skin care routine and for a GOOD price