Don’t use it. Do use it. Yikes. How do you know if The Ordinary niacinamide will get great benefits for your special skin? Because spoiler alert – The Ordinary niacinamide serum is definitely not for everyone. Find out if it’s for you in this ‘like you’ve never heard before’ The Ordinary niacinamide review.

The Ordinary Niacinamide Review Like You’ve Never Heard Before

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This The Ordinary niacinamide review is an exposé that’s ridiculously different to any you’ve read before today.


Because yes I’m reviewing The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and yes I’m telling you if you should use it or not.

Psst – there’s a big chunk of skin types that should never, EVER use it.

And then… after this The Ordinary niacinamide review I have one mammoth, humungous surprise for you.

Because spoiler alert – there’s a NEW kid on the block. And if you can’t use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, it’s way likely you can use this newbie.


Finally, there’s a niacinamide option for everyone.

However, this The Ordinary newbie comes with one humungous caveat. You must read this before using.

Are you excited? Me too.

I’m so crazy excited to get you the real deal on The Ordinary niacinamide ingredients. And for you to find out if you should buy it up like chocolate fudge cake on BOGOF or steer clear of it like unisex toilets 😉

Don’t use it. Do use it. Yikes. How do you know if The Ordinary niacinamide will get great benefits for your special skin? Because spoiler alert – The Ordinary niacinamide serum is definitely not for everyone. Find out if it’s for you in this ‘like you’ve never heard before’ The Ordinary niacinamide review.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%; What does it do?

Have one of those friends who can do it all? You sometimes catch yourself in awe of them? It’s like watching Sarah Jessica Parker in I don’t know how she does it. Life is under her control and for every 24 hours you get, she seems to have 48.

She’s the boss at work. Hits the gym every morning without fail. Always looks stunning. Somehow finds time to home make hummus. And never forgets a birthday.

You don’t know how she does it.

Your brain hurts just thinking of everything she’s doing in her 24 (48) hours 😉

Well, let me introduce you to another can do it all-star.


If you don’t have niacinamide in your skincare routine right now, my friend, what are you doing? You’re missing out BIG time.


Because this bad-ass has skills with a Z.

I bet you’re going to find at least 2 in this list you want to happen to your skin like now;

  • Sebum balancing/some studies show sebum reducing
  • Could help minimise pore size
  • Anti-inflammatory aka can help tame redness plus reduce inflammatory breakouts
  • Has huge potential to help reduce and prevent fine lines
  • Some studies even show it can prevent/reverse skin sallowing – that’s when skin tone gets uneven and starts to look yellow
  • Pigmentation reducing/skin tone evening/hyperpigmentation reducing
  • And that means for brightening away acne scars too, the dark marks which are post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH for short)
  • Can help prevent dry patches/flaky skin/dehydration (see how it can be good for both oily and even dry skin types – wowser eh)
  • Texture improving
  • Can help protect skin against pollution damage
  • Brightening, radiance giving, glow making

Seriously I’m running out of breath even writing this list 😉

However, while niacinamide is a do it all goddess, not everyone should use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Not everyone’s skin is going to love it and if you’ve taken my The Ordinary speed training – I’ve already saved you from making this mistake.

For some, it’s going to make your skin health worse. For some, it’s going to make you break you out. Yikes.

The Ordinary Niacinamide Review

You know how we roll here eh. Reviewing any new skincare product is not about whether I think it’s great or whether it worked for your BFF. It’s about the ingredients. What’s in the bottle. Your friend who can do it all can’t do it all if she has a partner who is unsupportive.

Question is, does The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% contain partners which are supportive?

For this, we look at The Ordinary niacinamide ingredients list.

Take a peek below… and don’t worry my friend, if it looks like gobbledegook, that’s a-ok and completely normal. It’s exactly why I’m here with my award-winning skincare formulator’s brain, helping you out.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Ingredients List

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

Pretty streamline this one eh.

Niacinamide is first after water meaning there’s 2nd most of it in the bottle. Wahoo.

Pentylene glycol is a sustainable, vegetable-derived ingredient which can help make actives like niacinamide more available to your skin. A skill it boasts because it helps dissolves actives up and then makes them super attractive to your skin 😉 meaning they absorb in deeper.

It’s also a humectant moisturiser. Aka it locks onto water and holds it in like if you had wind on a first date.

Bottom line; makes niacinamide work better and is hydrating. Awesomesauce.

Then there’s zinc PCA – now this is where The Ordinary niacinamide serum stops working for everyone.

Zinc PCA is sebum regulating/sebum reducing.

If you have a dry or even chronically dehydrated skin type – your skin likely doesn’t have enough sebum or isn’t making the right skin nourishing oils.

Add zinc PCA to your skincare routine and you could be getting dry, flaky, red and irritated skin.

If this is you, do not use The Ordinary Niacinamide serum.

Instead, you might want to consider the new The Ordinary niacinamide. I’m explaining all, soon.

But first a quick round-up of The Ordinary Niacinamide ingredient extras;

  • Dimethyl Isosorbide – solubiliser/penetration enhancer – basically makes actives get deeper into your skin
  • Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum – thickener – used to make this The Ordinary serum not run away like water
  • Xanthan gum – ditto (psst, bonus fact – The Ordinary use 2 gums because when they buy pentylene glycol, it already comes pre-mixed with Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum)
  • Isoceteth-20 – helps things dissolve
  • Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin – preservatives – helps stop furry stuff growing in your bottle

The bottom line; pretty streamlined eh. An awesome high strength niacinamide serum that has uber supporting partner actives which help it do its thing. The add-in of 1% zinc means this formula is reserved solely for oily to combination skin types.

But what do I do if I have a dry skin type? I hear you, my friend. For you, there’s a new kid on the block and this is in addition to the one I share in my The Ordinary speed training.

The Ordinary Niacinamide Review; The NEW 100% Niacinamide Powder Review

Now to the crazy exciting news, as of 5th August 2020, The Ordinary has a new niacinamide offering.

If you have a dry or chronically dehydrated skin type, you’re going to love it.

And that’s because zinc is nowhere to be seen. It’s ghosted us… in a really, really good way.

Just look at its ingredients list;

The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide powder Ingredients List


The Ordinary dub it just niacinamide, nothing else.

Psst – they also claim it contains less than 100 parts per million residual nicotinic acid, which matters because this is the guy which can make your face flush red as your dream guy walking past.

Oooee eh.

Now I have to say I like this new The Ordinary niacinamide and I don’t. This new offering is not going to work for everyone.

First – here’s why I love it – you’ve already guessed eh?

The new The Ordinary niacinamide powder is awesome because it doesn’t contain zinc. Wahoo.

This means if your skin type is dry or dehydrated you can use this.

But it’s going to be a bit faffy.

Now here’s the dealiO. The other powder formula The Ordinary offer – their 100% ascorbic acid, I’m really not a fan of. And that’s because there are a lot of ways you can go wrong with it and those ways could cause you chemical burns.

But – niacinamide is not acidic. Dissolve it up in water and you’re going to be at about pH 6-7.5. Nearish the pH of tap water. Aka almost zilch risk of chemical burns.

So it’s pretty safe if you use it right.

And how would that be? So glad you asked 😉

How to Use The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder

You do not want to mix The Ordinary 100% niacinamide powder with very acidic formulas. In fact, you don’t want to be mixing it with anything below pH5.

Place a quarter of a spoon (the one which comes with The Ordinary 100% niacinamide powder) into the palm of your hand.

Place 4 drops of a water-based serum like Amino Acids + B5 into the palm of your hand.


Watch the white powder dissolve.

Let your skin make love to it 😉

Bottom line; If you can deal with a small amount of DIY this new The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder (buy it here) could be holy grail for you.

Psst – be sure to get a copy of my How to Mix The Ordinary Skincare Cheatsheet for skin safe mixing. Just click here or below to get yours now.

There you have it my friend – The Ordinary Niacinamide review like you’ve never heard before. Now I’d love to know, what’s your holy grail? Is it The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% or are you in the queue to try their new 100% Niacinamide powder? Come tell me in the comments below…