If there’s one thing worse than getting pimples, it’s dealing with the scars they leave behind. You might have settled for a quick fix—dabbing concealer over that dark spot, and going through your day like it wasn’t even there—but you also might’ve noticed that some scars last longer than others. Depending on the severity of your acne, common scars (A.K.A. macules) can heal within a few months. Others, however, can become pitted, ice picks or lumpy keloids—and they can last for years!
The good news is that with the right kind of solutions, you can mitigate scarring and speed up the healing process of your skin. Take The Ordinary’s high-strength serum, for instance. As its name proudly declares, it’s formulated with Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. And if you don’t know how this power combo actually works, then you’re just in luck! Below, everything you need to know about this compelling chemical collision:

WHY IT WORKS

It’s quite a mouthful, but niacinamide is simply vitamin B3. It’s a multi-tasking agent that balances the skin tone, reduces hyperpigmentation, and improves the texture of your skin. With natural anti-inflammatory properties, it also prevents more pimples from surfacing—making breakouts fewer and farther apart. On its own, this vitamin is already pretty great, but its other hero ingredient is what makes it really ideal for oily skin.

The zinc in its name is specifically zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, an amino acid studied for its intensive moisturizing properties. It’s also a natural sebum regulator, and effectively controls and suppresses active sebum levels. You’ve probably gotten the idea that this formula is both restorative and preventive, but it’s also comprehensive. While it covers most oily skin woes, it also has massive anti-aging benefits. Niacinamide and zinc help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, so you not only get clear skin, but you get a youthful radiance as well. Talk about the best of both worlds!

We knew that this serum was making waves online, so we decided to hop on the hype and do our own 30-day test. Curious? Scroll to see what happened!
HOW TO USE IT: Dispense 2-3 drops of the serum and apply it directly on the affected areas, or all over your face. Gently pat it in with your palms until fully absorbed. Make sure to moisturize afterwards and apply sunscreen when needed!

You may use this solution alongside acne treatments, but it should not be used as medication. For persistent acne, consult your dermatologist!

THE 30-DAY TEST

THE VERDICT

Kathy: “I’d heard a lot of good things about The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum, so when I was presented with the opportunity to try it out, I couldn’t pass it up. I’m super oily and acne-prone. I use about 3-4 sheets of blotting paper daily and I experience redness around my T-Zone. I really hoped this serum would help address those problems and I couldn’t wait to put this cult-fave to the test!

Now that I’ve seen the results, I’m definitely keeping this in my skincare routine. (I actually ordered my second bottle already.) Although it doesn’t erase dark spots overnight, it definitely lightens them gradually with every use, and it helped me more than any product I’ve ever tried. It made my skin visibly smoother, my redness reduced, and it has even controlled my oiliness to a certain extent.

I knew it wasn’t a placebo effect because even the people around me noticed how much my skin improved! Two weeks after my 30-day test, I met with a few friends and out of the blue, one of them pointed out how much clearer my skin is getting. Some of my co-workers and even my brow aesthetician told me the same thing. Glass skin, here I come!”

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is available on BeautyMNL for P740. *Shop it right here.

Photos by Kat Echon.

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