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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 Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 27

Love this!!

1st of all, it’s my first time using Lactic Acid, tho I’ve used BHA power liquid frm Cosrx bfore w/c didnt work for me. Anyway, I wasn’t expecting anything from this. I just want a clear skin like what I’ve read from a lot of reviews. It’s my 3rd day using it every night & I’m loving it! It totally exfoliates my skin and removed the dead skin hence my pores have extremely become smaller!!! I’M NOT KIDDING. Like i was shocked coz I’ve also been using before the Cosrx 2in1 poreless and somewhat It made my pores smaller but still not enough but this one, in just 3DAYS!!😱 This is definitely a must try!!! I also dont have any purging from this & i might say it is safe to use for beginners. Can’t wait what more it could offer especially for my pimples

19 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 21

great for beginners

I've been curious about acids for a while and according to beauty gurus on YouTube, this is one of the best to try out first if you haven't tried AHA/BHA before. I had a few bumps on the side of my face and after two nights of using this, I noticed that they were gone. I highly recommend this to those just starting out. Will probably try the one with more acid concentration when I finish this!

23 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 25


Im new to acids..and im a bit skeptical about trying it bcoz i have dry, sensitive and acne prone skin as well..so since im a beginner to these acids, i decided to try a lower concentrated acid since im not sure if my skin will love the product..soo as soon as i got the package, i read the instructions ofc to make sure im not using it incorrectly.. Also guys..just a tip..these acids wont break you out...these are well concentrated..the possibilities that can trigger acnes are those products that you are mixing with these acids..soo before trying out acids, make sure you did your research bcoz there are active ingredients that shouldnt be mixed with you skincare routine that can cause irritation and acnes.. Moving forward, i cleansed and toned my skin and used this Lactic Acid 5% and i was AMAZED with what it did to my skin on my first try..but ofc i gave it 1wk before providing my thoughts about this product. I dont want to exaggerate things but im telling you..on the first day i used it, i felt the dead skin melting when i applied this..and it's not just that, it also did a great job resurfacing the texture of my skin and in everytime i use it, i can see that the small bumps on my face are getting smaller and smaller..and now there's only 4bumps remaining...hahaha im so happy i tried this.. Next time i will try the one that contains 10% lactic acid.. Use this only at night time and remember to use sunscreen in the morning..it is very important to use sunscreen in the morning when using these at night ;)

about 1 month ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 39

just okay

it did not work for me, but, i did not have any breakout with this, no allergic reaction too. my skin also did not exfoliate with this. i emptied the bottle and did not order again. i tried different chemical exfoliants and mostly are from the ordinary, but, they also did not work for my skin

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 28

It’s amazing!

This product does what it says. It was not too harsh, but it still got the job done. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments from people telling me my skin looks smoother. Feels like it, too! I already bought my second bottle. This is going to be part of my skin care routine for the next years or so. It’s also affordable. You won’t have to break the bank in order to afford younger looking skin. Thank you, The Ordinary!

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Age 25


If you are new to Acids, this is the best acid for you! I suffered from severe acne breakout several weeks back and this acid helped me fade those pesky acne scars. Its also good to maintain that glow on the skin. Am done with the 5% and will definitely try the 10%! Must try for people who are like me - oily, sensitive, and acne prone. 👍🏻

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