Everyone’s raving about it, but is it really worth the hype?
Having battled with acne for 10+ years (sometimes I kick it’s butt, more often it kicks mine) wearing a mask on the reg very unsurprisingly brought the dreaded maskne with it for me. Sick to death of having my butt kicked by acne, I decided I needed to introduce some heavier skincare artillery. Everyone seems to be leaving it glowing reviews, and every TikToker seems to have it in their skincare routine, so I decided to try The Ordinary‘s Niacinamide + Zinc for myself.
I love The Ordinary‘s minimal packaging. The plain black and white label makes this very affordable formula appear high end and boujie. My only complaint is that the 30ml is small for a product that can be used morning and night (which I do) as it gets used very quickly. However, The Ordinary have redeemed themselves by introducing a 60ml bottle. Much of their packaging is unfortunately not yet sustainable, BUT they are making changes towards this – you can read about that here.
The dropper makes it very easy to apply the formula without wasting any product. I’ve been using 2-3 drops which easily covers my entire face and neck. I pat it into my skin rather than rubbing, as I think that’s just better for your skin in general. I find that it dries really quickly and doesn’t leave any stickiness or shine, and I have no problem applying my moisturiser on top of it.
For the first 2-3 weeks, the formula broke me out a little, but, being an acne veteran, I knew that this was skin purging. My acne is hormonal and regular mask wearing exacerbates it, meaning my breakouts are almost solely along my jaw and chin – as a result this is where the purging was for me. If you’re unsure whether the niacinamide + zinc is purging your skin or just breaking you out, watch this video. At the 4 week mark, my enlarged pores had become visibly smaller, I wasn’t getting many new breakouts, and the ones I did have were much less red and inflamed. This definitely isn’t an acne ‘cure’ but it certainly has improved the appearance of my skin, and so far seems to be calming breakouts I have, and reducing the appearance of new ones.
The purging was annoying but I’m so glad I’ve stuck with it. I’ll be buying this again very soon – but in the larger 60ml size. In my experience, it’s rare to find affordable products that make a noticeable improvement to your skin (especially when you have acne) so I think The Ordinary‘s Niacinamide + Zinc very much deserves the glowing reviews it receives. If you’re thinking about trying it, my advice is definitely to give it a go, especially at that price, what have you got to lose? I’m looking forward to trying some more products by The Ordinary – so please do comment your recommendations!