The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Hello! *in a dramatic tone* Presenting to you another one from The Ordinary (Told you I’m an ordinary fangirl!) Anyway, today we’re going to talk about The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which is pretty much a life-changing product. I’d say this is my favourite product from The Ordinary till now!

Price: $9.80 (₹704) for 30ml 


  • Regulates sebum
  • Minimizes pores

The Ordinary Niacinamide10%+Zinc1%


  • pH 5.50-6.50
  • alcohol-free
  • oil-free
  • gluten-free
  • silicone-free
  • nut-free
  • cruelty-free
  • vegan


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


Apply to entire face morning and evening before heavier creams.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3 and Nicotinic Acid) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes, enlarged pores and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by Zinc to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.


As I said initially, this is my favourite product from The Ordinary. This has transformed my skin, it has never looked this radiant and flawless before. Many of my friends, even guy friends (You know how men suck at giving compliments or noticing things!) have said that my skin is glowing like crazyyy!


The Ordinary Niacinamide10% + Zinc 1% Packaging
The Ordinary Niacinamide10% + Zinc 1% | Packaging

It comes in a small, thick glass bottle which has a matte finish. The bottle is translucent which makes it easy to see how much product is left and has a dropper with a white top and it’s very easy to control the quantity you want to take. Comes enclosed in a white cardboard box and the packaging is quite elegant without a lot of drama.

Since it’s made of glass, I wrap this one in a small bubble wrap when I travel.

Texture & Smell

The product is transparent and is slightly heavier than water. It feels very lightweight and non-sticky on applying and you’ll sense a very light smell if you REALLY sniff! It doesn’t have any added fragrance, though. It spreads and absorbs very easily & quickly.

The Ordinary Niacinamide10% + Zinc 1% Texture
The Ordinary Niacinamide10% + Zinc 1% | Texture

How does it work?

I have been using this product for 3 months now and it has worked extremely well for my skin. I was facing skin problems like blemished skin, excess oil production and enlarged pores on my nose and around it.

When I started using this product, I kid you not, I saw a very nice glow on my face from the first use. Initially, I used a bit more than required so it felt sticky. I reduced the quantity and from then there has been no stickiness. ?

Everytime I used this product, I would see my face producing less oil throughout the day and my pores becoming less visible. It reduced the pigmentation and made my skin even toned. Eventually, I had a very prominent glow on my face as if I have applied an expensive liquid highlighter.

The Ordinary Niacinamide10% + Zinc 1% Review
The Ordinary Niacinamide10% + Zinc 1% | Review

I have been using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid with this, so glowing skin and pores visibility might be a result of both the products combined.


I need 2-4 drops to cover my entire face, use 1 finger to spread it on my face and let it absorb, no massaging or anything. It gets absorbed quickly and leaves no residue or sticky feeling behind. Don’t take a lot of product otherwise it’ll feel very tacky. I think with continuous use it is going to last me around 6 months.

I use it after cleansing and toning, twice a day! You can add a layer of lightweight moisturizer if needed. Since it’s so humid where I live, I leave it as is and follow it up with a sunscreen.

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


It’s a must-have product if you’re looking for a clearer, blemish-free skin that shines brighter than anyone’s future! Especially people who have oily skin, it works really well in controlling oil production throughout the day.

It fulfills whatever claims have been made by the brand and is a drugstore treasure!?

Another must-have product from this brand is The Ordinary 7% Glycolic Acid Toning Solution (Click on the blue text to read it) if you’re looking to get rid of congested skin that has blackheads, comedones, etc.


  1. Great review!
    For acne prone and sensitive skin, would you suggest this or TA Salicylic acid solution?

    1. I also have congested pores in certain areas of my face

    2. Hey, they’re both different things – Salicylic acid will exfoliate your skin so it’s a good idea to use that on alternate nights and use niacinamide everyday, both morning and night. You’ll benefit from both. But start with salicylic acid, get your skin used to it for 2 weeks or so and then include this niacinamide serum too. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi, been suffering from melasma for over 5 years now… Can you suggest products from the ordinary that might help? And how often should i use? Thank you so much!

    1. Hey, you can try The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, it works really well for pigmentation issues and make sure you don’t skip sunscreen at any cost whenever you step out. Apply generously!
      Usage of arbutin: apply 2-3 drops per use after cleanser and then use moisturiser. Once at night daily would be enough 🙂

      1. Thank you so much!? can i also use the glycolic toner? or just cleanser?

        1. Of course, you can. glycolic acid toner on alternate days at night would be amazing. Cleanse, glycolic acid (thrice a week) wait for it to get fully absorbed, few drops of alpha arbutin (daily) and moisturiser.

          1. Oh thank you so much!?

  3. Can i use it right after the ordinary glycolic acid at night

    1. Give a gap of 10-15 minutes between the two and it won’t cause any irritation or flushing 🙂

  4. YES YES YES! I’ve actually just started using this (I love the ordinary and saw it on my latest repurchase of some of my faves of theirs) and it’s massively helping my skin already! Great post x

    1. Rifat Yaseen says:

      Thank you so much! I am absolutely impressed by this brand and how their products work ? It’s great to know it has started working for you already!❤️

  5. Thanks for the review, it was very informative! One question — do you have any certain products that you like to use along with it?

    ~ CoCo & Tori

    1. Rifat Yaseen says:

      I use glycolic acid toning solution from The ordinary only. Currently using it once or twice a week. I keep changing its frequency.

      1. okie dokie. thank you!!!

  6. bingingonabudget says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’m always looking for new skincare products. What is the best benefit of this one in particular?

    1. Rifat Yaseen says:

      Hey! It’s the best to minimize pore size, even out pigmented skin and bring shine to dull face 🙂

      1. Nayanika says:

        I have never used any acids before is it okay for me to gives this a try? I have oily acne prone skin, and alsos visibly large pore

        1. Hey! Yes, you absolutely can. Niacinamide and zinc aren’t acids 🙂

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