[REVIEW] The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review:

The Ordinary is a relatively new brand that has been creating huge buzz in terms of beauty. If you must know, it is not an Asian brand but is actually Canadian. It is from the Deciem aka The Abnormal Beauty Company. They are known to produce effective products at a very friendly price range.

I don’t know about you but cheap yet effective gets me, every single time. I bought few stuff from the Ordinary and one of which is the Niacinamide 10% + Zince 1% since I realize that I do not own any sebum controlling product apart from oil blotting paper and powder. I’m sure a lot of people is curious about this one, after all, it is one of the products I always get inquiries about!


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.


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

Volume:  30ml

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review

How to use:

Apply to entire face morning and evening before heavier creams.


If topical Vitamin C is used as part of skincare, it should be applied at alternate times with this formula (ideally Vitamin C in the PM and this formula in the AM). Otherwise, Niacinamide can affect integrity of pure-form Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid). 

My Skin Type: Combination, Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin | Shade 23, NC35 | Dry Lips

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review:

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is housed in a frosted bottle that comes with a dropper. The packaging remains cute despite its very clinical vibe. As you can see, it is a colorless and runny liquid but it is definitely a lot thicker than water.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review

If I am to estimate its placement in the Korean 10-step skincare routine, I’d say that it would fall on the emulsion/serum/ampoule step judging by its consistency. This product has an odd scent that is somewhat sweet and funny at the same time. I cannot exactly define how it smells but I don’t find it offensive, to say the least.

When I first got this, I used it following a sheet mask since it is quite thick. Frankly, I do not know how much should I be putting on my face but since it is a “vitamin” I thought, the more, the merrier right? So I did a full dropper for my entire face and neck.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review

It looked alright at the beginning but I noticed that it foams up as I started massaging it on my face. I was really weirded up but I thought maybe I just happened to use a sheet mask with a thick essence on it or that I applied way too much hence the foaming.

So the following night, I used a L’herboflore mask which is one of the lightest mask I own yet and I was definitely not as generous as the night before yet it is still foamy. I am now confused if I am doing something wrong. It took a while to find that I can apply this sans foaming if I apply it directly on my face after cleansing, I mix it with my sheet mask’s essence or add a few drops of it with a moisturizer or heavier cream. Since its ingredients list is not as complicated, I wasn’t really worried about mixing it here and there and the best way that works for me is mixing it moisturizer, at the last step of my routine.

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% spread out easily on its own or mixed with other skincare. I am happy to report that I don’t experience stinging or any sort of un-comfort when I have it on my face. In fact, it feels soft and smooth on the skin!

It doesn’t feel one bit tacky and absorbs really fast! I have been using this product since July and I still have a lot of product left; I have consumed a little more than half of the product but that is really a stretch considering I use this daily for about three months now.

There are nights that I use this alone and to be perfectly honest, while my face isn’t oily when I wake up, I’d say, it doesn’t look dewy or healthy enough for me. It’s like something is lacking. But whenever I mix this with moisturizer, my face looks very plump and fresh the next day!

I know that I should give the Niacinamide because I have been using the said moisturizer alone in the past and I am a little underwhelmed by it. Overall, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is not a miracle worker on its own. I can say that it is great skincare booster but it is not as amazing when used alone.

I didn’t notice significant difference with my oiliness or pore control but I feel that this helped in lightening pimple marks. While I am not entirely impressed with its sebum control, I love this as skin booster because it helps my skin maintain its being chok chok.

Judging by its effect on my skin, I’d say that people with mature/aging skin and those who are experiencing dull skin would benefit the most out of this product.

Where to buy:

The Ordinary | Sephora

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1 thought on “[REVIEW] The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%”

  1. i believe this ingredient makes me break out, anyone experincing the same? I tried this product and first thing i noticed was that my skin looked glowy but not in a nice way, more like an oily look, without being oily. .. when i applyed make up this started to peel-off and after a week using this product my skin brokeout like a teenager. (i´m in my 30s btw). so I discontinued using this. After more than a month I decided to try it again. Same issue. I recently bought a different brand serum which also includes Niacinamide and my skin looks terribly bad. Is anyone experiencing such reaction due to this ingredient??


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