Rated 4.37 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Love this~ will buy again & again !!
I had previously been using The Ordinary line of acids like the lactic acid, the AHA peel and the granactive retinoid, rotating each, with pretty good results. It wasn't until I took a chance on this bad boy, however, that my skin truly changed. This stuff is so gentle, and yet it packs a powerful punch as I consistently wake up with smooth, glowing, clear skin!! It is an absolute miracle on my face, which is prone to clogged pores. I get compliments on my skin and I know this is what's doing it!! It is even better used in conjunction with other acids~ I have no idea if this is the right protocol or not, but I use it along side the aforementioned acids and also the amino acid solution, rotating what I use with the mandelic acid nightly, depending on what I am feeling. I am 43 yo, Asian, with combination skin that gets oily but sometimes dry. This has helped me like nothing else has, and I have spent a lot of money on my skincare routine. Please, never stop selling this or changing the formula!! Everything about The Ordinary is a godsend, and I know you are just helping out so many people, this fan included~ thank you so much!!!!
Most Helpful Critical Review Good Skin Brighener at a Low Cost
For the price, I didn't expect something to do much, but this has maintained the radiance in my face without the burning and redness of other concentrated essential oils. Good formula for sensitive skin. However, a big reason why I tried this was because the product description also claims to help diminish fine lines, which are starting to pop up in my 30's from sun exposure. After using this product for about 2 months, I have noticed no improvement of fine lines, and in fact, a worsening of them! I also tried the Caffeine eye serum for them, and it seems to help with puffiness, but lines are my issue. Does a few basic things, but I may need more of a workhorse serum for night time.
Reviewed by 70 customers ok
Nickie from PA
Apart of my daily skin care at night
Boop from Richmond VA
Definitely recommend it as part of night time routine
Pregnancy and acne
Assisted pregnancy glow from Tucson
I used mandalic acid with both pregnancies. I even had to use it on my arms because the breakouts were so bad. Within two weeks I started to see a big difference. I'm so thankful my acne has cleared!
Liza from Illinois
I tried this acid bc I was having really bad texture and I saw people raving about this. Overall it was ok, I have oily skin and it dried my face out so bad on the first use. I haven't tried using it again. Although it did make my face feel smoother.
New staple in my nighttime routine
Allison from Colorado
I love this serum! I have sensitive and dry skin so after a lot of research i tried this and the lactic acid 5%. I'm loving this one much more than the lactic acid. There's been no irritation, just glowing, acne-free, smooth skin. I started seeing results very quickly after adding this every other night (i use the ordinary retinol .5% the other nights). So, if you're skin is sensitive/dry i would highly recommend this over any other exfoliating serum.
I don't know how I lived without this.
Mootown from Dallas, Tx
I use this after I was my face and use toner, while my skin is damp I use a few drops on my t-zone and spread lightly outward to the edges of my face. My skin doesn't like physical exfoliants so I suffered from dead skin build up and what looked like bumpy skin. I use this about 2 times a week or when my skin feels gunky. My skin is smooth and bump free. I haven't even gotten any of my monthly period pimples since I started using this.
Part of my nightly routine.
Dani from Virginia
I use this as part of my nightly routine. My skin has never looked better with the combo of products I use which are all mainly The Ordinary.
I like it alot
Masha from Texas
So i expected it to be stronger.. irritating like most things with similar lables but it wasnt at all for me. I do feel like its helping my skin
Helps with Texture
Diann from Chicago, IL
This acid from The Ordinary works for me so far. I've been using it for a little over two weeks and the texture on my cheeks and forehead has improved a bit. I've been using it on and off in the mornings but every night. It absorbs well.
cinimini from Orange County, CA
I have zero complaints regarding this product. Ever since I started using it, my skin has been so much smoother. My makeup looks amazing when I apply it as opposed to before, when you were able to see some flaky skin and lines. Can't wait to try other products from this brand.
Only purchasing this now
Emma from Kansas
Holy grail of affordable skincare that actually works really well.
grace from bronx
Im not sure if this product is meant to be used every evening but that's what i did and my face would feel so dry in the morning.
Nicole from New York, New York
I never write reviews, but my skin has never felt so good. My pimples have disappeared and my skin looks so much brighter. Also soooo soft. Love this product so much. I can't believe how quickly it worked!
Jmee from Okc
First thing I do after my double cleanse every night. Took care of maskne within the first week. Amazing product!
Great for sensitive skin
Dena from Ct
Are usually use this at night after my hyaluronic acid and any other skin care product I may be using a follow up with the lotion. It makes my face look even toned soft my pores appear to look smaller tiny little bumps are diminished I wake up in the morning and my make up goes on amazing. My favorite oil like this I would have to say is Rosehip boil but this comes very close to that as a second favorite!
Ruined my skin
Acne from Colorado
This product dried my skin and gave me horrible cystic acne. If you see a dermatologist or esthetician stick with their products not over the counter products.
Works for dry/sensitive skin types
Sw from NY
My skin does not tolerate Retinol/Niacinimide well but I do have some discoloration and small textural bumps on my nose. I use this at night most nights a week with Squalane(Also from TO) on top, and then I yse Aquaphor(slugging). The texture on my nose is changing and I wear less foundation. I recommend if skin is sensitive to more traditional serums with Niacinamide/Retinol👍🏾
Better than the red one
Ether Empress from Long Beach, Ca
I like this product because I can actually see the dry skin peeling off 1-2 days after starting to use. I don't know if it is even necessary to apply daily because of how dramatic and fast the results are. I would buy again.
My skin has been saved!
Mari from Alabama
I was having serious problems with redness and hormonal acne. This, along with Cerve moisturizer, and African black soap, my skin has been saved! My skin is glowing and I wear little to no foundation. My confidence has sky rocketed! Thank you, The Ordinary!
I would buy this product again.
Elvie from Lake Balboa, CA
My skin is super sensitive this product work for it gentle on my skin.
Seen results after 1st use!
emm1006 from Wisconsin
I decided to buy this because I wanted something to help my sensitive, combo type skin that would gently exfoliate & brighten at the same time. This is absolutely what helped even after my 1st use! I put it on after I cleansed my face & before moisturizing before I went to sleep, & the next morning my face had felt & looked super smooth & bright. I will definitely be keeping this as a staple for my skincare routine!
marcia from newport news, va
I have read good things about this product so I decided to try it. It's a gentle exfoliator that is great to use 2 to 3 times a week at night. My skin glows in the morning after using this. It's much gentler than glycolic or lactic but just as effective. I will continue to use!!!
Got rid of those weird non pimples
Emma A from Manteca, Ca
I got this because in previous reviews it mentioned getting rid of those weird pimple like cysts that linger. I had two of these and they would never go away no matter what I did. You couldn't pop them and no acne solution worked either. After 3 uses of this in the am and pm the ones I had disappeared! I was astonished. I also had some incoming pimples (those big ones that hurt) along the jaw line and they never surfaces after using this. I highly recommend this and will definitely be keeping this around.
I'm now convinced!
Catie from Ohio
I heard about chemical exfoliates but was still scrubbing my face the old fashioned way. This was affordable, so I have it a shot and was shocked! This chemical exfoliator works so much better than scrubs and doesn't irritate my skin the way scrubbing did. It can be a little drying at first, but I follow with moisturizer and haven't had any other issues. If you're waffling, try this!
GREAT FOR STRETCH MARKS
Lillie from Susanville, CA
This is my holy grail product for stretch marks. I have bright red stretch marks on my butt and thighs. After one day of using this, the redness was almost completely gone!! I've gone through two bottles of this and my stretch marks are completely gone! This product has boosted my body confidence significantly :)