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The ordinary retinoids all sold out. Alternatives?

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choc27 Sun 10-May-20 15:25:52

I have finally got my skin sorted and have been using The ordinary granactive retinoid 2% but have nearly run out. I was going to move on to the 5% next but they are sold out everywhere. Including all the 2%. I had a look at The Inkey List and was tempted but it I think it's only 2%, although I could just go with a 2 again. Are there any other brands I should be looking at around the same price point?

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Lolalovesroses Sun 10-May-20 18:30:42

I had the same problem, with the Ordinary selling out,so I ordered Paula's choice it's more expensive, but so far so good. You could also try Poppy Austin,really cheap and the reviews are really good ( on Amazon and on the beauty forums).I haven't tried Poppy Austin, as I ordered the Paula's choice first, but I think I will be trying it next.
Poppy Austin
4.3 out of 5 stars
Retinol Serum by Poppy Austin - DOUBLE SIZED 60ML - Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Organic - with 2.5% Retinol, Vitamin E & Hyaluronic Acid - Anti Ageing Serum for Face, Neck & Under Eye Wrinkles

choc27 Sun 10-May-20 18:33:51

I've never heard of it so thank you I will Check it! Don't really want to pay Paula's choice price!

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DryHeave Sun 10-May-20 18:34:36

Suddenly relieved I panic bought a back up bottle!

choc27 Sun 10-May-20 18:52:06

Im gutted, I don't really want to change products as I have had a lifetime of shit skin and when I find something that works I don't tend to change it!

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cannaethink Sun 10-May-20 18:52:31

I’ve started using this one as I couldn’t get any The Ordinary stuff. It seems ok I reckon.

choc27 Sun 10-May-20 21:44:32

Ah that's the one I was looking at but wasn't sure of the strength.

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Mnthrowaway20202 Sun 10-May-20 21:47:03

I think if you’re on a low budget stick to your the ordinary product, at least you know it works for you so you won’t waste money experimenting

choc27 Sun 10-May-20 21:48:41

I just wish I knew when it would be back in stock!

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Mnthrowaway20202 Sun 10-May-20 22:07:38

I know, they come in/out of stock frequently as they persistently have stock issues.

Just stalk all the stockist websites you can find - keep each one open in a tab and refresh them daily. Sign up to all the email lists etc.

Worst case scenario there’s a set for £27 here

choc27 Mon 11-May-20 08:04:38

Thanks I'll keep just keep checking I think For a bit and then if I actually run out I'll go for the inkey list.

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Liking80 Mon 11-May-20 09:04:43

OP I am having the exact same dilemma, I wondered if anyone had experience of this brand

I see a 5% granactive retinoid available.

Mightymurphy Mon 11-May-20 09:13:09

Next stock TO. Don’t know what they currently have though.

BobbinThreadbare123 Mon 11-May-20 09:14:46

I've noticed that TO had no salicylic acid either. I've bought a Revolution one in the same percentage. Had to swap my Vit C as well but I was using an Eva Naturals one and now I'm on Poppy Austin.

Mich1973 Mon 11-May-20 19:09:47

I love Hada Labo. Reasonable and lasts a long time. X

Hadalabo JAPAN Skin Institute Gokujun premium hyaluronic solution 170mL

foreverhungry2409 Mon 11-May-20 19:13:53

I haven't used their retinoids but the inkey list products are great. And affordable imo

MabelMoo23 Mon 11-May-20 20:24:49

Inkey list definitely

danuta22 Mon 11-May-20 20:33:13

I got some The ordinary stuff from Boots

choc27 Mon 11-May-20 21:42:19

Sold out I boots and every where else that sells it. Might just go for inkey list.

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TheCanterburyWhales Mon 11-May-20 22:01:59

I've got the Garden of Wisdom one. Much prefer it (and Victoria Health in general,) to The Ordinary.

Soontobe60 Mon 11-May-20 22:14:29

Have a look at this dermatologist, she has a YouTube channel where she reviews all sorts of products. The link is to one of her videos, not about retinoids specifically.

JessicaDay Mon 11-May-20 22:45:31

Another vote for Garden of Wisdom.

choc27 Tue 12-May-20 16:23:27

Thanks for the link! And I'll check out garden of wisdom.

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Vix20678 Tue 12-May-20 16:32:44

Came on to recommend Garden of Wisdom as well.

choc27 Tue 12-May-20 18:46:24

Ordered from garden of wisdom! Thank you. They had a 5% for a similar price so I went with them!

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