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 1705 customers Broke out my skin!!!!
Tati from Maryland
Buy this at your own risk!! I started using it last week and I thought it was working amazingly on my skin till I noticed the sides of my nose was peeling two days ago and I stopped using it yesterday. The rest of my face is peeling now and my face is extremely dry (before, my face was really smooth and t-zone would be oily sometimes but I had healthy skin) along with my face just feels as if it was sunburnt :/ I really don't recommend this product.
Cleared Forehead Acne
Cailyn from PA
i used to have a bunch of small bumps on my forehead and while i was using this i didn't have any. I just recently ran out and i'm breaking out so bad again, it was 100% this stuff that got rid of my forehead acne. I have cystic acne on my chin and it didn't completely get rid of that but it deff helped
super cheap way to help your skin! absolutely love it.
j from indio, CA
product is amazing ! super inexpensive yet still affective. i apply after washing my face & i'm still able to add moisturizer & sunscreen after without it ruining the product !
Devon Aubs from Austin, TX
Made my face breakout even more. I got cystic acne as well as small bumps everywhere. Don't buy this
Love love love
Linds from Woods cross, UT
I've been struggling with mask acne for a while. This beauty has definitely helped decreased my acne. It's very easy to use and can be used daily. It's has cleared my skin up so much.
I want to love it
LMC722 from Cape Coral, Florida
I have not seen any results over a 2 month period using this... I want to love it so much because I love The Ordinary, but I don't. I'll keep trying it another month and will rereview at that time.
Acne from New York
I have had terrible acne on my chin and jaw line from wearing a mask for hours during the day at work. Couldn't find anything to clear them up until this! It's been 1 week and my acne has cleared up significantly and the redness is 10x less. Does burn a little bit when applied after certain toners (I use the ordinary glycolic acid toner 4 times a week) but it works like magic! I will never live without.
Helped my skin
Love it from MD
I have to use it over my lotion but it has really helped my skin. I have spent probably thousands of dollars on skin products and something that is under 10$ has helped more then anything. Using a facial brush, moisturize followed by this has my skin so much smoother, even and less breakouts
Holly from Louisiana
It works slightly but not the best for me.
Shoemaven25 from Charleston, SC
After trying this, I will never use another serum. this is absolutely the best serum I have used (and I have tried a TON).
Hazel from Sacramento
I've been using it for a little over a week... but it has not done anything yet.. I don't know if it is to early in the process but so far not much has changed.
I would buy it again
Mariam from Tualatin OR
I use it morning and night everyday before my moisture then I sow my skin like filter.
Evelyn from Minnesota
I use this morning and night and I love the results. It really helps with my oily skin babies, but if you have dry skin you might be able to use it too. I love that it doesn't dry too quickly too. I have had terrible small bumps on my forehead for years, and that dandruff shampoo (Nizoral) only made it worse. This stuff got rid of it and also helps with a bright complexion. This product is a great step to add in everyone's skincare routine.
This product is saving my 40-year old skin!
gamergirl from RI
I have struggled with some level of acne my entire adult life and I'm 40 now. This product, in conjunction with Boscia's clear cleanser and toner and La Roshe Posay dual treatment with peroxide, have transformed my skin! I find this serum to be very gentle on my skin but it does seem to help control acne on my face, neck, chest and back of my neck with no ill effects.
For reference, I have combination skin that is oily at the forehead but my nose is sensitive and dries out, and I'm very sensitive to most moisturizers (almost all of them make my skin feel dewy and oily after an hour or so). For acne treatment, my skin does well with peroxide, and I can wash with salycylic acid but cannot leave it on my face or I break out in horrible cysts. I was using Dermalogica's Medibac booster with peroxide but that was discontinued, so I looked for other products. I tried a UK brand that I thought was purging my skin only to wait 4 months and figure out that it was a horrific continuing breakout, especially on the sides of my neck. This serum along with the other treatments has nearly cleared my skin, minus a few residual issues (and maskne), but my skin feels SO good after using this that I make sure to use it twice a day even when my skin feels sensitive and dry as it does not compound any issues.
I can't believe how cheap and effective it is and hope it never gets discontinued!!!
I recommend this stuff, please read.
Sammy from WV
This is probably my first review ever, so don't judge. I've been using this stuff along with my rather "boring" skin care routine and I recently ran out and started noticing what a difference it has made! I have acne prone skin, including cystic and large pores. This stuff has made a huge difference in my face. I can notice when using it, my skin doesn't look clogged, I noticed my face has had no acne and also my skin tone is even, no blemishes. When I apply this stuff, if there is a slight opening of the skin or pimple it will sting or burn but its tolerable and I love it! I recommend to give this stuff a try! What a game changer for me. I would not recommend for someone who has very sensitive skin.
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 :)