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The Ordinary’s Acids: Simple but Effective

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Skinsitive
Let’s talk about some of the Ordinary’s acids I’ve used! I love the Ordinary for their simple, affordable formulations that forgo the bad and hyped to instead include scientifically-backed ingredients. But sometimes simplicity can leave something to be desired. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA
Super simple, leaves a slight tacky feel but soaks in quickly otherwise. I noticed a subtle smoothing and softening of my skin over my use of this product. Best for those who don’t do well with glycolic acid. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
This serum does it’s job of deep exfoliation but not very elegantly. While I did see improvement in pore size and acne frequency, the serum takes a while to soak in and left a tacky finish that caused my other products to pill. But it would be a good serum for those looking to try out BHA for acne and congested pores. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
I noticed hyperpigmentation reduction with this cream, but I cannot stand the silicone texture. It has a strange grit to it, no matter how much I shake up the bottle. I also think my skin dislikes heavy silicones, as I experienced increased breakouts when using this, despite the wonderful brightening and calming properties it has. The matte finish is best for oily skin types and I’d recommend it for those who don’t mind silicone. The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
I love this mask! It combines salicylic acids vegetable charcoal, and Amazonian clay with squalane and glycerin to keep the mask from overly drying skin while still targeting congestion. Whenever my acne was terrible, this helped tremendously in shortening the lifespan of blemishes. I can’t recommend this enough for those that struggle with acne around hormonal flares since it’s a good spot-treatment. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
This is my favourite The Ordinary acid for multi-day use in the week. It soaks in quickly, is slightly hydrating (moreso than the Lactic Acid + HA, oddly), doesn’t tingle or make my skin red, yet I can see over a couple weeks of use that my skin looks brighter and more even in texture. My only issue with this product that it does leave the skin slightly sticky- like your hands are after you touch something sweet. But there’s no pilling issue, so this is a great acid for those looking to lighten hyperpigmentation and smooth bumpy texture.
Jun. 19
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Brooke.TskinSame here! I am always a fan of TO's product!
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D.Bennett
Best product for dry and dull skin
I've been still using my CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser and of course it's going great! I've been looking for something that can give me a glow and also reduce my acne scars so I found The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution this really have my skin a boost of glow and gave me a clearer skin. I do see my acne scars fading away but they are still visible 🙃 Since this is an acid it exfoliates the skin so I use this every other day but now I switched to every two days since the weather is getting cold and my skin tends to dry more. After application in padding motion with a cloth or cotton pad I start to pat in the product with my hands so the product could get into my skin. You will feel a tingle but after constant use you will get used to it and it goes away fast. Once I applied the toner I go in with my moisturizer, at the moment I'm using Vaseline - Extremely Dry Skin Rescue Lotion this creme is great for dry skin! I have always suffered from dry skin so this really helped me. It leaves my skin so soft and glowy. Be careful because this can get a little greasy 😶
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BASIC SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Hello hello ✨ I found this chart that I find very helpful for deciding how to change up my routine or keep myself consistent. Though I tend to switch up my products based on my needs, it tends to remain the same based on the type of products I use. Hopefully you’ll be able to use this as an outline to your routine! If you have any product suggestions or questions feel free to comment! ❤️❤️❤️ Cleansers: CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cleanser FENTY SKIN - Total Cleans'r Remove-It-All Cleanser Vitamin C: DERMA•E - Vitamin C Concentrated Serum Moisturizer: The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin SPF: sun bum - Clear Zinc SPF 50 FENTY SKIN - Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Cleansing Balm: The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser Treatment: The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA The Ordinary - Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% acne.org - Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide – 2.5%) Chemical Exfoliants: The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Mask: AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay Retinol: N/A
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sweetnae
Lactic acid?
I purchased The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA around 2 months ago and have probably used it only 3-5 times mainly because my skin was extremely dry while trying to figure out my new routine and the lactic acid would burn sensitive areas of my face. Now that i’ve figured out a steady routine i’m ready to give this product another try but i’m unsure how to incorporate it into my routine in a way that will be beneficial, i don’t get many breakouts i have some texture on my chin forehead and cheeks which is what i got this product for. Let me know how you use Lactic acid in your skincare routine!❤️
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AmeliaRoberts120
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Is this salicylic acid mask aces?
I recently bought the The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque because the The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solutionis consistently out of stock. Kind of annoying, but then I saw the mask that seemed like it was the same. And while the solution is $5.30 and the mask is $12, time wasn’t on its side. I don’t use it as an all-over mask because I think that would be too much. It is a perfect spot treatment for when I have acne. It has an unusual texture. If I had to describe it would be as if charcoal powder, aloe gel and a peel-off mask were all mixed together. When I get a pimple, I use this as an overnight spot mask. It is good to note that the solution is also supposed to used as a spot treatment. Contains: • 2% salicylic acid, • vegetable charcoal • Amazonian clays • squalane
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NikeViki
DO THIS before popping pimples!
We have all fallen victim to sitting in front of our magnified mirror for an hour, pinching and pressing at our skin trying to clear up all the zits. Once we are done, we discover our face is red, splotchy and usually looking way worse than before! WHY you shouldn't pop your pimples at home- 1) It can cause infection! 🚫 Infection can occur for a few reasons. Either your hands are not completely clean when you start touching it, or you pop the pimple but don't completely rid it of pus. If there is still bacteria under the surface, it can spread and cause a cystic bump or nodule! 2) It causes irritation most likely you are not controlling the angle and pressure of your hands when squeezing a pimple. This can damage the skin and cause irriation and redness that may take a while to heal! And finally... 3) Can cause permanent damage I know it is hard to believe that this can happen, but as a licensed esthetician I am alwaus reminding folks of the damage they can cause at home. The skin must heal properly after a pimple is extracted, otherwise it can leave behind a scar or hyperpigmentation. Without using the proper technique, this can happen much easier than you think! The damage leaves you with an even more difficult skin condition to cure than just a pesky pimple. ☆What to use instead of your hands or dangerous extractor tools: MARIO BADESCU - Mario Badescu Drying Lotion I love how affordable this spot treatment is! This works perfectly on those pimples that look like they're about to pop. It absorbs the bacteria and allows the pimple to heal without harsh techniques. HERO COSMETICS - Mighty Patch Original and Invisible+ Bundle The mighty patch products are also great as an overnight pimple treatment. It absorbs the infection and stays on just the spot you need healing. I like this option even more for larger pimples that can spread bacteria on surrounding skin easily! HOW TO USE EITHER OF THESE SPOT TREATMENTS: -properly cleanse the face and apply night time products, avoiding pimples that will be covered in spot treatment. Do not shake, and use a cotton swap to apply the drying lotion only on pimple. The patches are simply stuck to skin right over the affected area. Cleanse off or remove the next morning and reapply as needed the following night! FYI: This won't work as well on closed comedones like whiteheads, so choose a physical exfoliant in your routine instead. 🌿🌿 Some options for closed bumps and deeper acne breakouts: Krave - Kale-Lalu-yAHA The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution dermalogica - Retinol Acne Clearing Oil If you can, seek out a professional to perform extractions on the skin. They are trained in keeping your skin clean and cause as little damage as possible. Many facials include extractions as a part of the process. ☆What do you use on your pimples?
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taratheestie
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This diminished my dark spots
This diminished my dark spots
For years I had acne and I constantly picked my face so bad that it left scarring, dark spots and uneven skin tone. I've tried several different products, methods and regimens and nothing seemed to be working until I found the right regimen. I started using these products back in December and not only has it diminished my dark spots but it has made my face brighter, even and overall just healthier. I use the glow tonic after cleansing, the lactic acid , b oil then the suspension. I do however alternate with those products one day and the glowrecipe overnight mask on another day. If your having a hard time finding the right products for your issues don't get discouraged just try different methods and products until you find what's best for you, nothing happens overnight. Not only are these products great but you can't beat the unbelievably low prices.
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Elviaperez90
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Toner, Peel, Serum, Mask? Four Ways to AHA
Toner, Peel, Serum, Mask? Four Ways to AHA
What is AHA? Alpha hydroxy acids gently removes dead skin cells, encouraging the regeneration of new skin. It is know for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation, minimize pores and brighten skin. So how is that different from Glycolic Acid? Glycolic acid is actually a type of AHA! Known to be the “smallest”, most researched and gentlest AHA, glycolic acid does all of the aforementioned things and also acts as a humectant, leaving us with smoother, plumper skin. AHA vs BHA? So some of the products I’ll mention contain both AHA and BHA. BHA, particularly salicylic acid, is great for reducing acne but can be drying. BHA has better penetration into pores due it its affinity to oily sebum. That’s why they say BHAs are better for oily skin! How should I incorporate AHA/Glycolic Acid into my skincare routine? Whichever way you choose! Some prefer it in their daily routine whereas others prefer it 2-3x a week- the products mentioned below allow you different options. 1. AHA as a toner. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution When: Everyday if you want, AM or PM toning step. Price: $8.70 for 8oz Comments: I personally wouldn’t use this everyday especially if you have a broken skin barrier (it stings!) but it leaves me so hydrated and clean the next morning. Paired with a hydrating night serum, I’ve noticed a huge decrease in pore size and bumpy irregularities on my face. 2. AHA as a night cream/peel. VERSED - THE SHORTCUT Overnight Facial Peel When: 2-3 nights per week in my moisturizing step. Price: $9.99 for 0.5 oz Comments: If you have super sensitive skin, this one is for you. This acts as a lotion and has been the mildest form of glycolic acid I’ve seen. I don’t notice as drastic of a glow as TO’s toner or Good Molecules’s Overnight, but it works. Another con is the price...$10 for only 0.5oz allows for only 6-7 uses before repurchasing, whereas I’ve had that 8oz toner for almost a year with plenty left! 3. AHA as a night serum/sleeping mask. GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment When: 2-3 nights per week in my serum step. Price: $6 for 1 Oz Comments: this is my absolute favorite way of getting my AHA for only $6. I use only 4-5 drops as a “serum” in my regular night routine (see my old post). I would minimize using too many other acids with it! Creates a delicious glow in the AM, this mask also minimizes pores. It is not drying even though it contains BHAs! Would recommend for those who are dry, blackhead, and acne-prone. 4. AHA as a wash-off mask. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution When: 1-2 nights a week for 10 min before rinsing off. Price: $7.20 for 1 Oz Comments: This product is hyped and I’m not too sure why. It works as a wash-off mask but it’s drying (bc of BHAs). I would only recommend if you want to add a mask without changing your existing routine.
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femmefindings
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary: Does it Actually Work?
The Ordinary: Does it Actually Work?
The Ordinary products all over the internet and people seem to really love their products ( and how affordable they are! ) This brand has helped tons of people so I wanted to try it out for myself. 😊 UPDATE: I’ve been using these for 2 weeks and my skin looks SO MUCH healthier and glowy!🙌 I have combination, sensitive, acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and these are the products that I chose: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is a glycolic acid toner meaning that it is a chemical exfoliant and in my opinion it’s better than a physical exfoliant because you’re not physically scrubbing away at your skin and with that being said, a slight stinging sensation is normal. This exfoliates, brightens, and promotes even tone and texture. You can use it Am + Pm just as long as you wear spf in the daytime. Best part is it’s only $8.70 CAD!🌸 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is a holy grail product for acne. It is a water based serum that greatly improves blemishes, enlarged pores, and oily skin. You can apply this Am + Pm without spf and I can’t wait to see how my skin gets better thanks to this serum! It’s only $5.90 CAD which is amazing for a product this effective!✨ (note: when applying, it does look a bit soapy because it is niacinamide but it blends out nicely) (Do not mix with vitamin C!!) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% Aka vitamin C.. This has tons of benefits for your skin. It helps with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, uneven tone, signs of age, and it is an antioxidant. It’s an oil based serum meaning it should be applied after water based products and before your moisturizer. You can apply Am + Pm ( with spf ) and remember that vitamin C shouldn’t be mixed with Niacinamide! 🦋 The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Alpha Arbutin is a brightening serum, it fades hyperpigmentation and dark spots. It’s water based and can be used Am + Pm ( with spf ) and it’s only $8.90 CAD💐 The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA This is a super hydrating moisturizer! It has a bit of a thicker, creamy texture to it and my initial thoughts were that it was going to feel too heavy and greasy on my face but once it was all blended in, it felt pretty good! It’s not too shiny on the more oily areas of my face and it keeps the dry areas nice and hydrated. It’l definitely seal in all the goodness underneath:)💖 UPDATE:The moisturizer as I mentioned is thicker than the ones I typically go for and I noticed that when I apply it and go to bed shortly after, my face sticks to my silk pillow case so it definitely takes a bit to sink into your skin hehe ** Please do your research before purchasing from The Ordinary because their products are at higher concentrations of specific ingredients. Some need to be worn with spf or layered differently and some can’t be mixed with others.**😘
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Zoeyyy
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
The Ordinary-Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
All about The Ordinary
All about The Ordinary
Since starting my skin care routine in 2019, I have found myself to love The Ordinary skincare line. I have pictured my 3 favorite products from their line currently: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution The Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is a must for toner in your skincare routine! Glycolic acid is an AHA used to exfoliate the skin, removing the outermost layer of skin on your face to reveal newer, brighter skin. It’s usually used to treat scarring, skin discoloration and even to help with the process of aging. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% As I stated before, the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum is my holy grail for serums. This serum helps reduce skin congestion while balancing the sebum production in your face ( basically controls the oils in your skin). Some more benefits of this serum is the reduction of pore “size” and even reduces the redness you’re skin can produce during and after the cleansing of your skin! The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution This peeling solution is a must in my skin care. This is another great form of exfoliation as the chemical peel will bring fourth your new, brightening skin after the first use! I use this product if I have a bad break out or too much texture on my face! Overall, The Ordinary skin care line doesn’t have to be expensive to work miracles! The Ordinary only uses necessary ingredients in their products, keeping the price of them low. I would 11/10 recommend these products, let alone the whole skin care line!
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SkinShareSkinCare
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary has changed my routine 😊
The Ordinary has changed my routine 😊
Ive always has decent skin but would get random breakouts. I also started breaking out when stressed and was having some dullness and dehydration! To jump in : The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I really like this toning solution! It doesn’t dry me out and is actually quite moisturizing. It’s great if you experience irritation because the aloe vera in it really provides soothing properties for irritated skin. It helps with gentle exfoliation when I use it at night and I get the exfoliating cotton pads from Target and that helps add some extra penetration to my skin! My face has visibly gotten a more even texture. The only reason it has 4 instead of 5 stars is because you can only use it at night because it doesn’t react well to sun exposure. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution I am in love with this peel! It visibly improves blemishes and has lightened my dark marks a bit! I love that it’s something I can do at home and still get my deep exfoliation I need. My skin feels and looks radiant. I will say start only using this once a week as it can sting a bit. After you feel you have adjusted you can up it to two times a week depending on how you need it! I’ve currently upgraded to two times a week. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 If you suffer from any sort of dryness this is for you! I’m combination skin but can get dry around my cheek area and just wanted overall more moisture. This is a God send. From the first day I used it my skin was so hydrated. Because Hyaluronic Acid absorbs so much in water this is best used on wet/damp skin. I use it after cleansing AM and PM. I put my moisturizer on directly after so that way more moisture is being sucked in to my skin. Definitely a game changer. The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane I wanted to love this product but I really just like it. For my skin it seems to make me feel too greasy. I use it as my step before my moisturizer and it was just ok. I hate to feel oily and this can make my skin feel that way if I use any more than one drop. Now I mix one drop maybe two in my moisturizer at night. It’s less overwhelming for my skin that way. Once I started using it that way it gave an extra boost of hydration to my nightly routine. All in All has really helped my skin! SIDE NOTE: All of these products are vegan and cruelty free!
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Sade.s.a
100% Plant-Derived Squalane
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
For clear skin even if you’re sensitive!
For clear skin even if you’re sensitive!
a.My skin type is combination, often with hormonal acne during parts of the month. I generally have pretty balanced skin! b.This product includes 10% Lactic Acid – which is an AHA exfoliator that gently penetrates the skin to clean out pores and renew skin. Lactic acid is one of the gentlest acids so it’s great for beginners or anyone who has more sensitive or reactive skin. This serum also includes hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate the skin and provide extra moisture as the Lactic acid exfoliates. c.The texture can tend to pill up a little which is one of the few cons of this product. It has a thick viscous feeling on the skin, but most of the time I find it sinks in well as long as you use the appropriate amount. The packaging is a classic Ordinary glass bottle, which makes it recyclable. The size of the product is also great and has lasted me a long time since you only need a few drops for full effectiveness. d.I use this product 2-3 times a week – first I wash my face, then apply toner and let it absorb completely. After that, I take a few drops of the acid into my palms and gently tap it into my skin until it’s completely absorbed. After that, I follow with a hydrating moisturizer and oil! In the morning, I’m super diligent about applying SPF! My skin overall really loves lactic acid so with consistent usage, I get less breakouts, more even skin, and generally a more even texture with reduced forehead bumps! e.I would 100% recommend this product to a friend, and honestly give it 5 stars! the only thing that I don’t love is that the formula can be a bit tacky sometimes depending on the toner that I apply underneath it, but it’s just so affordable and effective that I’m willing to overlook that!The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA #cheriecreator
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Lactic Acid 10% + HA
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