[REVIEW] The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%


DECIEM is one of my curious-to-try list ever since late 2014, especially their NIOD line. However, since it’s hard to get their product here in Indonesia, not to mention the crazy marked up price that a lot of local reseller offered, I haven’t got a chance to try any of them. Their Hylamide line didn’t interest me because of the mixed reviews around it. And finally at late 2016, they released their newest, cheapest line, which is The Ordinary, that has the same scientific approach in their brand, similar with DECIEM’s other brand.

And this time around I want to talk about one of their most talked about product: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% !


Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. 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.

Contraindications: If topical Vitamin C is used as part of skincare, it 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).

Note: 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.

Apply to entire face morning and evening before heavier creams.

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


The consistency of the product is pretty thick. Probably thicker than my other serums. It is somewhat jelly-ish texture, but easy to spread. However, I found out that when I paired it with my low-pH cleanser, it turned out that it will bubbles up slightly and leaves some kind of white residue. The Ordinary is infamous for their not-ideal-consistency due to the low pricing that they offer, so they have to sacrifice the texture. So this is not surprised me even the slightest. The white residue will be gone within minutes, anyway.


As I’ ve been using this together with Trilogy Rosehip Oil and Goodness Chia Seed Oil alternatively, I hardly see the result since both oils also help with blemishes. However, when I finished this product and I no longer use it in my routine, I just realized how this product really help to reduce blemishes to appear on my skin. Even during my business trip that I often get stressed, not to mention not the most ideal environment… this Niacinamide serum also help to balanced my skin and help to quickly reduce blemishes!


So, overall I think that this The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is not the most ideal serum, but due to its benefits and the affordable pricetag, this serum is definitely worth to try! Will I repurchase it? Well…. maybe. Since my local reseller pricing make this product has similar price range with my ultimate favorite Trilogy Rosehip Oil, I think I would prefer to repurchase that.

Nevertheless this is a pretty good serum I would say, especially if you have problem with blemishes. And this serum made me want to try other The Ordinary products even more! 😆 Hmmm, what’s next? Buffet or the Rosehip Oil, perhaps? 


6 thoughts on “[REVIEW] The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

    1. Yeah, I’ve been trying their products and so far so good! This Niacinamide is probably one of their most famous product! Hopefully this would work perfectly for you! 🙂 Xx


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