The Ordinary Brand Review & Warning


So I’ve been meaning to post this review for a while now, I just wanted to do some trial error first to make sure this is what has had my skin so crazy lately. Found out it was these products.

The Ordinary has been all the hype lately, from the amazing prices, pure ingredients, to innovative packaging it was tempting to try. After selling out over and over on Sephora’s website I finally got my hands on the Salicylic Acid and Retinoid. I was so excited to try it! My skin was super dry and freaking out after my Utah trip and I was stoked to maybe find some super affordable products to help.


However, I wish I didn’t fall for the hype. This picture of my skin is super hard to share but I felt like it’s needed. These products damn near gave me a chemical burn.

I used the exact instructions and it didn’t matter. Within days I was red all over and breaking out terribly. I had never seen my skin react like this so I figured it must have been the traveling or maybe a dietary change.

But I cut out these products and switched back to my normal routine, my skin cleared up and calmed down within a week. I feel like it’s finally going back to normal, which I am grateful for, considering I’m traveling most of the month and that’s never easy on my skin.

I would not recommend these to anyone with sensitive skin, if they work for you, then great! However, for me, I feel for the hype and regret it. I did learn the lesson to listen to my skin instead of trying to force something onto it.

Have you tried any The Ordinary products? How did they work for you? Let me know below!Logo


10 thoughts on “The Ordinary Brand Review & Warning

  1. I have also had some issues with a few of the Ordinary products. Not sure if it is just my skin, but the hyaluronic acid and the lactic acid treatments just make me break out. I don’t know if I’m just sensitive to hyaluronic acid (and I didn’t know that that was a thing, since it is just supposed to help hydrate your skin) and lactic acid, but neither of these helped, despite all of the positive reviews on the Sephora website. I am currently using the glycolic toner and that works fine. I’m sorry for your skin issues!


  2. I’ve heard that your skin may need to get used to some products that contain retinoids and that the one from the ordinary is pretty strong. I’ve had salicylic acid acne treatments that also were too strong for what my skin was used to, and I really had to use a tiny amount every few days to slowly get used to it. I feel like I might have heard that retinoids and chemical exfoliants (like salicylic acid) can make each other worse, as well. It does take at least three weeks for your skin to get used to a product, and that having multiple products makes it hard to tell which product is the problematic one. I’ve never used the Ordinary and can’t speak for its products, but maybe these tips could help you get use out of at least one of these products.


    1. I appreciate you going into all of this! I’ve used both ingredients before and in tandem. I think that this brand is just too strong for my skin, unfortunately. Luckily they were under $10 each so it wasn’t that strong of an investment. I’ll probably go back to the Sunday Riley night oil as I had no problems with it.


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