The Ordinary Niacinamide 10 % + Zinc 1% – 3 months usage review

Since I started my skin care journey few months back, I was not aware what ingredient brings what benefits but I guess everyone needs to start somewhere.

By watching a thousand youtube video from various experts, I learn and adapt and exactly 3 months ago today I introduced the “The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + 1% Zinc” formula.

Why Niacinamide and Zinc?

As per research in skin care, Niacinamide might help in reducing the appeance of blemishes and pores and zinc helps in controlling the oil production.

  • Minimizes appearance of pores
  • reduces appearance of blemishes, post-acne spots
  • controls oil production

Whom is it for?

If you happen to have acne-prone skin and the acnes tend to leave spots on your skin once they heal, you might benefit from this water-based serum.

That was the primary reason why I decided to give it a try. May be it’s the age, that all the hormonal acne I get here and there, now heal with a dark spot.

In my early 20s, I was gifted with a spot-free and acne-free skin but now that 30s are around the corner, I see more and more spots. Here my ignorance also plays a measure role, where I never really took care of my skin until this year and then used Glycolic acid almost every day in beginning without knowing the chemistry and how it was working on my brown skin. But you don’t need to go through the same experience. ­čÖé

How to use it?

This serum is water-based and that’s why it goes on the skin before all the oil-based serums and moisturizer.

If you use any kind of toner, this will go after the toner and if not, this serum should be applied after cleansing your face.

Take few drops (4-5) and pat them on the skin. Some people have experienced peeling while massaging it on the skin but I didn’t have any peeling experience so far.

You should not use this serum in combination with Vitamin C. If Vitamin C happens to be part of your skin care routine, you should one at day time and one at night time. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

You can follow with the moisturizer after waiting of 1 minute or so, to make sure that the skin has absorbed the serum nicely. If you use oil-based serums, you can apply them before moisturizer and after the Niacinamide serum. I personally believe in keeping it minimal to really figure out which ingredients work for you and which not.

My Results

Now that you know what its about and how to use it, it’s show time. I have been using it continuously for 3 months as part of my night time skin care routine. Initially I ordered the 30ml bottle, which lasted me around 2.5 months and now I started my 60ml bottle and I think I am good for quite some time.

During these 3 months, I took a lot of photos of my dark-spots, of which I wanted to reduce apperance, and now after 3 months I can say, I am seeing improvments. They have not disappered completely but the spot size is reducing and also the spot seems to be fading. Also my pores appear to be smaller.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading the blog and hope I could clarify some questions if you had about using Niacinamide.

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