Why I Stopped Using The Ordinary

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Hey guys!

Happy Wednesday!

This weeks post is going to be about skincare and in particular, The Ordinary. The budget friendly skincare range is a hit with many people on the quest for perfectly flawless skin, myself included. Until recently…

I’ve been aware of the hype over The Ordinary and it’s interesting past with its owner suddenly announcing it was to close before reporting again that the company wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

I eventually bought a bottle of the Salicylic Acid in Brown Thomas for 5 euro (VERY attractive price right??) and began to apply it to any spot breakouts I had. I started using it in September and noticed some small changes but nothing major but considering I paid 5 euro for it, I wasn’t exactly expecting instant miracles from it.

What is it?

The product I used was Salicylic Acid which is a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use.

My Experience

I used it when I felt my skin needed it with no issues that I noticed. That soon changed…

About two months ago I noticed a breakout on my cheek as well as on my forehead. I applied some of it and went back to work. I woke up the next day and noticed the skin on my cheek felt tight when i moved my mouth and it was quite sore and the three spots I applied it to had combined into one red blotch which was concerning. I’ve had pretty bad acne in the past and knew that this was worse then that.

After talking to a few friends who had also used The Ordinary products, the general consensus was that I had burned my skin which of course freaked me out! Since I wasn’t sure I made a doctors appointment for the next day who confirmed that I had burned the skin and it was also slightly infected (and had also scabbed over looking SUPER nice and not at all unattractive and disgusting!)

After being prescribed some very expensive medication to ease the burn and infection, I was urged to stop using it and let my skin breathe for awhile. I’ve been careful and applied moisturiser to the parts of my face that weren’t effected by the burns.

I’ve since read reviews where people have reported similar burning issues as well as the overall solution being too weak to actually work which again, would explain the cheap price…

I figured I’d put this in a blog post as I wasn’t aware of the problems/issues with it that I’ve since learned about and hopefully you’ll be more careful then I was before I started using it.

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Til next time,

Conor x

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