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Lactic Acid 5% + HA

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CLAIM TO FAME: A mild lactic acid superficial peeling formulation that brightens and clarifies skin

FAST FACTS: 5% lactic acid formulation offers very mild exfoliation; smoothens and refines skin; contains Tasmanian pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation, inflammation, and sensitivity associated with acid use; features a pH level of 3.60-3.80; vegan formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain alcohol, silicone, nut, gluten, and soy

PERFECT FOR: Silky, supple skin

October 14, 2017
”Absolutely cannot live without this stuff! I tend to use this every night after cleansing, toning and my HA + B5 serum and before my moisturizer which I always add the squalene oil to. And everyday I wake up with baby soft glowing skin! The Ordinary products have changed my skin for the better and made my bank account happy!”
–EM (from theordinary.com)

October 11, 2017
”Amazing product! It has a milky serum consistency that goes on smooth with zero irritation. I’ve been using it for a few months now and it quickly became a permanent product in my routine. It has eliminated almost all the texture on my skin, so much so that I rarely ever wear foundation anymore, and if I do, it’s a thin sheer layer. Once I run out of my current bottle, I plan on purchasing the 10% version.”
–LF (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Lactic Acid 5% + HA
INGREDIENTS: Aqua (water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolmer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Arginine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylene-Diamine Disuccinate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl 2.2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethylhexylclycerin, 1.2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

Formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Apply once per day, ideally in the PM. Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance. Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation persists, discontinue use and consult a physician. (Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.)

Contraindications: Lactic Acid should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided directions.

The Ordinary

“Clinical formulations with integrity”—that’s what The Ordinary is about. Created to celebrate truth, veracity, and reliability, the beauty company is focused on advanced functional beauty while honestly communicating its products to its consumers. The end goal? Bringing to market effective, well-known technologies at reasonable prices. As part of DECIEM’s brands, The Ordinary is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Animal Oils, Benzalkonium Chloride, Coal Tar Dyes, Formaldehyde, Mercury, and Oxybenzone and does not test on animals. All you need is to try out one of their bestselling products, extremely affordable and effective skincare products and you’ll realize what makes The Ordinary, extraordinary.

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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 25

Initial purging was a bit rough but aftermath is really good

I broke out on the first few days of using this, but it started clearing up real fast. I read in some articles that the breakout must be from dirt that's already under the skin before you used the product and it's surfacing due to the fast turnover of the skin. It didn't sting at all so I feel this is great for people who are just starting to do chemical exfoliation(like me). I like it a lot, the dark spots from the breakout I had days before is fading quick. I definitely recommend this but be prepared for the initial purging!

17 days ago
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 27

Great For Newbies

It's a great introduction to those who want to incorporate acids into their skincare. It is very gentle (didn't cause any stinging or redness) but it delivers results fast! The texture of my skin improved after only a few days of using it every night. Sadly, after a while, it stopped working for me so I guess I'm now ready to try out the stronger stuff.

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 30

Holy grail

This has been my go-to serum for more than a year now. I fell in love with this product ever since I got it. I apply it every morning before putting on make-up and every night before going to sleep. I love how this serum always leave my skin soft and supple - just like a baby’s skin.

2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 28

Great Product!

This has been a game changer in my skin care routine. My skin feels smooth and I see a noticeable difference from using this Lactic acid for over 6 months. I see minimizing of pores, dark spots, and evenness in skin tone. I apply 3 or 4 times a week at night then and apply a heavy moisturizer on top. In the morning my skin feels soft and looks radiant. I always apply a moisturizer with SPF in the morning after use . 

3 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 25

Glowing skin ❤️

This is my first chemical exfoliant and I don’t regret it! It’s gentle enough on the skin but at the same time you can still see results. I use this after the hada labo hydrating lotion and before TO Niacinamide and so far my skin is loving all of these. 💕

4 months ago
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 20


When first used this, my skin was slightly tingling. And in the morning even if I don’t use it my skin was super sensitive esp when I go out on a sunny day even with my sunscreen on. It went on for about 3-5 days. Maybe because it’s my first time using an acid. This actually helped my skin texture improve so much! It definitely showed results within the week. Wanted to start slowly that’s why I picked this one but now that my skin is used to it, I want to purchase the 10% Lactic Acid from the Ordinary. Definitely would recommend this for those who have sensitive skin and want to improve skin texture!

5 months ago
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