The Ordinary Acne Regimen

In Acne, Oily/Combination Skincare Advice by Cheryl WoodmanLeave a Comment

Looking to kick butt to your acne? Have spots that revolve in a 30 day cycle and skin that never seems clear? Want to treat your acne intelligently with skincare that’s effective and (best part) doesn’t break the bank?

Yes? Well you my friend are in need of something called The Ordinary acne regimen – the irony is, the products you’ll be using alongside their actives and price tags are not so ordinary at all.

Come see what I mean…

Looking to kick butt to your acne? Have spots that revolve in a 30 day cycle and skin that never seems clear? Want to treat your acne intelligently with skincare that's effective and (best part) doesn't break the bank? Yes? Well you my friend are in need of something called the ordinary acne regimen - the irony is, the products you'll be using alongside their actives and price tags are not so ordinary at all. Come see what i mean...

What Is Acne?

First up, before we delve into The Ordinary acne regimen, it makes sense to take a look at the biology behind your skin condition. How can you treat what you don’t understand ‘eh… and even though you’ll find all you need to know about The Ordinary skincare and the best The Ordinary products for acne right here – it’s so much more empowering to be able to ‘just know’ for yourself. Wave goodbye to blindly following skincare recommendations and wave hello to kicking some science of skincare butt. Oh yes!

Acne my friend, is a love triangle. A love triangle with 3 causes each completely reliant on the next. When any 1 out of these 3 causes wanders, the love triangle is busted and acne struggles to exist… because without 3 people involved, you now find yourself in harmonious relationship territory.

The acne love triangle looks like this: Dead skin/oil trapped debris within pores -> proliferation of Propionibacterium acnes (p.acnes) bacteria -> Inflammation.

Without dead skin or oil trapped debris in your pores, p.acnes bacteria aren’t able to grow out of control. Without a growth of p.acnes bacteria, no inflammation is caused and without inflammation – there’s no acne.

Acne my pal, is called an inflammatory condition. What you see as acne is actually your skin’s immune system reacting to what it sees as a hazardous intruder. If you want to delve into the science of acne even deeper, it’s thought that when the p.acnes bacteria digests the sticky mixture of dead skin and oil trapped debris, they ‘poop out’ a protein called the CAMP protein. The CAMP protein is foreign, seen as an invader therefore triggering your immune system and causing inflammation – exactly the same as if you sat up too quickly on the bottom ledge of a bunk bed – first owch, then a huge red bump.

How Can You Treat Acne?

Acne is treatable – words of relief ‘eh. Some forms of acne might be booted with the right skincare, some forms of acne might be waved goodbye with skincare and diet changes, some forms of acne might be waved goodbye with skincare, diet and lifestyle changes.

It’s a step-by step process and finding the right changes to trial in each takes you from stab in the dark to educated trial and error. Once you’re in this territory, it’s not long before your acne love triangle collapses into a harmonious relationship.

…and you my friend are here to learn exactly how to disrupt your acne love triangle with great and appropriate skincare.

Treating acne with skincare is about choosing skincare which either;

  • Helps prevent dead skin from becoming trapped in your pores
  • Reduces the oiliness of your skin, therefore also helping to prevent debris collecting in your pores
  • Has an anti-bacterial effect, helping to prevent the overgrowth of p.acnes bacteria
  • Has an anti-inflammatory effect, reducing inflammation and therefore acne lesions

Effective anti-acne skincare regimens use active ingredients which chip away at more than just 1 out of 4 of these bases. Shall we take a look at which The Ordinary skincare products will help you to do this? Let’s get going my friend…

The Ordinary Acne Products

The Ordinary skincare range, which launched in 2016 is a game-changer. Say you want to treat acne effectively, that used to mean wandering into your local chemist and searching for something that screamed ‘I’m a teenager with acne’ when really you’re a very beautiful adult with acne. It used to mean picking up Clearasil or delving for a witch hazel range that you’d heard was supposed to blitz the pimples. It used to mean spending 100’s of your well earned monies before you found even 1 product that worked for you. Even when reaching this point, your skin may still have found itself in a see-saw of oily/acne prone – dry and rough… oily/acne-prone – dry and rough.

If you wanted to choose skincare with active anti-acne ingredients in concentrations that worked, it meant going online and it meant spending much more money…

Until… The Ordinary skincare range launched. Seriously, this is a HUGE skincare game-changer.

The Ordinary skincare range is based on 3 principles;

  1. Using active skincare ingredients
  2. Using them in concentrations that work (and telling you what that concentration is)
  3. Keeping the price tag super affordable, I’m talking from £3.90 – you might feel like you’re illegally stealing!

Out of the current The Ordinary range, the following products are ones which will help you create an Ordinary routine effective against acne;

For toning solutions;

  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (£3.90/30ml) – speeds skins exfoliation rate therefore helping prevent clogged pores, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory.

For treatment anti-acne serums

  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5/30ml) – reduces skins oiliness therefore helping prevent clogged pores, helps skin heal, anti-inflammatory.
  • Advanced Retinoid 2% (£8.00/30ml) – non-prescription form of the prescription active ingredient (vitamin A) which a doctor would prescribe for treatment of acne.

For treatment anti-acne creams;

For anti-acne face oils;

On a side note: For those of you who are already very skincare savvy, know that vitamin C products are also great in the defense against acne, but to keep this The Ordinary acne regimen as straightforward and simple as possible, above I’ve picked the products with maximum impact.

The Ordinary Acne Regimen

Knowing the right The Ordinary acne products to use has first base ticked, knowing how to mix them, gets second base ticked. Ever heard a whisper telling you, you should only use skincare products from the same skincare range? While this whisper isn’t true, it is based on a smidgen of fact – certain active skincare ingredients can cancel each other out or… certain active skincare ingredients can cause your skin irritation when mixed or… certain active skincare ingredients can make each other less effective when mixed.

For the whole story, take a peek at this article, to know how to design a skincare routine for acne using The Ordinary acne products, keep reading here…

The Ordinary acne regimen for AM;

  1. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% or Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – can alternate on different days to benefit from both actives
  2. Sunscreen – if using the azelaic acid suspension, daily sun protection is a must as skincare acids can make skin more susceptible to UV damage, Green People’s Sun Lotion SPF30 Scent Free (£22/200ml) is a great pick

The Ordinary acne regimen for PM;

  1. Cleanser
  2. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution or Advanced Retinoid 2% – use on different evenings
  3. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

The Ordinary Skincare Acne Regimen

The above The Ordinary acne products help to tackle your acne love triangle from all 3 routes. You have azelaic acid, salicylic acid and rosehip oil to help prevent a sticky build up of dead skin and sebum. You have azelic acid and salicylic acid to help make your skin less cushy for p.acnes. You have niacinamide and zinc to help fight inflammation and promote healing. You have a retinoid to help level up your anti-acne skincare routine to ingredients similar to those the doctor would prescribe for acne.

Not bad ‘eh.


Have you heard of The Ordinary before? Have you used The Ordinary products to help treat your acne? Do you have questions about mixing together anti-acne skincare? Ask them to me in the comments section below…