The Ordinary - AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution

The Ordinary AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • lactic acid
  • panthenol
  • glycerin
  • sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer
  • tartaric acid
  • +4 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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What does the product description say?
"The duo have been carefully pH balanced for optimum efficacy, working to deeply exfoliate the surface layer of skin, unclog pores and visibly re-texturise the complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: glycolic acid

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This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic acid

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

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What does the product description say?
"AHA 30% and BHA 2% Peeling Solution"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid, salicylic acid.

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"The scientifically developed formula delivers a specified blend of 30% Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric and Citric), as well as 2% Beta Hydroxyl Salicylic Acid."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: panthenol

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This product contains antioxidants (tartaric acid) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
22% - 33%
Plain old water
12% - 18%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but data on its effectiveness is lacking. While the majority of the content is plain water, it can contain some goodies like vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and humectants that help attract water into the skin
5.1% - 7.7%
Used to adjust the product's pH
3.5% - 5.3%
2.4% - 3.6%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
1.9% - 2.9%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can work as a cleansing agent. Can be irritating
1.5% - 2.3%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.9% - 1.35%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
1.2% - 1.8%
An AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid). It oxidizes quickly which makes it less effective in skincare formulations. It can support skin's barrier and moisture levels
1% - 1.5%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.8% - 1.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.55% - 1.25%
Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 1.15%
0.45% - 1.05%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.45% - 1%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.45% - 1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.75%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.1% - 0.35%

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