Rated 4.15 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review IN LOVE with this product!!!
I absolutely LOVE this product!! It is truly a GEM!! For the price and the magic this does is amazing. I just bought my second bottle. CONSISTENCY is key. Probably for 2 weeks I didn't notice difference & let me tell you I did start breaking out more so I was skeptical and scared to even continue using this but I read many reviews how that can happen at first it'll get a little worse before it gets better and that's exactly what happened.
After 2 weeks that's when the magic finally started working. One month later my acne has diminished and I have stopped breaking out. Like the 1 or 2 nights I forgot to put this on I instantly broke out. When I use everyday I won't break out even when I'm eating junk food. This has been a complete game changer!! I use this then apply Cera Ve cream or lotion so it won't dry out my face since I'm usually dry skin already without a moisturizer won't be good so make sure to moisturize once you put this and let it dry for 1-2 mins before moisturizing. I also wash my face morning & night with Cera Ve facial cleanser before I apply this, and then moisturizer. I fell in love with this so much I have recently bought the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution since I'm looking to help reduce my acne scars and Improve my skin appearance. So now I wash my face, put this niacinamide let it dry for 1-2 minutes, put the Glyolic Acid 7% Toning solution let it dry for 1-2 mins, then put my moisturizer. My main goal is reduce acne & acne scars that I've had for a really long time and this has been doing great. The glyolic acid wow incredible in 2 days no lie I see a huge difference in my scars I am excited to see what more it does!!
Most Helpful Critical Review Beware the Purge
TL,DR: I used too much too fast and now my skin is purging so bad that I plan to wear a paper bag over my head for the next 6 weeks
I started using Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% on Saturday evening (after a patch test the day before) and it's Tuesday a.m. as I write this, so I'm a little more than 48 hours into the journey to amazing skin. Nowhere did I see directions re: the amount of product* to apply, so I (naively?) slathered on 2-3 dropperfuls on my clean face, neck, and décolletage Saturday evening, Sunday morning, and Sunday evening ...
* I later read in comments here and on the brand website that most people use 1-3 drops. 1-3 drops. Remember this.
At first, everything seemed great! The product went on smoothly, dried quickly, no stinging or redness, and immediately I noticed that my face seemed less oily. Cool! Maybe the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% would act like a semi-matte primer or something while it worked its magic, I thought.
Then I woke up Monday morning.
Beware. The. Purge.
Friends, don't be like me. Do NOT slather on 2-3 full squirts of this product 3x in 24 hours the first time you use this. 2-3 drops, not dropperfuls, is enough and start slow! Build up to twice daily applications over a few days or a week. Don't rush!
My skin is purging like ... I can't think of a fitting metaphor. It's terrible. I stayed home from work yesterday, kept my camera off in Zoom calls, and rescheduled a coffee date with a friend for "sometime next month." Why? Because everything I read says purging will last 4-6 weeks, the time it takes for the body to regenerate new skin.
I'm looking into whether or not I can take the next 6 weeks off of work ...
I'm giving Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ⭐⭐⭐ 3-stars for now and will update my review as the journey continues!
Reviewed by 2909 customers Holy Grail of my Skincare
Reg from Denver, CO
I love this stuff!! I used to have really oily skin and acne and this cured all my problems. I use 2 drops morning and evening and my skin has never been smoother/clearer. Seriously the best purchase I have ever made.
I have kept buying this product for years
Katelyn from Missouri
I used to have a bunch of small bumps that were not easy to pop on my forehead. But they were full of sebum. This product helped even out the texture and it also helps with scaring.
Don't Do It!
D from Mount Prospect, IL
I used this for about a week until the skin above/around my eyes turned red/dry/flaky. It's been weeks since then, I haven't used this product since, yet the problem persists. I'm not sure if my skin will ever return to normal. :(
Reduces redness and oiliness
Sabrina from Utah
This product is effective and affordable. It takes time to see results, and it really helped reduce my redness and oiliness. It took me two months to see results, and it is now a staple in my skincare routine.
KT from MN
I was really hopeful this would help for my breakouts and large pores. I used this for a month and noticed no change whatsoever, but had no adverse reactions.
Kshanika from Schenectady, NY
I love this serum - I use it daily in the morning after toner and so far it's worked really well for me. I only use a couple drops and it spreads easily across my face. The only downside is that it smells like Elmer's glue.
Love love love
Marie from Florida
I love this stuff. Use it every night before bed. Zero breakouts and helps with my oily skin.
Will be using for the rest of my life
Happy customer from -
I have been using this product for almost 2 years now. I am 19 now and I used to have very bad acne scarring and constant breakouts. Since using this product, ALL of my scarring has disappeared (except new ones) and it helps me with newly surfaced breakouts. Bought multiple times and will continue to use this since I've seen such a big difference in my skin and I'm happy with my skin now. Definitely try it especially for the insanely good price!
This ruined my skin
Emily from New Jersey
Ive been using this product for two weeks and it has made my skin break out so much I don't want to leave my house. My acne wasn't even that bad prior but now I have hyper pigmentation, blackheads which I never had before, white heads along with cystic again.
Stopped Occasional Breakouts
babyyakes from Chicago, IL
I use two drops in the AM and PM after my facewash and before SPF/moisturizer. Within a couple of days it reduced redness in my T-zone and made large pores tighter. It reduced the severity of occasional breakouts. When I added The Ordinary's Azaelic Acid to my routine my breakouts stopped completely.
Awesome results for placebo-resistant skin
Anon from Seattle
First of all, I consider my skin placebo-proof: anytime I get a new skin product, I want SO BADLY for it to work that I try to convince myself it does... but I never do.
With that said, this stuff is amazing; it's the only product I've used where there's an obvious visible difference in my skin when I start (or stop) using it. It looks nice immediately upon application (with a little bit of a glossy finish that might bug some people, but that I like for my mid-30s skin) and over a fairly short period of time it reduces oiliness and smooths/improves the texture of my skin.
The VERY first time I applied it, it burned like crazy, to the point I had to wash it off (I was overusing retinoids/vitamin c at the time so my skin was pretty compromised) but after that initial adjustment I don't feel a thing, and I'm really glad I stuck with it because the results are great. If I stop using it for a while and then re-start, I sometimes notice a slight uptick in acne, but this passes quickly.
My only complaints are 1) it's never had any noticeable affect on my acne (other than that initial breakout); and 2) Ulta only sells the 1oz bottle, which seems wasteful, so I usually end up ordering directly from The Ordinary so I can get the bigger bottle.
A definite staple in my skin care routine
Em from Virginia
I use this 2x a day. It's helped with my dark spots
Not what I expected
carr from Atlanta, GA
I was looking forward to using this, especially for my hyperpigmentation however, I think it's starting to break me out.
I would buy this product again!!
Ladylu from Newport Beach
Great price for quality ingredients!!
Not long term
Alex from Sacramento
Ive used this many times and it would always get rid of my acne and help with my skin. But when I stopped using this I noticed that my acne came back. This product is good for when you're getting into skincare. but it's not long term if you stop using it.
Reduces my breakouts
Jaiylah from Michigan
Love this product. It helps calm down my acne. I put it on damp skin because when I don't it can be sticky. Highly recommend.
I am obsessed with this product!
Sarah from Baltimore, MD
This product is a game changer! I'm 40 and once I started wearing masks because of the pandemic, I developed painful, stubborn acne on the bottom part of my face. Nothing worked, the pimples would turn into sores that wouldn't go away, it was awful. This product completely cleared my skin up in under a week. I also noticed a huge difference in my skin's texture, it is so much more smooth and I no longer have to use a physical exfoliator. I still get break outs once in a while but they heal much faster now. I also found it very gentle on my sensitive skin. I ran out on vacation this summer and went without for a week; my face broke out like crazy and then cleared up in a few days once I picked up some more. Even on my laziest nights, I put this on after washing my face. Highly recommend.
Zo from South Bay
I originally brought this product to help with my oily skin and where I've been struggling with blackheads and mask acne. No matter when/where/and what other products I used with this it made my face feel sticky and tacky like. Then I start to get little bumps and blackheads all-over my face. Months after I stopped using it, still have the blackheads and dark spots that they left. All the hype this product got when it's not it at all!
Makes my skin so soft!
Lex from Pullman, WA
This product makes my skin feel so smooth and it's been helping clear up my acne! It's super affordable with great benefits.
Belle from Virginia
I have SUCH oily skin. This is the only product I've ever tried that actually helped control the oil and a little really goes a long way. It took about 2 or 3 weeks to notice any difference, but it was SO worth the wait! If I don't use this stuff for a day or two my face becomes an oily mess again. Definitely a must-try if you have oily skin.
mememe1983 from Missouri
This product has not done anything for my skin, if fact it is more oilly than before. Very disappointed...
MY HOLY GRAIL
em from 1650 Airport Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504
I absolutely love this serum!!! I've been using it for about a year now and it does wonders for my skin. I used to have bad acne and now I get just the occasional pimple. This serum really helps with my texture and spots and is hydrating. It's super easy to use and feels amazing on the face!
Jasmine from USA
This is my holy grail serum. Apply at night, has really helped me with my pore size and oily skin.
SkincareFanatic Lisa from WV
This is my second review, I rated it there stars before because at first it was peeling off my face but I learned that patting it in instead of rubbing it in works better and I'm on day four of using it and I have been waking up every morning oily free. and my face feels so soft and smooth. Im in love with this product. it dead give me a couple pimples but I can live with that but I can not live with waking up every morning drenching in oil so bad that it burns my eyes. Thank you ordinary for making your products. it changed my life so far.
Really Good for Oily Skin
Chelsea B from New York City
I've recently been putting this on at night before bed and it has really helped decrease the oil buildup I get when u wake up in the morning. I use 3 drops (forehead & 1 on each cheek). It also significantly improved with darkness under my eyes. Definitely worth the purchase!!