The Ordinary Products for Acne & Hyperpigmentation: Best Products

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This post will be sharing the best six products from The Ordinary for Acne and Hyperpigmentation.

If there’s one skin concern that most people that I see on Facebook & TikTok target, it is acne. It’s no wonder The Ordinary Niacinamide is one of their best selling products site-wide.

Everyone deals with acne in one way or the other. I don’t think there’s anyone that is particularly immune to the occasional burst of pimples. For someone like me that has dry dehydrated skin, I breakout too. It might be as bad as someone with oily acne-prone skin. But it is something that causes me to reach out for my Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Exfoliant before it becomes a blackhead. I recently spent a great deal of time clearing my old acne scars, blackheads and hyperpigmentation with The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin. I’m not about to go through that ordeal Anglian. My best bet now is to nip the pimples at the bud before they escalate.

As I was saying before I digressed, one of the reasons why The Ordinary Skincare is popular is because they have targeted products that treat acne. Like, you can have the worst cystic or fungal acne with a layer of blackheads and whiteheads. Using the right combination of products from The Ordinary will clear your skin up in no time. Little wonder why The AHA/BHA Peeling Solution is currently trending on TikTok even though it is mostly been abused by teenagers. But that’s beside the point.

In the next section, I’m gonna be sharing the right products to use to treat fresh acne or fade old scars.

The Ordinary for Acne & Hyperpigmentation: Best Products

The Ordinary Products for Acne

Typically, I love to use all the products before I give an in-depth review or recommendations like I did with The Ordinary for Dry Skin. But sometimes, it’s simply not possible especially if you don’t really have that skin concern.

With that being said, these recommendations are completely from a place of authority. If you study the website, you’ll get the exact same information.

The following are the best products to use from The Ordinary if you suffer from acne.

The Ordinary Niacinamide

Like I mentioned earlier, this product is currently the best seller from the brand. It’s so good that I had to get one even though my pores are not congested. The first step to clear your acne is to decongest your pores and control the sebum your skin produces. Niacinamide does a perfect job of this. So, if your oily skin typically goes bonkers, you should grab a bottle or three to keep it under control. It can definitely be used in the morning and at night. WARNING: You might experience serious purging after the first use. Give it some time. It will pass.

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The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution

After decongesting your pores, you need to exfoliate. You need to remove all the dead skin cells that are clogging the outer and inner layers of your skin. This is where the perfect AHA/BHA Peeling Solution comes. While I prefer to recommend this single product rather multiple exfoliants, this can actually be too strong for beginners. For someone like me, I started with The Ordinary Glycolic Toner before jumping into the AHA/BHA Peel about a year later. You can do the same. Unfortunately, Deciem has stopped formulations the Salicylic Acid Solution which would have been great to pair with the Glycolic Toner. Instead, you should get the Salicylic Acid Masque and use it a couple of times a week to clear your pores.

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The Ordinary Rosehip Oil

The frosting on the cake is the Rosehip Seed Oil. Rosehip has been a part and parcel of my skincare routine for a few years now. Before I jumped on Alpha Arbutin, Rosehip Oil has been responsible for fading a lot if my acne scars. Fun fact: Did you know that ‘Rosehip oil also contains small amounts of tretinoin, a retinoid that has been shown to improve acne?’ Shocking but not shocking. It shows how powerful Rosehip Oil is for acne-prone skin.

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I don’t think there’s anybody that has acne that eventually never gets blackheads. It’s almost inevitable. Now, the next thing after treating your fresh breakouts is to deal with the old scars. Some of us are carrying around acne scars from five to ten years because we have never really figured out how to get rid of them.

Well, I’ve got good news for you!

If you’ve experienced breakouts by using The Ordinary skincare then you need to enrol in Extraordinary Skin With The Ordinary and get started on module 3 now. It’s created by my scientist friend Cheryl Woodman – Click here to check it out now.

The Ordinary for Acne & Hyperpigmentation: Best Products

The Ordinary for Hyperpigmentation

This section is particularly close to my heart because hyperpigmentation was my major skin concern. These were the first set if products I researched when I stumbled on The Ordinary.

So, if you’re dealing with really bad acne scars that wouldn’t let you glow up in peace, these products are for you.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin

If you go on any Deciem Facebook group and ask for recommendations for hyperpigmentation, the first product that will be mentioned is the Alpha Arbutin. It is popular for a reason; it works. But there’s a catch! You have to be patient and consistent. I’m currently on my third bottle and it took me about three months for my hyperpigmentation to completely fade. A lot of people complain about not seeing results after two weeks. Please don’t be like them. Give it time to do its job and carry in dit your daily routine. One day, you’re gonna wake up and all your scars would have faded significantly.

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The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

If you feel like the Alpha Arbutin needs support particular for a dull skin that needs to be brightened up a bit, then you should reach out for this product. It’s a variant of Vitamin C that is recommended by Deciem to support pigmentation concerns. If you feel like it is too much work for you, I’d rather you stick to the Alpha Arbutin alone.

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The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension

To be honest, I don’t think this product is necessary if you already using the AHA/BHA Peel. It’s just too much and you don’t want to irritate your skin. But if you’re a beginner with really bad hyperpigmentation, you can use this as your AHA and pair it with the Salicylic Masque (BHA). Combine these three products together and your acne scars will be faded in no time.

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Product Precautions

If you’re a beginner, this list of products will definitely feel overwhelming. I know I was. But it is important to start with one and ease into it. If you’re dealing with acne, start with the Niacinamide. If you’re struggling with hyperpigmentation like me, start with Alpha Arbutin. You don’t want to layer too many products that will eventually irritate your skin and cause worse problems. A lot of kids on TikTok are jumping on The Ordinary ‘trend’ without taking precautions and I really don’t want you to fall a victim.

Whatever your skin concerns are, always start with one product.

In conclusion, I hope these products from The Ordinary for Acne and Hyperpigmentation will bring that much need transformation and repair your skin needs.

We’re all at home. We might as well work on our skin and prepare for a post-COVID glow up!

What are your staple products from The Ordinary for acne?

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The Ordinary for Acne & Hyperpigmentation: Best Products

(10) Comments

  1. Lola says:

    Thanks for the article Ebun. Very useful. I just ordered the Natural Moisturizing factors and the Glycolic toner. Still waiting for them to be delivered, can’t wait. I’ll definitely try to get some of the products you listed for hyper pigmentation.

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Thank you Lola!

  2. Aneesa says:


    I would like to know which ordinary products to use for closed comedomes

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Hi Amessa. I suggest you go with The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque and Glycolic Acid.

      Also try and get Benzoyl Peroxide and a Retinoid like Adapalane Gel at your drugstore.

      Hope that helps. x

  3. Hifza Bilawal says:

    Witch is the best for skin whitening

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Hi Hifza. I think you mean skin brightening. You can use The Alpha Arbutin and Azelaic Acid.

  4. I love how affordable the Ordinary is but it totally can become a recipe for disaster. Thank you for your in depth reviews! I love using the hyaluronic acid for hydration in the Winter. When I am dealing with breakouts, I have used the peeling solution but only when I really need it.

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Thanks so much for your comment. Yes I agree, this is why I’ve created these guides to help out. I’m glad you enjoy them.

  5. Blessing says:

    Hi,I need exactly the one used in your advert,dat clears black heads and smooths the face in one month

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Hello. That’s the Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2%

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