The Ordinary Skincare|Results

Does The Ordinary Skincare work? Read on to find out. Skip to the end for wowsers Before and After pics.

Following my previous post on my The Ordinary Skincare Regime for oily acne prone skin, I return with the results after 5 weeks of solid use with my (embarrassing) before and (impressive) after photos. 

I’ve already reported Deciem/The Ordinary’s unusual slant on skincare in my last post so I won’t go on about it in great length. (Deciem is the parent company). Suffice to say that The Ordinary is a totally different skincare line. They’re totally frank about their ingredients and it’s priced nice and low.

The Ordinary Skincare Regime For Acne 4 dropper bottles and one tube lined up
The Ordinary Skincare

In my last post I described my The Ordinary regime for my oily acne prone 37 year old skin. I’m using 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc, 23% Vitamin C Suspension, Buffet and Lactic Acid 10%. Here’s how I got on with each of them-

The Ordinary Skincare- My Experience After 5 Weeks Use

I spend a lot longer in the bathroom these days applying these various serums which is a bit of a pain. If I hadn’t seen results I probably would have knocked it on the head. Have a read of my Other The Ordinary post to find out a bit more about the products. This is how I felt about each of them after using them thoroughly-

  • Vitamin C 23% Suspension– I didn’t get on so well with this stuff. It creates a weird powdery greasy film, not all that comfortable to have on your face. The other odd thing about 23% Vitamin C is that it oxidises leaving orange stains on pillows and towels. I had to stop using it as a regular face cream.
    Now I use it as a brightening mask. I leave it on for a few minutes to absorb then rinse off before applying the rest of the serums. It does sting rather, but that means it’s working so I can deal with that. Vitamin C is an anti aging powerhouse, so it’s  well worth incorporating into your beauty regimen. I just found this suspension a little tricky to get on with.
  • Lactic Acid 10%+HA 2%-Now this is a different story. I didn’t use it for the first few days of my The Ordinary regime because I felt the Vitamin C was acid enough. When I started using this the immediate transformation in my skin was obvious. I use it once daily at nighttime and the next day my skin feels smooth as a baby’s. I haven’t had a zit since I started using it either. I normally always have a lovely selection of small spots and at least one large chin spot. Since starting Lactic Acid 10%, I have had no blemishes at all.
    I’m blown away by it and recommending it to everyone. I would expect a product that stings like this one does to leave my face dead dry. But I have experienced no drying or soreness at all using Lactic Acid.
  • Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1%– I’m sure this has helped with my acne. It helps to calm inflammation so it’s a good pair for the Lactic Acid serum. The Zinc is meant to help control oil production but in all honesty I haven’t noticed that. The Ordinary serums leave my face pretty shiny so I have to use a fair bit of powder on top to control shine. I use Niacinamide 10% serum morning and night. Niacinamide is a good addition to a skincare regime for oily or sensitive skin. It doesn’t give the dramatic results that Lactic Acid does, but I’m sure it helps.
  • Buffet Multi Technology Peptide Serum– I have been using Buffet morning and night mainly on my crinkly under eye area. I’m not sure it has done anything for me yet. My under eye is still pretty crinkly. At £12.70 for a serum containing a huge list of proven anti aging peptides and thingys, Buffet is definitely a bargain. You could spend quadruple that for an anti wrinkle cream with half the active ingredients.

The Ordinary Before and After Photos

Here are the all important Before and After photos.


The Ordinary Skincare Regime For Acne- before photo close up
Before Using The Ordinary Skincare
The Ordinary Skincare Regime For Acne Before Full face
Before Using The Ordinary Skincare

After 2 Weeks-

The Ordinary Skincare after using for 2 weeks close up
After Using The Ordinary Skincare for 2 Weeks

After 5 Weeks-

The Ordinary Skincare After 5 Weeks side face
The Ordinary Skincare After 5 Weeks
The Ordinary Skincare After 5 Weeks full face view
The Ordinary Skincare After 5 Weeks

The other skincare I was using consisted of Avene Cleanance Face Wash, Avene Cleanance Expert Cream and Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack Eye Cream. I was using those before I started The Ordinary and during too. Avene Cleanance is good stuff, definitely didn’t cause any breakouts or dryness, but it wasn’t curing my acne on its own.

I really think that it was the Lactic Acid that made all the difference to my skin. I’m sure everything else helps too. I’m really happy with the results. I would have expected any skincare to take way longer than 5 weeks to be effective (and honestly I was using the Lactic Acid for only 3weeks). I was most surprised to find that The Ordinary had cleared my acne in such a short space of time.

The long and short of it is that The Ordinary is a breath of fresh air. The Ordinary skincare is effective, cheap and transparent with it’s ingredients. And as you can see by the photos above, it works. 

The Ordinary Skincare is available from, other products mentioned are from

P.S. I bought all this stuff with my own hard earned cash, so you can rest assured I’m telling you the absolute truth.


(This post contains affiliate links but the products were bought with my own cash)

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36 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review 🙂 🙂 Sounds like an amazing product x x

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    1. It is fab. Thanks for the comment x

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      1. ❤ ❤ Your welcome x x


  2. Ekatemmy says:

    great results! I am also a fan of The Ordinary, their products have really improved my skin

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  3. Holly says:

    Hello… really interesting post. I have just bought some of the ordinary products. Just to confirm when using the lactic acid do you literally put on with your fingers and leave it? or are you washing it off after an amount of time and applying other serums? Sorry if thats a dumb question… Skin looks amazing btw! Holly

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    1. Cheers Holly. I apply it with fingers and leave it on all night, my skin hasn’t been irritated at all. I also use the Niacinamide at the same time. The Ordinary website says it’s fine to layer serums and I have not experienced any problems. Hope that is of help 🙂


  4. Harrogate Muse says:

    Fab post, I have just blogged about the Deciem products and I think they’re brilliant. So I’m having a browse to see what others have written about it. I have oily skin and find the niacinamide and retinol 2% work great. I’ve read on the ordinary website the vitamin c and niacinamide shouldn’t be used together as they conflict. I’ll see if I can find you the link. Thank you so much! X

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    1. Cheers love. Thanks for the heads up x

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  5. Maria says:

    I can’t believe you liked lactic acid lol that product messes up my skin so bad, I have dry blemish prone skin and it dehydrated my face like hell and broke me out terribly, azelaic acid on the other hand is a miracle product for zits! Glad you enjoyed the products tho, the before/after blew me away 🙂

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    1. My skin loves Lactic Acid, its oily as heck though so maybe that’s the difference. I’ve heard azeleic Acid is good. I’ll have to give it a whirl 👍 x


    2. Aethi says:

      Hey Maria 🙂
      What azelaic acid product do u use ?


    3. Aethi says:

      Hey Maria 🙂

      Wat Azelaic acid product do u use?


      1. The Ordinary does a fab Azeleic Acid, Aethi x


  6. Veronica says:

    Can I ask what sunscreen do you use?

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    1. Yes! I use Neostrata physical protection, it’s the only sunscreen that doesn’t break me out, it’s very light x


      1. Veronica says:

        Thanks a lot x


  7. I think I’m going to give their products a go! I love acid peels. Salicylic acid peels at 5% made a huge difference to my skin. This brand is blowing up in the blogging world. I appreciate reviews by smaller bloggers 🙂 I reallyyy wanted to try the vit c one as the one by Indeed Labs is 25 quid :/ and stung quite a bit. I can’t believe it left orange stains on your pillows!!

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    1. You should definitely give them a go. The Ordinary have just brought out some new exciting Acid products and they do some other Vit C ones that might be better It’s good stuff! X

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  8. amadl says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been thinking back and forth on which products to try first, but still not sure on how to incorporate them to my routine.. Will you try their new products? I’m especially intrigued with the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

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    1. I can’t wait to try the new Ordinary foundation! I did a post today with my regime in it. Just introduce things slowly to asses response I suppose x


  9. Denise says:

    I just bought these based on your recommendations? I’m curious, what order do you use them in? I was looking on the table the Ordinary has on their website but it’s a little confusing

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    1. It is confusing isn’t it? I was using the Lactic Acid at night, letting it soak in then applying nicotinamide to my oily lower face and the Buffet just under the eyes. I couldn’t get on with the Vit C- too gritty. I think it’s fine to layer those products (nicotinamide and Vit c interact is the only issue) just see how your skin responds. I’ve got my current regime in my recent post-
      Good luck 😀


  10. Dianne says:

    Truly amazing results!
    I’m curious weather you continued the routine.. and how is the long term outcome on you skins quality/any recurring outbreaks?!
    I myself tested some of the Ordinary products and didn’t experienced that of a huge difference – the main concerns are however different (not so much blemishes but excessive oiliness, enlarged pores and first apparent wrinkles/lines instead )

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    1. Thanks for commenting. The only time I have had issues is when I deviated from using these. I am using Lactic Acid and the Ordinary Retinoid. They cause no irritation. I have had some breakouts but I think it’s my fault for messing/ using different products. I feel that the retinoids Lactic Acid and niacinamide have helped enormously with my skin texture and pore size and the results continue, thankfully. Good luck with your quest x


  11. Carly says:

    Amazing! Do you moisturise after using the lactic acid? X

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    1. Yes, I let it soak in for a good while, at the moment I’m using the Rosehip oil and my skin seems to like it x


  12. Irina says:

    I have been using Niacinamide & Vitamin C so far and I absolutely agree with your feelings on both of these! That is a great option to use Vitamin C as a mask, have you noticed any effects?

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    1. I find my skin appears brighter after using. My skin generally is much better since discovering the Ordinary x


  13. Jasnah says:

    Oh, wow! That’s a huge change!!!

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  14. Julina says:

    is it okay if I use niacinamide and lactic acid together for my night routine?

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    1. Yes that’s fine, no interaction there 👍


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