The Complete Guide To The Ordinary Anti-Acne Skincare Products

by Gio
the complete guide to the ordinary anti acne skincare products

I lost count of how many of you have emailed me in the past few months asking me how to use The Ordinary anti-acne products.

I get it. They’re so cheap, you want to get ALL of them. And then you end up with a 10 steps routine that takes all morning to put on. Worse, when you throw too much at your acne, you dry it out and make it worse. Ugh.

Fighting acne isn’t about getting ALL of the products. It’s about getting the right products for your skin and make the most of them.

This quick guide to The Ordinary anti-acne skincare products will help you figure out what products you need, when to use them and how to fit them into your skincare routine. Let’s get started:

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (£4.20)

Listen, girl. I don’t care if The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is the IT exfoliant of the moment. It’s not for you. Acne-prone skin needs salicylic acid. Period. Here’s why:

What it is: a leave-in exfoliant with salicylic acid, an oil-soluble exfoliating acid that removes all the dead cells and excess oil stuck in your pores. It also exfoliates the surface of the skin so dead cells can’t fall into the pores in the first place and has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe redness and irritations.

Why it’s good for acne: P. Acnes, the bacteria that causes acne, feeds on the excess oil and dead cells stuck in your pores. Keep your pores clean and you’ll starve the nasty buggers to death.

When to use it: salicylic acid is gentle. You can in the morning and/or evening right after cleansing.

Side effects: like all exfoliants, it can irritate skin if used too often.

Available at: Asos, Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty

Note: The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% has salicylic acid too but I DON’T recommend it. Acne-prone skin is very delicate. Don’t inflame it more with a harsh exfoliant.

Related: Why Salicylic Acid Is Key To Keeping Oily Skin Spot-Free

Retinoid Serum (£4.20-£11.90)

The Ordinary has A TON of retinoid serums (just to confuse you even more!). You can check out my guide to them here. My advice is to start with the lowest concentration and build your way slowly or you risk to seriously dry out your skin, ok?

What it is: a bunch of serums with either retinol or hydroxypinacolone retinoate, two forms of Vitamin A that speed up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process), boost collagen and fight wrinkles. Retinol has a more impressive track record than hydroxypinacolone retinoate but is more irritating and drying. If you’re just starting out with retinoids, I’d go with hydroxypinacolone retinoate first and slowly build my way up to retinol.

Why It’s Good For Acne: it speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliating process, helping to keep pores clean.

When to use it: at night after cleansing/exfoliation. Start with two or three nights a week and build up frequency gradually.

Side effects: it makes skin more photosensitive. Use it at night only.

Available at: Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: The Ultimate Guide To The Ordinary Retinoid Products: Which One Should You Choose? 

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5.00)

Niacinamide is the new skincare superhero on the blog. Zinc is its Robin. Here’s why:

What it is: a serum with niacinamide and zinc. Duh! Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that treats acne, soothes inflammation and brightens the skintone. Zinc can help regulate oil production.

Why it’s good for acne: neither niacinamide nor zinc are treatments for acne because they can’t kill the bacteria that cause it. But they can calm down inflammation, the underlying cause of acne. When bacteria infects your skin, your immune system kicks into gear, triggering inflammation to remove the threat. This serum brings the inflammation down a notch or two. Plus, niacinamide can help treat post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation (the dark spots pimples leave behind) while zinc reduces oil and shine.

When to use it: you can use it both morning and/or evening after cleansing/exfoliation but before moisturiser.

Side effects: if your skin’s dry, it may be a little too drying for you.

Available at: Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: How To Fade Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (£5.50)

If you’re not a fan of harsh treatments like benzoyl peroxide (The Ordinary isn’t either), azelaic acid is a great alternative. It’s suitable for sensitive skin, too.

What it is: a light cream with azelaic acid, an acid your skin’s microbiome (the good bacteria that live on your skin) naturally produce. It has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-keratinising properties (anti-keratinising means it prevents build up of dead cells in the pores).

Why it’s good for acne: oh, let me count the ways… it kills the bacteria P. Acnes. It reduces the inflammation that triggers acne. And it keeps the pores clean from all the crap P. Acnes likes to munch on. Study after study shows that it’s as effective at treating acne as harsher treatments, including benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin and accutane.

When to use it: you can use it morning and/or night.

Side effects: although rare, it can cause irritations in some people.

Available at: Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic

Related: Benzoyl Peroxide: Friend Or Foe?

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Oil (£9.00)

I know you’re scared of oils, but this one is very friendly to acne-prone skin. Here’s why:

What it is: rosehip oil is the oil extracted from the hip of roses (the hip is the radish-like ball the rose leaves behind after it blossoms). It’s loaded with moisturising fatty acids and a natural form of retinol (vitamin A).

Why it’s good for acne: acne-prone skin lacks linoleic acid, one of the many fatty acids in rosehip oil. Studies shows that adding it back into your skin reduces mini pimples. Fatty acids also keep your skin from getting dehydrated while vitamin A helps the skin’s natural exfoliating process.

When to use it: as the last step of your night-time routine.

Side effects: it contains vitamin A so it could make your skin more photosensitive. That’s why it’s best to use it at night.

Available at: Cult Beauty, Feel Unique and Look Fantastic

Note: if you’re already using retinol and don’t want to add more vitamin A to your skincare routine, go with 100% Plant-Derived Squalane. It’s one of the few oils that moisturises skin without worsening acne (yep, even fungal acne).

Related: Can Rosehip Oil Treat Acne?


Putting It All Together: The Ordinary Anti-Acne Skincare Routine

You don’t need all the products above. You can get and use them all but if you want to pick and choose, here’s how to do it:

  • Salicylic acid is a must. Period. If you don’t like The Ordinary’s formula, get Paula’s Choice. But use it.
  • Are you using benzoyl peroxide, Tretinoin or Accutane? You don’t need azelaic acid too. If you want to give it a try, discard the others for the time being. (but consult your doctor, first!)
  • Are you already using a retinoid? You don’t need to switch to The Ordinary retinoid. And you may not need rosehip oil, either.
  • Does your skin needs more hydration than it’s currently getting? Get either rosehip oil or squalene oil.
  • Does your skincare routine include niacinamide? If not, get Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 2% (yes, you can use it with vitamin C.)

If you’re going to use all the products, here’s a good anti-acne skincare routine for beginners:


  • Cleanse
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Sunscreen


  • Cleanse
  • Retinoid serum (three times a week)
  • Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (optional)
  • 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil or 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Are you wondering why Niaciamide goes in the morning, Azelaic Acid is optional or what cleanser to use with this routine? Subscribe to my newsletter below and receive The Ordinary Acne Skincare Routine Cheatsheet, where I explain why this routine works and give you recommendations for the missing products:

This is the basic routine for acne. You can remove/add other stuff as your skin needs. For ex, if you’re using Tretinoin, ditch the azelaic acid in the morning and the retinoid serum at night. If you’ve found a moisturiser you love, you may not need an oil at all. You get the drill.

Have you tried The Ordinary anti-acne products? Share your experience in the comments below.



Purvi December 5, 2019 - 4:09 pm

I just started using the ordinary products.
I have hormonal acne which comes and goes occasionally and leaves red bumps near my jaw line.
Just wanted to ask if its safe to use niacinamide/hyaluronic acid before I use an acne cream treatment on top like ducray

Gio December 20, 2019 - 4:04 pm

Purvi, yes you can use Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid with anything.

Ari April 30, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Hey I wanted to know if you have to use sunscreen during this routine. What if I leave it out?

Ari April 30, 2020 - 12:19 pm

Also I forgot to mention sorry, how do you use all these products because before I use to use Paula’s choice and ordinary drugstore products for acne e.g cetaphill and they were pretty straightforward. These serums and stuff are a bit more complicated so do I just drop them on my face and rub or?

Gio May 17, 2020 - 10:29 am

Ari, NEVER leave out sunscreen. It’s the most important product in your skincare routine.

Etta January 18, 2020 - 5:47 pm

Hello! I consider myself quite a skeptic so I absolutely love how you back up every claim with science. I am about to order all these products you’ve recommended, but I do have a question. I have no idea what my skin type is, even after reading your article and cheat sheet about it. My skin feels dry, but i’ve consistently had acne all over for the past 3ish years (I’m 16). The pores on my cheeks, mostly the part under my eyes, and large and prone to whiteheads and sebaceous filaments. Every single pore on my nose has sebaceous filaments too. I get blackheads and whiteheads, allover, and mini pimples on my forehead too. I’m pretty pale, so the redness and inflamation is very noticeable. My skin doesn’t get oily, and even after stopping all skin care (even washing my face) I saw no change, besides my skin being a little less dry. Long story short, my skin doesn’t fit any of the categories! What would you classify my skin as> Thank you for all your help.

Gio February 8, 2020 - 7:28 pm

Etta, dry skin can have blackheads and acne, too. It usually happens when you’re using products that are too rich for your skin type or when they’re too drying and irritating (they can inflame skin and give you acne).

Lisa Holton January 21, 2020 - 10:09 am

Hi Gio,

It is such a relief to find someone who is able to explain things clearly as skincare for acne is a minefield of confusing conflicting information. About 6 months ago I stopped taking Yasmin contraceptive pill which I had been on for over 10 years and initially was put on it for spots (never bad acne but spots and a picking obsession lead to bad self-confidence and a pill prescription). In the last two months, my hormones (I assume) and hence my skin has gone crazy. Blackheads and sore spots on my back, whiteheads on my chest and cystic blind spots on my chin, whiteheads on my nose and cheeks and blackhead and whiteheads all over my forehead. I have never had forehead, cheek or deep blind spots before and I have no idea what to do. I have never been sure if my skin is dry, combination or oily and have spent my life using different products and spot creams. Since my skin has flared up I have read countless blogs and am so confused. I am currently double cleansing with an oil then water-based cleanser then applying the niacinamide and rosehip in the evening and then in the morning I have cleansing with the water-based cleanser then applying the niacinamide again then a moisturiser. I invested in an expensive suncream but feel that I get more spots every time I use it. My skin feels horrible and sore and the spots are not getting better at all. Basically I need help and not sure how to proceed and which products you would recommend using. Massive questions but I realise I need to start a regime and stick with it a while to see actual results and right now I am not sure what I am doing is beneficial at all. Thank you in advance!!!

Gio February 8, 2020 - 7:25 am

Hi Lisa, thank you for sharing your experience. Acne can be a minefield and really give your confidence a beating, but you can fight it and get your clear skin back.

The first thing to do is to figure out your skin type:

Then follow the skincare routine in this post. Start slowly and introduce a new product every 3 weeks. Start with salicylic acid as that’ll make the biggest difference. Unfortunately, the ordinary salicylic acid is currently out of stock, so either try The Inkey List or Paula’s Choice Liquid BHA in the meantime.

If you need more help in creating your skincare routine, you can book a consultation here:

Elizabeth Menlove January 29, 2020 - 12:08 am

Hello! The Ordinary is no longer making the salicylic acid formulation you mentioned here. Could you use the salicylic acid mask they make? How would that look in the routine you mentioned? Thanks so much, you’re a lifesaver!

Gio February 8, 2020 - 7:30 am

Elizabeth, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid should be back next month.

In the meantime, I recommend either Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength 2% BHA or FaceTheory BHA Exfoliating Serum.

Salicylic acid needs to stay on the skin for hours to work, so a mask isn’t a good substitute.

Charis February 16, 2020 - 2:19 pm

Hi gio, I have rlly sensitive but oily and acne prone skin, will the salicylic acid and the niaciminide irritate my skin?

Gio March 6, 2020 - 10:27 am

Charis, only your skin can answer this question. These two ingredients are very gentle, but with very sensitive skin, there’s no way to tell how you’ll react to something without trying it. Always do a patch test first.

srijana February 25, 2020 - 8:37 am

hey gio i have been using ordinary product since last year and i am love in it .As i am 26 years old now i want some aging routine for am and pm i hope u will make it easy also my skin is oily and acne prone with pores .
shall i go for retinoid 1% as i used 2%.

Gio March 6, 2020 - 10:21 am

Srijana, are you talking about granactive retinoid? You can use 2% of that, but if you want to switch to retinol, go for 0.2% and build up from there.

If you’d like help in creating your skincare routine, you can book your consultation here:

Srijana March 16, 2020 - 8:12 am

Gio I wanted to know that as my skin is oily acne prone but right now I have cleared acne problem now my skin is clear but the pores are visible Also So suggest me ordinary product for glowing skin

Please make me am and pm routine I will follow it

Srijana March 16, 2020 - 8:17 am

As my previous routine was


What should I add or remove for glowing skin

Gio April 4, 2020 - 7:59 am

Srijana, I’d love to help you create the best skincare routine for your needs. You can book your consultation here:

Coral Rankin February 28, 2020 - 3:31 am

What do you think about lactic acid? Could that be added to this suggested skin care regimen? Would that be safe? Thanks so much! 🙂

Gio March 6, 2020 - 11:53 am

Coral, no. Acne-prone skin only needs salicylic acid. All other exfoliants are useless and could lead to overexfoliation.

Marina March 11, 2020 - 9:23 pm

Hi. I just started using the ordinary products and I would like to know if i can use a 5% glycolic acid toner with the niacinamide serum?

Gio April 4, 2020 - 7:49 am

Marina, it depends. If you’re using salicylic acid, don’t use glycolic at all. If you’re only using glycolic, you can use it with niacinamide.

Clarissa March 26, 2020 - 7:55 am

Hi I have mostly clear skin but I used to have clear small bumps on my forehead that I believe were clogged pores/closed comedones. Recently I’ve been seeing them come back. My skin type is normal to oily. I just bought the niacinamide + zinc, NMF, and 100% plant-derived Squalene. My question is, will the Squalene make my skin worse (Since my skin is already somewhat oily) and should I add salicylic acid to my routine to get rid of the forehead bumps??

Gio April 4, 2020 - 8:07 am

Clarissa, squalane is usually not comedogenic, but it causes small pimples in some people. It’s rare but it happens. Unfortunately you won’t know how your skin reacts to it unless you try it.

And yes to salicylic acid!

Monica March 28, 2020 - 10:59 pm

Hi Gio, thank you for this insightful read! It’s the best explanation I have found so far for an effective routine to apply to my skin. However, I took my last dose of tretinoin about a month ago and am nervous to readjust my skincare routine, as the dermatologist I was seeing mentioned it may come back. I have never used retinoids but would like to implement an anti-aging ingredient into my current routine. Is the above routine a good one to follow in my case? Should I use the NMF moisturizer instead of oils for moisture?

Gio April 4, 2020 - 8:04 am

Monica, it’s hard to say without knowing your entire history. You can try switching to this routine but adding only one new product a month. That way, if something doesn’t agree with your skin, you’ll know straight away. If you need more help, you can book your skincare consultation here:

Danielle April 5, 2020 - 1:06 am


I have found your blog incredibly useful and have purchased every product you have mentioned! (except the retinoid for beginners which is currently out of stock). I see that you recommend incorporating new products slowly – I was wondering where you would start? What to begin with and exchange. I also purchased the Cerave foaming facial cleanser you recommended elsewhere on your website. My current routine is to cleanse, tone then moisturise with the Garnier rose collection. Thank you in advance

Danielle x

Gio April 5, 2020 - 9:14 am

Danielle, I’d start with salicylic acid first, then retinol. These are going to make the biggest difference. After that, figure out what’s your biggest concern. For example, if it’s sensitivity, go with azelaic acid. If it’s excessive oil production, go with niacinamide. If it’s dryness, go with rosehip oil. Hope this helps.

Michelle April 6, 2020 - 5:22 pm

Hi Gio!
Thanks so much for the explanation. I’m wondering about the peeling solution (I’ve heard wonders about it) and I want to know what’s your opinion on it? If I’d like to try it and implement it in my skin care routine, how do you recommend using it along with the other products?
Thanks so much in advance 🙂

Lurdes April 7, 2020 - 11:34 pm

I would like to start using Ordinary, but I am quite confused with all the products they have, and my skin doesn’t help either.
I have dry/dehydrated skin, but I suffer from adult acne caused by hormones (mostly in my chicks and sometimes forehead). As a result I also suffer from pigmentation and some acne scars…. and I am 30 so I am already starting to have fine lines around eye area and forehead….. so for where should I start??? Completely lost….

Thanks a mil!

Gio May 15, 2020 - 9:12 am

Lurdes, I’d love to help you create the best routine for your skin. You can book your consultation here:

Kaitlyn Loefler April 8, 2020 - 4:04 am

Hi Gio!
I have recently subscribed to you and am currently trying the niacinamide serum. I have recently gotten acne again but I believe it is hormonal. I was wondering if it is ok to use the inkey list salicylic acid cleanser with my prescription tretinoin? Thank you!

Gio May 15, 2020 - 9:11 am

Kaitlyn, it’s ok, but you need salicylic acid to stay on your skin for hours. It won’t do much in a cleanser.

Erin April 15, 2020 - 3:07 am

Hey Gio! Thanks for writing this informative post! I’ve watched some YouTube videos by aestheticians on The Ordinary, but wanted to get so more info on what to use for acne prone skin. Keep it up! 🙂

elena mazlan April 15, 2020 - 4:02 am


Should I use salicylic acid on whole face or affected area?

Gio May 15, 2020 - 12:07 pm

Elena, you can use it on the whole face.

Ana @labellesociety April 16, 2020 - 4:54 pm

MIND BLOWN! This post should be The Ordinary Bible! You’ve made everyting so easy. I’ve been breaking out like crazy during the quarantine and I have no idea why. I will be buying mostly everything that was recommended here. Thank you so much for such vauale information!

Jess April 22, 2020 - 9:09 pm


I have recently been following the above routine. I suffer with a lot of redness and regular breakouts and have never been able to combat this (I am 22 and have never had a routine that works) This routine seems promising and the products actually feel like they are doing something however I have a few questions.
Do I need to rinse off any products or do they all stay on the skin?
At the moment I am using Squalene Cleanser and rinsing this off, then Salycilic acid, then once this has soaked in I am using the Niacinamide in the morning. For the evening I am using the same cleanser, then the retinol and leaving this to soak, followed by the Azaelic acid and leaving this to soak in and occasionally rose hip when my skin feels dry. I feel like I am putting too much on but as you can appreciate I will do anything if it works! I am already noticing a difference in texture on my forehead.

Should I be using salicylic acid in the evening or the morning?

Is salicylic acid a exfoliator? The one I have bought is just a liquid with none of the usual exfoliating properties I would expect, such as exfoliating beads. If its an exfoliator, does it need to be washed off after use or does it stay on the skin.

and do I need to wait a certain amount of time between products?

Apologies for all the silly questions, Thank you for the very informative post, any help or advise would be much appreciated!

Gio May 15, 2020 - 4:36 pm

Jess, usually only cleansers and masks are rinse off. Salicylic acid is an exfoliant, so use it in the evening. And wait until one product has fully absorbed before applying the next one.

Rebecka April 22, 2020 - 9:21 pm

Hi Gio, I suffer from post pill hormonal acne on my cheeks and jawline. However I am rather dry on the surface of my skin. I have used the niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% from the ordinary for a while now, and I recently started with the organic cold pressed rose hip seed oil which I use every now and then (I usually mix it with my moisturizer). As a cleanser I use a foaming gel from La roche posay. I also have a moisturizer from the same brand, and I just bought their Effaclar duo+. I was wondering how I best combine these products? In which order do I apply them and do they work together? Is effaclar duo+ best as a moisturizer or a spot treatment?
Thank you in advance!!! And thank you for explaining everything so well!

Gio May 15, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Rebecka, I’d love to help you create the best skincare routine for your needs. You can book your consultation here:

Sophia April 26, 2020 - 7:30 pm

I would like to add to the part where you say that Niacinamide can be used with Vit C. Unfortunately, you cannot use the Ordinary Niacinamide and any of their Vit C’s as they can cause irritation. They disclose this on their website. I have never had a reaction with any of my skincare before and I had a reaction using the 8% ascorbic acid and the niacinamide.

Gio May 15, 2020 - 11:52 am Reply
Sara April 29, 2020 - 1:26 am

Hi .. i heard alot about ordinary product. I have acnebissue from last two years before my sk8n was clean n clear . I went for swimmimg wthout sunscreen n after that ownwards i am facing this issue . I used Larouche product recommanded by my derma bt still not affected . Can you please guide me which products i ll use . In my daily routine i dont use any special product for my skin just loryal hydra boost using .

Gio May 15, 2020 - 11:41 am

Sara, I’d love to help you create the best skincare routine for your needs. You can book your consultation here:

Joni April 30, 2020 - 10:21 am

Hi Gio,
In the morning I cleansed my face and applied the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and after that the plant-derived squalane.
But when I apply the squalane I feel little crumbles on my skin (I don’t know how to call it :p). I already tried to wait a few minutes after applying the Niacinamide to work in but that doesn’t change anything. Do you know what this can be?

Gio May 15, 2020 - 11:38 am

Joni, sounds like you’re experiencing piling. You can find out how to deal with it here:

Ari April 30, 2020 - 12:31 pm

Hi im really confused with what I should do because I feel like my acne just won’t go away. My acne normally occurs under my eyes around my cheeks and from there its spreads. Sometimes I also get a lot of spots ion my forehead and the edge of my nose. I dont really know what my skin type is because it doesnt feel oily nor dry but I do get breakouts nonetheless. I am thinking of ordering some of these products now and do the following please tell me if this is ok for me;
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
moisturizer (is this ok?)
Retinoid serum (three times a week)
(should I add moisturizer again?)
this is what I am thinking to do but I still dont know what to do for my acne scars. Can you recommend any cheap products? Also, do any of these products I have listed include tea tree oil because when I apply tea tree oil to my face it gives my a very bad rash.

Gio May 15, 2020 - 11:35 am

Ari, I’d love to help you create the best routine for your skin. You can book your consultation here:

Ari May 1, 2020 - 11:40 am

Hi im really confused with what I should do because I feel like my acne just won’t go away. My acne normally occurs under my eyes around my cheeks and from there its spreads. Sometimes I also get a lot of spots ion my forehead and the edge of my nose. I dont really know what my skin type is because it doesnt feel oily nor dry but I do get breakouts nonetheless. I am thinking of ordering some of these products now and do the following please tell me if this is ok for me;
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
moisturizer (is this ok?)
Retinoid serum (three times a week)
(should I add moisturizer again?)
this is what I am thinking to do but I still dont know what to do for my acne scars. Can you recommend any cheap products? Also, do any of these products I have listed include tea tree oil because when I apply tea tree oil to my face it gives my a very bad rash.

Gio May 17, 2020 - 10:27 am

Ari, I’d love to help you create the best skincare routine for your needs. You can book your consultation here:

Ari May 1, 2020 - 11:44 am

also do I have to use sunscreen or is moisturizer just ok? because I used to use drugstore products eg cetaphill and these were easy to use – just rub it on my face but these serums are more complicated so do I just drop them on my face or?

Gio May 17, 2020 - 8:26 am

Ari, you always need to use a separate sunscreen.

Melinda May 7, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts 👍. You are doing great work! I just want to share my success story. Hope this helps. I’ve been using Retin-A (Tretinoin). Very happy 😊 I found ‘QACNE365’ in google and got retin-a ❤️. It is hands down the most effective anti-acne, anti-blackheads, anti-whatever skin flaw you may have. It is the only thing that has actually helped with my acne. People comment on my skin daily.

Aleksandra May 8, 2020 - 7:26 pm

hi Gio,

will be honest, i’m pretty much lost with all the ordinary skincare products. i would like to order some, but as mentioned prior, not sure where to start. i read the article above, but not much help, as the only product was identified..
so i did my research, and believe that the best products to use would be:
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

however not sure if they will suit me and if i did a right pick. please could you help?
and my skin sufer with acne for about 10 years at least, tho, no redness or massive issues, just more cyctic with bumps on my face/back. thanks!

Gio May 17, 2020 - 2:02 pm

Aleksandra, I’d love to help you create the best skincare routine for your own needs. You can book your consultation here:

Jenny May 12, 2020 - 4:01 am

I have found your blog very informative.I have been very confused lately .Which the ordinary serum should i use for my recurrent acne?

brenna May 13, 2020 - 8:13 am

hi! can i have acne prone skin, and i hear the buffet is a good nutrient to add to your skincare routine. should i add it with everything else if i just use it in the pm? and also, should i use the ordinarys toner before i use the items you listed? thanks!

Gio May 17, 2020 - 3:28 pm

Brenna, don’t use anything with glycolic acid with this routine. and you don’t need Buffet.

julie May 13, 2020 - 9:26 am

hi with the routine you just gave us for acne can you also use the ordinary toner in that routine? also I bought the peeling solution, glycolic acid toning solutions, plant derived squalene, niacinamide 10% + zinc 1%, and salicylic Acid 2% solution. Can I use all of these to help with acne or should I buy something else and can I mix all of these?

Gio May 17, 2020 - 3:27 pm

Julie, do NOT use glycolic acid or any other exfoliant with this routine! If you need more help putting a skincare routine together, you can book a consultation here:

Kamila J May 22, 2020 - 3:23 pm

Can I begin this routine without the Salicylic Acid since it’s still not available? Can I use the ordinary Hyaluronic Acid instead?

Gio June 12, 2020 - 8:11 am

Kamila, you can still use this routine, but you NEED Salicylic acid. Get it from another brand. Paula’s Choice has plenty of BHA exfoliants. The Inkey List Beta Hydroxy Acid is also good.

sunita June 8, 2020 - 9:25 am

i have congested acne on my cheeks. and break out alot. the acne is bothering me so much and totally killing my confidence. would love what you have to say about my routine.
i only just started using the ordinary range for that last 3 days.
cleanse.tone. vit c. sunscreen.
monday/wednesday/ saturday= cleanse, tone, hyaluronic acid, niaciamide , manuka oil.
tuesday/thursday=cleanse, tone, hyaluronic acid, retinol 0.5%, manuka oil
friday/sunday=cleanse, tone, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, manuka oil
thanks for all your help

Gio June 12, 2020 - 11:36 am

Sunita, stop using Manuka oil and replace lactic acid with salicylic acid. If you need more help to create your skincare routine, please book your skincare consultation here:

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