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

love it :)

Bought this for hyper pigmentation after some stress related skin issues. I’ve been usin for 2 weeks AM and PM. While I’m not sure about the spots yet, my skin is definitely smoother. And not a zit since I started using! I’m excited to see the long term results. Been using it consistently and about to finish my bottle.

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 24


How I wish I discovered "The Ordinary" sooner! Huhu. I could've avoided spending so much money on products that did not work. I purchased this because I wanted to keep my skin care routine simple. What a game changer, definitely worth the price and the hype. I love that this makes me glow and that glow lasts for days. I fell in love with first use! Just follow the instructions and you're good! **This is my first product from The Ordinary, and this made me purchase their other products.** Yay! I love The Ordinary!

about 2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita


This is one of the best of this brand's product. All in one for 600, you would not regret buying this. Add to cart now 🤭. -You can use this as spot treatment, it gets your zit to form its head quickly which can easily be sucked by a pimple patch! -For new deep scars, it can make your skin resurface again. Deep scars regenerates! -Your skin will look smoother. Note: *First few uses, it will sting a bit. Follow instructions to use twice a week and do not put too much. *Smells like a balloon.

2 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 18


This is a wonderful product, it brightens my skin and it has reduced the signs of aging I was noticing a year ago. I love this company for bringing us amazing products that don't break the bank, and actually leave me feeling like I've been doing something amazing for myself.

3 months ago
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 35

Game changer!

I’ve been using this product for a little over 2 months now and I only have good words to say. I’ve received a lot of compliments from people after using this The Ordinary’s ALA. A friend specifically mentioned that my skin looked bouncy. Fair warning though, you will feel a mild burning sensation upon application on your face. Follow the instructions to use 2-3 drops only and no more than 3x a week.

5 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 25

Great product

I needed a Alpha Lipoic Acid in my kit and just in my life period. I have tried many products from The Ordinary, so when I saw that they had one I ran to get it. It’s a low percentage so it’s great for at home use and it actually works. It’s not an everyday product but you will see results. It does have a scent that may not be appealing to all but it fades away. The products helps clear up and even out your skin tone so well that you wouldn’t even mind the scent.

5 months ago
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