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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary

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Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a high strength, vitamin and mineral-based formula for blemishes.

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. 

To learn more about how to navigate this brand, click here to read our skincare guide on The Ordinary.


Contraindications: If topical Vitamin C is used as part of skincare, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 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).


While Niacinamide and Zinc PCA reduce the look of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity, neither is a treatment for acne. For persistent acne-related conditions, we recommend the use of Benzoyl Peroxide and/or Retinoic Acid. We do not recommend the use of Salicylic Acid. This formulation can be used alongside acne treatments if desired for added visible skin benefits. 

We suggest this product be used within 12 months after opening.


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

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Fantastic - 15-11-2017 by

I have only used this product twice and the first night I used it, I woke up in the morning to brighter skin and not only that it kept my oil very minimal throughout the day. I have very oily skin and to find a product that works so fast and stops me from becoming oily during the day is amazing. I will be purchasing a few when they are back in stock so I don’t ever run out!!!

Does What it Claims - 13-11-2017 by

I use this every second night and it has made a noticeable difference to my oily, acne-prone skin. It has faded my brown acne scars, controlled my sebum production throughout the day (after using this overnight), reduced acne inflammation/redness and has made my skin brighter and smoother. I recently purchased a second bottle due to how much I love this product!

I recommend using this at night instead of the day as it can ball up a bit after applying sunscreen and makeup.

Honestly, this is such a miracle product and it's affordable too! :)

Excellent product - 13-11-2017 by

Highly recommended as it reduces my sebum, hydartes my skin and makes my skin smoother, loves the hydration and for the price it's really affordable.

SUPERB! - 13-11-2017 by

Highly recommended as it reduces my sebum, hydrates my skin and makes my skin smoother, loves the hydration and for the price it's really affordable.

I know so many people love this but it broke me out! - 13-11-2017 by

I got this because i heard rave reviews of it for people with my skin type- congested and acne prone so i thought i'd take the plunge and try it out, and after about a week of using it i developed rash like pimples on my cheeks- which is not where i usually get them, nor is it how my skin usually has pimples which for me are usually deep cystic ones . Since stopping using this product, my skin has cleared up considerably.

So basically it will either be your best friend or your worst enemy! And its super hard to tell because i've never had a response like this before!

Amazing! - 05-11-2017 by

I’ve never used such an effective product in my life! I’ve been fighting acne for my entire life, even st the age of 28, I still couldn’t get rid of it. Tried everything possible- oral medications, supplements, department store brands but nothing really works... this stuff is cheap yet effective, doesn’t dry or upset your skin. Makes scars to heal much quicker and flattens pimples overnight. Highly recommended! PS I’ve normal skin not oily.

Love it! - 05-11-2017 by

I have oily skin and my pores are enormous! But since using this product my skin has improved a lot. Im a lot less oily and my skin is so much softer. It even got rid of my uneven skin tone. Plus the price is amazing!

Amazing quality for an amazing price - 02-11-2017 by

This stuff is amazing!! It has visibly reduced redness and breakouts and I've only been using it for about two weeks. My skin has improved tenfold and I am so happy with it. Definitely worth the money!!

Amazing - 02-11-2017 by

I love The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. I've just started on my second bottle, and I use it every morning before Hyaluronic Acid 2%.

I've always had a congested t-zone and chin, but this clears up my pimples in no time at all, and significantly reduces oiliness.

Miracle product, that I'll continue to purchase until The Ordinary brings out something better!

2nd Little Bottle - 01-11-2017 by

On my 2nd bottle within 4.5 months. Initially used to aide in controlling the sebum although it's also leaving a brighter and even skin tone on my dehydrated oily skin.

Very, very happy !

Don't think twice just BUY IT - 23-10-2017 by

this product is honestly the best product for my acne
I get huge blind ones and this will take max 2 days to get rid of them.
I have PCOS and i have all the bad symptoms that come with it which includes acne .
This product makes you feel fresh and clean no oily or grease.
I wash my face pat dry and put this on my face and neck morning and night.
Now stop reading my review and BUY IT

it works - 16-10-2017 by

great product with good price. It's a bit sticky at first but then after few minute it's fine. I have been using it for about 3 weeks now and I can see my blemish and redness reducing. love it.

Must buy for acne - 16-10-2017 by

After using this in conjunction with the Salicylic acid my hormonal acne has cleared up significantly in just a month. I still get an occasional pimple or two each week, but that is much less that what it was. The pores on my nose are also noticeably reduced. I ordered another bottle before the first ran out, it will now be a staple of my beauty regime.
I use once a day after Salicylic acid at night.

Quickly clears up breakouts - 04-10-2017 by

Love this. Best product for clearing up breakouts. I have very mature combination skin that has hormonal breakouts. Also a lot of oily heavy products cause my skin to breakout. This is not oily. Overnight the breakouts where shrunk & all signs of the middle of the pustules where gone. I have never had anything as effective as this on my breakouts. It is very slightly drying. I found applying a light moisturiser on the top fixed this & did not interfere with the clearing of my pimples. I used this every second night to start with but I have had no adverse reactions and I have very sensitive skin.

Think it's working! - 04-10-2017 by

I have been using this for about 10 days and I believe it has reduced my pore size a bit. I've changed a few products lately and my skin has finally settled- I think this one is definitely helping! I apply morning and night before moisturiser/sunscreen/make up. smells good, goes on nicely

Good for oil control - 02-10-2017 by

I'm really impressed with this. I have congested dehydrated skin, I pop it on in the morning before moisturiser. I've found it slows down oil production throughout the day and I'm slowly seeing an improvement in texture and pore size. The results aren't immediate but it's definately doing something!

Quick Results - 28-09-2017 by

I was astounded by the impact that this serum had my skin. Smaller pores, reduced break outs and a much smoother surface. It goes on really nicely and is such an amazing price! The Ordinary has really surprised me!

Great treatment for little bumps - 28-09-2017 by

I don't really have major acne problem but little bumps (congestion?) keep growing on my forehead. The first week I used this product, all of them disappear and my forehead became really smooth. Although later on, they grew back a little bit but still better than original situation.

Will repurchase.

Great for post acne red marks - 22-09-2017 by

Since using this ive noticed my post acne red marks has faded so much quicker than normal (normally takes like up to a year or so to fade on its own).
Its only been a few months since using this but they are no longer bright red and have become very faint. Even my family and friends has noticed how nice my skin is becoming.

If I could marry a product... - 15-09-2017 by

Bad skin sufferer for 15 years here. Nothing and I mean NOTHING has had such an impact on my skin as this brand and especially this product.

I have sensitive, combination skin that for the first time over winter has become dry in places.

I have been using this daily for the last 2 weeks and I will never stop. My pores are smaller, my t zone is mattified all day yet not dried out, no redness, no breakouts, even my monthly hormonal breakout around my jawline that I am definitely due for haven't appeared!
Skin texture is baby bottom soft, acne scars are diminishing. I have had more than a few comments on my skin this last week which have made me so happy I could cry.

I have spent more than half my life with bad skin and because of this brand and this product I am confident enough to go out with a bare face. Beyond ecstatic with this product!

Wow - 14-09-2017 by

I was given this by a friend, as it didn't work for her - she has sensitive skin and broke out using this product for 3 days.
It has been excellent for me. I have combination skin - oily around t-zone - but I don't have sensitive skin and am able to use most products without trouble. I have been using for almost 2 weeks now and have really noticed results. Less oily throughout the day in my t-zone, evened out my skin tone, blackheads around my nose reduced, pores reduced and noticed an immediate effect on pimples! I could feel a big pimple coming through on the side of my nose/cheek (a regular occurrence spot for me), so applied the serum and the next day it was completely gone. My skin hasn't broken out at all for the last few weeks. Really impressed!
I would be careful if you have sensitive skin. Maybe patch test first.

Love it - 13-09-2017 by

I have nearly finished my first bottle of this, it lasts ages. at first I wasn't sure if it was doing anything but now I can finally see the appearance of my enlarged pores has reduced. This is perfect to apply a small drop across my cheeks and T zone. Use sparingly under make up or it will pill. already purchased my next bottle!

Fab product at the price it is - 13-09-2017 by

I've been wanting to find a product with Niacinamide for ages, but held back because some of the concentrated serums and brands with this ingredient percentage, was way too expensive for me to pull out the empty wallet. It's only been a short while since I started using it, so I can't say if it's working immediately to brighten up my hyperpigmentation and patchy skin, but I can say that it hasn't broken me out in my usual Perioral Dermitits and sensitive skin bumps so I'm quite the happy chappy :)
This product layers on quite smoothly and a little goes a long way. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because it pills under makeup as well as too much rubbing. Because of this, it is probably better as a nighttime treatment or used on a day where you don't need to be flawless.
Kudos to the Adore Beauty team for their amazingly quick delivery service and understanding customer service :)

Unexpected surprise - 12-09-2017 by

I've only been using this for a week so I can't give a full review. I've been using it at night only because I use a vitamin c serum in the morning. What I was surprised about was the ability to get rid of blemishes. When I noticed s couple popping up I put this serum on them that night and when I woke up the next morning they were gone! Seriously like magic they had disappeared!

Best product I have ever used! - 04-09-2017 by

I have never found a product that has delivered such amazing results! It has desensitized my skin, cured my t-zone issues, stopped any breakouts, evened out tone. I only have great things to say about this product and am recommending it to all my friends along with getting my two teen boys to scrap their lengthy toxic acne products for simple one step niacinamide with incredible results especially on severity and redness! Well done

Cuts the Sheen - 02-09-2017 by

I have oily & dehydrated skin. I use this product (6 weeks in) to help reduce the shine and sebum my face gears toward while living in a hot and humid state - Queensland. Though I'm not completely shine-free the entire day (though blotting less) this product certainly helps.

Very impressed !!!

WOW - new favourite - 30-08-2017 by

After seeing the incredibly reviews on this product and the PRICE I had to try it. WOW - I am really impressed. I usually get very oily during the day and have to powder my face etc.. my make up usually slides off throughout the day. I have now been using this for a week morning and night and have found that my make up is staying completely put due to no oils. My face looks luminous by the end of the day but no grease whatsoever! I can also see my redness reducing a lot and I feel it is helping even out my skin tone. I am officially obsessed!

Results without breaking the bank - 28-08-2017 by

I am onto my second bottle of Niacinamide and i must say that if you are looking for results and are willing to put in the hard yards of daily skincare maintenance, then this product is amazing. It has faded my scar pigmentation significantly and has massively reduced the size of my pores.
My routine:
Cleanse using mild soap (I know this may be a no no, however my skin does prefer it)
Tone using The Ordinary Glycolic Toner
Hydrate with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
Treat with The Ordinary Niacinamide
Anti Age treat with The Ordinary 2% Retinol

Love it - 26-08-2017 by

I can't talk enough about this product and all of The ordinary range !!! I've switched all my professional cosmetological skincate on The Ordinary !!!
I only wish that Adore Beauty team could provide all the range of this brilliant skincare company ! Can't wait to try the pilling solutions and the foundations !!!

Love it - 26-08-2017 by

I can't talk enough about this product and all of The ordinary range !!! I've switched all my professional cosmetological skincate on The Ordinary !!!
I only wish that Adore Beauty team could provide all the range of this brilliant skincare company ! Can't wait to try the pilling solutions and the foundations !!!

Great product for the price - Refined my pores, slightly less blackheads / oiliness - 06-08-2017 by

I bought my first bottle more than a couple of months ago and I still haven't finished it. For the first month I used it twice a day, then used it in the PM. It definitely helped to refine the enlarged pores I have around my nose, and it did really well for oil/sebum control.

A little honestly goes a long way with this serum. I only need 2-3 drops for my t-zone and part of my cheeks, and only a couple more drops for the whole face.

Awesome! - 04-08-2017 by

Feels high quality on skins. The product is affordable so thumbs up!

Great for congestion - 04-08-2017 by

I was a little sceptical, but this product is fantastic for congestion and enlarged pores, well, for me at least. I have combination skin and I put this on at night. In the morning, I feel like I don't even need to wash my face, it feels great!

great product! - 03-08-2017 by

I have been using this serum for a couple of days and I find it to be of a very high quality. very light almost imperceptible on the skin and has already improved oil product in my skin without causing dryness. Looking forward to more great results going with continued use!

New must have! - 31-07-2017 by

I've recently finished my first bottle of The Ordinary Niacinamide along with The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid. They are such great value and last around 3 months using them both day and night. I had some really bad breakouts and using these 2 products together really helped reduce the amount of time for the spots to fade. There's some other products from the Ordinary which I want to try first, but if I don't find something more effective I would definitely repurchase The Ordinary Niacinamide!

Cheap and cheerful - 23-07-2017 by

Love this! I've been using this in the morning and the Hyaluronic Acid at night and the combination is excellent. My pores have reduced, dry patches have fixed themselves up and my usual monthly hormonal breakout was significantly smaller this month.
Would definitely recommend to a friend, my skin has never been so manageable.

Pores No More! - 21-06-2017 by

I love this! I literally can not believe this inexpensive little bottle is so great! I am a skincare and beauty junkie - I've tried many of the luxury brands and have wondered whether they were even making a difference...? But this one does. I can literally see the difference it has made to my skin. My pores are barely visible and when I also use the High Adherence Primer before my foundation, they are completely gone!
Just don't use this one at the same time as the Vitamin C derivatives... that cancel each other out.

my new not so secret secret - 08-06-2017 by

I have to say i wasnt expecting it to do much considering i had never heard of the brand before until i saw a foundation review on youtube...i decided to try the skincare. For that price what did i have to lose? My skin in general is very dry, flakey,dull, prone to blemishes that heal very slow which stands out on my pale skin. I used The Niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% in conjunction with the hylaronic acid and moisturizer to hydrate and seal in the serums. The next morning i can notice that my blemishes have flattened out, skin feels softer and abit smoother and healing alot quicker! Looking forward to getting more products. I can imagine with abit more time my skin will be in excellent condition <3

A not-so-ordinary must have! - 02-06-2017 by

I could not recommend The Ordinary Skincare more highly. The Niacinamide has been great in helping lighten my acne scars without aggravating my skin or my bank account. Although it doesn't promise to stop future breakouts, I've found that it has done wonders for sebum regulation so my face is a lot less oily throughout the day resulting in less pimples overall!

THIS IS AMAZING - 28-05-2017 by

This little serum is magic in a bottle. If you have enlarged pores, this is the thing for you. Not only did my face look so much better with this, it completely got smoother as well. Definitely recommend to use this, its so concentrated.

Surprising new must-have! - 02-02-2017 by

Niacinamide is already an ingredient in quite a few of my serums, but I've always been looking for something that contains more of a high concentration, and that doesn't break the bank. I wasn't certain if it The Ordinary Niacinamide right for me, but at this price it didn't seem like too much of an investment.

For reference: my skin type is normal to combination, I'm prone to dryness in the cheeks and congestion around the jawline, and my skin can get a bit shiny towards the end of the day, particularly in the T-Zone.

I'd heard that this product was great for anyone looking to minimise redness associated with blemishes and balance the skin, without causing dryness. I was a bit skeptical - as I said, I'm prone to dry, flakey patches and most 'balancing' serums just contain ingredients that dry me out.

Not the case here! It does give a slightly mattifying effect, but not so much that it looks unnatural. It also doesn't ball or flake under my makeup, and I can go ahead and moisturise and apply SPF as usual.

I've noticed that my skin appears less irritated after I've had my brows threaded, and in general I have less issues with unevenness around my jawline.

Overall I'm really happy, I'm enjoying using this underneath creamier foundations that normally leave me too greasy by the end of the day.

Also.... it's ridiculously cheap. This is about the price of two coffees! For several months of serum! Too good to pass up in my opinion.

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