The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% Serum

I am a sucker for serums, I love them. I can’t even begin to tell you how many serums I have tried over the years let alone how much I have spent in the search for that perfect serum for my skin.

Through my search, I have discovered some brilliant ones such as Medik8’s Growth Factor (they don’t make it anymore, sob!), REN’s Keep Young and Beautiful™ Instant Firming Beauty Shot and Dr Sebagh’s Serum Repair …but like a true skincare junkie, I am always on the lookout for new serums.

I have wanted to try The Ordinary since its launch in 2016 but I have only just got round to ordering products to try. In particular I was keen to try the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% high strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula serum.

I have always struggled with problem skin from acne to occasional spots with blemishes as a result of these. So when I come across anything that might help, I want to give it a go.

The Ordinary says the “Niacinamide 10% + Zinc PCA 1% is a skin treatment serum for blemishes and balancing sebum.” They state that the “Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.”

The product information also clearly states that it is not a treatment of acne.

I ordered my products from Victoria Health (, which were delivered faster than I expected (the next day!) and they provided informative product knowledge and advise on which products can be used together. Convenient to me as I had ordered more than one product.

All skincare products from The Ordinary are free from parabens, sulphates and mineral oils. As well as being vegan and cruelty free.

Oh and their products are affordable and budget friendly. The Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% was £5! Five pounds…for a serum! Amazing!

The packaging is stripped back and is in a simplistic style, which I kind of like. Personally I don’t mind what the packaging looks like providing it does the job. It comes in a bottle with a dropper lid so you can squeeze out exactly how much you need.

The Ordinary advises to use the serum in the morning and in the evening to clean skin. I simply wash my face and apply it to my entire face before applying moisturiser and that’s it.

The serum itself is clear and has a gel light consistency without the stickiness. It’s easy to apply thanks to the dropper and I only need a little to cover my face. It’s also fragrance free.

I’ve been using the serum for two weeks and I know that hasn’t been that long, but I did notice a difference almost immediately. Prior to using the serum, I had some darker blemishes left over from random spots and an angry big red spot had recently appeared on my cheek. Within a few days of using the serum, the blemishes have become lighter and appear to be slowly disappearing. Angry big spot has also started to retreat.

My skin in general looks brighter and clearer. It feels softer and looks firmer and tighter. My skin even looks healthier!

I like the results and personally, I will continue to use The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. I’m a fan and can’t wait to see how their other products compare!

I brought The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum from Victoria Health…oh and did I mention it was £5!


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