57%
would repurchase
4.2/5
package quality

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description

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin alongside zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid has been shown to significantly reinforce skin barrier function, improve skin smoothness, and increase skin radiance over time. Contraindications: If topical Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid and/or Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid) is used as part of skincare, it should be applied at alternate times with this formula (ideally Vitamin C in the PM and this formula in the AM). Otherwise, Niacinamide can affect integrity of the Vitamin C.

ingredients

Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc Pca, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Reviews

Reviews


5.0
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a month ago

Although it’s only 30ml, the lightweight oil formulation allows me to generously cover my entire face (which is on the larger side) with just 1 drop. As I become more concerned with blemishes and...

About reviewer (3 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinSensitive, Fair-Medium

HairBlack

EyesBlack



1.0
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6 months ago

This dried me out and irritated me beyond belief, luckily the effect didn't last long but I'm too put off to continue use.

About reviewer (13 reviews)

Age19-24

SkinCombination, Medium Brown, Neutral

HairBlack, Wavy, Medium

EyesBlack


1.0
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8 months ago

This stuff is extremely drying on skin. I threw it away because it was too irritating. It might be OK for some people to use on individual targeted blemish spots, but not all over the face. With...

About reviewer (17 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium

HairBlond

EyesBrown


5.0
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a year ago

Using this as an all-over serum didn't do anything for me, not for pores and not for oiliness. BUT... when spot applying on acne, it's been my go-to for years, always helping to flatten and calm...

About reviewer (797 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinCombination, Tan, Not Sure

HairBlack, Other, Other

EyesBrown


3.0
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a year ago

After trying other brands’ niacinamide/zinc solutions I had high expectations to this product. I have not been impressed unfortunately, as my skin is not happy with the gel form of this. I have...

About reviewer (26 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium

HairBrunette

EyesGreen


3.0
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a year ago

The texture was the biggest let down for me, bit too sticky. I would only use it in the evening, as it would be hard applying other products over this serum in the morning. Also, couldn't see any...

About reviewer (471 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium, Warm

HairBrunette, Straight, Fine

EyesGreen


2.0
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a year ago

This product was just to sticky and I had issues with pilling so was hard to layer, I think in general though niacinimide causes pilling cause I’ve tried a few now, if anyone has any suggested...

About reviewer (56 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair

HairBrunette

EyesBrown


5.0
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2 years ago

Has no scent - good. Over time lessens the darkness of scars and dark spots, but it takes time, this is not overnight product. I love that it comes in glass bottle, such a nice not too heavy...

About reviewer (24 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinDry, Fair

HairBlond

EyesBlue


3.0
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2 years ago

I used this product for a few years, applying it every other morning in rotation with TO's Ascorbyl Glucoside 12% formulation. While it didn't make a huge difference in my skin, it definitely...

About reviewer (13 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinVery Oily, Fair-Medium

HairBrunette

EyesBrown


5.0
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2 years ago

I'm in the process of doing a split face test of the La Mer Treatment Lotion, side by side with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% with Zinc, starting 2 weeks ago. Spoiler alert: it's FANTASTIC. Read on...

About reviewer (297 reviews)

Age56 & Over

SkinCombination, Olive, Warm

HairSilver, Curly, Medium

EyesBrown


1.0
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2 years ago

I like most of The Ordinary products I've used, but this made me break out. Won't be buying this again.

About reviewer (14 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinNormal, Fair, Warm

HairBrown, Curly, Fine

EyesBlue


1.0
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3 years ago

Burnt my skin

About reviewer (3 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinDry, Fair-Medium

HairBrown

EyesBlue


3.0
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3 years ago

First impression, based on just a few uses, several weeks apart: this product is VERY drying for me, but IF I moisturize heavily to correct for that, it improves my skin's appearance with a subtle...

About reviewer (23 reviews)

Age56 & Over

SkinNormal, Fair, Neutral

HairBrunette, Wavy, Medium

EyesHazel


1.0
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3 years ago

i love this brand, but absolutely hate the serum. my skin got very irritated and my dermatologist explained it is too high percentage of the niacinamide- it should be up to 5%.I will stick to...

About reviewer (253 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinSensitive, Fair, Warm

HairBlond, Wavy, Fine

EyesHazel


2.0
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3 years ago

I bought this as a skincare newbie and jumped straight into applying it religiously every morning. I had used niacinamide before, I just didn't have a routine and it was just an ingredient in a...

About reviewer (4 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Medium

HairBrown

EyesHazel


2.0
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3 years ago

I wanted to love it but not everything works for everyone. It made my dryer than it already is

About reviewer (1 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinVery Dry, Medium

HairBrown

EyesGreen


5.0
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3 years ago

I’m on my third bottle. I began using this as part of a kit from The Ordinary which I bought at Ulta. The kit included Squalane cleanser, salicylic acid mask, and the HA moisture balm. The...

About reviewer (73 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinOther, Fair, Cool

HairBrunette, Wavy, Fine

EyesBrown


5.0
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3 years ago

This is my favorite serum of all time! When I finished the bottle and ran out, I didn’t repurchase it for a month (due to lockdown) and my skin was not happy. It started breaking out and shortly...

About reviewer (6 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinNormal, Medium

HairBlond

EyesGreen


5.0
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3 years ago

Of all The Ordinary products, this is the one I can't live without. I have very sensitive skin prone to breakouts and this serum has improved the texture of my skin so much! Sometimes when I'm...

About reviewer (70 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinSensitive, Fair, Cool

HairBrunette, Wavy, Medium

EyesBlue


5.0
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3 years ago

I love this product! I use it immediately after cleansing my face while it is still damp. I do not apply on dry skin. I find this to be very soothing to my sensitive skin. I have decreased...

About reviewer (215 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinOily, Medium, Warm

HairBlack, Curly, Fine

EyesBrown