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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

30ml
The Ordinary Authentic
$12.70
Availability: in stock.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA by The Ordinary

Overview

Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.


The Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative helps to reduce irritation associated with facial acid use, including alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid. Please note that Tasmanian Pepperberry varies in colour seasonally, and this colour variation may be apparent in The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA.



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When to not use The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA: 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. Ensure that this formula is introduced slowly into your routine.


This pH of this formula is approximately 3.8. Lactic Acid has a pKa of 3.8 and pKa is the most important aspect to consider in formulating with acids. pKa implies acid availability. When pKa is close to pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid and reducing irritation. Higher pH numbers in such a case would increase salt which counter-intuitively would make the formula even more irritating than if the formula was more acidic.

 After opening, this product must be used within three months.

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Great product - 19-11-2018 by

Excellent product, will keep using

Good product - 19-11-2018 by

I purchased this to mostly to help with a little black heads near my chin. Although i haven't seen any change in the black heads my skins texture and glow is much better

Greatly improved skin - 19-11-2018 by

The Buffet is a gentle treatment that overnight one can see and feel the difference

Great skin care at affordable price. It really works - 19-11-2018 by

This product in conjunction with The ordinary hyalauronic has improved my skin in a very short while.
I love all of your products.

Pretty average - 16-11-2018 by

Not so excited about this night serum. The lactic acid is pretty mild on the skin which is what the product claims to be. Not a big fan of the stickiness on the skin after application. Not so sure it is doing anything for my skin. The price is cheap and generous size bottle though.

Not irritating, great price - 13-11-2018 by

I have been using this for the last few weeks. I haven't experienced any irritation at all. As I have really started to get involved in skincare and started a regime, it is hard for me to say if this is doing anything great for my skin, as I am using so many lotions and potions. I have used this as a spot treatment on painful blind zits and find the pimple has reduced tremendously within 24 hours. So, can recommend for this purpose highly!100%. Great price, so would probably buy again, even just for a spot treatment

Amazing - 12-11-2018 by

I adore this product. I have acne prone skin and it is so reactive. I feel like nothing works however I can say this most certainly does. I also have sensitive skin however this strength doesn’t irritate me at all.

Gentle exfoliation - 12-11-2018 by

Perfect product to exfoliate sensitive skin as this is non irritating

Favourite product ever - 05-11-2018 by

This is my favourite product from the Ordinary. And possibly any other brand too! Makes my skin brighter and fresher looking the next day. I use it a couple of times a week. It does stain my bed linen with is annoying - does wash out though.

Best exfoliator - 23-10-2018 by

Little concerning to see all of these reviews say they are using the lactic acid at night, as my dermo insisted to use it in the morning with niacinamide (for acne prone skin). I get the occasional forehead and jawline pole around ovulation but the lactic acid helps me start the day fresh underneath moisturiser and sunscreen.

Easily absorbed without irritation - 23-10-2018 by

This is the best Lactic Acid I have experienced. Bought the 10% solution with initial concern of irritation but did not experience this although I have, what I have always thought, dry skin, but my beauty therapist has always commented on my smooth skin. Using this product means I don't have to have dermabrasion appointments with her, my gain, clearer skin, reduced pigmentation and applied daily without any redness or discomfort, always ensuring I use sun protection with wonderful results.

A MUST HAVE - 22-10-2018 by

This is truly a must-have no discomfort or irritation like that of other aha's I put it on before bed under a moisturiser
( NMF) And in the morning my skin is transformed visibly cleaner and reduced pores its amazing! will not live without!

smoothing and hydrating - 18-10-2018 by

skin type normal/dry
I bought this as I am concerned with small bumps on my cheeks.
I have only used this a few times and already notice a difference. Will continue to use, this product does feel a bit tingly so would recommend diluting it in a moisturiser until your skin builds up tolerance. I would recommend this product for anyone wanting smoother, hydrated skin.

Effective and insanely well priced - 18-10-2018 by

My skin is prone to congestion and needs exfoliation, so for years I've used a lactic acid serum in the evening as part of my regimen.
I was on The Ordinary bandwagon from day 1 and got my products as part of the initial release. As each one of my previous expensive, high-end products finished, I replaced it with its equivalent from The Ordinary. In general, I was blown away not only by how good The Ordinary products were, but also by how poor, in comparison, my old high-end products were shown to be.
This was well demonstrated when I shifted to the 10% Lactic. I didn't expect to get the same result as from my old high-end lactic acid product - I thought surely, the high-end one would be more potent or that the other ingredients (e.g. all the expensive botanicals, etc.) would have some additional benefit. I was dead wrong. The Ordinary product performed so much better. My skin got smoother, less congested and better exfoliated using The Ordinary.
I was really shocked - but that's the thing with these expensive skin care products... Even if you can find an ingredient list (and not all have that), they never tell you the exact percentage of active ingredients.
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% is a genuinely good product to add into your regimen if it's suitable for your skin and I highly recommend it; I can tell you with certainty that it out-performs a product that costs $85 for 30ml!

Perfection - 16-10-2018 by

This Lactic acid is super lush and perfect for using a few times a week overnight. After I wash it off in the morning my skin is smooth, soft and feels slightly hydrated. The 10% strength has never irritated my skin, in fact I wish they sold an even higher strength as my skin could take it easily. Not sure how irritating it would be for sensitive skin, so maybe try the lower strength first?

Works great! - 12-10-2018 by

I have sensitive skin, and this does not feel too harsh for me! I use it once or twice a week, and I find that it keeps my skin feeling soft and smooth! Works really well!

Good serum - 11-10-2018 by

I like the texture of this product as it's not oily or heavy; it's a liquidy product. Overall, it's a good serum I use every night but I didn't see any dramatic changes while using this.

Effective exfoliation for pigmented skin - 11-10-2018 by

Pregnancy left me with a lot of discoloration/pigmentation on my forehead. This has greatly helped in a very short period of time. I have not used a lactic acid product before but chose this after conventionals exfoliations weren’t even scratching the surface (pun intended) of my pigmentation. Only use a small amount about every 2 days and have seen a difference in a matter of weeks. Great price too, silly not to include in beauty regime!

A beautiful product which exfoliate in very mild way - 11-10-2018 by

I am using this product from one month in alternate days and getting my skin improve and healthy , beautiful product

Effective and super affordable - 09-10-2018 by

I love this for fading pigmentation and when I get a breakout. Always makes my combo skin glowy and provides enough moisture. I've repurchased this twice now and it's my go-to serum for when my skin is breaking out!

Good stuff - 09-10-2018 by

at first I thought this is destroying my face, my pores were getting more visible, my white heads popped, my skin got uneven. But that’s what happens i guess initially, its the second week since I am using this at PM & now my skin is like baby skin. Seems to have gotten rid of all dead skin! A must have and I would suggest using it daily initially & then after a week use is once a week.

Fantastic for exfoliating - 03-10-2018 by

I alternate this product with the Mandelic acid depending on how my skin is feeling. This is a bit stronger but you wake up with baby soft skin the next day.

Amazing - 02-10-2018 by

I'm 31 and have combination skin - it can get really dry at times, but then I also get pimples on my cheeks and chin! How unfair! I bought this product as I was after a product that provides me with a brighten up, but stops me from breaking out (this tends to happen when I use any AHA products. This product is light and something that I use in the AM/PM. My skin has been glowing since I have started using this!

Skin rehab! - 01-10-2018 by

I'm over 40 and rocking the trio of acne/rosacea/dermatitis, and had such reactive and irritated skin I'd given up the idea of ever using an exfoliant again. Actually my budget doesn't allow me much room for experimenting with new products, so I'd pretty much given up on skincare altogether, before I found The Ordinary. What's so good about it? It's an inexpensive powerful formula, that doesn't inflame my rosacea. I'm on my second bottle and my skin is looking more refined, with smaller pores, and softer lines. Give it a try and see if it works for you, at this price what have you got to lose??

Gentle yet effective - 28-09-2018 by

I normally break out from any form of AHA but this one is gentle enough to warrant one use throughout the week. I definitely do notice improvement in my pores and skin texture after using.

Good value - 27-09-2018 by

I love this product. I was finding my skin was dry and rough and makeup wasn’t going on as nicely as it used to. This is quite gentle depending on how much you use but you do see a difference. The price is great too!

Great serum - 26-09-2018 by

Lovely serum. Feels beautiful on skin. Only been using for a week. Can’t go wrong for the price.

Simply amazing - 25-09-2018 by

I love this. I have dry, aging skin and this provides exfoliation and injects moisture into the skin. My skin is never irritated and doesn't peel like with other chemical oxfolients. It also absorbs well and controls the occasional breakout.

Small price for a huge result! - 24-09-2018 by

Wow... wow wow! this product is just amazing. I dont know how I have only just discovered it. The smell of it is rather sweet, the texture is a thicker, tacky kind of feel. I use this two to three times a week as a part of my nighttime routine & when i wake up my skin is noticeably brighter & so much softer. Only thing is you need to be cautious of sun protection when using this, that factor doesnt bother me, but it's something that should be noted!

works great - 24-09-2018 by

makes skin feel super smooth

Nice product - 24-09-2018 by

I purchased this as part of a new regime from the Ordinary. I have used it for about ten weeks. Goes on really wet then dries down quickly so can apply another product afterwards if need be. I can’t say for sure that I’ve seen any dramatic improvements through using this hence the moderate score.

Love it! - 20-09-2018 by

I love this product. After using it once a week I wake up with the most glowy, plump skin. Wouldn't say it's had much of a 'peeling' effect on my skin, although it could be unnoticeable. Definitely recommend adding this to your Ordinary collection :)

Effective in short time - 20-09-2018 by

I noticed a different in my skins clearness and texture within 2 uses. My pores appear smaller also. I use it at night before Retinol. I haven't had the need to dilute, it does usually tingle when first applied but is not at all unpleasant. I no longer want to use abrasive types of exfoliates now that I will be entering my 30's.

B e a u t i f u l - 17-09-2018 by

I have always had problems with my skin. Breakouts, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. My skin always looks tired. After using this I was pleasantly surprised, my skin has a dewy clean glow and is so soft, my pores have been minimized and my skin tone looks alot more even. Will be purchasing again!

Exfoliating Queen - 17-09-2018 by

Take it from a senior beauty therapist, ALL The Ordinary products are of GREAT value and true cosmeceuticals. A great product for that added exfoliation. Be gone are the days where you need to scrub, this lactic acid takes place of scrubs without drying the skin out

Hydrated, firm and full of life skin! - 12-09-2018 by

My skin has been suffering during the colder months and now, after a few days, I can feel and see the difference. I use the lactic acid in the mornings and love how my skin feels all day. I have not noticed any sensitivity or irritation from using the product. It has a mild scent. Couldn't recommend it more.

Fantastic product - 10-09-2018 by

I have mature skin, subject to blackheads but dehydrated. This acid leaves your skin feeling so plump and moist, totally different to some other acids.
I do use it on alternate days with other acids, depending on how my skin is at that time.
My 40 years younger daughter loves it too!
Since using it I notice I have no blackheads and my skin looks brighter and more even toned.

re-surfacing & smooth - 10-09-2018 by

I really like this Ordinary serum. I thought the 10% would be too harsh for my skin but the dryness has been minimal and is far outweighed by how good my skin looks the following morning! Obviously the price point is a major plus, the only thing I don't love is that it is quite watery so I find it a little hard to apply.

Great chemical exfoliation - 10-09-2018 by

My skin is combo oily with pigmentation and acne scars. I found used this every night and my skin felt smoother. I get hormonal acne and I think this helped with reducing the severity of the break out

Best thing I’ve used! - 06-09-2018 by

This is the best product I have ever used! I barely get breakouts, scars are fading away and my skin is glowy after applying it with my hyalunroic serum mixing it in with the ordinary moisturiser. Best thing ever it also got rid of my bumps on my forehead. Recommend!

Wow! Just Wow. - 28-08-2018 by

I am actually blown away by this product. I had been using an acid product for my skin which was working, sure, but was VERY expensive. It cost about $250 for two months worth of treatment. I had to stop using it because I just couldn't afford to keep using it. My skin got bad following cessation of the exxy treatment - acne was flaring up, and my skin looked sallow. I stumbled across this acid, and for $12 I thought I'd give it a go. Not even joking, after ONE NIGHT I woke up and my skin was significantly improved. It's only been a week and already my skin is looking better than ever (even better than with the very pricey treatment I'd used previously). I use it every day - my skin is pretty resilient so I didn't "work up" to getting used to it. I haven't had any peeling or reactions, either. I wanna recommend this to everyone! For $12 it's sooo worth it. I am just so glad i found it and can now go make up free during the day because my skin is so clear.

Great for congestion - 27-08-2018 by

i use this if i notice i have some congestion forming and it's a bit more gentle that the glycolic acid
I go between that and this product depending how bad it is but this is a great gentle option for fast results

its ok - 22-08-2018 by

haven't really noticed much of a difference in my skin and stings a little when you apply

LOVE LOVE LOVE - 14-08-2018 by

My skin always feels so beautifully exfoliated after I use this acid. I combine with the The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane and alternate every two nights to maximise my results. My skin feels fresh in the morning and I'm always so impressed with how smooth and bright it looks after I use it.

Simple, does what it says and works - 14-08-2018 by

Many chemical exfoliants can feel a bit stingy on my skin and this is no exception, however I know now not to use it when I have broken skin or raw blemishes! It is a simple product and does what it says. I’ll continue to use it once a week but only at night as it can increase skins sensitivity to sun.

A little hit and miss - 14-08-2018 by

The first few times I ordered this product I LOVED it. It left my skin glowing and exfoliated but at the same time hydrated which is why lactic is my favourite of all the acids.

However, I have removed a star because in my last order the formulation wasn't quite the same. I know that this company shops around for ingredients and doesn't always buy from the same supplier which is how they manage to keep their price so low which of course means its a bit of a gamble, but hey, so is flying Jetstar! You can't really complain when you're paying such low prices. I am definitely willing to repurchase in the hope that the next batch is back to the same quality it initially was.

Brilliant - 13-08-2018 by

Like pretty much everything The Ordinary produces, this is awesome. Brilliant and gentle exfoliation with no irritation. However, as other people have pointed out, you really need to protect your skin from the sun. Any AHA, BHA or retinoid will make you more sun-sensitive. It's great that people are getting more knowledgeable and experimental with skincare, but it needs to be followed with proper sun protection - especially in our Australian climate.

so nice - 13-08-2018 by

This rules, I use it a couple times a week at night and my skin always looks brighter and my pores look smaller.

Research first after purchase - 07-08-2018 by

I've done plenty of research to know which active ingredients to look out for when it comes to treating my acne-prone face, so I was thrilled to give this one a try.

It does a good job in chemical exfoliation. With proper care and frequency of use, it made my skin texture a lot smoother and I got rid of the little annoying bumps along my chin.

Just a word of caution though - when they say use sunscreen when using this, please do so! It really does feel stingy with no or minimal skin protection (I always use a minumum SPF30 on my face). I also realised I didn't need to use this everyday - once or twice a week would be sufficient to do its job. I would also recommend diluting this with oils from the first few uses just for the skin to build tolerance.

Great Product - 03-08-2018 by

This is such an incredible product. I have oily/combination skin and am prone to severe breakouts. I recently had a really bad hormonal breakout on my chin and was struggling to maintain it. I started using this product every second night and my skin completely cleared within a week.

I would recommend using in conjunction with another serum to hydrate, maybe HA followed by a hydrating oil so you're skin doesn't dry out.

My skin is less oil, the texture is smooth and it has greatly minimised my breakouts because it helps to remove dead skin.

My favourite product - 27-07-2018 by

I have sensitive acne prone skin and I can use this product 2 nights a week without any irritation. I felt an improvement in the texture of my skin instantly. After weeks of use my skin looks so smooth and bright. I love this product! would recommend it to anyone who wants smooth skin!

Awesome product for the price. - 24-07-2018 by

I love this product. I have been using it every night with nothing over the top of it and I am seeing great results. This combined with other serums in the ordinary range have made my skin clearer, softer and hydrated.

Brilliant - 24-07-2018 by

I’ve started using this product about a week ago, I apply a few drops to a cotton pad and apply after cleansing, Overall my skin is more even and throughout the day wearing makeup it’s not becoming oily, normally I would have to apply more powder on my lunch break, I would highly recommend this product

wonderful product - 17-07-2018 by

i apply this product 2-3 times a week at night and it makes such a difference, complexion is brighter and pores appear smaller, i keep getting compliments on my skin. easy to apply, nice watery consistency

Another Must Have - 13-07-2018 by

I absolutely love this product, I would say my skin is normal to dry I alternate between days with the Granactive Retinoid and my skin has never been this smooth and glowing. Hands down my favourite exfoliator.

Nothing bad to say - 12-07-2018 by

Results are definitely noticeable after a while, there’s no irritation to my dry and sensitive skin. Use once a week and it’s a staple in the skincare routine. For the price it’s definitely worth trying for anyone looking for a chemical exfoliant.

Love it! - 12-07-2018 by

Excellent chemical exfoliant - it will be a regular for me. Gentle, no reaction to using it but my skin is baby smooth and never dry. Since using it the texture of my skin is amazingly smooth, make up goes on lovely, blemishes do not last very long using this and one of the best things about it - the price!! Cannot go wrong!

Best AHA I've used - 10-07-2018 by

I was initially really skeptical using a chemical exfoliant on my uber sensitive skin. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this lactic acid as I've been using the product for about a month and a half and I'm yet to experience any sensitivity or burning! It has really improved both the texture and pigmentation of my skin and acne scars. Totally recommend.

Good for that extra glow - 09-07-2018 by

A good exfoliating option for those that enjoy exfoliating acids; the lactic acid is very gentle and does not exfoliate the skin as tough as glycolic. A great option for those with sensitive skin like myself, but I would only apply at night and only around 1-2 times per week.

Great for acne scarring - 09-07-2018 by

Lactic acid is a gentle option for those that have dry or sensitive skin. I bought this product because I have acne scars and found retinol products becoming too drying in the winter. I now use this every second night and my skin texture has dramatically changed. I also put it over new break outs and in the morning, I find that the blemishes have dried up and are on their way to healing. Absolutely love this product, And for the price?! You literally cant go wrong.

Would recommend - 06-07-2018 by

This does what it says, its great chemical exfoliator. I don't get any sensitivity from it, but I don't have sensitive skin. I use it before microneedling and when I want my skin to look really fresh and bright, I'll apply it like a mask and let it sit for 10, then massage my skin with a face oil to remove.

Great product - 05-07-2018 by

I bought this yesterday and used for the first time last night and I have noticed improvement in my skin texture already! After one application. I am happy and impressed. Also I received my order from Adore Beauty super quick in two days! Great service, will def buy product again.

Amazing Exfoliator - 05-07-2018 by

This serum gave me instant tingles on contact which means its really working to dissolve dead skin cells, and it did! I use acids a lot so I went straight for the 10% lactic acid instead of the 5%.
My skin felt smoother and makeup applied a lot easier after using this product. I have recommended this brand to so many people!

Great introduction to 'acid peels' for gentle exfoliation - 03-07-2018 by

LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
Very much enjoyed the Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%, it provided both gentle exfoliation and hydration to the skin and I've used it during the night only. I have combination skin and dehydration. I have exposed my skin to medical grade peels but this is a gentle one to include into my skincare routine without the downtime of the stronger peels.
It helped with overall brightening effect for my complexion and milia on my temples, outer cheek and chin and slightly reduced the inflammation of my pustule pimples. I found the full effect is when I use it 3-4 times at night for the week. It did not make my skin dry or flaky thanks to the HA but makes my skin super smooth and soft. Certainly a repurchase if I just want lactic acid component!

A good acid-toner substitute for glycolic acid - 02-07-2018 by

I used this for my enlarged pores before my HA, reservatrol and niacinamide and find it much gentler and less drying than glycolic acid, which dries me up AND breaks me out (I know, right??!!) I only wish it came in a larger size! It's a good acid toner and has helped clear my pores so I can shrink those buggers down!

Great exfoliant - 30-06-2018 by

This product definitely takes a lot of getting used to especially for those that are just starting with acids as it can be potent. It is easy to use too much of this as it absorbs really fast. One of the best and affordable AHA's in the market! Sunscreen is also a MUST after using this (as it should be everyday regardless).

BEST NIGHT SERUM EVER!! - 27-06-2018 by

I have combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin so it is very hard to find products that don't break me out and irritate my skin. I use this every night and my skin has never looked better! I don't find that it really stings - some days i go with absolutely no stinging and then other days there's a slight sting.I started using it back in March and have never looked back. It's been about 3 months and i still have about a months worth left in the bottle. They are awesome products that give you excellent results and the price just makes it even better! I will definitely keep repurchasing!

great product to amp up your skincare regime - 27-06-2018 by

I have noticed a huge difference in my skin with the addition of this product. I use it at night a couple times a week, and it has refined the texture of my skin, and given it an extra glow. my skin can be a little sensitive, and it is on the dry side, but this did a nice job getting rid of any flakiness and dullness without any irritation.

Love it - 25-06-2018 by

I really like this product alot. After using overnight I wake with velvet skin that is so soft and and bright.

its okay - 25-06-2018 by

I was using this every evening but found I was going through it too quickly so now only use it a couple of times a week. I place a few drops onto a pad and rub it over my face. I find that it is quite mild and it doesn't irritate my skin however it sometimes leaves a tacky residue. I find in the morning is feeling fresh and smooth. Its not the best acid exfoliator I have used, but its small and convenient.

Great chemical exfoliant! - 21-06-2018 by

After finishing my 5% lactic acid bottle I purchased the 10% lactic acid and am also loving this one!! 3 drops is enough to cover my whole face and neck and a little really goes a long way! Every time I use this I can see the improvement overnight!! It makes my skin glowy and bright and has help to fade my hyper-pigmentation over time.

helped my skin a lot - 21-06-2018 by

i have oily skin and terrible cystic acne, i used this 2-3 times a week at night time mainly after my skin blows up with more pimples (it stings a little but i like the sting) a MASSIVE difference in my skin the next morning! the redness is greatly reduced and the pimples themselves have gone down a lot,i use it with the ordinary salicylic acid, its a must have for me now!

very good - 21-06-2018 by

i have acne prone skin so am a product junky. literally. this is really good. i often combine with other acid products at night for a stronger effect. skin feels like its had a peel and looks brighter and smoother. will repurchase.

The best daily exfoliant! - 14-06-2018 by

It is light weight, does not aggravate sensitive skin and is great for keeping the skin clean and free from dirt, oil and nastys that can lead to problematic skin.

Does - 13-06-2018 by

A good, cheap AHA. Because it is a very thin liquid it is sometimes messy to put on but so well priced I overlook that because it does what I expect an AHA to do and keep my skin exfoliated and pimple free.

Fantastic nighttime resurfacing serum - 12-06-2018 by

Having tried both the 5% and 10% versions of this serum, I much prefer the stronger one. If you have incredibly sensitive skin or rosacea, perhaps the milder one would be nicer, but I honestly don't think it had much effect. The 10% version is a really nice hydrating resurfacing serum. I use it once or twice a week at bedtime, applied to freshly cleansed skin, and wake up with soft, incredibly smooth, hydrated skin. It seems to help manage my cystic acne, and makes my skin lovely and silky.

Just be careful if you've overused products (especially strong antioxidants or other chemical exfoliants) to the point of compromising your skin barrier. I used The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid and it severely sensitised my skin for a good week or so. 3 days after ALA I used the Lactic Acid 10% and the itchy, painful burning was so bad I had to wash it off. That was the only time I've had a negative experience with this.

Not the most elegant formula, but it works - 07-06-2018 by

I'm now on my second bottle of this. I use it about 1-2x a week alternating with the same brand's 2% salicylic acid.

This is a nice product which does what it claims to do. It keeps my skin smooth and helps deal with closed comedones as well. It isn't going to transform your skin from 0-100 overnight but it's great for general upkeep and does show results.

If you have any sensitive spots on your skin then avoid applying it there - it will burn and make it worse. But otherwise for normal skin I find it's gentle yet effective.

It is sticky when applied, but that doesn't really bother me as you can't feel it after applying subsequent products.

Ok - 01-06-2018 by

I didn't really know what to expect from this product, I've used it on occasion and feel it brings my skin out in spots, so not a huge fan plus the smell is pretty awful!

Weekend ritual - 16-05-2018 by

I am an Ordinary Convert, and have tried and love most products in their range. This is no exception. I only use it once a week, normally on a friday evening. It seems to really refresh my face after a week of busy work and makeup, I wake up with plumper skin, flaky patches easily slough off in the shower, and my pores appear more refined. After a couple of months, despite only using it occasionally, I think my skin tone has benefited too. No sensitivity which is great (i'm a sensitive one!), smell is okay, and of -course the price is unbeatable.

Good Exfoliant - 16-05-2018 by

I really enjoy using this product as it is a nice level of exfoliation for me, I am used to chemical peels so I do not think it has the most amazing results I have had but it is a great weekly refresher. There is a slight tingle when applied and when I wake up the next day my complexion is much smoother.

Love it - 14-05-2018 by

Great skin brightener. I will repurchase.

Amazing results - 14-05-2018 by

I use this every other day in my night routine. When I wake up my skin feels so so soft and looks so fresh. I do really like this.

Good but not as amazing as I'd hoped? - 08-05-2018 by

I bought this after reading lots of amazing reviews. I have fairly sensitive, red-prone skin & have tried a number of products from The Ordinary. I have been using this once per day at night, as recommended. It has kind of made my skin feel cleaner, but I haven't noticed any drastic improvements to my discolouration, redness or freckles. Might just not be for me!

Would happily repurchase! - 08-05-2018 by

This was my first chemical exfoliant and gave me wonderful results, I found it to not be too tightening or drying on my skin, and it didnt cause me any irritation or problems, which is wonderful considering I have rather sensitive, acne prone skin.
I was a little off put by the smell, but once it settles its something you can easily adapt to.
My skin feels refreshed and bright the day after using this product and I much prefer it over manual exfoliating.
I love alternating between this and The Ordinarys Alpha Lipoic acid when my skin is feeling dull.

Remarkably softening - 08-05-2018 by

I really like this product. After using overnight I wake with velvet skin that is so soft and supple. I tend to have dry skin with congestion and this just smoothes the skin texture so beautifully. I took the tip from other reviewers to use on upper arms and can't believe how soft it makes my skin which can be bumpy and spotty. No amount of scrubbing or moisturizing has gotten my skin this smooth.

Good but not as amazing as I'd hoped? - 08-05-2018 by

I bought this after reading lots of amazing reviews. I have fairly sensitive, red-prone skin & have tried a number of products from The Ordinary. I have been using this once per day at night, as recommended. It has kind of made my skin feel cleaner, but I haven't noticed any drastic improvements to my discolouration, redness or freckles. Might just not be for me!

Love it - 30-04-2018 by

I use this once a week as a weekly exfoliant at night and wake up with smooth, amazing looking skin!
I have oily, acne prone skin with pigmentation and textural issues (lucky me!) and my skin loves this little guy.

Your skin will build up a tolerance to lactic acid each time you use it, so you can start off using once a week and move to twice or three times a week if you wish. It has helped fade my acne scars which I'm very happy about.
It tingles a little when you first apply on any pimply areas but it isn't intolerable. it's very watery and a little does a very long way!!

I would recommend this to most skin types, but would warn sensitive skin types to patch test first.

A good starting point - 17-04-2018 by

This is quite a good product and I’d definitely recommend it over a mechanical exfoliant. It is gentle, absorbs easily and is a good base under serums and moisturisers, helping them to penetrate more effectively.
I don’t find it very effective for improving texture or clarity, which is strange because I’ve had 20% lactic acid peels in the salon which were fabulous, and was hoping this milder concentration would have similar results over time. It’s a bit blah but if it works for you, go for it!

Great chemical exfoliation - 05-04-2018 by

Lovely to put on at night and wake up with smoother, softer, clearer skin. I think it helps to fade recent acne scars. Have repurchased

A great product for face and body - 03-04-2018 by

I'm onto my third bottle of this now, and I think I will keep going back to it as I can't imagine anything else that could be better for the price.

10% LA 2% HA not only smooths and brightens my skin within one night of use, but I swear it somehow improves the firmness as well?! Whenever I have a break and then start using it again, without fail I wake up the next morning with that smooth, glowy forehead.

I love lactic acid because it exfoliates evenly without being harsh, and it stimulates your skin's own natural hydration as well. However, my favourite way to use this product is on my body - mostly arms, shoulders and decolletage. I apply a full dropper per arm a few nights per week, and follow it with body lotion and it keeps my arm skin really smooth (I always put sunscreen on my body every day too).

This product has no discernable smell and is a very runny consistency - more like a toner than a serum, if that makes sense. I drop some into my hands and then pat all over, and it sinks right in.

Very happy with it - 03-04-2018 by

I’ve started using The Ordinary products a few months back and I couldn’t be happier - my skin has never looked better.
The alpha lipoid acid is part of my evening routine. I cycle it with alpha lipoid acid and retinol and use it before resveratrol, matrixyl and moisturiser.
I feel like this combination of products works for me and will stick with it.

Fantastic AHA for regular use - 26-03-2018 by

I love this and have gone through a couple of bottles. I use this every second night and don't find it drying on my sensitive skin. I love that it includes HA, which means I don't need to use a separate HA serum at night.
This has brightened my skin and pigmentation and i think it might be helping with knocking the edge off fine line. Love it and will re-buy.

Changed my skin - 22-03-2018 by

This stuff is amazing. My skin tolerates it well so I prefer using this to physical exfoliants which tend to break me out. I alternate this each day with The Ordinary Buffet and the two work well together.
Very effective for the price.

Smooth Skin - 19-03-2018 by

I've not long started using this product in conjunction with a couple of other products from The Ordinary and am amazed at how fantastic they are for the price!

I heeded the warning to be careful with the 10% lactic acid but have had no issues.

I can't believe how smooth and supple my skin feels after using this product.

Highly recommend as part of your skin regime.

Suitable even for sensitive skinned people - 19-03-2018 by

This little bottle changed my mind on AHA's and sensitive skin. I'm almost translucently fair, with sensitive skin and eczema. I've tried Liquid Gold but felt like it burnt through my skin, and could barely apply it.

This product is probably a little stickier than others, but the odour was very minimal. It hasn't caused any burning bar a slight tingling. I can apply it handsomely at night without reaction a few times a week. It has improved areas of pigmentation on my skin when used in combination with The Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% alternating, and my skin certainly looks clearer from it's use.

This is one of my favourite products of The Ordinary's range.


Works a treat on your arms to clear up Keratosis - 13-03-2018 by

I have super sensitive skin and I can tolerate the 10% Lactic well.

Overnight application or even a few hours in the evening and it leaves my skin smooth and exfoliated.. and the bonus is that as its so cheap I can smother it on the tops of my arms to treat my mild Keratosis.. arms have never felt so smooth.

If you are looking for something stronger I can also recommend the Alpha Lipoic Acid for a more dramatic result.

Love - 06-03-2018 by

Love this product and the lovely tingling but not drying feeling it gives me. I alternate between this one, Liquid Gold and The Ordinary's Retinoid. Great to clear and brighten the skin with minimal effort!

Effective exfoliating serum - 06-03-2018 by

Another great product from The Ordinary - an effective exfoliator with a syrupy like consistency. I can't use this too often due to sensitive skin and would only use at night, otherwise would highly recommend adding to your regime (unless you have overly sensitive and/or broken skin).

Amazing! - 05-02-2018 by

This product is part of my skin regimen together with 3 other The Ordinary products. And my skin never looked better! My skin type is oily since I was in my teens but now its so much better. The best thing about these products is that they’re super affordable. And I’m always for something that wont hurt your bank and works!

Definitely helps with hyperpigmentation - 04-12-2017 by

I use this product in conjunction with The Ordinary's Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone as well as The Ordinary's Advanced Retinoid 2% products. While I had been using the Vitamin C and the Retinoid products for some time, it wasn't until I added the Lactic Acid to my routine that I saw a noticeable difference. Hyperpigmentation that covered parts of my cheeks seemed to break up and has been fading. I noticed an improvement in my skin after about 2 weeks of using the Lactic Acid. My partner, just as skeptical as I am about ridiculous skincare claims, has also remarked on the difference in the hyperpigmentation.

I use these products in a 4-night cycle. Lactic Acid on the first night, the Vitamin C the second and the Retinoid the third night. In addition, once these products are absorbed I follow up with a combination of The Ordinary's Rosehip and Marula oils. On the fourth night I give my skin a rest and use Rosehip and Marula oils only.

I can't say whether this routine would work for you, but it's done wonders for me.

I have mature (45 yrs) olive combination skin.

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