The Ordinary Pigmentation Routine

Pigmentation routine

The Ordinary Pigmentation Routine

Deciem has put together this simple regimen comprising of just 4 products for The Ordinary Pigmentation Routine. There´s lots more information at the bottom of this page all about pigmentation and melasma.

Your Pigmentation Routine Will Look Like This

MorningCleanse | Alpha Arbutin | Niacinamide | MAP | SPF
EveningCleanse | Alpha Arbutin | Azelaic Acid

Please note that Deciem says that their products are not for Melasma and you should consult with a specialist. We have some great posts about melasma in the Deciem Chat Room and some members have found some products that have really helped but generally, the melasma gets worse once the summer arrives.

Ask Deciem for a regimen

I have melasma and used this routine when I first started using The Ordinary. It did help, but as many of you know, melasma will come back the minute the sun is shining. If it is at all possible for you, I highly recommend speaking to a dermatologist who can prescribe you mix of fabulous ingredients to really help the pigmentation. It´s really important to invest in a really good suncream, a fabulous hat and avoid direct sun.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin – Pigmentation Routine

Alpha Arbutin is a water-based serum that helps fades dark spots and pigmentation. It can be used in the morning and evening by applying just a couple of drops to cleansed skin. Once you feel the Alpha Arbutin has been absorbed you can apply Niacinamide followed by Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP).

  • Fades pigmentation
  • Dark Spots
  • When: morning and evening
  • Where: after cleansing as this is a water-based product but before oils/cream
  • No Conflicts but this should not be mixed with Niacinamide powder if using due to the pH.

The Ordinary Niacinamide


Niacinamide is a water-based serum that regulates sebum and minimizes pores. Niacinamide can be used in the morning and in the evening, although in this routine Deciem recommend to use it once a day. Apply a few drops on top of the Alpha Arbutin and follow with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) and your sun cream.

A common problem with Niacinamide is that people find it can get soapy when applying. Try using less product and patting the product on rather than rubbing it. Make sure your skin is cleansed really well with no residue left from your cleanser. Niacinamide is now available in powder form.

  • Regulates sebum
  • Minimises Pores
  • When: Use morning and evening.
  • Where: This is water-based so apply this after cleansing and before creams and oils
  • Conflicts: Vitamin C 23%, 30%, Ethylated Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbic Acid & Alpha Arbutin and L-Ascorbic Acid Powder. You can use the 3 derivatives.
  • Niacinamide is available in 30ml and 60ml

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Magnesium Ascorbul Phosphate

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a great vitamin c to use, especially if you’re new to skincare because it doesn’t have any conflicts.

  • Brightens skin
  • Evens tone
  • Signs of aging
  • When: Can be used in the morning and in the evening.
  • Where: This would be used after water-based solutions.

Azelaic Acid

Pigmentation Routine

Azelaic Acid is a fabulous emulsion product that brightens your skin and evens skin tone.

  • Brightens
  • Evens skin tone
  • Texture Irregularities
  • When: Ideally, this should be used in the evening.
  • Where: This would come towards the end of your routine after water-based products. Some people apply this before moisturiser and some apply after.

The Ordinary, Pigmentation & Melasma

Read all about The Ordinary, pigmentation and Melasma here. How to tell what sort of pigmentation you have, why it appears and the best products for it.

The Ordinary & Deciem Skincare Routines

The Ordinary, Pigmentation & Melasma

Read more about pigmentation and melasma and the best The Ordinary & Deciem products to use. If you do have melasma, it would be best to speak to a dermatologist if it is at all possible.