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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 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. 👍🏻

12 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 34

not for me.. breakouts

I was excited to use the product so when i received it, I used it at night then woke with zit on my forehead, I thought it was just my hormones since my monthly period is nearing.. I used it every other night and everytime i used it every morning i got new pimple so i stop using it for 2 weeks and let my skin clear up.. Then tried it again to see if it really causes my zit, and yes it gave me breakouts as in big pimples that i never had before so i decided to just throw it. 😞 I also saw a review in Youtube that it also causes her breakouts ☹️

4 months ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 41

no redness, stinging or visible flaky peeling!

Wow! I love The Ordinary products. This is my second product next to their Niacinamide and it delivers the same effective and excellent efficacy to my skin. I now use the Niacianamide (which I already reviewed in a separate review) in the morning while the Cosrx BHA and TO Lactic Acid in the evening. I am glad that there have been no complications for me in using BHA and AHA from different brands. Also, I love that there is no redness, stinging or visible flaking in my face - only clear, bright and smooth skin through continued use. This will definitely stay in my nightly beauty regimen. So please continue selling this and also kindly restock TO Niacinamide since my bottle is almost finished and I have to repurchase soon! :)

4 months ago
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.

5 months 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.

6 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.

7 months ago
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