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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 Normal
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 17

Brightened my skin and reduced my whiteheads

This product made my dull skin look brighter. It broke me out, but that’s normal when you use acids. Your skin purges, so you break out. I have only been using this for three weeks but I am already seeing results. I used this product once the first week, twice the second week, and thrice the third week. I’m easing my skin into this product to avoid more pimples from my break outs. So far, the pimples from the break outs I got from this product are yet to disappear but I can see my skin getting brighter. The whiteheads on my forehead significantly lessened too.

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 15

Quite good and affordable

Products containing Lactic acid usually are at the 2-3k range. This product is less than 1k incredibly affordable yet effective. It has a watery base and is absorbed easily by the skin and can easily be inserted in your current skin regimen without making it more heavy. Its wuite good as It has surfaced a lot of white heads for me. I know because, the following day When I’d feel my face I could feel bits fall off. I have yet to see improvement in the appearance of my light wrinkles, sun spots and general brightening of my face. But all in all I am happy and looking forward to the results if this product in the coming months. Because as expected, acids usually work better after continuous use.

2 months ago
  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 22

Makes my skin smooth

I’ve been using this product every night for months now and I could definitely see a difference, especially on days where I forget to use it. It helps clear up the tiny bumps on my forehead and it improved the overall texture of my skin. The lactic acid is mild enough for my medyo sensitive skin.

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

Simple and Effective

I've been looking for the most cost-effective AHA to refine my skin texture and to go along with my COSRX BHA and this product seems to be working really well! This is my first time incorporating a full on chemical exfoliation regime and after 2 weeks of use, I find that I no longer need to exfoliate as much as I did when I was using scrubs. It gives me super soft and smooth skin and makes whiteheads come off easier. Try massaging your face with an oil cleanser a day after using this and your whiteheads will just rub off like it's no big deal! I love how seriously simple and effective this is. Must try!

3 months ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 32

The only acid that worked for me

I have tried Cosrx AHA and BHA, TO glycolic, and Pixi glow tonic and all of those only gave me red, irritated skin. This one is mild enough for my skin but still strong enough to be effective. I have been using this for 2 weeks now and it minimized my skin congestion. It also helped fade my acne scars. Minus a star though since it seems to make my pores larger. It might be the HA though since I've always noticed that that ingredient made my pores look large and my skin feel tired.

4 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 24

Not really sure

I’m not sure if this is really effective but it didn’t actually work for me. A friend said that I would experience a breakout after 2-3 times of use then the brightening effect would take place afterwards. I did experience a breakout (although I’m not sure if it’s because of the product or the stress) and I yet to see the positive effect. I also noticed that my blackheads or whiteheads on my cheeks near the side of my nose became more highlighted, which I’m not a 100% sure if this was caused by the lactic acid. This would probably work with other Ordinary products so I’ll still give it a chance until I finish up the bottle.

4 months ago
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