Beauty Product Review: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

What is it – The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum

What it claims to do – Reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and pore congestion. Evens out bumpy skin texture and brightens the skin.

Key Ingredients – Niacinamide and Zinc PCA

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

Broadcaster: Eesha 

Broadcaster Verdict: Love it or hate it you can’t deny that the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum by The Ordinary is an absolute cult favourite in the skincare community! I’m currently on my second bottle and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only did it fade my acne scars but it also controlled my skin’s oil production and brightened my skin overall. However, since my skin type is oily, I could tolerate the high concentration of niacinamide. If you have dry or sensitive skin, this serum may sting a little and be a bit much for your skin to handle. Another way I like to use it is to mix it in with a thick fragrance-free moisturiser and use it as an eye cream. It helps brighten my under eye area and moisturise it at the same time. If you ask me, this serum would be my desert island beauty product!



Broadcaster: Vahbiz

Broadcaster VerdictNiacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary is a wonderful product. As someone with extremely sensitive skin that constantly has redness and irritation, this formulation really helped out. I noticed visible results after continuous use of this and found a reduction in redness and irritation related blemishes. I used it right after applying my toner. The only issue I found was that you need to wait as this product needs to be fully absorbed into the skin before you can proceed and apply any serums or moisturiser. If moisturiser is applied straight after, there will be some pilling. On days when I am in a rush and do not have time, I skip this step. The texture of the product is gel-like and very lightweight. Even though it takes a while, it absorbs into the skin completely and does not leave any residue. The formula is alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan. Since my skin is sensitive and experiences redness and irritation often, this formula is extremely helpful for me and is definitely one of my #HolyGrail skincare items.




Broadcaster: Lara

Broadcaster Verdict – Niacinamide is a water-soluble form of vitamin B3 which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. Niacinamide is good for controlling sebum as well as brightening and improving your skin’s texture. An ideal ingredient for my acne-prone combination skin. The Ordinary does not distract with pretty packaging or marketing. The affordable price point and rave reviews are what drove me to purchase the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. 

Prior to purchasing this product, I was using Glossier’s Super Pure serum. The Ordinary seemed like an excellent alternative with the difference between the products being the percentage of niacinamide. Glossier’s Super Pure has 5% and The Ordinary serum has double the amount.

I used it like any other serum, applying it after my cleanser and before moisturizing. Over time, I started noticing tiny little red dots spotting all over my cheek area. At first, I blamed it on my hormones. However, the redness and breakouts kept getting worse. On top of that, patches of dry skin were starting to appear. After giving myself a nice little skincare detox, the breakouts reduced and my skin was returning back to normal. The culprit was the newly incorporated Niacinamide + Zinc serum.

I later learned that the percentage of Niacinamide makes a huge difference. 5% is pretty optimal on skin types to see proper results but once it increases there is more room for your skin to get irritated. While The Ordinary may be a cult favourite dupe for many products, I would recommend checking on the ingredients to know exactly which products will work best on your skin. For me, this product didn’t really make the cut.




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