Acids of The Ordinary Skincare

Gabriella and The Girls

The Ordinary Acids

Do you have trouble with your skin? Rough and bumpy? Acne? Redness? Are you trying to target specific problems with your skin that include acne and oily skin? In this post I am going to explain a few of The Ordinary acids that are available.


Have you done some research on The Ordinary acids, but can’t keep it all straight? Let me guide you through my process of learning about these products, and how they have helped me.


Skincare is something that I have picked up recently, and I have found some really good products and some not-so-great products. We all have different skincare needs, but I think we can all agree on needing to take care of our skin.


*Disclaimer* I am not a doctor or dermatologist, please consult with a professional or reach out to The Ordinary themselves if you have any serious questions or concerns. I am just sharing my experience with these products, and I can only suggest products that I do not find harmful because I am using them the correct way.



Why Acids?


When I started researching skincare, I fell into a loop of only wanting products from The Ordinary. And honestly, they really have amazing products.


In this article, I am going to be focusing on the different acids that The Ordinary has to offer. And how these certain products are used.


Now when I say I did research, I mean, man, did I do research. I think I sat on the couch for about 2 whole weeks trying to learn everything about The Ordinary that I could. And what would benefit my needs. Also, how certain products counteract each other.


I had a really big fear of damaging my skin more because I could possibly mix products that do not belong together and really give you no benefit to use together.


Acids are something that I think can really harm you, if you use them too much, or mix them with the wrong routine.


The Ordinary Acids


Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

Lactic Acid 10% + HA

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


The first thing I want to do is warn you about how strong some of these products are, and how they may be difficult to use if you have sensitive skin.



Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution


I think the first product that most people would gravitate to is Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.


Toners are good to have in your skincare routine if you are just starting out (like me), and you need to see some sort of results without giving months and months of your time waiting.


I use this product 1-2 times a week because I am trying to train my skin to tolerate the acids, and I take multiple day breaks without using any acid to prevent harming my skin.


Glycolic Toner is good to target an uneven skin tone and texture on your skin. This product is an exfoliant so it improves the clarity of your skin while removing any leftover makeup that you may have not gotten rid of with your cleanser.


I enjoy using this product, especially on nights that I am having a hard time removing my makeup, I feel that it gets that last bit washed out of my pores.


Salicylic Acid 2% Masque


The next product that I want to touch base on is Salicylic Acid 2% Masque. Salicylic acid can also be called BHA, which helps exfoliate deep in your skin.


If you have dry skin please be cautious when using this product. I don’t know if my skin has ever felt so dehydrated and tight in my life.


This product is meant to target lackluster tone and texture. I believe the directions say to use 1-2 times a week, but I maybe use it once every other week, or longer just because of the way my skin feels after using it.


Salicylic Acid 2% masque is a masque that you leave on for 10 minutes max in a routine and rinse off with warm water. It is a thick texture and has a dark color. I think it is a little hard to spread around your face if you aren’t quick with it.


I do believe that this product achieves what they say it will. My only issue is the drying out of my skin. I think that I would enjoy this product more if my skin type could tolerate it. But with time, I will try again once I learn how to control the hydration in my skin.


Now, I have read about other people really enjoying this product, but for me, I would rather use a salicylic acid cleanser since it doesn’t seem as drying to my skin.



Lactic Acid 10% + HA


Lactic Acid 10% + HA is a product that I had my eye on since I started doing my research, but it took me a while to purchase it since I went head first in the deep end with other products.


My original plan was to purchase Lactic Acid 5% + HA but I saw the 10% at the store and wouldn’t have to order 5% off of Deciem’s website (Deciem is the company that created The Ordinary).


I was afraid of strength because I cannot always tell if I have sensitive skin or not. And this is exactly why they tell you to spot test any product for 24 hours before you use it on your entire face.


Luckily, I have not had any reactions to any of the products that I have used, but it is still a concern of mine with any new product.


Alright, now back to the product. Lactic Acid 10% + HA is a mild exfoliant that is meant to reduce inflammation and “remove” your dead skin. I know this sounds scary, that your skin will just be torn away, but that is not the case.


At least not with me, what I have noticed is that the skin on my nose cracks a little bit, and I am guessing the dead skin falls off once I wash my wash with a cleanser.


This is another product that I make sure to use really good moisturizers and hydrating serums to prevent my skin from feeling dry- the same way it did with the salicylic masque.


If you want to read more about the solutions I have found when dealing with dry skin and The Ordinary products here is my post.


AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


Lastly, and most importantly, the most researched The Ordinary acid. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. I kept seeing this on TikTok, and this is the reason why I even started researching skincare. And I wouldn’t even blame you if the reason you made it to my page was because of this product.


This product is used to fight visible blemishes, improve your skin radiance and texture. Now, who wouldn’t want a product like that? AND the fact that it is fun to use.


When starting to use this product, first make sure you spot test, second, you need to build up your time using this product. The directions as well as The Ordinary website, say to leave it on for 10 minutes or less.


So, gradually work up to 10 minutes, especially if your skin is not used to active acids. You do not want to harm your skin with an acid burn from trying to clear your skin.


This product is meant to be put on in a thin layer, do not keep layering it so you get the dark red on your face that is in the bottle. That is not good, you do not need that much product, and that is how you risk harming your skin more.


Please be careful when trying this product.


I am still working my way up to 10 minutes, I believe I did 7 minutes the last time I used this. And at first, I only used it once a week maybe two times total in a month. I have not had any reactions, but I only want to push my skin so far without worrying about making worse damage.


When using this product, I start off by cleansing, then putting on AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (working my amount of time up), next would be my serums and then moisturizers, followed by oils if you choose.


You may experience tingling in your skin when you use this product, and that is completely normal. For me, I tingle for a minute or two, and then my skin is fine. If your skin starts to burn, please rinse off the product and if you have a reaction, please take action to get help for your skin.


Overall, I enjoy this product a lot and I would suggest it to anyone as long as you pay attention to the instructions and build your way up with your usage.


My skin does feel refreshed, and I can tell that it is still working even after I rinse it off.



What is wrong with acids?


When using active acids in your skincare routine, just be careful of what products you are using, as different products can have conflicts and make the strength of your product change.


Also, please note that you are not meant to use more than one active acid in a routine, and the acids can make your skin very sensitive to the sun, so it is suggested to use acids in your PM routine.


Be careful around your eyes and outer lip because these are extremely sensitive parts of your skin and using these products in those areas can weaken, and actually age your skin.


Take your time and do your research when it comes to ingredients like these. I know I got very excited once I purchased these products, but I knew that I didn’t want to overwhelm and damage my skin so I take my time between days of using these products, and only use them if I know my skin is unbroken and can handle the strengths.


I hope this information on these four products helped you decide what (if not all) products you are interested in purchasing from The Ordinary.


Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding these products, and if you need help figuring out a routine that is best for you!




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