Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

the ordinary

Overall Score

1167 Reviews
redness relief
good for acne
Contains Hazardous Ingredients
drugstore, vegan, cruelty-free

What the reviews are saying

Good for mature skin

"...this was one of the first products i purchased from the ordinary, as it touted numerous benefits for my congested/acne-prone, oily, sensitive, mature skin..."

- Sephora User

"...i have mature, oily skin, especially across my forehead, and this product keeps me from having to touch up my makeup all day..."

- Sephora User
rednessredness relief
"it has visibly reduced my pores, helped with spots, smoothed over my skin, controlled oil production and generally improved the appearance of my skin, i would 100% recommend this product"
- Beautybay User
"it helps reduce shine and oil production throughout the day as well"
- Ulta User
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acnegood for acne
"best ever cleared breakouts"
- Sephora User
"really helps to keep my skin blemish free without being too harsh, has helped with milia and bumps and generally keeps my pores clog free and my skin looking fresh"
- Cult Beauty User
"it hasnt even been a week and my face is not congested any longer, feels fresh and clean and is most importantly calm and not irritated or itchy"
- Ulta User
"easily the most effective acne-fighter in my skincare routine, yet it's still very gentle on the skin"
- Sephora User


Beautybay User
Bad for acne, not good for dry skin
Oh my god, I have been using this combined with azelaic acid 10% for 5 days now and cannot cope with how amazing this is making my skin feel. My boyfriend even commented this morning on how smooth and soft my skin is looking! Reading reviews it seems like this is a really hit and miss serum so I thought I would try to be specific about my skin type. I have sensitive combination skin with a lot of acne, caused by coming off the contraceptive pill, that was previously clear dry skin. My skin cannot cope with tea tree oil in any form or heavily drying products which is why I have discovered this. I would not recommend this product for dry skin and my current routine is this in the morning, then azelaic acid 10% followed by La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Soothing Face and Body Balm B5 SPF 50+ 40ml. I do not use a moisturizer after this and then apply a light face of make up. I apply this again in the evening followed by Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating.
Beautybay User
Gentle, good for acne, redness relief
After the reading reviews I decided to try this and didn't expect to see a difference for a while. I have used this three times so far and already I can see visible changes to my skin. I have mild acne so I have prescribed cream for that but I decided to stop using it while using this product and honestly it works better than my prescribed cream. While it eliminates any spots that have come up, it has also majorly reduced a build up of oil in my skin and my pores look smaller and they feel so much cleaner. I would say though if you have dry/ very dry skin to moisturise a lot after using this product because it does dry my skin out, even with my oily skin. For me, it's not a bad point because it doesn't dry my skin out too bad as long as I don't overuse it. I recommend using this twice/ three times a week so your skin can have a break since it is an acid. Also I have sensitive skin and I haven't had any redness or any reaction to it at all! It's very gentle on your skin too.
Sephora User
Good for acne, gentle, good for sensitive skin
This was one of the first products I purchased from The Ordinary, as it touted numerous benefits for my congested/acne-prone, oily, sensitive, mature skin. I’ve been battling various degrees of acne and oiliness for over 2 decades. When I wasn’t dealing with active acne, I still had nasty hyperpigmentation; purple discoloration on my otherwise very pale face. They take months to disappear and as I’m nearing my 40s, it takes even longer to heal.In the last year I revamped my previously minimalist skincare and started incorporating multiple steps like that of Korean skincare, and adding a few simple but effective products like those from The Ordinary. I avoid fragrances, alcohols, and other potentially unnecessary or irritating ingredients and have found that proper pH is extremely important.The true turning point in my new skincare regime was adding in this niacinamide serum. I’d been poking around on YouTube researching skincare and listened to the recommendations of Wayne Goss and George Popovic, both of whom had absolutely awesome things to say about it and the brand. In George’s case, he reported his results after 7 and 10 months of regular use on acne-prone, oily skin and I was sold.While my oiliness had shown some improvement with the initial changes in my skincare routine, this serum literally slaked it. A couple of drops in the morning (I only use it in the a.m.), after I wash and tone, I pat this on my trouble areas and go about the rest of my routine. Incredible. My pores are less noticeable, the congestion is gradually disappearing, the discoloration is fading fast, and where I would normally be an oil slick by the end of the day, I simply have a healthy glow. I’ve since purchased other Ordinary products, all of which I’ve found to be fabulous and inexpensive. My true ride or die products are the niacinamide serum and the rose hip seed oil. « less


Compared to other blemish treatments, the ingredients in this product contain a larger number of hazardous materials.
13 ingredients

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