Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Acne face skincare
Niacinamide in skincare
Inflammation face serums
Jan. 31, 2020
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Which Niacinamide would you choose?
This is definitely not a dupe situation. These two formulas are only similar in the fact that they contain the same amount of niacinamide (as well as some texture and preservative agents). I’ve been a longtime user of The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and it does work, but I felt after my first bottle I wasn’t getting any continued results. I was also left unimpressed and looking for a different option due to the fact that this is a very tacky formula that can be difficult to work with. TO includes zinc in their formula which they state can reduce acne and can be anti-inflammatory. At $6 you’re getting your 2 active ingredients; niacinamide and zinc. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster includes the same 10% of niacinamide but doesn’t stop there. They also add vitamin C and a BUNCH of calming, hydrating and restoring products that your skin needs (see attached ingredient list). It’s been a controversy whether or not vitamin C and Niacinamide can be used together, even The Ordinary suggests that their Niacinamide not be used at the same time as vitamin C. Many brands and consumers have disagreed. Paula’s Choice adds the protective ingredients to ensure you’ll have less of a chance of irritation. Paula’s Choice serum is a lightweight watery formula that leaves no residue and I find easy to work into my routine. I wasn’t quite prepared for the thin formula as The Ordinary has more of a tacky texture. I found it best to add it directly from the dropper to my face, versus my hands then face. When it comes to the price difference it does seem that The Ordinary would be the obvious choice. I’m not one that believes that quality skincare has to cost more. But Paula’s Choice formula offers much more than Niacinamide. You’re getting several ingredients that are not found in The Ordinary, hence the price difference. Once I’ve emptied my bottle I’ll be better able to determine if spending 4x’s the amount is worth it. I could choose to use a less expensive option and add the antioxidants and other skin-replenishing ingredients found in Paula’s Choices formula, but I have to admit, I do like the simplicity of fewer steps in my skincare routine. 😉 There are also several other options available that I’ve not yet tried. I have tried The Inkey List and it is just a tad bit less tacky than The Ordinary. Other brand options I’d be open to try are: ￼Good Molecules $6 - formula looks similar to TO and TIL with the only active ingredient being niacinamide ￼Naturium $16 - 10% niacinamide and 2% zinc ￼Good Molecules $14 - similar again to TO and TIL I LOVE how Paula’s Choice lists their ingredients. Behind each one you’ll find out how it benefits the skin. This saves me a TON of time and effort when doing my reviews! Individual reviews on The Ordinary and The Inkey List Niacinamide can be found on my page. What’s your favorite Niacinamide to use? ❤️🍒
Current Products I'm Using
I have oil/combo skin and been struggling with hormonal acne for a few years now which is mainly around my chin. I have noticed some positive changes but also some negative ones, for example I have more blackheads in areas besides my nose which I never had before. Here are the products I've been using lately. AM Routine I don't cleanse in the morning just splash water on my face and pat dry, then I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster after I apply moisturizer e.l.f. - Holy Hydration! Face Cream - Fragrance Free then sunscreen Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract PM Routine During the day I don't wear much makeup just some mascara so I just use GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Water for my first cleanse, then I go in with PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser which I am just about out of so I will be using CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanserwhich I haven't tried before but decided to buy it because of all the hype! Than I apply my toner and depending on my skin at the time I will either use PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner or I'm from - Rice Toner I have just recently purchased and starting using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% then I moisturizer with THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator twice a weeks and PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C 3 times a week. My skin is still breaking out so I'm gonna try eliminating certain products to see if I can pin point what is causing the breakouts and blackheads. I recently purchased a cleansing brush and I'm gonna start by eliminating the Paulas choice BHA Exfoliator and start using the brush 2 or 3 times a week instead. If that's not the problem then I'm gonna try taking out the Vitamin C. If anyone has any advice or tips I am all ears!!!
Today’s favourite is The Ordinary‘s Retinol 1% in Squalane. The ingredients are pretty straightforward: Squalane, a few other oils, 1% retinol, tomato fruit extract, a preservative. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and one of the very few actives that has scientifically proven anti aging potential. There are other retinoids, some of which like adapalen or isotretinoin are considered pharmaceuticals. They are generally used as an acne treatment, isotretinoin is probably also the most effective anti aging topical there is (prescription only though, and for good reasons!) Retinol also helps with acne, thickens your skin and can even help with scars. Too good to be true? As with everything, there has to be a downside: Your skin has to get used to it and while it does you will either get very dry skin or your skin will purge and you’ll get extra pimply. It’s very important to start retinol slowly and with a low percentage. As I have used prescription retinoids for acne in the past, I decided to skip the lowest percentage The Ordinary offers (0.2%) and start with 0.5%. The first one and a half months were bad, so many new pimples. After the initial purging my skin got better fast. When I ran out of my 0.5 bottle I decided to try out 1%. It went smoothly and I‘m on my second bottle now. I use it two to three times a week and it works nicely. I rarely get spots and I like to think that my skin looks more even in general. Like all The Ordinary products, this one is really cheap, I personally also like the squalane base as it‘s pretty moisturising. Definitely a good retinol product for beginners. A few words of warning though: if you have very sensitive skin or skin issues like rosacea, retinol might not be for you. If you’re in your 20s you can wait, unless you have issues with acne and/or scarring (like me). And: Sunscreen is even more important while using Retinol!!
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
the ordinary: best acne products
the ordinary had given itself a great platform recently over all social media’s! i’ve seen many people use these products to clear up their skin, here are some great products for oily/ acne prone skin. 🔆 Niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% helps oil production, and minimizes the appearance of pores. this is a serum so you should use it before other creams and oils. do not use with vitamin c. 🔆salicylic acid 2% helps blemishes and tones. use after cleanser and before oils and creams. 🔆100% plant derived squalene helps dehydrated skin. use after moisturizer any time of the day. 🔆 Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5 helps repair skin and avoid dehydration. works best when used before moisturizers and oils. *use all of the above in the morning and night*
Heeey! 🍻So I’m writing this post in a semi drunk mode and it’s more fun that way. This is another the Ordinary product I’ve been using a lot for months now and I thought it’s time to review it for you. ~~The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion~~ So I’m 26 now, and somehow the pathway from 25-26 was the scariest for me. I just felt like I don’t have young skin anymore, it’s time to really think about my aging skin. I was panicking, buying EVERYTHING that had the word ”anti-aging” on it, thinking ”If it says anti-aging, it means it’s gonna make me age backwards”.. Anyways, after buying tons of stuff advertising ”anti-aging”, I actually found out (by susanyara) that retinol/retinoid or Vitamin A is actually scientifically proven that will help in anti-aging, NOT making you younger but increase the production of collagen and speeds the turnover of superficial skin cells. Anyway, I wanted to try something affordable first and I bought this one from the Ordinary and I freakin loooooove it! 👏🏼 After a few weeks I noticed that when my pimples reach out to me, I put this on my skin and they disappear! Now after months of using, I see that my skin is improving ALOT and I just see that difference staring back at me in the mirror. This stuff works guys. Maybe I’ll buy another Retinoid product after I’m finished with this one.
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
Best moisturizer for sensitive skin
The ordinary has quickly become my favorite brand because of its affordability and it’s high quality products. This moisturizer is marketed as a natural Moisturizer that is fairly simple. It has amino acids, dermal lipids and hyaluronic acid. It is targeted to combat dryness and works perfectly for my skin. It doesn’t have any parabens or sulfates which makes it perfect for me. The texture is a thicker cream that spreads easily and absorbs incredibly quick. I bought this to replace my dr. Jart water drop moisturizer and could not be happier. If I am feeling extra dry I will add a few drops of drunk elephant moisturizer too. It hydrates my skin just enough without making me too greasy throughout the day and it does not cause breakouts for me. It’s around $8 for 3.3 oz which is a price that can not be beat. I would recommend this for anyone starting to get in to skin care and even for those who have been taking care of their skin for years. It is a perfect add on for any routine. I would give it 5 out 5 stars because it is affordable and effective. The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
The Ordinary-Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
Life changing product!!
Everyone has a favorite product. This one is definitely mine!✌🏼🌸 Picture 1️⃣ was taken 2 months ago when I first started using it Picture 2️⃣ was taken this past weekend. Both pictures were taken right after I got out of the shower (peep my stylish hair towel 👀) . . @theordinary really makes amazing products and I wish I knew about this one years ago! Read more below and comment with your favorite product! ⬇️ . . What is Azelaic Acid? ▪️it’s a dicarboxylic acid which are usually used to treat rosacea by decreasing the swelling and redness of the skin Benefits of Azelaic Acid: ▪️reduces the appearance of blemishes and redness ▪️brightens skin tone ▪️reduces skin texture (something most people don’t consider)
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1% DIDN’T WORK
I have never been so excited to try a product. Everyone has spoken so highly of this product that I NEEDED to try it. I heard it was great for blemishes and I am currently struggling with trying to get rid of them. The first pic is the day before I started applying it. The first time I applied it was in the PM. So I basically slept to see morning results and wow. In just an overnight my skin did NOT like this. I got many little red bumps on my face and I had not gotten any acne in over 2 month and 1/2 now. Then I applied the morning and night to see if maybe it could change the results. And it did, the little red bumps were gone, so I thought. Two massive volcanos popped up on my face a day after, I thought “maybe I applied too much” so gave it two more days and ended up getting more. So now that i just recently stopped, the upcoming pimples are no longer there. I really do wish this product worked for me. It feels great on the skin. But my skin is just too complicated :(
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
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