Rated 4.35 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Very happy!
I've used this for about a week after my dermatologist recommended it. I'm very happy with it so far! I had seen some light texture changes on my cheeks, and knowing my mom had rosacea, I wanted to address them sooner rather than later! I've used it in the morning and evening most days— trying to see if it irritates me at all, but I really don't think it has. I'll probably cut back to once a day with my nightcream now that the most immediate effects have happened— my cheeks feel and look smoother. I took pictures, but it's more a tactile change than a visual change at this point. My face feels smooth and exfoliated without feeling tight or irritated. Again, I'm trying to address these issues early!
Some reviews mentioned pilling, but I love the texture of the product— it feels like it has a bit of silicone in it, like you'd find in a primer. I can wear it without looking shiny or greasy, and I've paired it with another prescription cream (for redness), a mineral sunblock (Hawaiian Tropic mineral milk), and a couple different Cereve day and night moisturizer. I think I've put a tinted moisturizer over it with no problem, but honestly I've been loving how my skin looks without any makeup, so maybe not?
Unless something drastically changes, this is going to be a go to product for a long time!
Most Helpful Critical Review This Ruined My Skin
I bought this product because I watched a video from a dermatologist that recommended this for acne/brightening, etc. The first time I used it (which I only used it a total of 4 times, each in the morning) I could feel an actual burning sensation. After all these years of being interested and passionate about skincare, I stupidly thought this meant it was "working." Every time I scrunched my face, I could feel how tight and raw feeling my skin felt. I blamed it on it being winter weather, but it never got better. But I continued for 4 days and after the 4th day, I couldn't take it anymore and I threw the whole thing away. No amount of moisturizer or healing ointment could prevent the flakiness, sunburn like skin that was peeling off. It was peeling in small amounts but all over my face. It's been weeks since I've stopped using it and my skin is STILL flakey around my nose and temples and forehead. I had good expectations of using The Ordinary, but unfortunately, this ruined my skin. I have always had sensitive skin and I should have patch tested it like everyone says to do. BEWARE if you have any sort of level of sensitive skin, hopefully it doesn't mess up your skin like it did mine. Because of this, I don't see myself using any other The Ordinary products.
Reviewed by 663 customers Love it
Val from MA
If you have rosacea you must try this !!! It helps a lot with redness and blemishes
RH from Miami
I lie this! I spritz face mist prior and then apply - it seems to absorb better.
Oily and clogged pore skin hero
Mamabearx2 from Indiana
This product is great. I've fought clogged pores that turn into pimples for years. Benzoyl Peroxide and salicylic acid really didn't do anything but irritate my skin. I wash my face at night with either a sulfur face wash or hero cosmetics exfoliating jelly cleanser, then I use my niacinamide serum from the ordinary and then this a moisturizer. Noticed my skin was brighter 2 days later
My favorite product from The Ordinary!!
Camery from Ca
This stuff is like liquid gold to me. I've been struggling with hardcore acne for what feels like years. I started buying a few products from this line and the comments from my mother changed from "wow you need to see a dermatologist" to wow your skin looks great and man is she right. My skin is so much better and although I have been using other products along with this one from the ordinary I know for sure this one makes a difference because once I ran out of this stuff my skin started to break out again. It's a must have in my skin care routine now. The only downside is that the tube is small but hey, for the price and the quality you really can't complain too much. Side note, I've noticed this applies better after I use my moisturizer. Great product.
V from Philadelphia
I loveee this stuff. It works great at ridding my face of acne scars and keeping my skin clear. My only complaint is we need a bigger size!
Rae from Philadelphia, PA
I struggle with melasma and this stuff just about cleared it up. I had to use it everyday for a few months to start seeing results but I had patience and it really helped. I'm not embarrassed anymore.
Pregnant & Breastfeeding friendly!
Courtney from Nashville, TN
Since becoming pregnant and now breast feeding I can't take prescription acne medication. But now I use this! It works perfectly at keeping my acne away! Please by this if you struggle with acne! Use 2 times per day!
Katlyn from Wisconsin
I use a lightweight moisturizer and this is WAY thicker than it and I can never tell which one to do first. Confusing product, and burns my dry areas. I'm gonna stick to lightweight serums.
Relieves and clears up my perioral dermatitis
Jenn from Minneapolis, MN
When I have a flare-up of perioral dermatitis (it's similar to rosacea, but stays around the mouth and nose) I just light swipe some of this on in the morning and at night, and within a few days, it's cleared up!
Liz from Altoona
I have had acne scaring for about a year now and this cleared it up! I noticed a huge different after just one week.
This took years off my face
MissyNH from New Hampshire
I have always had good skin....slightly oily, no acne, almost no wrinkles at 48. But over the years, my skin has gone from smooth porcelain, to obnoxiously red....particularly on my cheeks and forehead. This could be due to many factors (sun damage, blood pressure), and I do get a few rosacea-like bumps from time to time (alcohol exacerbates this), but in general I just look perpetually rosy, not in a good way. This is the ONLY product that has made the redness go away, and stay away. My skin looks as smooth and flawless as it did 20 years ago, and people are commenting on how good my complexion is! I love it...I wish I could get it in a larger tube!
Gretchen from PA
55+ years old with rosacea. This product is a holy grail for me. Morning routine is collagen serum, this gel on my rosacea prone areas, then an all over moisturizer. I now feel comfortable to go foundation-free on weekends, running errands, etc. Redness gone, bumps gone, visible capillaries gone.
Nikki from Oregon
I absolutely love this product. It is high strength which is exactly what I need for my 36 year old acne prone skin. I have struggled with acne for over 10 years and have used this acid for about 3 months now. It is strong and can dry out/cause redness. However, I just take a day off and then resume the next day. I alternate between putting it on before or after my moisturizer, depending on my skin's state. It has worked wonders for overall texture and blackheads on my nose.
MJ from South Florida
I was dealing with a healing breakout (which was taking way too long to heal) and bumpy skin. In a matter of less than a week this product has cleared my skin's texture and reduced the scarring left over from breakouts. It has a bit of a dimethicone feel which i actually appreciate, just make sure you're not overdoing it. I use about a pea sized amount for my entire face, then apply my moisturizer and eye cream.
KC from MS
I have 9 years of acne, accu*ane sensitivity, tanning bed damage and scars on my face and started using this and my scars go away SO FAST. I understand it will be different for everyone but for the price this is worth trying on an area for a couple days to see if it works for you, I'm amazed.
LOVE THIS STUFF
Bre from Fort Walton Beach FL
I am an exhausted mom of an 8 month old and I desperately needed a skin care routine. I bought a few products from The Ordinary Brand and I LOVE THEM. My skin is hydrated and glowing. I would absolutely recommend.
Linds from Corpus Christi
I'm liking this
Khandi from GA
I have oily skin and using this product helps. My face isn't so oily and I haven't had to wipe oil from my face since using it. I also have darks spots on my chin and some on my cheeks. I noticed that it's clearing up so I will purchase buy more.
Improved Texture and Redness
Lizs18 from Burke, VA
I read that Azealic Acid helps with uneven skin texture and redness from acne marks that are common on light skin tones. This product did exactly that. I have rosacea and while it's no substitute for prescription products, it did what I wanted it to and held me over until I could see a dermatologist. Great product especially for the price. Highly recommend it.
My skin is terrible now!
Emily from Pikeville, KY
Huge red places all over my face And made my skin so dry
Shannon from NEW YORK
I have had some mild redness for awhile now and some textural irregularities and scarring this product has worked wonders to help both the redness and the scarring, my skin is smoother than it has ever been.
Has a bad chemical smell on skin
heather from pa
I don't know if this even works because when I used it, it made me smell chlorine or some strong chemical all day. I went a few days with no makeup and just skincare to be sure and it was definitely this product.
I don't love or hate it
Leesie from Ohio
Formulated without everything but dimethicones. Is it really necessary? I'm used to putting thick moisturizers on my face, but this one I can actually feel on my skin. Someone mentioned that this smells like goat cheese, and that is spot on! I usually review ingredients before I buy, but I took it for granted that Ordinary wouldn't use dimethicone. I'm a little weary now if I keep using it the dimethicone might mess with my skin.
My holy grail
Mari from Wesley Chapel
I have rosacea & have been using this for about a year now. Since my face was looking fine I thought I would try something different that had azalaic acid & licorice root but that didn't work so well on my face. I am sticking with this - my skin loves it.
JL from SC
I saw this on Tiktok for dark spots. I have sunspots and aging spots on my cheeks and I noticed a clear difference within 2-3 uses!! This is an everyday sometimes 2x a day product for me!! Love it!