Rated 4.13 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 1690 customers Love
Kyra from San Diego
Second time buying it and it works really well. It minimized my skin texture and blurred out my scarring. It isn't harsh on the skin and it leaves it plump with a nice glow.
My pores haven't been this small since junior high
Maribella from CA
This product really surprised me with how quickly it started working and the results, I am honestly kind of shocked. I use this twice per day, as recommended, after I double cleanse and tone. As mentioned, my pores are smaller, my skin is smoother and not oily at all anymore. I breakout pretty bad around my time of the month and I noticed that my usual pimples started, but they went away so much sooner and didn't turn into a full breakout. I am so amazed, especially with how inexpensive the product is. I also have sensitive skin and this hasn't bothered me.
Mia from California
I've been using this for a month now, and it's done absolutely nothing to help fade my acne scars, but it does make your face very soft and shiny. I still use it every once it a while for the shiny glow. (I am african american btw)
Clara from Fl
I'm a big Hyram fan, so when he said that this product worked great, I decided to try it because the benefits looked great. But after using it for a few months, I did nothing so I stopped using it, and my skin cleared up like crazy. I don't think it was because of that product but because of the other ones I continued using. Keep your routine simple!
Broke me out!
jaz from CA
the first 2 weeks i used it, it broke me out really bad :( i think it was maybe too much for my skin to handle because ive seen it work for others! i have combo skin type and my skin btw and it just didnt work for me
Honestly blown away
Keaton M from LA
i bought this product after lots of worry and review reading. I'd heard the hype but my skin is horribly sensitive and I was worried the product wouldn't work for me, after quite a few people mentioned it made them break out. For about the first week or two, I was breaking out a lot more than I was used to, but after some panic googling, I decided to stick it out for a month to six weeks and see if my skin was just purging. And I'm so glad I did.
I've been using this product for maybe a month and my skin hasn't been this good in years. I still get breakouts (hard to avoid when you wear a mask and makeup all day!) but they clear up so quickly. Where before I had pimples that would hang around forever and cause me tons of pain, I now have breakouts that clear up quickly and easily, only leaving a painless red bump until they clear up (usually in a few days). My skin texture has also improve dramatically. I have somewhat rough and bumpy skin, with lots of freckles/moles/spots from the sun. But now my pores are smaller, my face is smoother and my freckles and "discoloration" is reduced. I don't even have as much redness on my cheeks as I used to!
If you break out, like I did, there's always the chance it could be too strong or harsh, but taking a chance and waiting out the "purging" breakouts was worth every second for me — I can't recommend taking that leap of faith enough!
stunn4steph from Charlotte , NC
i am a teen . i applied it with my finger tips at night and in the morning after washing my face then i applied moisturizer . i had veryyyyyyy badd acne and this helped it ALOOOTT
Love this product
Leo from Baton Rouge, La
I bought this two weeks ago and totally changed my skin.
Moody from Washington
I've only used this for about a week & let me tell you this is amazing! I have adult acne, cystic acne on my jawline, dry skin. Even after I used it once, my skin was very hydrated & the next morning the redness went down & the sizes of my pimples went down. Definitely recommend. I'm about to stock up on a few bottles.
kavya from mn
my tip is to scrub it in your fingers for ten seconds, making it turn a little white, and then apply to your face. it's a lot less stickier than what people in other reviews are complaining about :)
kavya from minnesota
im fifteen and have oily skin with three breakouts everyday and fungal acne on my forehead. it's been a month and honestly, my acne hasn't gotten a drastic change. BUT, oh my god i glow so much. i have gotten so many compliments and i know it was bc of this product. 100% recommended
This product broke out skin
Johanna 🕺🏾 from Lyons New York
It broke out my sink 👎🏾
Takes time to work but once is does, the results are amazing
Emma from Indiana
I love this product. I when bought this product because of Tik Tok and it works so so well. It treats my mask acne and big pimples. It does take a while to start seeing results. After about half the bottle was gone I noticed how improved my skin was. I use it at night and in the morning (before makeup application)
Sol from Nashville, Tn
I'm 31 and have suffered from acne since I was a teen. Wearing a mask has only made it worse along my jawline. I am so happy I tried this stuff! It definitely helps breakouts clear quickly, does not irritate my sensitive skin and is really affordable. I'm on my second bottle now. (I apply twice a day after washing my face and before moisturizer.) Nothing will rid me of acne forever but this absolutely helps.
I love this product
JR from CT
I have sensitive, combo acne prone skin. This product has really helped my skin. It took away my redness and excess oil, and now starting to fade dark spots. I notice my skin has cleared up big time along with using a couple diff products. I recommend this product to only be used with gentle cleansers and moisturizers. Because when mixed with bha, etc it can irritate skin. I'll definitely be repurchasing this!
Not buying again.
Liz from Columbus
This product broke me out. Made me face more oily.
Didn't work for me
Lourd from Michigan
I was really excited for this product and I wanted it to work but unfortunately all it did is causing me acne and breakouts. I used it for a month and I started noticing breakouts and kept on using it thinking its was only purging. I stopped using it two days ago and the acne and breakouts are gone.
jai from Pasadena
I have dry and sensitive and acne prone skin. I break out easily when I try new products so trying new things always worries me. But this? WOW. This has really helped me. My skin looks so much better. My breakouts feel controlled. My acne scars are fading!!! My skin has never looked better. I will never let go of this. It really has helped me. I'm glad this worked for me.
Good product if used right
Chelleyy from Florida
So i wanted to write a review to help anybody out there struggling with acne. I struggled with hormonal acne During these last months it got so i had cyst all over my chin. I decided to give this a try, when i put it on it at first it stinged really bad And i used for a couple months honestly didnt do much so i stopped. Forward to today getting i went to a dermo to treat my acne and now that i dont break out i needed something for my scars so i decided to go back to this. Its help me soo much! Gave it a couple weeks and helped me so much with healing scars this plus other products im using have helped with scaring. I use literally 2 drops on the palm of hands no more i feel like little goes a long especially if you have sensitive skin like me. THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE! I cant speak on if it treats acne because it did not when it comes to that on me.
One of my favorites
Sav from Ohio
I've been using this since about March and it's helped my skin so much.
I love it
C from America
This is my third time buying it. The ordinary is so inexpensive and has really worked for my skin. After using this product I barely break out anymore and my skin is glowing. I absolutely love it
Great Serum for Oily Skin
PJ from St Paul, MN
This is a lightweight and anti-acne serum for me. I use it every morning. It works great for the price. Good quality product!
Fvlqz from Houston Texas
This product is amazing! It has helped with my acne and my blemishes. It has also made my skin more clearer and softer. I use it twice a day,morning and night. I've used 2 bottles already and I will be needing my 3rd one pretty soon.
Dam from Houston, Tx
I had tiny bumps on my forehead that wouldn't go away no matter what. I thought I had fungal acne for some time but they I decided to try this product and they're finally gone!!! I swear by this product! helped me regain my confidence in my skin.
Viv from Trenton, NJ
I really wanted to like this product after hearing great things about The Ordinary as a brand. I ordered this product specifically because after some research I thought it would be the best option for my skin type. My skin is usually very clear, however I do have some mind congestion & enlarged pores. After only a week of use, my skin was flared with breakouts in all regions of my face. After researching what could be wrong, I learned about skin "purging", which is a postive indicator that the product is working. I thought my skin was purging so I continued use. However, I visited my local Ulta & asked a professional in the dermatologist department; my skin was not purging it was simply just breaking out. Don't let the bad reviews scare you from trying this product, but please take them into consideration because I wish I did.