6 ‘The Ordinary’ Products to Combat Acne

Having acne-prone is tough because you’ll try anything to clear it up – that gets pricy! The Ordinary is a great place to start, as their products are straight up, they don’t contain a bunch of added dyes and fragrances. The Ordinary is also crazy affordable, which makes it really easy for trying out new things!

Here are my top 6 recommendations for acne-prone skin:

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.png

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

$7.20 USD

A great 10-minute treatment mask to use once every week or two. This treatment is great for acne-prone skin as it works on resurfacing the surface of your skin with AHA’s, and deep in the pores to clear congestion with BHA’s. This mask also contains Tasmanian Pepperberry to counteract any irritation that may occur with exfoliation. It also contains hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 to supply hydration and antioxidants!

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

$8.70 USD

This form of glycolic acid is a great gentle daily exfoliator. It’s important to exfoliate acne-prone skin as it will help clear and prevent dirt build up in pores. This form of glycolic acid also contains amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng ad Tasmanian pepperberry to help with hydrating and soothing skin as well. It works best when used after cleaning as a toner, applied with a cotton pad. I would suggest to alternate this product when using other direct acids.


100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

$9.80 USD

Rosehip seed oil is a fantastic hydrator for acne-prone skin, as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory which will help soothe and reduce redness. It works great for healing acne scars, current acne, and other issues such as dry skin and rosacea. Rosehip oil also contains vitamin A which is a natural retinol, which will help speed up cell turnover, helping any current acne or scarring heal up faster!

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.png

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

$5.30 USD

Salicylic is essential for acne-prone skin as it’s one of the main BHA’s out there, so this will be the guy that actually gets deep into your pores and kills bacteria. Salicylic acid is an ideal acid for oily skin, as it penetrates past the skin’s natural oil barrier, but folks with drier skin can still use it – they may have better luck using it as a spot treatment though. Salicylic acid is also a great treatment for treating blackheads! It’s good to be aware that there may be an initial purging period (as with most treatments), you may experience a breakout as it cleans out your pores. In this case, use a little less frequently until your skin clears back up!


Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

$7.70 USD

A light-weight daily moisturizer packed full of amino acids, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid and more! These really help with locking in the moisture all day. Hyaluronic acid is key for increasing water retention and making skin look glowing and plump! It’s great for any skin type (dry, oily, combination, acne-prone) but I like this one specifically for acne-prone skin because it doesn’t have a ton of added chemicals, dyes and fragrances which only irritate skin more. It’s a great option for soothing damaged skin, and sealing in all of your treatments day or night!

Untitled design (66).png

Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants

$9.70 USD

The Ordinary’s sunscreen is a great option for trying out new ones. I was personally on the hunt for one that didn’t break me out or leave my skin feeling oily, and this one accomplished that! It’s always important to wear sunscreen every day, but especially with acne-prone skin. Even if it’s not hot or crazy sunny outside, the UV’s are still hitting your skin and causing cellular damage to your already damaged skin. Some may find it has a slight purple appearance when applying – that’s normal with minerals, it rubs in!