The Ordinary is well known for its affordable and effective single-ingredient skincare products. Their ‘does what it says on the tin’ approach to skincare has won the brand millions of avid fans worldwide and helped to further educate beauty obsessives about the uses and benefits of key ingredients. But admittedly, with over fifty products to chosoe from, it can be hard to know which are best to use for your skin type.
If you have acne-prone skin and regularly experience breakouts and blemishes, then these are the best The Ordinary products for you.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Niacinamide has multiple benefits for acne-prone skin because it functions in a number of different ways. The ingredient works to both minimise enlarged pores (it reduces sebum production and prevents debris from clogging up) and strengthen the skin barrier (which prevents bacteria from getting in and causing blemishes).
The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Moisturising acne-prone skin might not be high on your agenda, but it’s an essential step to achieving clearer skin in the long-run. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin can function better when it comes to preventing and healing breakouts. Squalane is naturally found in the skin so it’s an oil you can trust to do its thing (soothing, moisturising, and strengthening skin) without clogging pores.
The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane
You might associate retinol with being an anti-aging ingredient, but it actually has amazing benefits for acne prone skin, too. Retinol works from the inside-out, encouraging cell turnover in the lower layers of skin and reducing sebum production to stop breakouts from forming. Some retinols can be irritating and can cause a ‘purge’ as pores are cleared. As this one is suspended in squalane (an oil) and is a low percentage, you’re less likely to experience these issues.
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Azelaic acid is another good all-rounder. It has anti-bacterial properties (which fend off bacteria from pores), it reduces the production of keratin (a protein which can block pores), it addresses inflammation, so breakouts are less sore and inflamed, and it encourages skin cell turnover, which helps to prevent breakouts from leaving red marks.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Glycolic acid is an AHA (a chemical exfoliant) which gently exfoliates the upper layers of the skin to remove dead skin cells. It can help to keep pores clear of buildup and to smooth rough skin texture. This soothing toner is a good way to keep on top of clearing pores a few times a week and will also help to fade the appearance of any post-acne red marks.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
Salicylic acid is a BHA (also a chemical exfoliant) which acts a little differently to AHAs as it’s oil-soluble. This means it can penetrate deeper into skin and breakdown excess oil and sebum that’s clogging pores. Salicylic acid also works as an anti-inflammatory, so helps to reduce inflamed pimples. It’s especially beneficial for treating blackheads, whiteheads, and pustules, so use this mask when you have a bad breakout to quickly treat active blemishes.