The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution has recently hit cult status due to several viral Tik Tok videos. However, I have been using this product for about two years (I am so ahead of the curve!)
Anyone who is tackling excess pigmentation will probably know that there are a few staples you should be using. These include a good vitamin c serum/cream, retinol, sunscreen and a good exfoliator.
On initial inspection, The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution is a little scary with its bright pink/red tint. The strength of the acid is quite high for a widespread commercially available product. You would typically find this strength of an acid in a beauty therapist’s treatment room. It is not the type of product that you would want to stray away from the instructions from – which I learnt to my peril!
The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution product claims and ingredients
The key claims for this product are:
- multilevel exfoliation
- clearing pores
- with continuous use smoothing out texture.
Included in the formula is 30% AHA acids (Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric) which all have different molecular weights and have different levels of penetration. AHA acids are water-soluble and therefore, help to exfoliate the top layers of skin.
The product also has 2% salicylic acid (BHA); this oil-soluble acid can make its way into the pore to help clear and unclog it. Salicylic acid is typically used for addressing spot-prone skin types.
There is the inclusion of Tasmanian Pepperberry, which helps to reduce irritation. When using acids, it is common to see irritation, especially when starting out; the inclusion of this ingredient will be of great value by many!
A form of hyaluronic acid has been included. Hyaluronic acid will help to remove the drying effects of salicylic acid. Vitamin B5 is in the formula to assist healing, and black carrot is an antioxidant (which is probably where the intense colour of this solution, along with the Pepperberry.)
How I used this product
The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution is best used 1-2 times a week; my skin is pretty hardy, so there were times I would use this up to three times a week.
I would strongly suggest that you apply this with your fingertips and not drop from the dropper directly on your face. Not only is it more hygienic, but you also reduce the risk of The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution ending up in your eye!
My preference was to use this at night after washing my face and leaving to dry completely. Apply the liquid (which is relatively runny) and leave for a maximum of ten minutes. If your skin has any moisture on it, the peeling solution will react and start to REALLY sting.
After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and follow up with a moisturiser and/or facial oil. I think hydrating and moisturising after a peel are key.
My final thoughts
To the left is the product straight from the bottle. To the left is the product spread out.
The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution is a fantastic product. Still, it leaves little room for error because of the concentrations of the acids in the formula. There are a couple of times I left the product on too long and ended up with minor chemical burns.
After using the product, you are left with a beautiful glowing and hydrated complexion. It is very much a glow from within appearance if that makes sense?
I found that the The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution works wonders on managing spots and unclogging pores. My most tremendous praise for this product is the role it plays in helping to fade hyperpigmentation.
This product was the second acid mask I have used the first being the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I think they are comparable products, but my personal experience they do slightly different things. The Ordinary mask is excellent for managing spots and resurfacing; the product costs five times less than the REN product. While the REN mask does not have a BHA acid in it, it has several ingredients that are rich in linoleic acid, which is works wonders in unclogging pores.
At the moment, I am not using this product. I wanted to see what difference e regular use of gentle acids was like, compared to strong bi-weekly masks. For this, I am trying The Ordinary Mandelic Acid, which is a very gentle AHA particularly recommended for darker skin tones.
At the time of writing, you could purchase a 30ml bottle of The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peeling Solution from The Ordinary’s website for £6.30.
I would repurchase this product; it does a fantastic job. My other word of warning is to consider your whole skincare routine to make sure that you are not over-exfoliating – which brings its own problems!
If you have sensitive skin, this product would probably not be best suited to you, given the high concentration of AHAs in this. However, for spot prone, hyperpigmented and congested skin types would probably really enjoy this product!
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