Hyram Approved The Ordinary or The Inkey List? Which is the BEST?

The Ordinary and The Inkey List are getting a lot more popular recently because of how affordable they are. In this post, I will give you the answer from Hyram through the ingredients evaluation and his own experience.


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treats so many skin problems, such as redness and sensitivity, dark spots and hyperpigmentation, controlling the oiliness in the skin, etc.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($6) VS. The INKEY list Niacinamide Serum ($7):

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Ingredient Winner:

The Inkey List: in addition to Niacinamide, it contains a lot more incredible ingredients, like Radish Root Ferment to soothe sensitivity, Squalene to hydrate the skin, Sodium Hyaluronate is a concentrated form of hyaluronic acid, Soybean Oil to retain skin moisturized

Experience & Performance Winner:

The Ordinary: super lightweight and sinks into the skin easier, great for people who have a combination to oily skin. Whereas The Inkey List product has a thicker consistency with a heavier layer on the surface of the skin, great to dry to normal skin. You can choose any of them based on your own skin type.


is a powerful ingredient to repair multiple types of damage within the skin, including acne scars, pigmentation, fine line, aging, sun damage, etc.

The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane ($6) VS. The INKEY list Retinol Serum($10)

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Ingredient Winner:

Tied. The Inkey List claims to have 1% retinol but actually, 0.5% retinol and 0.5% hydroxypinacolone tetinoate, which is an ester of retinoic acid (an extremely powerful anti-aging and repairing product)


The Ordinary is better because of how many options of retinol at different concentrations they have for a variety of skin types. Retinol can cause a lot of sensitivity if you’re not careful with the concentration

Experience & Performance Winner:

The Inkey List: No heavy feeling, easy to spread, very effective but non-sensitizing. However, The Ordinary products don’t feel very easy to apply.

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Hyaluronic Acid:

helps to hydrate and condition your skin

The INKEY list Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($8) VS. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($7)

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Ingredient Winner:

Tied. The Inkey List contains Peptides to help soothe and plump the skin, Glycerin to draw in moisture, and radish root ferment. The Ordinary has Ahnfeltia Cocinna Extract to hydrate the skin.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid):

brighten pigmentation and dark spots, protect against free radical damage throughout the day. While it is a very unstable ingredient, it could be very effective when it’s put in a stable formula.

Ingredient Winner:

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone($7): It’s a water-free formula, but also has squalene, coconut alkanes, which are great for hydrating and moisturizing the skin.

Experience & Performance Winner:

The INKEY list Vitamin C Brightening Cream ($10): very lightweight on the skin, and Hyram never had sensitivity while using this product.

Glycolic Acid:

dissolves all the dead skin cells off the surface of your skin to make your skin glow and hydrated

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ($9) vs the INKEY list Glycolic Acid Liquid Toner 100ml

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Ingredient Winner:

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution: the primary ingredients have Glycerin, a bunch of different amino acids, and Panax Ginseng Root Extract to support the health of the skin


The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser($8) vs The INKEY list Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser($10), vs The INKEY list Oat Cleansing Balm ($10), vs The INKEY list Oil and Water Double Cleanser($10)

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Ingredient Winner:

The Inkey List

Experience & Performance Winner:

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm: incredible for moving sunscreen, oil, and dirt from the face



The INKEY list Hemp Oil Cream Moisturiser ($13): good for reducing redness; The INKEY list Snow Mushroom Hydrating Gel Moisturizer($10): great for reducing sensitivity; The INKEY list Multi-Biotic Balancing Moisturizer($13): great for healing the healthy bacteria count on your skin

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($8): it is good but in comparison to The Inkey List it just doesn’t stand out.


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This is a great piece of article from Cherie that many including myself read and used. I didn’t want it to be lost and have transposed it here. Full credit to user @HyramSaveMySkin.

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