The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum Review

The Ordinary, the hippest new skincare range by Deciem, aims to produce "clinical formulations" at a pocket friendly price point. This insanely popular, easily affordable skincare brand describes their Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum as a treatment that "reduces the appearance of blemishes, redness, enlarged pores, uneven tone, and oily skin. It promotes clearer, brighter, and smoother skin while balancing sebum production." This vitamin rich serum contains 30ml (1 fl oz) and retails for just $9.90AUD ($5.90USD/£5GBP), and is available for sale at Priceline and Myer stores, and online retailers like Beautylish, Cult Beauty, and Feel Unique. This serum is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and made in Canada.

I love The Ordinary's minimal, uniform aesthetic - it's clinical, yet attractive. This serum comes in a frosted glass bottle, topped with a white dropper. A matte white label wraps around the bottle, listing the product name, a brief description, and directions for use. True to the brand's mission, this serum's packaging is functional with no faff - plus there's something so satisfying about a pipette. The entirety of this serum's packaging is recyclable.

The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum is one of the brand's best selling products, and let me tell you it is HARD to get a hold of! I first purchased this serum in August after riffling through the first The Ordinary display I came across at Myer in Parramatta, and I haven't seen it in store since! This serum sells out so fast - it took me over a month to repurchase my second bottle because it was sold out nation wide! I checked every Priceline and Myer I came across, and even went all the way to the Deciem store in The Rocks twice before I finally managed to pick up their last bottle. I swear it was the last bottle in Sydney - the sales associate told me I was very lucky to snag it!
Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% is a slightly viscous, colorless serum. This serum spreads nicely over the skin, but it sets down into a tacky layer that takes a couple minutes to fully absorb into the skin. Occasionally, this serum leaves my skin feeling slightly tight, but not in a dried out, parched way - more in a way that indicates it's formed a thin film over my skin (I think this is usually caused by my injudicious application). I think it's also worth pointing out that the Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum will sting slightly on active acne, it's mild but worth noting. I include this serum in my day and night time skincare routine currently, though I previously used it just once a day and still reaped it's full benefits.

After three months and one and a half bottles, I'm comfortable saying that I've seen real results from using The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum. This serum has drastically reduced the redness and on my nose, chin, and inner cheeks. I haven't seen much in the way of pore size reduction, but my complexion is definitely more balanced and producing less excess sebum in previously problematic zones (my chin and corners of my nose, mainly). While The Ordinary's Serum hasn't made an impact on my hormonal acne, I am breaking out less overall - I'm not getting as many of those annoying little whiteheads that pop up out of nowhere. The acne I have had since I've started using Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% is less aggravated and seems to heal a little faster. I noticed the changes in my skin after just a handful of uses, and when I was forced to go three weeks without this serum it definitely had a negative impact on my skin.

The Ordinary is known and loved for their evidence based, no-nonsense formulas - and they certainly keep their Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum's inclusion list concise. This water based serum, obviously, offers a 10% concentration of multi-beneficial vitamin B3, better known as niacinamide. In my opinion, Niacinamide is damn near a miracle ingredient! It's a strong antioxidant that can do a little bit of everything - correct uneven skin tone, strengthen the skin, reduce wrinkles and enlarged pores, and shield the skin from environmental damage - and it carries little to no risk of irritation. In comparison, the inclusion of 1% Zinc PCA pales in comparison, though this mineral offers anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe acne and redness. The following ingredients, aside from brightening tamarind seed extract, are thickeners and safe preservatives. No nonsense and fragrance free, this serum is entirely scentless. Apparently this serum is a dupe for Glossier's Super Pure Serum - I can't personally confirm this as I haven't (and probably won't ever) try Super Pure, but I can tell you that the ingredient lists are very, very similar.

I love The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum, it was an amazing introduction to the brand! This budget friendly serum has had a big impact on my combination, acne prone skin and I think anyone from normal to oily skin would see a benefit from using the Niacinamide 10%/Zinc 1% Serum. This is easily the product I've recommended most to my friends - and that should be saying something! I fly through a 30ml bottle of this serum, but with a price point under $10, I really don't mind - I'll continue to repurchase and recommend this serum for a long time!

Update (July 2019)
Deciem has released a larger 60ml size that retails for $17.80 AUD

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

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