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17 reviews
58%
would repurchase
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1.0
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6 months ago

This gave me the worst skin ever! I have previously used the granactive retinol emulsion, and liked the results. However this oil based formula gave me the the most disgusting cystic acne breakout of my life. I am 37 with oily skin prone to small non cystic break outs before my period. This gave me breakouts the first night. I thought maybe my skin was purging, but it went on for a month. At one …Read more

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About reviewer (4 reviews)

Age36-43

SkinOily, Fair

HairBrown

EyesBrown



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10 months ago

Unfortunately, this product really didn't agree with my skin, I used it for under a month and it caused pretty bad papular dermatitis to breakout on my forehead. I don't have particularly sensitive skin but I have been on Accutane (an extremely powerful acne medication) twice in my life (several years ago), so it's possible that it's left my skin somewhat more sensitive to …Read more

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About reviewer (5 reviews)

Age30-35

SkinAcne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

HairBrown, Other, Other

EyesHazel


5.0
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12 months ago

I actually have this in the 5% solution. No irritation what so ever. My skin looks amazing. I just reviewed this on YouTube along with the Buffet and the Lactic Acid 10% with HA. My skin is smoother, more radiant and fine lines are minimized. In fact people are asking if I have had botox or fillers done. Nope! Just amazing skincare from The Ordinary. I am absolutely loving these products. They …Read more

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About reviewer (255 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinCombination, Medium, Neutral

HairOther, Straight, Medium

EyesGreen


4.0
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Sep/05/2018

So I jumped on the Ordinary bandwagon and just went crazy. By far, this brand is one of the best skincare finds of the century. Most of the products worked well for me and considering the price, I really don't have any complaints. However, as always, some products work better than others.

I really wanted to like this. I'm a regular retinol user and the idea of a retinoid …
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About reviewer (370 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinSensitive, Fair-Medium

HairBlack

EyesBlack


5.0
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Aug/02/2018

amazing product.

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About reviewer (1 reviews)

Age56 & Over

SkinCombination, Fair, Cool

HairBrown, Straight, Fine

EyesBrown


5.0
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Jul/19/2018

I have both the 2% and 5% but I can say that I like the 5% more as it feels more effective. My face looks brighter the next morning and feels softer and clearer. It’s hydrating and works great under any other product

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About reviewer (35 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium

HairBlack

EyesBrown


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Jul/07/2018

I love the ordinary for their price and approach to skin care without trying to con you into paying ridiculous prices BUT I do not love this product.
this is a retinoid Ester which are far weaker and personally I saw NO effects from this product but clogged pores from the squalane which feels oily and gross on the skin.
I didn’t get any results even irritation because this does …
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About reviewer (19 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinVery Dry, Fair

HairRed

EyesBrown


4.0
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Jun/20/2018

I have been using for 3 months, so I can only comment on the shirt term results rather that after 6months of consistent use.

I started this in March and went straight in with 2 nights on and one night off. I now use it every PM. It is a med weight oil, delivered in a dropper type of brown bottle. I do not like the bottle because retinols reduce efficacy once exposed to air and I am …
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About reviewer (104 reviews)

Age44-55

SkinAcne-prone, Dark, Not Sure

HairBlack, Curly, Coarse

EyesBrown


5.0
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Jun/11/2018

Love. Pure and simple.

My skin is thin, sensitive, prone to redness, breakouts and dry patches. Although it reacts quickly to products, it can sometimes be difficult to make it stay in a good shape. Enter this (or really, any The Ordinary retinoids).

I started with the 2% Retinoid Emulsion, then bought the 2% in Squalane, and finally the 5%. They all give me immediate …
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About reviewer (24 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair, Warm

HairBlond, Straight, Fine

EyesHazel


4.0
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May/26/2018

Contains a newer ester of retinoic acid, hydroxypinacolone retinoate, reportedly with similar efficacy but less skin irritation. "Granactive Retinoid" is a brand name.

Let me be very clear, this is not a prescription retinoid nor sold as an OTC medicine so it does not have to adhere to the same strict rules about dosing and effectiveness that medicines do, whether prescribed …
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About reviewer (198 reviews)

Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair, Neutral

HairBrunette, Wavy, Fine

EyesHazel





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