The Ordinary Anti-Spot Routine

The Ordinary's skincare range is quite extensive and contains many effective spot-fighting products. Facial hyperpigmentation is one of the main concerns of many women and men so it's no surprise that The Ordinary has included several products in its range to target this problem. So, which products The Ordinary effective against stains, I give you my opinion?

The Ordinary morning spot removal routine

Alpha arbutin serum

In the morning, you can start with the serum with 2% alpha arbutin, known for its action on sunspots. It also contains hyaluronic acid for its moisturizing properties. On the website, reviews are mixed on the effectiveness of this serum, so I don't think it should be used on its own, but as part of a skincare routine that targets hyperpigmentation. 

Vitamin derivatives 

Then you can apply a serum containing a vitamin C derivative, ascorbyl glucoside if you have combination to oily skin, or ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate if you have dry skin. Vitamin C derivatives are effective against blemishes, brightening the complexion while helping to reduce the appearance of acne scars.

An effective sun cream

After these two serums, it's essential to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is always a necessity, even when you're not spending time outdoors, as it helps protect the skin from the harmful effects of blue light emitted by electronic screens. The Ordinary makes an excellent sunscreen containing zinc oxide, which offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

The Ordinary evening anti-spot routine

Niacinamide 10%

In the evening, after cleansing your skin, I'd like to suggest two alternating routines.

On the first evening, you can use the niacinamide 10% + zinc serum, which has an anti-spot action as niacinamide reduces melanin transfer from melanocytes to the skin surface. 

Retinol serums

And after niacinamide, you can use a retinol serum to stop melanin hyperproduction by regulating melanocyte activity. As with the anti-aging routine, you should gradually introduce retinol into your skincare routine. Retinoids accelerate cell renewal and help smooth the skin's surface, making them an excellent choice for those with scars. The Ordinary offers several retinoid products from squalane serums to granactive retinol serums.


The other night, you can exfoliate with either glycolic acid, lactic acid or mandelic acid, depending on your needs and what your skin can handle. This toning solution from The Ordinary contains glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin to reveal a brighter, more even complexion. Glycolic acid also helps reduce the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen production.

Azelaic acid

Then continue with the 10% suspension of azelaic acid, as this ingredient acts on tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for melanin production in the epidermis, helping to reduce sun spots and even out skin tone.

Vitamin C has 30% in suspension

And as with the other two routines, you can add a product to your mask once a week to increase the effectiveness of your anti-spot skincare routine. I recommend applying the 30% vitamin C suspension as a patch on your spots. In this product, the vitamin C is formulated in silicone, and given its high dosage, it can be irritating at first. Nevertheless, vitamin C remains one of the most effective ingredients for combating hyperpigmentation.