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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane 30ml

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4.4 of 136 reviews

91% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Great product
I have recently purchased this product after previously using the 2%. I decided that my 38 year old skin needed a little more help. So far so good my sensitive skin has had no issues. It has definitely softened my skin and reduced fine lines very happy with the results

Most Helpful Criticism

Went to hard to fast
I have pretty sensitive skin, or so i have learned. I started an ordinary routine while my skin was really good and enjoyed it but noticed that my nose area seemed to have developed a repulsion for makeup. Anyway i decided to move up to the 5% and i wouldn't recommend this for those with younger sensitive skin. I'm 23 and this serum actually made me develop full blown contact dermatits around my mouth which i've never had and was a hard lesson in retinoids strength.

I do really like the ordinary skincare though and have stepped back to the 2% in squalene every third night with better results.

im sure this would work for others though.
  1. Great product

    I have recently purchased this product after previously using the 2%. I decided that my 38 year old skin needed a little more help. So far so good my sensitive skin has had no issues. It has definitely softened my skin and reduced fine lines very happy with the results
  2. Not for acne prone skin type

    Unfortunately, this product caused a breakout on my forehead & nose. I have sensitive acne prone skin with redness on my cheeks and nose. I have been doing pretty well with the mixture of treatments my dermatologist gave me & I thought I'd give this a try since it had great reviews. Sad to say, it broke me out within 2 days of using this product & this was the only change I added to my skincare routine. I have multiple tiny little bumps on my forehead & a huge cystic pimple on my cheek now :(

    The consistency of the product is nice, not too viscous, but a little tacky after application.
  3. it is mild retinoid for sensitive skin.

    This is much milder texture. It spreads very well. I apply this only at night after toner. It doesn't peel like retinol 1% but I noticed the skin tone on face is much brighter and smoother. I am happy with the purchase.
  4. Amazing product - skin looks so fresh!

    I use this product 2 to 3 times a week at night. My skin always look fresh and glowing the next morning. It is super affordable and I am a big fan of The Ordinary brand.
  5. Went to hard to fast

    I have pretty sensitive skin, or so i have learned. I started an ordinary routine while my skin was really good and enjoyed it but noticed that my nose area seemed to have developed a repulsion for makeup. Anyway i decided to move up to the 5% and i wouldn't recommend this for those with younger sensitive skin. I'm 23 and this serum actually made me develop full blown contact dermatits around my mouth which i've never had and was a hard lesson in retinoids strength.

    I do really like the ordinary skincare though and have stepped back to the 2% in squalene every third night with better results.

    im sure this would work for others though.
  6. Great

    This is an amazing retinoid that has helped with my fine lines and it plumps my skin and makes it look amazing
  7. Great price and effectiveness

    I’ve been really happy with my skin since using the ordinary products. I’ve noticed a big difference in the texture of my skin since using this at nighttime. Love that its effective without breaking the bank.
  8. Really Good Product for a Great Price

    1 of the strongest retenoids on the market, at an amazing price. I would highly recommend this to anyone trying to get on top of ageing skin. It brightens and tightens just like it's meant to. But don't use too much, it is quite strong, and you will need a good sunscreen for the days after using this, and a nice night hydrating cream after using this.
  9. Good results so far!

    I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now and so far impressed with the results. Initially my skin was a little redder and more uneven but had read this in other reviews and so persevered. I have now noticed my skin is much brighter and more even and it is making a difference on fine lines. Will try the stronger version next time :)
  10. Unsure about this!

    One thing i love about most of the ordinary is the instant fresh, plump feeling you get after using the serums and moisturiser. I don't really get that from using the Retinoid but i hear/ read so many things about it i keep using it!

  11. Super hydrating

    Hydrates my skin really well, I have been using it for a little while now and notice that it does seem to even out my complexion however I haven't really noticed any improvement with fine lines
  12. my skin feels so dewy after it

    I think I need to use it longer to notice any of the real effects ie: help with pigmentation and fine lines but I do love how it makes my skin feel. After applying my skin feels so dewy and hydrated. I would buy it again just for the way it makes my skin feel after.
  13. LOVE IT

    Really happy with this product. I have fair sensitive skin and this does not cause any irritation whatsoever, but I do keep it away from my eyes, just incase.
  14. Cannot live without this.

    This product has transformed my skin care routine. Whilst in the early stages I didn't notice much difference (in fact I noticed my skin would look dull in the first couple of weeks) I am so so so glad I stuck it through because after a solid couple months of use this product has done wonders to my skin and has changed it immensely. My pores are a lot smaller, my face definitely does not need botox for the foreseeable future and my acne is kept at bay. I'm in my mid-20s and once I started notice minor wrinkles forming I took the plunge and gave this a go. I am definitely glad I did! Will definitely be using this for a loooong time.
  15. Really good

    I have sensitive skin and found this product to be gentle when using on a daily basis as part of my pm routine
  16. Makes my skin soft and smooth

    Started off using the 2% with some good results on reducing pores and smoothing out my 38 year old skin - lines on my forehead are a lot less deep. But moved on to this one next and love it! It goes on better than the 2% and soaks in without any irritation or redness even when applied directly to fresh washed face and I don’t add a moisturiser afterwards. Love it!!
  17. Blackheads

    Do not use this if you have oily acne/blackhead prone skin. I tried this for 3 days and my face was overtaken with greasy black heads everywhere, i have never had them so bad. I stopped using it and a few days later with the salicylic acid and a lots of pore strips they have cleared up. I really wanted this product to work for me but im really disappointed.
    It would be great if they made this product in an oil free formulation for people like myself.
  18. Love

    I love the ordinary. This makes my skin more even, smooth, toned, and soft! An amazing product for the price and lasted a fair while considering the size of the bottle!
  19. Love this product!

    I originally bought this product after reading about the benefits it has on anti ageing. I have combination skin and suffered with dark pores on my nose, chin and forehead, after about a week of using this product they have virtually disappeared. My skin feels soft, supple and hydrated. Very much recommend, especially for its affordable price.
  20. Good Value

    A good value oil to use at night. I use in combination with the Ordinary Rosehip oil, and they work well together to make my skin soft. Wouldn't recommend to use too much though as it can make you break out
  21. Great

    Excellent Quality excellent value
    I’ve been using The Ordinary products for approx 8 months now - how brilliant they are! Their Granactive Retinoid 5% in squaline is gentle and easy to apply - my pores have diminished - and I think my wrinkles aren’t quite so pronounced! Very pleased so far .
  22. Good

    Although it hasn't altered my skin dramatically, after using at night, this product leaves my face feeling and looking smooth the next day. I've had no flare ups despite having very sensitive skin.

    It does however make your skin more sensitive to the sun - so wear a good SPF after using!
  23. Moisturising and gentle

    I have very sensitive skin and this is very gentle for me. It has a bit of an oily feel so is definitely a nighttime product, but it absorbs well during the night and my skin feels supple and hydrated in the morning rather than being dryed out like some other products.

    I have been using at night before also applying The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and they seem to be improving my acne and skin texture, though I need more time to see if they will clear my skin completely.
  24. Non-irritating Retnioid.

    I have been using this product for a couple of weeks now. I have fair, sensitive skin and normally have trouble with Retinol derivatives. However, I have experienced no irritation with this product. It is working really well- I recommend, as long as you are diligent with moisturiser and SPF.
  25. A good product

    I love this retinoid. It does feel oily but I now actually like the feeling before bed. Still too early to see all the benefits but so far loving it and putting it on every second night.
  26. Nice but quite oily

    After using the ordinary retinol emulsion I thought I would switch to this one for a try. It’s good but I don’t love it quite as much - I prefer the texture of the emulsion rather than the oily squalene - usually a fan of face oils but this one just feels like it’s not sinking into my skin and ends up on the pillow! Still a great product but i’ll Probably go back to the emulsion.
  27. A miracle product for the price!

    I was quite nervous about using retinoid products as my skin has a tendency to be quite sensitive, however I haven't had any issues at all with this product! At half the price or less than products of a similar strength, it is just crazy how effective this is. My skin is left looking clear and glowing, and the formula works well with my other night skincare products. I would recommend this to anyone!! The only slightly strange element is the neon yellow colour (reminiscent of a highlighter) however it is not noticeable once applied to the face. I will repurchase this again and again.
  28. Definitely not as nice as the 2%

    After using both the 2% and 5% retinoids, I can honestly say this one pales in comparison. I much prefer the milky consistency and smell of the 2% and I feel it also agrees with my skin more and makes my complexion so smooth and glowing.
  29. Cant fault it

    At less then half the price of other retinol products on the market im impressed.
  30. Strong but effective

    I used to use 2% but after finishing that bottle i moved up to the 5% i have acne on my chin and it works really great for that. I don't have wrinkles but i am trying to prevent for as long as i can ;)
  31. Fab product!

    I started with the 2% and recently moved up to this one and no negative reaction from my sensitive skin. Very happy as my skin is much brighter and smoother. This almost has a lovely oily texture which is great under serums and night cream
  32. A Keeper

    I like this product, my skin feels and looks healthy and soft the morning after application. I use it after using my roller and my skin look glowy for days afterwards. I would recommend
  33. Works really good

    I was worried that when i stated using a retinoid my skin would react because my skin can be very sensitive. Luckily I haven't had any irritation at all, so happy! Plus my skin looks extremely radiant the next morning after use!
  34. great product

    I have combination skin and was using the 2% retinol emulsion prior to this. Using it every second night alternating with vitmain C I have seen some improvement, most noticeable is the reduced pore size on my nose and skin looking fresher and brighter. I haven't had any reaction to this so I am moving on to a stronger formulation.
    I don't like the greasy feel and the way it sits on the skin, I wonder how much is rubbing off on my pillow case at night.
  35. Good product

    I have normal to dehydrated skin, and this product occasionally takes a while to sink in, but it has definitely improved my skin texture. I haven't reacted at all, and use it nightly.
  36. Favourite product

    Soooo great. Visible difference to my skin the next day - skins glows. If I don’t use it, I notice the difference in the overall healthiness of my skin
  37. Love

    Decided to give this a go after reading about the high potency and low irritation- have been 3-4 nights a week. I like to alternate my Ordinary products, I really like the soothing oil-based texture and am excited to see the results develop. As with all The Ordinary products a fabulous product at a great price.
  38. Unsure

    An adore beauty staff recommended this for me. It feels nice on my skin and doesn’t irritate but I am unsure what it’s supposed to do and when I use it and with what products! The skincare regimen is seriously confusing sometimes haha. This is nice though, no reaction to it and I did wake up with glowy skin the morning after using it
  39. Make better of my skin

    I use this product in the nights and it is definitely improving and brightening my skin
  40. The perfect retinoid

    I have had no dryness, redness or soreness. No discomfort at all. This product really is the future of retinol. My oily acne skin is better with every use
  41. Value adder!

    This is a potent skincare serum that i've added into my night routine. Being in my late twenties my focus is on anti-aging and maintaining good skin texture. I love the formulation as it is velvety and absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I use it after my Estee Lauder advanced night repair serum and before my moisturiser. I have noticed my skin become more even toned and healthy looking after 2 nights use! There has been no irritation whatsoever for me.
  42. Good beginner retinoid with minimal irritation

    This is the first retinoid I have ever used and I had very minimal skin drying and peeling that lasted only a couple of days. My skin is quite oily and not at all sensitive so that may be why. I feel like this has made a difference in the fine lines on my forehead and the overall softness of my skin.

    I would have given this 5 stars, but I feel like The Ordinary 1% Retinol is stronger.
  43. Perfect

    Usually, retinoids are too strong and caused more damage than good however this is creme is perfect for my skin (normal to dry). I use it every night and have noticed my skin is soft and clear. Definitely a keeper in my skin regime. Thanks, Ordinary - your products are fantastic.
  44. It's helping my skin texture!

    I'm so happy I decided to repurchase in the 5% strength. I tried this a couple years ago in the 2%.and although it made my skin look clearer, it just wasn't enough.

    I've been using this for 2 months now and it has dramatically helped with redness on my cheeks, my skin is glowing and it's really reducing my uneven texture.

    Im using it every second night before bed and I didnt notice any noticeable purging issues at the beginning. It took a few weeks to notice any improvement but totally worth to keep going.

    I will absolutely keep using this till the day I die!
  45. impressive

    have normal to dry skin and found that this product worked quite well for me. It has an oily texture however doesn't exactly feel hydrating (compared to the Ordinary's regular 100% squalane) and takes a little while to absorb fully into the skin. If you don't mind this, the results are great! It especially helped with smoothing out skin tone and texture.
  46. Great results long term

    I have been using this retinol product for 6+ months now. I could see the difference in the overall texture and firmness of my skin after the first few uses, but after using for a while now I can see amazing results. The routine use has reduced pore size and fine lines. I would definitely recommend this product, for the price this is a great retinol choice. I use it in conjunction with rosehip oil twice a week.
  47. Good beginner Retinoid

    Well priced starting point for vitamin A / retinoid novices like myself!
  48. Perfect retinoid!

    I’m in love with this retanoid serum. Super gentle on the skin but incredibly effective. I can’t believe how good it is for the price! Sinks right into the skin and when I use it I wake up with glowy, hydrated skin.
  49. Good result, just not right for my oily skin

    The retinoid action is visible and I stuck with the bottle to see if my skin would have just to it but it didn't so while it has good results on my skin it was just too early for my skin type and created other issues I have found that the retinoid emotion is much more suited to my skin
  50. Good product

    I like this product. Well priced, absorbs nicely. I'd get again
  51. Perfect!

    This is a dream product for my dry, sensitive skin. I’ve seen a reduction in fine lines and early signs of ageing after a few weeks of use, and it hasn’t irritated my skin or broken me out and my skin has stayed lovely and hydrated.
  52. Converted

    I was worried this would be too strong, but I have had great results with no irritation. Great Product
  53. It’s been a slow journey

    I have dry sensitive skin. As such it’s take me several months to fit this in my skin regime. I hadn’t used retinoids before, but had decided to start with the 5%. If you have sensitive skin I highly recommend you start with the 2% first. I’ve had to add it in slowly, less frequently and in conjunction with lactic acid on alternate days. That way my skin wasn’t getting too dry and am giving my skin as much time as it needs to adjust.
    I’m only 26, with no visible wrinkles as yet so I can’t speak whether it works, but I bought it for preventative reasons and so far so good.
  54. Great

    This is my 2nd bottle and I plan to buy more. My skin is better since I started using it. My skin has improve, fine lines are softer and I have less break outs. I definitely recommend. Great price.
  55. Good for your first retinol

    this product is a no frills retinol. It’s cheap, goes on well, doesn’t irritate my skin. I’ve been using for over a month now, haven’t seen any major changes in my skin however I’m increasing the times I use it weekly now that my skin is used to it. Next time I purchase a retinol I will be trying a higher quality one so I can compare the differences
  56. Amazing product

    This was one of the first product from the ordinary I tried first in a lower % and worked up , I was so surprised from the results given the price . My face is so much smoother and has a glow in the mornings . When applying it makes your skin feel amazing it's my new holy grail
  57. Slowly worked my way to the 5%. Incredible results!

    I've slowly worked my way to the 5% and the results have been incredible! My skin has stopped breaking out and feels so much smoother. I highly recommend this one.
  58. Better Off Using Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

    really disappointed in this. i had high expectations as i love the ordinary. i didnt notice any difference, and it wasnt easily absorbed into my skin.
    if you're looking to even skin texture and get rid of blemishes, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is half the price and works twice as well
  59. Great product for tiny price

    I thought I'd give The Ordinary brand a go and I have not been disappointed. This is an amazing product and sooo cheap. I apply it sparingly as too much can feel a bit oily but I have noticed good improvement in my skin even in such a short time period. Will definitely be trying more The Ordinary products.
  60. Glowing skin

    I bought this to help reduce pigment/dark spots from acne and its really made a difference. Although this product is oily it doesn't block my pores or cause break outs. My skin is really dewy and glows the morning after I apply this!
  61. Works well

    I bought this as a “step up” after using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% 30ml which I loved. It is quite oily but I’m happy to use it as it is a good quality retinol that is so economical. I use this a couple of times a week at night. I’ve had no reaction to the increased concentration.
  62. Such a great retinoid

    I was worried that when i stated using a high strength retinoid my skin would react as it is quite sensitive, but i have had no irritation at all, so happy to have found this product.
  63. Amazing

    This stuff is amazing for my skin! I have not had one bad skin day since I started using it! I wake up with the glowest dewy skin every morning after using this. It lasts such a long time aswell! I just re purchased my second bottle! :)
    After going without it for two weeks ive noticed such a difference in my skin it’s already not as glowy or soft and make up just doesn’t look as good without it.
    Started straight on the 5% wasn’t harsh on my face at all.
    I have oily skin and even though it is a very oily product in no way does it make me break out or feel cloggy. I highly recommend!!!!!!
  64. Love it

    I was worried this would be too strong, but I have had great results with no irritation. Great Product
  65. Great product and great value

    Don’t be fooled by the price this product is a great price and my skin looks great
  66. Aggressive retinoid

    This is my 3rd retionoid product that I’ve tried and it’s definiteltly the most aggressive. I was using this to fade acne/dark spots and even out skin tone. Even with transitioning only twice a week, then 3 times a week. My skin is so irritated and dry in some spots and white heads and blind pimples in others. It’s also really irritated my neck. I’m unsure how to feel about it. I will definitely be going back to a more gentle form.
  67. Love this product

    I started using the 2 percent solution which worked really well to reduce fine lines and smooth my skin. This product has been even better in working on fine lines around my lips and eyes. Really wish I had started using it years ago!
  68. Great value Retinol

    I have fairly dry skin so I don't mind the oily texture of this retinol serum.
    Previously used the 2% in this range which my skin tolerated well so now advanced to the 5% to achieve better results, now I'm 48 I need a higher strength retinol!

    No adverse reactions and works well, I use the Buffet prior to this serum a few nights a week, I like to include the Apha H Liquid Gold in my routine and I use that a couple of nights a week in between Retinol.
  69. Too oily for me but still works great!

    I’m 28 with sensitive, oily skin. I started using this after moving on from the 2% retinol but unfortunatly I find this product way too oily! However after using it for a few weeks I decided to use this at the very last step of my routine, directly on top of my moisturiser and I find it works much better and doesn’t leave my face an oil slick overnight.

    The product still works effectively, my blackheads have seem to be reduced and my skin texture very smooth. I have super sensitive skin yet I did not experience any irritation whatsoever. I have no visible lines or wrinkles just yet so can’t say how effective it is against that.

    Wish it wasn’t oil based, but I’ve managed to work around it now and I love the product. Make sure not to get it in your eyes though because it stings like crazy!
  70. Love how soft it makes my skin

    I love this product! It makes my skin feel extremely soft and keeps my skin more hydrated than night creams.
  71. Great product

    I was happy with the old version of The Ordinart retinoid product, so tried out this one as well. I preferred the older version, as this version in squalane is a bit too oily for my t-zone especially in summer months.
    But I still think it’s great retinoid product at such a reasonable price!
  72. Excellent

    This product lives up to it's statements, it's worked for me as clearer smoother skin. The only draw back that I find is that it is very heavy on the skin, after applying it I find no more room for any other product.
  73. Excellent product

    I’m 45 with freckles so I’m using this in the hope it evens my skin tone and reduces lines. I’m also using this with The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, Buffet (mixed with 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder every 2nd day), Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (morning routine). For night I use Marine Hyaluronics, Buffet and alternate between The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane replacing these once a week with Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane. With this routine, I’ve most definitely seen a huge difference in my skin. It’s hydrated, brighter and more evened toned. This is only after 2 months. For the price of these products, I’m amazed! My only suggestion for The Ordinary is to have more comprehensive guides as to what products to use together and simpler product names. It’s really hard to navigate all of their products and a lot of the names sound similar. That’s why I posted this routine as I find it works for me.
  74. Love it!!! Favourite product

    I started with the 2% but wish I'd just gone straight to this one. It's a great retnoid and I'll definitely be repurchasing! My skins texture is improving, pigmentation, blackheads and wrinkles! I pretty much don't use as many other ordinary products as what I use to because this hits all my problem areas in 1 product! Try it!
  75. Great to ease into retinoids

    I have dry sensitive skin so I didn’t want to jump into Retinols straight away. Instead I went for this option which is supposed to be less irritating. Given that it’s also in Squalane I thought it would be great for my skin. Fast forward 6 weeks and it’s been a bumpy road. I love it, but my skin is still adjusting to it. I still get dry patches after using it, luckily I counter this with TO’s lactic acid. If I could go back though I probably should have started with the 2% and worked my way up.
  76. Great!

    Awesome retinoid! Price is amazing for what you get! Skin peeled a little and felt right after day 3 so slowed by application down to every third day till my skin settled then back up to every night! Have seen definite improvement in my overall skin
  77. Give it time

    I started using this after finishing my bottle of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2%. This product is very different and stronger - so expect an adjustment period for your skin. I had a really intense breakout as my skin adjusted but now I can see the results of having a stronger retinol. Skin is clearer, brighter and more supple.
  78. Good for the price

    I prefer the 2% emulsion I think after using this one in Squalene. This one would be better suited to dry skin and mine is more normal. I will keep using it as happy with the results and the price is great.
  79. Great!

    I love The Ordinary products - this is no exception! I love the brightening effect this product has on my skin. I would say that the Ordinary Retinoid emulsion is my preference - but both are good for my combination skin.
  80. Great!

    I use this at night on my dry and pigmented skin and it certainly helps.. I wake up with fresh, plump and clearer skin
  81. Great

    Great product. Is easy to use. Great price. My skin looks better. I would recommend.
  82. No adverse reactions, price point is exceptional, replaced a more expensive product

    I am 50-ish, and worried about pigmentation. My skin has gotten a bit drier over the years as well. I tried the 2% with no adverse effects, but I am also wanting more of a visible effect. But regardless of whether or not I will have a visible effect, I found I can use this at night- replacing a more expensive face oil, that is hard to source in AU. Personally I didn't find the project too oily or oilier than any other product I have tried and there is no visible evidence on my pillow case so I believe my skin is taking in the product. I wish there was a long time user review...I do feel better mentally-and at this price that is a definite win.
  83. great product

    really easy to apply on the skin and simple to incorporate into skincare routine. I've been using for a year now and my face looks fresher.
  84. Good overall product

    I am 35 with oily skin and occasional breakouts. This product in conjunction with the salicylic acid leaves my skin clear and refined. I used the 2% initially and now alternate it and the 5%. I use it 3 times a week.
  85. Effective but oily

    I was using 2% retinol for a long time and my skin stopped responding to it, so I switched to the 5%. Unusually, this one is clear with a yellowish tint, while the 2% is opaque. This product leaves an oily residue on the skin that doesn't absorb so it's best used at night. It also smells strongly like sunscreen, for some reason, which is kind of off-putting! Despite this it's a good, non-irritating retinol formula, which is impressive considering the 5% concentration and the price.
  86. Great step up from 2%

    I finally finished using the original TO 2% which my skin had adapted to and found switching to this really made an impact without irritating my skin. I really love the squalane combo, it feels soothing but has potent effects.
  87. No Change to Skin

    I have friends who rave about how amazing this product is but for my oily skin I didn't notice any change and wont be re-purchasing. I have generally been pretty unhappy with all The Ordinary products I have used and wont be purchasing any of them again. Shame as the prices are really good and they list some really good ingredients. But for whatever reason they just aren't working on my skin.
  88. Very good price

    I am happy with this purchase. I know the importance of retinol for ageing and I feel it does wonders for my skin. It did dry me out at first however backing up with hylauronic acid and a good moisturiser the next day foxes that.
  89. Miracle product

    Amazing for anti aging and blemishes. Skin is so much smoother and clearer!
  90. Good for the price

    This was a great retinol for the price. It didn't make my skin peel like others have. I got consistent results with regular use :)
  91. Great product

    I tried this as an upgrade from the Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%, and can say that I definitely think it's worth every penny. My skin became used to the weaker concentration, and with this stronger one, I saw my melasmas and hyperpigmentation lighten up further. It feels a bit different though, slightly oilier perhaps, than the 2%, but it's a welcome extra dose of hydration for my combo skin.
  92. Good Product

    After using the milder retinoid version for about a year, I upgraded to this. For me, the consistency of the 2% emulsion is way better than this bit maybe this would give me some results which the milder one failed to. I haven't seen any massive difference in 2 weeks use but I'll keep using it and see how I go.
  93. Incredibly good, insanely cheap

    I love this upgrade from the previous 2% solution - my skin is looking smoother and clearer as a result. And while squalane took a little bit of time to get used to, I really love it now - it adds moisture to my dry-ish skin and means I use less moisturiser afterwards.
    I was on The Ordinary bandwagon from day 1 and got my products as part of the initial release. As each one of my previous expensive, high-end products finished, I replaced it with its equivalent from The Ordinary. In general, I was blown away not only by how good The Ordinary products were, but also by how poor, in comparison, my old high-end products were shown to be.
    This was well demonstrated when I shifted to the original 2% retinoid. I didn't expect to get the same result as from my old high-end lactic acid product - I thought surely, the high-end one would be more potent or that the other ingredients (e.g. all the expensive botanicals, etc.) would have some additional benefit. But I was wrong. The Ordinary product performed so much better - I even went through that 'retinol rough skin' period again and, after that, my skin got smoother, less congested and brighter using The Ordinary.
    I really think most people can benefit from some vit A product in their regimen, and The Ordinary Retinoid 5% is a genuinely good product to add in if it's suitable for your skin (and you've worked up to it, of course). I can tell you, for me, it out-performed a product that costs $130 for 30ml! It's a good 'un.
  94. Improvement in complexion and overall skin texture

    I have acne prone skin with active hormonal acne. This product has improved my overall complexion and has helped heal older acne on my face. It is quite oily when first applied but does absorb into skin in time. I have had no irritation with the retinoid and am quite happy with the product.
  95. I love it

    I bought it as upgrade from TO Granactive Retinoid 2% emulsion. I've been using it for a month now. So far, no irritation. I can see the improvement on my skin. My pores are more refined and the skin looks healthier. I like the texture better that Retinoid 2% emulsion. The only reason why I giving it 4 stars because it's quite oily and it takes a while to absorb into the skin.
  96. Very good

    Very pleased with it. Gentle with my sensitive skin and I can feel my face very smooth. It Is or feel oily but after 2 minutes it desapears and my face glow in a wonderful sense. This product is a winner and I will buy it again.
  97. Fantastic

    Easily the best retinoid product I’ve used so far. I’m yet to experience any peeling, if any. Super lightweight formula means you don’t even feel it on your skin. Very impressed. Cannot wait to start seeing results. Another winner from The Ordinary
  98. Good one

    I bought this for my mother and unfortunately it was a little too harsh for her skin. I made a mistake of buying a 5% for my mother instead of buying a lower % as my mother is completely new to retinoids. The irritation was gone after a week though. It is a good product but I will probably buy her the 2% emulsion next time.
  99. Repairs skin like no other

    One of the best retinol I’ve ever used. I love how nourishing it is and it has lightened many of the hyper pigmentation left from blemishes. Non-irritating, doesn’t sting eyes in the morning (an issue I have with many other facial oils) and being suspended in one of my favourite oils squalane means it doesn’t clog pores whilst healing, repairing and moisturising skin. I use this every night on top of a hyaluronic acid lotion (no moisturiser needed) and I wake up with a beautiful glow everyday. Will forever repurchase.
  100. Works but beware of peeling

    This is amazing for reducing fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and the occasional breakouts. Be ware though that you will peel and will need to physically exfoliate otherwise you will look older and not younger.
  101. Review & Earn

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