The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

    Description & Features

Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that helps to exfoliate the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance. The formula can also help to improve the appearance of skin texture with continued use.

This formula contains a Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative that can help to reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for improved skin radiance and soothing benefits. 

This pH of this formula is approximately 3.6. Glycolic Acid has a pKa of 3.6 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.

Directions of Use: Use ideally in the PM, no more frequently than once per day. After cleaning, saturate a cotton pad with the formula and sweep across face and neck. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Do not rinse off. Continue with additional skin treatments as needed. If persistent irritation occurs, 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. Use only as directed. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration.)

Contradictions: This formula contains Direct Acids. For best results, please avoid using the following ingredients in the same regimen:
  • Copper Peptides
  • Peptides
  • Other direct acids
  • EUK 134
  • 100% Niacinamide Powder
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Rosa damascena flower water, Centaurea cyanus flower water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Hexyl Nicotinate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Gellan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, ph 3.5-3.7


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Date published: 2020-01-22
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Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I've been using this for a month now. My skin is used to acids, so it does not get red or burns anymore. This is a good and inexpensive toner to apply before your moisturizer and oils (at NIGHT). It will bring up a few impurities on your first week, but that means it's cleaning up your skin. For first-timers: do not use it on broken skin or you will have a bad experience (that's valid for all kinds of acids). Also, always use sunscreen!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly this worked. I had a huge acne flare up because of the extreme cold in Canada so my face was covered with dark scars. I tried everything to make my skin better but this worked. Applied even twice a day is better but only if you’re home for a full day. Must be on bare skin. Also it doesn’t burn your skin like salicylic acid does from acne treatments.
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one of my favorite The Ordinary products. I have been using it for about 9 months and still on the first bottle! I usually have sensitive skin that reacts to a lot of products, resulting in red, flaking skin. I use this product every night after washing my face, before applying my serums. It is a little tingly but never causes redness or peeling. I find on the days I forget it, my acne and skin tone/texture worsens.
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I wanted a cheaper alternative to the pixi glow tonic and this is perfect! It’s a little stronger (I can feel my skin tingle a bit after using it) but not too strong for my sensitive skin.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Cleared up some hormonal breakouts on my cheeks and neck. Use it every night and can see the dirt not removed by my cleanser. Does feel a little sticky but dries and feels fine-small price to pay for something thats works and is so inexpensive
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