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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of BYOMA Clarifying Serum versus The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 .

Last updated on February 16, 2024. Published on March 17, 2022

Overview

What they are

These products are both vegan, cruelty-free, and reef safe . They have a total of 6 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain hyaluronic acid

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin, brightening skin and sensitive skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Serum British Brand United Kingdom
Facial Treatment Canadian Brand Canada

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Facial Treatment

Facial treatments are specially designed to treat a skin concern. Acne treatments and anti-aging products are common examples of facial treatments.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

AHA
PHA
Vitamin E
Niacinamide
Ceramides
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (4)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing (3)
Reduces Irritation (2)
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging (3)
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening (4)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger
Irritating
Rosacea
Eczema

Benefits

Hydrating
Reduces Irritation
Brightening

Concerns

Irritating
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Ingredients Compared

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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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BYOMA Clarifying Serum contains this as ingredient number 1.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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BYOMA Clarifying Serum contains this as ingredient number 2.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 contains this as ingredient number 8.

3
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

BYOMA Clarifying Serum contains this as ingredient number 4.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 contains this as ingredient number 15.

4
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

BYOMA Clarifying Serum contains this as ingredient number 16.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 contains this as ingredient number 13.

5
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

Like hyaluronic acid, it is great at holding water and acts as a humectant. This makes it a great skin hydrating ingredient.

Sodium Hyaluronate is naturally occurring in our bodies and is mostly found in eye fluid and joints.

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

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BYOMA Clarifying Serum contains this as ingredient number 17.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 contains this as ingredient number 2.

6
What it does: Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant and emollient, meaning it attracts and preserves moisture.

It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products. It has slight antimicrobial properties.

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BYOMA Clarifying Serum contains this as ingredient number 25.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 contains this as ingredient number 17.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

54% are loved or liked
23% have mixed ratings
19% are disliked or very disliked
4% have no rating yet
47% are loved or liked
29% have mixed ratings
24% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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BYOMA Clarifying Serum 26 ingredients

4.0 /5
from 2 ratings
YousifShamoon's avatar

YousifShamoon

1 year ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

gentle but efficient
this surprisingly reduced the appearance my blackheads and sebaceous filaments, and it did that without overexfoliating or...

gentle but efficient
this surprisingly reduced the appearance my blackheads and sebaceous filaments, and it did that without overexfoliating or irritating my skin. it might be too gentle if you have really large pores or if you're impatient, but this is a very good "safe" option for an exfoliating serum in my experience.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 17 ingredients

4.3 /5
from 3 ratings

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