Balancing & Clarifying SerumBalancing & Clarifying Serum

The Ordinary Balancing and Clarifying Serum
The Ordinary Balancing and Clarifying Serum
The Ordinary Balancing and Clarifying Serum
The Ordinary 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.
23.90 EUR

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
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In your regimen

  • Prep
  • Step 2: Treat
  • Seal

Use after cleansing, before anhydrous serums, oils, suspensions or creams.


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 our 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Always patch test before use.

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When to use

Use in AM

Use in PM

Good for

12 months after opening.

How to build a skin regimen

Step 1: Prep 5

Cleanse the skin and prepare it to receive active ingredients.

Step 2: Treat 8

Address specific skin concerns using targeted formulas. Always check each product's Usage Details to ensure products are compatible in the same routine.

Step 3: Seal 3

Lock in benefits and support the skin barrier.


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