Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

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CLAIM TO FAME: A highly-stable, water-free alpha lipoic acid solution

FAST FACTS: Contains an exceptionally high 5% concentration of high-purity alpha lipoic acid; restores, renews, and revitalizes skin’s appearance with highly potent antioxidant properties; visibly improves skin texture and tone; vegan formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain water, alcohol, silicone, oil, nut, and gluten

PERFECT FOR: Waking up to glowing, smoother, younger skin; aging, mature skin

October 13, 2017
”I am a skincare junkie and have tried all types of skincare from expensive conventional crèmes to organic-based skincare, always looking for the best. I have had some good success and some misses, but I had no idea how effective skincare could be till I discovered Deciem. I am a Botox and filler user, but since using the NIOD and Ordinary lines, I have cut down my time between those visits dramatically.”

”With all that said, I am a devout NIOD user, but have a few products from the Ordinary line because they are just plain effective. Of all of the Ordinary products I have in my skincare arsenal, this by far is my FAVORITE! It is amazing!! My skin glows, pores are smaller, my face is tighter, small lines are diminishing. I use it 3 times a week, just 3 drops on my face.”

”A word of warning: follow the instructions. The first time I used it, I used a generous amount on my face, neck and chest. Bad mistake. I broke out in a red, bumpy rash that lasted 4 days. I am an experienced chemical peel user and I was taken back by the fact that I had this kind of reaction. I was going to throw it in the trash, but decided I would use again, but conservatively. I am so glad I did. I took it slow and it has done wonders for my skin. Listen to Deciem, it doesn’t take much product to be effective.”

”Lastly, I have to show Deciem some love today! My husband comments all the time on how beautiful my skin looks; he, even, stated one time, “You’re skin looks so good, I want to lick it.” I love you Deciem; thank you for my giving me amazing looking skin and a husband that wants to lick my face. You guys are truly rock stars in the skincare industry.”
–AN (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%
INGREDIENTS: Propanediol, Thioctic Acid

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 2-3 drops over the entire face a maximum of 2-3 times per week. This treatment is highly concentrated and daily use is not recommended. Do not use on irritated or sensitive skin. Can be diluted with most oils per application to reduce strength.

1. Alpha Lipoic Acid is highly sensitive to sunlight. Please do not expose to direct sunlight. Application to face is recommended at nighttime only.
2. Alpha Lipoic Acid is less stable in formulations that contain water and use of formulations of ALA containing water is highly discouraged. This formulation is water-free and may feel slightly “oily” for a few seconds after application.
3. This formulation contains an extremely high concentration of ALA. Daily use is not recommended since such a high frequency of use can cause skin sensitivity. Please follow suggested use frequency.

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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Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 19

Glow (but it might take time)

Unlike a lot of other people who have used this product, I didn’t notice a glow immediately the day after I used it. In fact, it took months before I noticed a glow although for me it was really subtle. I would use this product more if only it didn’t have such a strong smell.

2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Age 18


At first i thought waste lang sya ng money kasi i didn't really see what's the hype all about (kasi ayoko yung stinging sensation so i didn't use it every week) so for months di ko sya ginamit and then naisip ko sayang naman pera ko if di ko sya gagamitin so i give it a go ulit and i was suprise kasi ginamit ko sya 2 beses sa isang week and OMG NAG GLOW YUNG MUKHA KOOOO!!!!! +++++++ NATURAL ROSY CHEEKS!!!!!! so shookt ako guys, i think ito na yung di mawawala sa skincare kooo <3

3 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 25

No pain no gain!

The effects of this was so dramatic I was shocked when I looked at my face in the mirror the next day. At first I was a bit worried because it stings and burns upon application and immediately after, it kinda smells like balloons and sulfur. But my skin was so bright and glowing that I stopped minding it. The effects lasts for days and by then you can put it on again for another painfully worth it experience.

3 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 30

What a relief!

I really have a problematic skin due to my psoriasis. I can't really use a lot of products because I very easily get rashes. My condition urged me to do a little bit of research on ingredients that might just work, and one of them is alpha lipoic acid. I was a little hesistant to use it at first, but even on the 1st time that I tried it, I noticed that some of my red patches subsided a bit. I waited a while to give a review to really see if there will be a difference, but so far, it really does its job! It did improve my skin texture, and is now one of my go-to products for the management of my psoriatic skin. 💖

4 months ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena

The Ordinary's Not so Ordinary Skin Care Item

What it claims that I agree? Waking up to glowing, smoother, younger skin. I say Y-E-S!
What I like in this product? My face gets the total makeover the ff day after applying it at night. And it's okay for sensitive skin like mine.
What I don’t like in it? I wish I can use it twice a week =(
What I LOVE in this? This is my fave of all The Ordinary products, and I've tried, used, emptied, repurchased other The Ordinary products and this one still on my top list.
Recommended? YES, but caution needed to those with sensitive skin. But so far I used this to my family and cousins a night before a big family affair and ALL OF THEM wake up with a glowing, healthy skin. =)

5 months ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 26

My favorite out of all!

This product is my favorite out of all the product from The Ordinary range. All the good things in one bottle. The stinging bothered me at first. But I continued to use it because it promised a brightening effect and the results would be visible. It is very true to its claim. I saw difference the NEXT DAY! Its absolutely wonderful to own this product. It works like a dream. I put a couple of drops of this, after the stinging calmed down, I will put my face mask to keep the oils in place. The moisturizing essences on the face mask will act as a barrier to keep all the goodness inside the skin. I have nothing but good things to say about this product. Try this and be amazed!

6 months ago