Rated 4.19 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Love this product DEFINATLY my new FAVORITE retinol product!
After YEARS of using retinol & vitamin C daily on my skin my skin is flawless. I swear by retinol & vitamin C as 2 of the most primary skin care products needed to retain youthful, clear, smooth, healthy, skin. I have always paid a lot of money for the pricey skin care lines. I have 2 specific ones that I have used for years & although they work good no one wants to spend $100.00 on a skin care product but as women we will & do to stay beautiful :). So when I came across The ordinary line I was eager to try it. However it was impossible to get any Retinol because it was always sold out. I am assuming the only reason it is available now is because people realize it expires quickly thus they only buy what is needed. That is my only complaint about this product because is it AMAZING!!!. Coming from someone that has tried every pricey retinol product there is that speaks volumes!!! I LOVE this product & I hope that the company that sells it can find a way to extend the life of the product so it does not expire as quickly because I would like to buy more than 1 at a time. I like to always have 2 (back up) of my favorite of anything so I am not without when I get low on a product because I have a back up until I can get another. However I can't do that with this product because it expires so quickly. As far as the few negative reviews that I have read about the consistency of this product, yes it is oily/greasy but any good retinol product is going to have somewhat of a greasy/oily consistency. Further it does NOT cause break out's or blemishes because I have super acne prone skin & I have used it 4 times now over the past 2 weeks & not 1 break out, in fact my skin is absolutely flawless clear. My blackheads are even gone, my pores are smaller & my skin just feels & looks incredible. I can NOT brag enough on this product . BRAVO to the makers of The Ordinary!
Most Helpful Critical Review Not for Seborrheic dermatiti sufferers
So prior to this I was using a different retinol. But it was costly and seeing as I use the glycolic serum in this brand I decided to try this retinol. For a month things were great. Skin was glowing, no breakouts except for a tiny barely there pimple here and there when ever I try a new product. It's how I know it's working for me. My TBT pimples are from my skin purging the deep down dirt, clogged pores and what ever I want out of my skin. So winning. But then my eye lid began itching, and the itching became inflammation, and boom raised scales. My Seborrheic dermatitis was triggered. Took me a little while to put it together that this was causing it. If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or have sensitive skin this may trigger you. Once I removed out of my rotation my skin subsided to normal (I only get my inflammation on my eye lid). So I can use retinol just not this one.
Reviewed by 286 customers Obsessed
Ashley from Plover WI
I love this formula so much & am a repeat buyer. It's my absolute favorite. I have sun spots & blemish scars & super dry skin, I live in cold weather & my skin drinks this product right up! Makes me glowy & has helped my skins issues tremendously! I use it with the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, & the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%❤️
Reagan from Knoxville
This is amazing! If you are acne prone (like me) I recommend only using it once or twice a week. It is really moisturizing and it last a long time! I totally recommend!
I will forever repurchase this product!
J. Yang from Wilmington, NC
This is a wonderful face serum. It feels more like a face oil as it is very liquidity and it does take time to sink into your skin.
I can use this alone at night right after I double cleanse without applying a moisturizer on top. My face is still hydrated the next morning from this product alone. I tend to use this product on nights I am lazy and want to keep my skincare simple. I will forever repurchase this product!
A must have!
Michelle from New York
I can't live without this stuff. It keeps my face dewy and smooth. I hope they never change the formula.
Love this serum!!
Liyah from Milwaukee, WI
This is one of the only few serums that work for me. I definitely recommend for combo skin!
Doc on the go from Miami, FL
I don't really get acne but when I have scars that stay around for a long time. I don't pop them or pick at my skin. I just get scars regardless…but I've been using this as part of my skincare. I rotate this with vit c oil, niacinamide, AHAs pads, rose water, & witch hazel. I've seen a slight improvement. The oils make me break out sometimes but these bumps don't leave a scar.
MAKE SURE YOU USE A SUNSCREEN MOISTURIZER! I stopped using this for 1-2 weeks because I was going on a trip and knew I would be outdoors. My face sunburned so bad.
Taj from PA
My skincare routine has gotten very simple and this product was a phenomenal addition. My skin texture and pores have never been better. Can't believe I haven't used retinol before this
Skincare Junkies, this is a MUST HAVE!
Lele from San Diego, ca
I've been on a tangent recently trying to make sure I'm using the best products to keep my skin glowy, healthy and youthful. This product is a holy grail!!!!! Retinol is used to fight wrinkles, dimples, or signs of aging in skin. I'm only 26, and I've noticed a huge turnaround immediately. I apply before my cerave moisturizer at night and I always have a youthful glow the morning after, love love love it !
AVOID IF ACNE-PRONE
Medical Student from San Diego
After months of using this product, I really really really wish that one of these reviews could have told me that the jojoba oil in this product is HORRIBLE for acne-prone skin. This entire time I was worried about why I wouldn't stop purging. If you are not acne-prone, however, I am sure it's a good product. I am giving this product one star because it does not advertise that it contains jojoba oil.
idontknowbutilikeit from USA
When I first started using it I had a bit of acne show up, but that's completely normal when introducing something new to your body. I continued to use it and my skin looked and felt very moisturized, but not like lotion seeping into your skin moisture, but something different. It feels better than lotion. It is considered thick and sticky to some, but it makes the skin look wonderfully youthful. I suggest doing a patch test before applying it to your whole face, (which is actually what they suggest as well). In some of the reviews people said they had bad reactions, so ALWAYS apply a new product to a small section on the face for a few days to test its reaction.
I needed a stronger Retinol and this one seems great. I real
Denise from Frandor... Michigan
At night. My skin seems clearer and bright...love it!! I use alot of the ordinary products and love them. Good prices on all of them makes it easy and affordable!!
Don't let the price fool you!
MoBisMe from Los Angeles
This product was recommended to me by a friend who works in prestige beauty. I thought for the price - how good could it be? I have acne prone skin and was a little nervous when I first applied it as it felt a bit oily. I put on at night - as you do with retinoids and woke up in the morning to the softest skin and without an oily feel. Lots of retinols have broken me out or felt sticky. This doesn't. It's only been a few days that I've been using it but no reaction whatsoever and my skin seems to love it.
Great for MASK ACNE
Retinol for Acne from Atlanta
I have struggled with mask acne the entire pandemic. In passing conversation a dermatologist said that retinol would help but didn't specify any further. I knew the ordinary made a retinol formula and at the price point I thought "why not" and took a chance. This stuff has paid for itself 10x over. Will be buying for LIFE now.
question about refrigerating
sej from bensalem,pa
Hello i was reading the label and says to refrigerate after opening. I did see the label till two days, its okay to refrigerate or discard and get new one.
litmuggle from pikeville, kentucky
I'm very happy with this product but somedays I have to take a break. I have been using this product for a month and my skin looks great. I have a youthful glow every morning and my crows feet look much better. My skin is sensitive so it can cause my skin to be red and patchy at times so I will take a break for a day or to when that happens and I go right back to it. For the price I would say try it and see if it works for you because it can be a great product.
Love, love, love!!
Kelly from Crystal Lake, IL
My skin feels so tight and smooth! I absolutely crave it!!
This stuff is the truth!!!!
Louie from Los Angeles
This stuff is the truth. It does everything it claims to do and more. After almost 2 weeks of using this retinol serum, I've noticed a complete change in my skin. The texture is so much smoother, it gives me a glow, it's fading my dark marks and acne, and has diminished my pores. Even ppl around me notice the change in my skin and have given me compliments. I seriously love this product. I have always struggled with my skin and have tried everything out there. I know it sound like I been paid to rave about this (I wish) but it has been such a game changer for me and my confidence in my skin. Im so glad I came across this. I'm so surprised that something so small and affordable could make such a huge difference in my skin and other than a hyaluronic serum (that I've been using forever) before applying retinol I don't use anything else. I'm only commenting so that whoever questions this product tries it and it helps them out and does for them what it's done for me. I'm putting everyone i know on to this! (Plz don't ever switch up the formula or price Ordinary/Ulta)
SSannS from Durham NC
I started using this every other night since it was my first time trying a retinol product. I am very impressed - has not caused irritation and all the little bumps are gone! I wake up to smooth, glowing skin. The price is phenomenal!!!
Nicole from 40502
Can't use this often because it definitely causes some breakouts but it does make my skin improve I think and I'm happy with how long it last and the price. If it didn't break me out I'd give it 10/10
koko from Virginia
I really love this stuff! It makes my face look so healthy and really helps the overall texture of my skin. It also really helps my breakouts. I've noticed a lot of reviews saying this stuff caused the little bumps. That happens when retinol is too strong for the skin ( they are either using it too often, mixing something they shouldn't with retinol, ect.) I highly recommend starting off with just washing your face then adding 2-3 small drops in your face lotion at night. Start off only ONCE a week, especially if you are new to retinol or have sensitive skin. I use this along with my Ceave PM face lotion! All in all this is one of my favorite retinols and I am super picky with my skincare products! Just give it a try but DONT over do it! And that goes for ANY retinols! < 3
oily and disappointing
REW from DC
it makes me break out, not a first time retinol user and this is the only one that's very broken me out
Not for me
Penny from Cali
This serum left my skin feeling sticky and even though I followed with a moisturizer it left me with dry patches on my face
I would not recommend
MW from NC
I would not recommend this product. I have tried different products over the years and none have ever been this bad. I used this ONE time and now my skin looks horrible. I followed the directions and applied sunscreen anytime I went out to make sure my skin was protected. Well, it didn't work. I applied it and then removed it a few hours later after experiencing some burning. When I looked in the mirror my skin was noticeably irritated and covered in small bumps. I avoided using anything else (other than my moisturizer and sunscreen) in hopes that my skin would calm down… that did NOT work. It's now day 3 and I'm sitting in urgent care because my skin is still burning.
The perfect retinol for beginners
EC from Michigan
This product is cheap and perfect for first time retinol users! I have been using it for just over a year and it has helped my acne prone skin so much. I did add a sunscreen to help combat any potential redness or sun issues - which is a big deal with retinols.
Good for acne / starter retinol
lilyy from detroit mi
this is a good product because it has never given me any type of irritation or breakouts and i think it is also good at helping prevent and heal breakouts.
it really helps to use it more frequently when i know the time of the month when my skin is the worst is approaching
i started using this when i was 23 and i stated to see wrinkles at only 20. my wrinkles usually show more when my skin is dried out so having the oil in the product helps to moisturize so i don't see them as much. i'm not sure if it is fading them or not but i have been using it for several months now and i will repurchase.
i would say the ordinary niacinamide is better at fading ance scars / spots but i think this product is better at preventing them since i haven't had any new ones lately just older ones from before i started to use this product.