Balancing & Clarifying Serum

Regimen Step 2: Treat

A multi-active solution designed to reduce signs of skin congestion by minimizing excess shine, and improving pore appearance for clearer-looking skin.

Targets Signs of Congestion, Dryness, Textural Irregularities

Suited to All Skin Types

Format Water-based Serum


4 in stock

4 in stock


A multi-active solution designed to reduce signs of skin congestion by minimizing excess shine, and improving pore appearance for clearer-looking skin.

Balancing & Clarifying Serum provides visibly clearer skin, by helping to reduce the look of pores, excess oil, and uneven skin texture. The formulation offers a simple way to treat multiple concerns, offering a total of seven key benefits for blemish-prone and congested skin. While especially suited to oily and combination skin, it is tested and suitable for all skin types.

Balancing & Clarifying Serum minimizes excess shine, and helps reduce the look of enlarged pores, which can be common concerns for oily skin types. It also provides all-day hydration and strengthens the skin barrier to help balance skin’s oil and water content, to avoid drying or stripping the skin. In addition, Balancing & Clarifying Serum helps to improve uneven skin texture for smoother-looking skin, while also reducing visible post-acne marks and promoting skin radiance to make skin look clearer and brighter.

As part of The Ordinary’s range of Multi-Active Solutions, Balancing & Clarifying combines seven key technologies to achieve these benefits:

  • Sarcosine and L-Carnitine: Naturally occurring molecules that reduce the appearance of oiliness and shine.
  • Polylysine: A patented molecule that also reduces the appearance of oiliness and shine. It has a unique three-dimensional branched structure that is composed of 48 naturally-derived lysine amino acids.
  • Adenosine: Helps reduce the appearance of pores and textured skin.
  • N-Acetylglucosamine (NAG): An amino sugar that offers similar exfoliation properties to direct acids. Through this exfoliation, it helps target signs of congestion, while also targeting the look of uneven skin tone.
  • Ectoin: Protects the skin barrier against water loss and helps maintain skin hydration. The ingredient ectoin is an amino acid derivative produced via fermentation from ectoine – a naturally occurring molecule found in a wide range of bacteria that live in extreme conditions.
  • Lactococcus Ferment Lysate: Works to help support the skin barrier. It is a mixture of fragmented molecules derived from the breakdown of the bacteria lactococcus lactis.
    • TARGETS: Signs of Congestion, Dryness, Textural Irregularities
    • SUITED TO: All Skin Types
    • FORMAT:  Water-based Serum
    • KEY INGREDIENTS: Sarcosine, L-Carnitine, Polylysine, Adenosine, N-Acetylglucosamine, Ectoin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate
    • Testing shows Balancing & Clarifying Serum:
      • Provides visibly clearer skin by helping reduce signs of congestion including the look of pores, excess oil and uneven skin texture
      • Reduces the look of enlarged pores
      • Minimizes excess shine
      • Improves skin texture
      • Reduces the appearance of post-acne marks
      • Provides all-day hydration
      • Strengthens the skin barrier
      • Boosts skin radiance


      How To Use 

      Shake well before use. Apply a few drops to the face in the morning and evening.

      Always patch test before use. If irritation occurs, rinse off, cease use, and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Keep out of reach of children.

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