I’ve been waffling on about The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (which we’ll shorten to The Ordinary Niacinamide in this post for sanity’s sake) for months now and I’ve emptied many a bottle of that serum, so a review is long overdue.
Price point, quantity and practical info
The product comes in a glass bottle and is dispensed through a dropper.
It’s alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan.
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
What’s niacinamide and what will it do for me?
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. Ten percent is a pretty high concentration and, when working in conjunction with zinc, it’ll keep your sebum activity under control and reduce the appearance of your blemishes. It does not, however, qualify as a treatment for acne, but it can be used alongside acne treatments for more visible and faster results.
How and when to apply The Ordinary niacinamide
Should not be applied at the same time as vitamin C as it might compromise its integrity. If vitamin C is part of your routine, use The Ordinary Niacinamide in the AM and vitamin C in the PM.
If you’re not using any vitamin C, feel free to apply this serum twice a day, after toners and before creams.
What I think of The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
It’s like asking me what I think of Eminem’s lyrics or Creme Eggs: I think it’s the tits.
As I was saying earlier, I’ve been using this for months (maybe years) and have already mentioned it in my redness relief routine a while back. Vitamin B3 has anti-inflammatory properties and The Ordinary Niacinamide has helped minimize my rosacea in ways no other product had done before (god knows I’ve tried my fair share of prescription skincare).
I also find that my pores appear less dilated than before, my skin isn’t as oily, and I really believe it helps get rid of the odd spot.
For its price, you really can’t go wrong. Just keep in mind that you won’t see results overnight. It might take a few weeks before you see any improvement, as with all skin care products.