The Ordinary Pigmentation Routine

This is the original The Ordinary pigmentation regimen. Deciem now suggests avoiding using Niacinamide with Vitamin C Derivatives in the same 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.

**Please note that Deciem has now changed their conflicts page and does not advise using Niacinamide & Vitamin C (all types) in the same routine. Use one in the morning and the other in the evening.

Your Pigmentation Routine Will Look Like This

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

Please be aware that Deciem states that their products are not for Melasma and you should consult with a specialist. If it is possible, I highly recommend speaking to a dermatologist who can prescribe you a mix of fabulous ingredients to really help the pigmentation. It´s crucial to invest in a good suncream, a fabulous hat and avoid direct sun.

Ask Deciem for a regimen

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 the next product.

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

The Ordinary Niacinamide


Niacinamide is a water-based serum that regulates sebum and minimizes pores.

A common problem with Niacinamide is that people find it can become 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. It´s important to patch test products before using them.

  • Regulates sebum
  • Minimises Pores
  • When: Use morning and evening.
  • Where: This is water-based so apply after cleansing and before anhydrous, oils or creams.
  • Conflicts: Originally Deciem said not to use with pure vitamin c. They now say to avoid using all vitamin c including 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 ageing
  • When: Can be used in the morning and in the evening.
  • Where: This would be used after water-based solutions.
  • Conflicts: Deciem now suggests avoiding using this in the same routine as Niacinamide.

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 & 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. Please be careful of adverts that may follow you on social media with amazing results. Speak to the #deciemaddicts in the Facebook Group or search melasma.