The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum: What you need to know

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is one of the best-selling skincare products from The Ordinary on Adore Beauty and with its many benefits, it's not surprising as to why. However, like all products from The Ordinary, it doesn't have the most obvious name, so it may be confusing as to what it actually is and who it is best for.

Discover the benefits of the Niacinamide Serum, learn whether it's the right serum for you and find out how you can incorporate it into your routine to maximise the effects.

What's in the Niacinamide Serum?

The Niacinamide Serum is made up of a high concentration (10%) of Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, and additional Zinc (1%). The formulation is oil-free, alcohol-free and silicone-free.

Vitamin B3 is known to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion, whilst balancing your natural sebum levels for a shine-free complexion. It improves the skin's barrier function, preventing the skin from losing water and protecting it from pollutants and irritants, making it particularly gentle on skin. It improves skin texture and smoothness, whilst calming any breakouts and reducing excess oils.

Zinc is an anti-inflammatory, commonly used to treat burns and scars and fight against free radicals. It also encourages collagen production to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

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Who is this serum best for?

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is particularly good for those who suffer from rosacea and redness on the skin as it can help soothe irritation and even out the skin tone.

It's also good for those who are prone to breakouts and have oily skin, as it can calm breakouts, reduces the appearance of spots and rebalances oil levels. However, if you suffer from acne, The Ordinary recommend you use The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% instead.

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When should I use it in my routine?

If you feel like the The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum is right for your skin, it's important you know how and when to use it to maximise the benefits. This serum is water-based, and should be applied before any heavier oils and creams at both morning and evening times to feel the full effects.

You can browse through the Regimen Guide as set out by The Ordinary, to see how all of their products work alongside each other and how best to build your routine.

What does our resident skincare expert Alexandra think?


Great for Congestion, Acne Scars and Hyperpigmentation

“After searching for a serum with a high concentration of Niacinamide for months, I stumbled across this one by The Ordinary and absolutely fell in love. It helps to reduce congestion I have, I don’t find that my skin is getting as oily in certain areas, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my acne scars – they’re fading a lot faster now that I’m using this serum. I would recommend this serum for anyone experiencing congestion, breakout related redness and hyperpigmentation from breakouts looking to see an improvement with minimal irritation.”

What else do I need to know?

When building your routine, it is possible to find ingredients which are both beneficial to your skin, but when applied together they can counteract with each other for adverse effects. This is the case with Niacinamide and Vitamin C.

Vitamin C has many benefits on the skin, including improving uneven skin tones and fighting against pigmentation, so you may want to use both of these ingredients. However, Niacinamide can minimise the benefits of Vitamin C when applied together.

You can still use both of these ingredients, however, it's important you apply them at alternate times. We recommend you apply The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum in the morning and your Vitamin C product in the evening.

If you're suffering from inflamed skin, pigmentation, and breakouts, the Niacinamide Serum might just be the best option for you.

You can browse the entire range of skincare products from The Ordinary on Adore Beauty to begin building a routine which works for your skin.