The Ordinary: Are My Skincare Struggles Solved?

6th July 2018

Hey everyone!

I uploaded a post recently reviewing two makeup products I picked up from The Ordinary. That didn’t go too well but you can give it a read here if you’re interested. The original reason I was ordering from Deciem was for their skincare as I read the lovely Gabys post about some products. I haven’t been quiet about my skincare struggles recently and how it’s been increasingly difficult to combat them. The medication I’m on makes it so hard to control it but I’m really hoping to find something that will keep it at bay at least a little.

I tried some natural olive-oil products before buying these and it resulted in reduced redness and general well-being of my skin improving but not getting rid of blemishes or scarring. As The Ordinary products are more acid and chemical based, I thought these might do the trick. 

These are the products I ordered and a little more about them…

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution // £4.20 for 30ml

This product is vegan aswell as being oil, alcohol and silicon free. To my understanding of this, it’s like a bit of a chemical peel as it’s advertised as an exfoliator and said to visibly improve blemishes. I need all the help I can get with blemishes and blackheads as they just seem to keep popping up. I’ve been getting on really well with this. It’s super easy to apply, has barely any scent and the solution sinks in instantly.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA // £7 for 30ml

This product is vegan, alcohol free and silicon free and is used for the reduction of hyperpigmentation and spots. It’s a highly concentrated serum and also contains hyaluronic acid too which is known widely to be good for evening out skin tone. I bought this as because I have trouble with bouts of blemishes, they leave behind terrible scarring too. I want to treat my skin as early as possible so I hopefully won’t end up with long term effects that are too drastic. Using this one, I found it a little more difficult. Its consistency is thicker than the acid and it tends to dry on the face leaving a tacky and uncomfortable residue for a few minutes. Although it eventually disappears, it’s something I truly dislike about the product. 

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA // £6.80 for 30ml

This product is vegan aswell as being alcohol, oil and silicon free too. The website states that it “offers non-greasy hydration that acts as a direct topical supplement of impaired NMF components”. NMF are components of the skin that keep it looking and feeling fine. This product is essentially a cream to refill the batteries of any areas of the skin that are running low on juice. As fancy as it sounds, I didn’t really have a motive behind buying this one. I just wanted a moisturiser from The Ordinary to test alongside my acid and serum. 

I’ve been using these as a 3 step routine for a month now. Before applying I’ve been using the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm to cleanse my face. I didn’t really know what order to use these in so I just guessed from previous experience to use the salicylic acid first. Following with the alpha arbutin and then of course the NMF as the ultimate product. 

I was doing this regime at least once a day, sometimes twice depending on my routine and the time I had.

Before Using The Ordinary Products

Most of the issues are on the right side of my face around the jaw and chin area. I do get blemishes elsewhere too so I’m using the products all over my face.

After Two Weeks Use

There was an initial period where my skin got worse. This is completely normal when using products of this nature though, as it’s supposed to rid the skin of any toxins before properly treating it. After a good few days of break outs, I did notice my skin really start to calm down. The blemishes were less angry and protruding, hurt a lot less and I felt better about going makeup free.

The marks on my face left behind from vicious breakouts started to look less noticeable too. I have no complaints about the hydration of my skin either, the NMF cream was really helping and on the occasion I did wear makeup, it was a fabulous base for application. I really started to feel like my skin was clearing and my boyfriend even said the words ‘wow those new products are really working’. So as an initial opinion after two weeks – fantastic!

After Four Weeks Use

Unfortunately about half way through the third week, it seems as if my skin hit a bit of a brick wall. I started coming out in more blemishes that just weren’t budging and the products didn’t seem to help. Nothing had changed in my regime or in my general life either. Despite this, I powered through and have continued using the products.

I haven’t really felt like much has changed since that point and the progress has been stagnant. I’m still really enjoying the NMF cream though. The texture is lovely and my skin soaks it up so well. I feel like it makes my face look plump and healthy even though the blemishes affect my confidence.

My Overall Verdict

The affects of these products to begin with were brilliant and very promising. They’ve definitely gotten me to a better point with my skin which was my goal. I just wouldn’t say they’ve done quite enough so far for me to warrant them as products I’ll be repurchasing. I am tempted to stop using them for a week or so to see if my skin goes back to its angry state or whether they have just stopped working for me. But I will be continuing to use these until the bottles are empty as I am intrigued to see if they do help any further, long-term. I’ll keep you all updated on my social medias (found at the top of the page) if you’re interested.

So unfortunately my skincare struggles are indeed not yet solved. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary yet? I really want to buy their new SPF cream!

Til Next Time,

42 responses to “The Ordinary: Are My Skincare Struggles Solved?”

  1. A tip for the Alpha Arbutin serum is to just limit use to night time – I found the tackiness was gone by the morning! I’ve also been using the EUK 134 0.1% serum which I think is a bit better (still at night as it’s very rich and takes a while to settle into your skin). Loved this post and deffo think you should stick with it for a while longer! Also, thank you for the shout out ??❤️❤️❤️

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Ooh okay thanks girl! I have actually give them a rest for two weeks and nothing has changed so I think I’ve definitely hit a bit of a wall with them unfortunately. Such a bloody shame!! And you’re very welcome ❤️ xx

  2. helloaycan says:

    I have heard a lot about The Ordinary products, and I need to buy lots of new skincare products, so I was going in this direction of them. This post has really come in handy. I have a bit of scarring left on my face from blemishes when I was younger, and they just don’t seem to go away. I am tempted to try these as they aren’t too highly priced either. Hope you find something that helps. Avene has a blemish range and that helped a lot of my skin problems too.

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Ooh tbf they have helped quite a bit with scarring so I’d definitely give their products a go, they’re so reasonably priced too! Fab I’ll be sure to check it out! X

  3. Jade Marie says:

    I still haven’t bought any of their products, but I need something to help with the redness I struggle with so I might have to give this a go! The photos after two weeks look amazing, but I’m sorry to hear that you’ve hit a wall with progress now 🙁 Hopefully its just an adjustment period and things will pick up again soon!!xx

    Jade |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah hitting the wall has been such a pain! I’ve stopped using them for two weeks and nothing has changed so I’m convinced they’re just not working anymore haha, so annoying! xx

  4. Abbey | Diary of a Fibro Girl says:

    I’ve been so tempted to get some products from The Ordinary, my skincare routine is just horrendous. I’ve never known what kind of products to try, but might give the NMF cream a go! x

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’d definitely say they’re a good place to start! Affordable with decent quality products, the NMF is lovely! X

  5. Alys George says:

    I’ve seen these products around loads recently so I was intrigued to see if they actually worked. It’s a shame they didn’t have the desired effect you were hoping for, although I will be looking out to see your final verdict once you’ve reached the end! My opinions change so often on products, that ones I think I love turn the opposite way and vise versa!

    Alys /

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’ve stopped using the products for about two weeks and nothing has changed so I think they have stopped working for me haha, how crap! It is a bit annoying isn’t it, its like your skin builds up a tolerance to some things! X

  6. Liz Brannan says:

    I haven’t used any of their products but I’m always intrigued! I like the sound of the salicylic acid but the others I’m not 100% sure on. It’s such a shame that they don’t seem to working on your skin but hopefully, it’s just a phase and they will kick in! Silly question because I bet you have, but have you tried body shops tea tree serum? That really helps with my skin when it’s bad! Hope you find something that works for you soon but you’re beautifuknso don’t let it get you down ?
    Liz xx

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah I adore the tea tree range but I find it a little too drying at the moment! I usually just use it on targeted areas of my face when I have one or two spots but because its been so bad recently I just can’t control it, it sucks! Thank you Liz ❤️ x

  7. Aaliyah Hunt says:

    I’ve seen The Ordinary products around for a while and have heard mixed reviews! It’s hard because it’s so affordable but are the ingredients as good as higher end products! If your looks for a product to help with acne or breakouts I work with a brand called Advanced Nutrition and they do an amazing suppliment called Skin Accumax you should take a look at! Great review xx

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah they all sim to be hit or miss! It sucks that they worked at first and then failed me haha. Unfortunately my acne is due to medication I’m on for a chronic illness so I can’t take any sort of supplements that aren’t for that but thank you! Xx

  8. Bexa says:

    Wow, you can really notice the difference in just two weeks Alice! Hopefully you will start seeing the results you want again as you continue with the products. The NMF cream sounds like a great product especially as you feel your skin is plumper and healthier, I’ll have to keep my eye out for this one in the shops. Fantastic photography as always lovely! ? xx

    Bexa |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I know I was so pleased initially, it’s such a shame they stopped working! I do love the NMF I just wish it had SPF in for this time of year, it’d be perfect then! Thank you Bexa ❤️ xx

  9. I’ve never heard of this brand before! I’ll recommend it to friends 🙂 xo

  10. Ada says:

    Never tried them, but maybe I should. Especially since now I know they’re vegan.

  11. Clem Loves says:

    I don’t think I’ve heard of this brand before. I will have to check them out. I love that their products are vegan and also alcohol free. Usually when getting new products, I like to try and make sure they are alcohol free, especially for products that I am going to use on my face.
    I really love your photos so much. ???
    Clem x

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      That’s crazy! I’ve seen them everywhere at the moment. I’ve never even thought to check to be honest but I want to start using more natural products now so will definitely be looking into it! X

  12. ????? ♡ says:

    I’m dying to try their products, but for some reason whenever I got out to get them the ones I want are always sold out!
    Really great to read an honest review though. Seems like they work well but to be wary in case they tank out.

    I’ll definitely be giving them a try though!

    Laura ¦

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’ve heard that from a lot of people, I think I might’ve ordered at just the right time! Proves that they are popular though. I hope they work well for you! X

  13. Loved reading this honest review, its nice to see some before and after photos in a skincare review too.. my skin is full of hormonal acne at the moment, and I don’t think any skincare is helping! Loved hearing your thoughts on these picks 🙂 xx

    Kate |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I felt it was the best way to show my progress, I like to see cold hard evidence in reviews haha! It’s a pain isn’t it finding the right things for your skin! X

  14. jazziepickles says:

    I’ve never actually tried any skincare from “The Ordinary” I’ve been curious about their products for a while but the reviews are always quite hit and miss..
    I hope you find something that works for you soon x

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah it seems people either adore they products or throw them straight in the bin haha, thank you! X

  15. Sophie says:

    I bought about 5 products from The Ordinary last year that I wanted to try. That left me about £2 under the free delivery cut off, so I got the primer too at the end to make it up. The primer is the only product I actually still use. Even the hydrating products seemed to make my skin more dry? Not great when that’s what you’re trying to fix to begin with. I was so excited to get them, I only ordered products with some of my favourite actives in so I had something to compare to and none of them lived up. I was starting to feel like the only person on the planet who didn’t think they were the best products ever. I got so excited when I saw your two week photos!! Such a shame they didn’t do much in the end x


    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      That’s crazy! It’s good to hear I’m not the only one with an odd experience from their products though, it seems people either love them or hate them! I know I’m a little gutted but I think I’m just going to try sticking to really natural products from now on! X

  16. Oh it’s such a shame that these have potentially stopped working for you, as they really were doing wonders for your skin! Hopefully with continued use they will proceed to help. I’ve never tried anything from The Ordinary before, but I am very intrigued by the brand. I love your photos in this post Alice xo

    Char |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I know, I am pretty gutted about it! I’ve stopped using them for the last two weeks and haven’t seen a difference at all so I think they’ve just given up on me haha. They seem to be everywhere at the moment! Thanks Char ❤️ x

  17. andthenzen says:

    I honestly feel like such an awful blogger because I’m yet to try anything for The Ordinary yet.. ? I’ve heard so much about the Salicyic Acid. I’m a little sensitive towards scents, so it’s nice to know that it doesn’t have one and for the price, it genuinely sounds great! I don’t know how I feel about the Alpha Arbutin though – not only am I little senstive towards scents, but I’m also funny about textures as well so this doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy.. ??‍♀️ The difference between your first two pictures is incredible, it’s just a shame that they stopped working so soon after! I find that my skin gets used to products super quickly, I have to change up my skincare routine super often so that it doesn’t get used to the products I’m using and gets worse again.. ?

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Don’t worry there are still SO many brands I need to try to be a regular blogger haha! I think the salicylic acid has been one of the most hyped products definitely. I know I am pretty gutted about the stopping of progress but what can you do eh, I think i’m going to try some super natural and basic products from now on, might even make some homemade skincare! Yeah white a few people have said that, skin’s a funny old thing! X

  18. Alice says:

    First of all LOOK how pretty you are without any make-up, how do you do it?! I can’t believe the difference in your skin between the first two pictures, it’s so strange how it’s like the products were helping you for a little bit and then stopped. I do really like the sound of the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution and I’m tempted to get myself some. I’ve always been a bit sceptical and confused with The Ordinary products but this is really informative as to what each product actually does and really helps me out! It’s annoying how skincare can stop working, I always find I have to switch up my face wash otherwise it seems to just stop doing anything, it’s so odd! x

    Alice |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      You’re such a sweetheart, thanks Al ❤️ I know I’m a little confused as to whats happened but ah well! You’re very welcome to try mine if you like so you don’t waste your money, I’ve stopped using it and my skin hasn’t even been affected haha so it clearly just isn’t working for me anymore! I’m glad you liked the review girl thanks so much for reading and my skin is the same! Seems like it builds up a resistance or something! X

  19. I’m in love with many products from the ordinary – the products are such high quality even though they’re a bargain price wise!

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah so many people seem to rave about the wonderful things they’ve done, the price is fabulous! X

  20. terriheckley says:

    I love that they are so affordable! I think a lot of skincare items are waaay overpriced x

  21. Their products seem to work for a lot of people so I’d deffo give them a try!

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