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Revolution Skincare

10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc Blemish and Pore Refining Serum

1.05 fl. oz. for $ 7.00
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Revolution Skincare’s 10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc Blemish and Pore Refining Serum brings an impressive amount of niacinamide to the table along with a form of zinc that currently lacks compelling research behind it. Overall, this serum has more going for it than against it if your concern is pore size, thanks to the niacinamide, and is likely to be helpful (to some extent) for blemishes too.

The all-skin-types formula is packaged in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper that allows for easy “dosing” if you opt to mix this with your moisturizer or another serum. The thin, water-light gel applies easily and sets to a soft, minimally tacky finish that pairs well with other products.

10% niacinamide is the star attraction here: research shows this amount impacts pore size by influencing what’s happening within the pore lining. By helping to restore normal pore functioning, pores become visibly smaller (and, as the name suggests, refined). You’re also likely to see improved skin tone and fewer dry, flaky patches thanks to niacinamide’s ability to stimulate skin’s natural production of ceramides.

As for the zinc, as of now, limited research has shown it may have some benefit for blemish-prone skin, but so can niacinamide when it’s used in amounts greater than 5%. Any blemish improvement you see is more likely due to the high concentration of niacinamide rather than the zinc PCA, although this type of zinc does help soothe skin as claimed.

What the zinc and niacinamide cannot do is regulate oil production. This regulation is done by hormones, not any mineral, vitamin, or other topical ingredient. Niacinamide plays a role in helping to restore a more normal flow of oil from the pore, but cannot influence how much oil skin’s oil glands make.

Consider pairing this with a serum, moisturizer or other treatment that contains a broad assortment of other skin-beneficial ingredients (antioxidants, replenishing, and restoring ingredients)if you’re looking to add a simple boost of niacinamide to your routine. You can find these ingredients and the same amount of niacinamide in other products but, not surprisingly, such formulas cost more.

  • Impressive mix of niacinamide and zinc.
  • Likely to improve pore size and skin texture.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Cannot regulate skin’s oil production.
  • Limited research on what zinc PCA can do for skin.
  • Not as robust as other high-strength niacinamide products.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Revolution Skincare Blemish and Pore Refining Serum is a hero for oily, congested and blemish-prone skin. Using two skin-friendly ingredients, Niacinamide and Zinc, this lightweight and gentle serum helps to tackle blemishes and minimise the appearance of large pores. In combination, these ingredients regulate the skin’s natural oil production to help prevent further congestion, while Zinc has calming and soothing properties, to help reduce the appearance of active blemishes.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Zinc PCA, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA.

United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.

This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.

Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.

Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at


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