Does The Ordinary deliver effective skincare products to help fade acne scars and achieve a smoother complexion?
First of all Deciem, The Ordinary is an excellent brand for those getting started with a skincare routine, especially if you’re on a tight budget. I have some opinions.
I’m currently struggling with adult acne in my early 30s and left with hideous acne scars. Even if I don’t pop my pimples I somehow end up with a mark that takes forever to get rid of.
I’ve tried Ambi, turmeric, and potatoes. You name it I more than likely tried it. All these things work but at a snail’s pace. In true millennial fashion, I want that instant gratification.
I could totally get a chemical peel, but I don’t have the time to have half my face hanging off.
I stumbled across some YouTubers singing the praises of The Ordinary products for fading acne scars. So I decided to give them a try.
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The Ordinary Vitamin C for Acne Scars
The first Ordinary product I tried for my acne scars was The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. This has to be my least favorite product I’ve tried so far from The Ordinary.
Vitamin C is known for its brightening properties, and hyaluronic acid is supposed to draw moisture back to the skin. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the graininess of this product. Granules don’t mesh well with my facial skin.
The Ordinary Retinol for Acne Scars
I’m on the hunt for the best over-the-counter retinoid for acne scars between dermatologist visits. The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsionely is a contender.
Retinol is known for its ability to promote cell turnover, unclog pores, and increase collagen production. This product does just that. However, I’m a bit partial to the jelly consistency of Differin Gel.
The Ordinary Peeling Solution for Acne Scars
The next product I tried for my acne scars is The Ordinary BHA peeling solution. This particular product has been extremely hyped up across the social media streets.
Now, this is a good product if you need a quick pick-me-up. It’s like your face instantly looks less dull after using. If you are used to professional peels like the ones administered by an esthetician you might be disappointed.
Don’t expect a deep peel that sheds layers of skin, or even peels, especially if you have tough skin like mine. With a few, uses this minimizes the appearance of acne scars.
The Ordinary Niacinamide for Acne Scars
Niacinamide has become a popular active ingredient in products that treat acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, since the regulation of hydroquinone.
I noticed a difference in the pigmentation of my acne scars after two uses of The Ordinary Niacinamide. The results are not as dramatic as that of hydroquinone products but it gets the job done with consistent use.
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin for Acne Scars
Alpha arbutin is another product being pushed to replace hydroquinone. It is a powerful antioxidant derived from the bearberry plant that helps fade acne scars by inhibiting tyrosinase (the enzyme responsible for melanin production).
I noticed when I discontinued alpha arbutin as a standalone product dark spots began to resurface. I would consider it moreover a brightening agent.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid for Acne Scars
The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution has to be my absolute favorite from the brand for acne scars. It is the only product from the line I wholeheartedly recommend you spend your coins on.
I must admit Pixi Glow Tonic had me in a chokehold for a while. In the great debate of Pixi glow tonic vs The Ordinary, The ordinary wins hands down.
If you are looking for a product that will gently exfoliate your acne scars away this product is that girl. If you are trying to achieve that glass skin look add this to your arsenal. If you simply just want that glow to buy this.
Keep in mind The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner can be used every day if you have tough skin. If you have sensitive skin and use a bunch of different actives I don’t recommend everyday use.
Depending on the severity of your acne scarring The Ordinary can be a good low-cost option for clearing up your skin. Try out some of The Ordinary’s serums yourself and let me know what you think. I’m personally considering trying their Rosehip Seed Oil next.