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I recently heard about the ordinary and decided to add some products into my routine which was just a very basic cleanse, tone and moisturise routine (though skin was good). I added in the Vitamin C suspension first to AM routine. Then PM I added the azaelic acid suspension followed by Squalene. I have an oily t-zone, some scarring from acne and some pigmentation around my eyes left from pregnancy.
They seem to have caused havoc with my skin! My pores are now huge and feel 'clogged' and I've been having more breakouts than normal. I really want to like them but I'm not sure where I'm going wrong? Everyone else seems to adore the products. I have a feeling it may be the Squalene as I wake up so greasy each morning. Any ideas?
I like The Ordinary's products generally, but the three you've listed here are my least favourites, and I have similar skin to you (generally even with areas of pigmentation from acne scarring, oily t-zone, some acne)!
The squalene I found horribly oily and broke me out (often products don't change my acne as it is hormonal). The vitamin c I found irritated my skin and felt horrible. The azelaic acid tbh just didn't do much. I did however love their retinoid 2% and I use some of their other acids when I want something stronger than my usual ones.
I have skin with a tendency to break out too. I’ve started with just a couple of products, one of which is the squalene. It’s given me a breakout so I’ve decided to keep it for occasional use, for when I need a moisture boost. The ‘moisturising factors’, on the other hand, seems to be suiting my skin. Might try adding another product from the range soon.
I agree with Purple. I developed very sensitive skin after experimenting with too many products and it's left me rather wary of new treatments, especially when they come accompanied by a big fan club. I would go back to the routine that works for your skin - the only thing I would add is a separate sunscreen.
If you do want to up your game a bit, I would just try one new product at a time and wait at least 4 weeks without changing anything else. Then if you do get a reaction, you've some idea what's causing it.
Apparently the Victoria Health website will send you a routine for your particular concerns. I didn't use their service myself, I just read & researched a lot before ordering some products. However I haven't noticed much difference to be truthful! Not unpleasant, just no noticeable improvement (mature skin with occasional hormonal breakout).