Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 9/19/2018 11:05:00 AM

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I’m fairly new to paying attention to my skin when I began to develop red patches. When I first started using this it really did a number—I was red and burning and in pain. Basically the same reaction that so many other people seem to get. Coincidentally, I was also trying another product developed by a dermatologist that came with extensive instructions about introducing it slowly as you should with any new product. So I did with this one too and sure enough I now tolerate it well and it’s taken care of any redness on my face. The redness returned when I stopped using it for a bit and disappeared when I started again. I’m now on my fourth bottle.


Masks -Deciem -The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

on 9/19/2018 10:17:00 AM

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I'm a HUGE fan of this product!

This product can be so beneficial to the texture and look of your skin when properly used in a facial routine.

I make sure to do a peel twice monthly using this product followed by micellar water (nab the residue), a hydrating or soothing sheet mask and moisturizer to finish.

It's to my benefit that I do not have highly sensitive skin or acne prone skin (I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone who does). This peel definitely gives you a tingle and if you have an acute sense of smell, you can smell the 'burn' of your skin peeling.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 9/19/2018 10:11:00 AM

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I heard great things about this product and opted to buy it after using and being pleased with some of their other direct acids and primers.

However, this product doesn't do much for me at all.. in fact, my face starts peeling almost immediately. As I'm introducing it to my skin, can see where it's beginning to dry and peel and that's not good. I'm sure it's due to the high concentration, but I mix it with mild lotion to dilute it down.

I used it Monday night (Sept. 17, 2018) and I plan on throwing it out.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 9/18/2018 9:16:00 AM

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Sadly this product is way too sticky and very difficult to apply.
Although it does contain two excellent anti-acne and anti-aging actives in a rather unusually high concentration, the formula is too sticky and as mentioned above, not slippery enough to apply or glide on easily.

The water based formula contains mainly water and Pentylene Glycol (humectant) that is thickened by two gums. This already makes the smoothness a bit difficult.
There are two solubilizers used that could have contributed to a more elegant application if used in a higher concentration.

I also believe that using Niacinamide (vitamin B3) in such high concentration as in this product can be highly irritating and would be only recommended to very damaged skin or a thicker more resilient acne-prone skin type that is not sensitive.
Zinc PCA is an effective anti-acne agent but also provides nourishment to skin, however above 0.75% concentration it will do more damage than good.

I can only recommend this product to skin types that are resilient and have visible sun-damage or have moderate acne with a skin type that is not sensitive.
(Severe acne should be treated by prescription drugs or other anti-acne agents such as Benzoyl peroxide.)

Ingredients: 10% Niacinamide and 1% Zinc PCA
Ingredients list: Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%

on 9/17/2018 12:21:00 PM

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I am obsessed with several of the Ordinary's products and being a beauty geek, frequently recommend them to others while spreading the gospel of skincare. This one was underwhelming though. I'm 36 and my main sign of aging is furrows in my forehead. I had hoped this serum would decrease them, but there was no discernable difference. It was lightweight and slightly moisturizing, so for that I gave it 2 lippies. Oh well. The golden rule of skincare is "Your mileage may vary" and with The Ordinary, at least it doesn't cost much to "fill up" on product.

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Lip Treatments -Deciem -Abnomaly Petrowhat

on 9/16/2018 1:12:00 AM

Best lipbalm I have ever used! The ingredient list is what makes it a keeper and of course the fun description of the product. No more chapped lips, My lips feel hydrated and soft. The tube is long lasting and costs only $7 Canadian. When I apply the balm I can taste a bit of the flavour (currently coconut) and I even like that!.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 9/15/2018 7:16:00 AM

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I have dry dehydrated skin and use this as my serum step. It took me about 3.5 months to finish this. I apply 2 drops, 2 times a day.

It initially reduced some of the redness on my cheeks. I felt like it just plateaued afterwards.

The texture is sticky but it's not the last step of my routine so that wasn't an issue for me.

I did not find this to be very moisturising. I read somewhere that it may be the zinc that is drying.

It's good to know that my skin doesn't have any issues with Niacinamide but I won't purchase. I'll be looking for other products that have Niacinamide in it.


Toners -Deciem -The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

on 9/14/2018 10:57:00 PM

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Have finished a bottle already. Honestly, when I bought this I hoped that this would be my new fav. Toner instead of Pixi glow tonic (which is my holy grail and of course, more expensive) This toner seemed to be ok at first. I had no breakout, no irritation and no effect. Yes, no effect. My skin didnt glow like when I used Pixi nor help my acne problem. If you want to try glycolic toner I recommand you to buy Pixi instead. A little pricey but you will notice a change.(and pixi is less irritating since it comes with a lower conc.)

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Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics

on 9/13/2018 8:56:00 PM

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This stuff does smell. It's actually why I took off two lippies. It's the main reason why I never reach for it. I'm not sure it did anything wonderful for my skin either.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5

on 9/13/2018 2:30:00 PM

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I bought this product on a whim to see if it is as good as or better than other serums I have used. Unfortunately, it does not hydrate my skin at all. For the price, I really wanted to like this product, but for me it is a dud. I have used Skinceuticals HA serum and the B5 Hydrating Gel and Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Cream which actually replenish moisture in my skin.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex

on 9/13/2018 2:16:00 PM

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Caused dry patches and inflammation almost instantly! I have pretty good (but very dry) skin, so I had high hopes for the MMHC which I bought last summer, but after using it for two days my skin became drier, then red, inflamed, and scaly! It got so bad people noticed. I immediately stopped everything in my regime - using only a medicated hydrocortisone ointment (it was very embarrassing). Then as I gradually re-introduced everything I realised after one use it was the MMHC. This was not during winter and Sydney is very humid so I knew it wasn't the hyaluronic acid pulling moisture out of my skin because of a dry environment. I couldn't make sense of it because even when I layered it with other hydrating serums, moisturisers and/or oils I kept getting dry red patches, I tried to persevere thinking my skin might need to build tolerance but it was too drying and irritating.

I couldn't find anything about anyone else having this reaction so I thought I was just super unlucky and have since avoided all HA like the plague, only recently I read about how lower weight molecules can trigger inflammation, so it's something to keep in mind for the long term:

"High molecular weight HA displays anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, whereas low molecular weight HA is a potent proinflammatory molecule."... "Studies with inflammatory macrophages have shown that fragmented HA with a molecular mass with a peak in the range of 2.5×105 Da, but not the high molecular mass precursor, can induce the expression of inflammatory genes (Hodge-Dufour et al., 1997, Horton et al., 1998, Horton et al., 1999, McKee et al., 1996, McKee et al., 1997, Noble et al., 1993, Noble et al., 1996)."

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Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

on 9/13/2018 2:13:00 PM

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Started using this over a year ago, it's truly been a lifesaver! Would recommend to anyone with dry skin... It's helping me wean off Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche (want to go cruelty free) although I still feel I need a moisturiser to go with it.

A++ and I don't think there is any noticeable difference between this and the DE marula oil.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

on 9/13/2018 1:25:00 PM

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This product really cannot be worn under makeup,or even at night,for me.
It remains sticky and gritty and I cannot possibly see putting anything over it
without it being a disaster,and it would rub off onto my pillowcase if I used it
at night.

That said,I have found a use for it. If I am home during the day,I will put it on as
a mask and leave on for as long as I can....I figure my skin will get some of the Vit C
benefits,so it's not a total loss.

Will not repurchase this,but looking forward to trying the Vit C powder,as I love
the Philosophy one.

No big deal in trying this,it's cheap enough


Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 9/13/2018 7:21:00 AM

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My skin: combo/dehydrated and acne-prone with quite a bit of texture (large pores, dryness and flakiness, hormonal acne that is currently under control).

I like this. It's a very simple, no-fuss moisturizer, basically, that provides quite a bit of hydration with minimal ingredients and irritants, at a great price point. I use this in combination with a number of other products, and I don't think this will hold up as my main moisturizer once I get dry winter skin, it's quite light. But it will still help, under a barrier cream, and I do like this a lot.

I LOVE the fact that it's cheap, cheerful and comes in a larger tube as well. I go through a lot (a LOT) of moisturizer in the winter (I live in Stockholm, which has a cold and dry winter climate) and this is both very economical and makes me feel less stressed out about running out. So. Would I repurchase? Already have; tried out the small tube first, which is now finished. I'm on my first large tube.

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Primer/ Corrector -Deciem -The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

on 9/13/2018 7:05:00 AM

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So, to preface: I have combination dehydrated skin with some texture issues. Large pores on my nose, persistent flaking there as well (possibly seborrheic dermatitis or something) and sometimes hormonal acne, although that's almost completely under control now. Texture, I have it.

I also have a very hard time getting foundation, any and all foundation, to stick to my nose. Literally. It does not stick, or it will separate, pool in my pores, show up all the flaky bits I didn't even know I had and look generally awful. It's like trying to blend two things that just will not mix, you know? Like trying to blend water on a hydrophobic surface. I've tried applying with brushes, with a beauty blender, with my hands, different techniques. I've tried a fair number of different foundations, silicone-based, water-based, powders and even an old-school oil-based one or two. I've tried different primers, pore-filling ones, hydrating ones, mattifying ones, and so on. Spraying some Fix + on before does help, as does making sure my face is well exfoliated, intensely moisturized and hydrated beforehand, but it's never, ever foolproof. The rest of my face looks fine, but my nose is sometimes such a disaster area with foundation that I've turned more and more to sheer, natural-looking foundations, because they tend to look the least awful. MAC Face & Body generally does ok, as does the Pixi H2O SkinTint. Mineral powder foundations are a bit hit and miss. Estée Lauder Double Wear, not so much; it shows up every bit of texture and, weirdly for a foundation with such industrial-strength lasting power, doesn't really adhere well either. Double Wear Light does slightly better, but it's still tricky. The Bobbi Brown foundation stick is a disaster, most concealers don't want to play nicely either.

And so I got this primer, because I've been on a bit of a Deciem kick lately, a few of their products have worked extremely well for me and there were those magic words in the name of it; High Adherence. Yes please, I would like some high adherence stuff to put on my nose, thank you. I don't even care if it makes foundations last longer, I just want something that makes them actually stick and blend nicely on my nose to begin with.

And lo and behold, this works. This actually does make foundations adhere better to my nose and not separate immediately. They still pool in my pores if I'm not careful, I'm going to try this out with a few different pore-fillers underneath and on top. I still have to be ever so careful applying. But it does what it says - helps foundations adhere to the skin - and that's what I'm here for.

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