On Clear Skin and Miracle Ingredients

I am a horrible terrible skin picker. I can literally spend hours in front of the magnifying mirror, under a bright light, extracting every single blackhead I have on my face. That’s a cool picture to paint in your mind for starters, isn’t it? 

I don’t remember a time of my life when my skin was completely smooth and clear. My skintone has always been a little dull and uneven (thanks to the apparently super thin and pale skin that I have), I’ve always had lots of blackheads and my forehead has always been bumpy. When I was a teen I didn’t really care about my skin that much and thought that I would just “grow it out” boy, was I wrong.

the ordinary review

Now, at almost 25 years of age, I am thinking about that more and introducing ingredients. Enter: The Ordinary. Up until last month, I had only tried the Lactic acid (you can read my thoughts on it here), but I gave it to my sister, because even though I loved it, I prefer the effect of the Pixi Glow tonic.

I have read a lot about the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. I’ve know for a long time that zinc is great for pimples (which is why antiseptic creams like Sudocrem and Zdrave usually work amazingly), but I had never heard of Niacinamide as an ingredient before.

Niacinamide is basically vitamin B3 and it helps with the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also helps with damaged skin surface and reduces environmental damage. Pretty neat. The best part is that this ingredient is tolerated by most skin types, even super sensitive ones (I would suggest checking with a dermatologist every time you add any type of ingredient you are not sure of. I am just plain stupid sometimes and don’t do it. Don’t be me.) 

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the ordinary niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% review

I started using this product about a month ago and I am sure that this is the reason why my skin behaved well even while I was on my period we all know the havoc hormones can wreak. I usually get a couple of pimples before my period starts that’s when I pick my skin apart and then wait weeks for it to heal. This month, however, that didn’t happen. My skin was looked nice, no new pimples have appeared and even the old ones healed quite faster than usual. Just before I started using the Niacinamide, however, I had picked at a pimple on my forehead and it healed completely in 3 days. 3 fucking days. This is lifechanging for me.

But wait, there is more. Since I started using the Niacinamide 10% + in 1% I have noticed that my forehead is smoother, my blackheads are less, and my makeup just looks better and lasts longer. All in all, I would recommend this a lot. 

At around the same time I introduced the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% as well as the The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. However, I have used the Azelaic acid just a few times, and the Hyaluronic acid I plan on using mainly with my dermaroller. I haven’t yet tried it that way though, as I prefer dermarolling at night and have a makeup-free day after that because my skin feels a little rough afterwards and I haven’t really had many entirely makeup-free days in the past month. I use it on its own for now but I don’t really feel like it does anything major.

Basically, Azelaic acid performs like Benzoyl Peroxide on acne, but without the side effects. Azelaic acid is great in treating rosacea, melasma, and hyperpigmentation. Now have I seen great difference from using it? Not really. But as I said, I did introduce it together with the Niacinamide and haven’t used it as religiously (honestly, using Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid together they start pilling on your skin, and if you add Azelaic acid to the mixture – it’s just a pill party). 

I am positive that I am going to repurchase the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. We’ll see if the Hyaluronic acid is better with the dermaroller as it currently doesn’t deserve to be talked about; it’s just meh. As for the Azelaic acid, I will use that up and see if there is any major difference 

Us skin-pickers know that we won’t change our bad habit (is it that bad if there are people who pay to have this done professionally?) So my tip for managing the damage is to always wrap you nails in some kind of tissue (or use one of those ‘extractor’ thingies you can get on Amazon) and use Niacinamide + zinc products on top.

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  1. I really loved this article! It was so honest and in depth – thank you for reading xx

    1. Thanks so much, Della!

    1. Thank you so much, Shirley! xx

  2. Interesting – I might have to try this for my wrinkles x

  3. Love this post! I really believe in early anti wrinkle skin care ASAP…. I am 32 and I wish I would have started using products like these 10yrs ago. I will also be ordering the Niacinamide, that’s crazy it’s only $10(US) and you had such great results. Fingers crossed it can be shipped to the US reasonably.

    1. it should be! I believe in the US you can go on the deciem website and order it through there ❤️

  4. Amazing post! You sound like a a scientist haha. I haven’t tried anything from The Ordinary yet but really want to.

    1. ahhh, thanks , girl ❤️

  5. I haven’t tried these yet but have to! I’m a skin picker and I always have one pimple. Luckily not a whole face, but at least one, that I like to pick until theres no going back. I also struggle with dull skin, I’ll have to try this brand! Is there an alternative to the oil that has that chemical in? I like oils but because I have dry skin I become dependant on it and it causes awful dry skin patches if I stop or take a break from the product.

    Cheers xx

    Rachel | http://www.myspottedblog.com

    1. The Niacinamide is actually not in the form of an oil (although I understand why it looks like it is!). It’s a super weird gooey consistency, which dries down in seconds on your skin. You must follow up with a moisturizer as it doesn’t provide moisture at all. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, hun! xx

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