Niora Alpha Clear Adult Acne Treatment + Alpha C Serum Review

Several months ago, I put out a plea to readers about the best natural acne system. One reader suggested Niora. I promptly googled them, liked what I saw and ordered. 

I chose the Niora Alpha Clear Adult Acne Treatment + Alpha C Serum only because I have this weird thing about using one brand only in my skincare regime. This system includes the wash, toner and moisturizer for $49.95. There’s also an option to just purchase the wash and toner for $23.95.


Niora is a Portland based company that specializes in natural acne care. They make their products cruelty free and vegan. Their products are formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphates, petrochemicals, silicones, PEGs, TEA or DEA, propylene or butylene glycols or synthetic dyes or fragrances. Their products are available online.

If you purchase the system you receive the Alpha Clear Cleanser, Exfoliant and Alpha C Serum. The acne treatments claim to clear adult acne and reduce skin conditions that cause acne. It also claims to balance oil and dry levels, minimize pores and fight aging. The serum claims to moisturize while while fight aging.

I’m not going to break down each product for the review, as I find it impossible to tell what is doing what. I will say that I did not think the serum was worth spending the extra $26 on, so I will only be ordering the wash and toner next time.  In this case, I think a basic moisturizer from the brand of your choosing will suffice. 

How I use Niora: Twice daily, once in the AM and PM. In the AM I use the wash and let it set on my skin while I shave (I do this with all cleansers). I then spray on the toner, allow it to dry and apply a moisturizer. In the PM, I use the cleanser with my Clarisonic, apply the toner then a serum.

As for the acne products, I have had mixed but good results. Some months my skin has been absolutely banging. Seriously, no cystic acne. Others, not so much. I’m cannot completely pinpoint what has casused the inconsistencies. Some of it could be medication (coming off the pill) so that’s why I’m not going to completely fault Niora. I think I’m experiencing something internal that a topical solution can’t totally fix. Having said that, when Niora works, it works well. I certainly plan to repurchase and continue using. My face only exploded with cystic acne twice over the past several months of use, so I feel that is an improvement. 

There is one negative I would like to remark on (that’s a bit nitpicky) which is the packaging on the toner and serum. The toner comes in a spray but I have to spray 5+ times to get it cover my face. When I transferred it to a misting bottle, it coated my skin within a pump or two. As for the serum, the packaging pushes the product up (kind of like a push pop) causing it to become too top heavy. It fell off my shelf more times than I could count.  

I plan on repurchasing once I run out of the wash and toner, as I am having some good months with Niora. Their website has a lot of great reviews, too. I’m also a big fan of what they leave out of their ingredients.

xo, arielle