Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution Review

The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution
Bought for: P700+ | SRP: $12.30
Bought from: an online shop

I've been online shopping for skincare and makeup products the past few months and one of my guilty pleasures is this The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution. I have been using it for months now and you know with Deciem's The Ordinary skincare line--I can only expect a lot. It took me this long because it's a type of product that I just rarely use (you can't overuse exfoliating products) so I have to make sure I've made the most out of it before posting a review.


With 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic/Lactic/Tartaric/Citric), 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid), Hyaluronic Acid Crosspolymer, Vitamin B5, Black Carrot and Tasmanian Pepperberry 

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin's topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use. 

This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help 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. This formula is further supported with a crosspolymer form of hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to assist healing and black carrot as an antioxidant.


Product comes in a frosted glass bottle and a dropper for an applicator. Overall design is very minimal and necessary information is compressed and printed in very clear details. I love the overall clinical look of the product but I can't deny the fact that glass bottles are not very travel-friendly. I consider this as a treatment that I don't have to use frequently so I don't think I'll have to bring it to quick getaways anyway. The matte white dropper attracts dirt easily yet is functional as it dispenses a good amount of product and I think it's very hygienic to use too.



It comes in a wine-colored solution that has a smooth texture and a runny consistency. It drips once applied on the face and it's a signal that you don't have to soak your skin in thick solution for it to work. You don't want it running down your eyes, lips and body because I can only imagine how bad it would sting. It's gotten a slightly acidic scent, a bit off-putting for those who have sensitive noses.


The reason why I decided to buy this product is because I was looking for a product with 'rich' amount of exfoliants to target darks spots, unevenness and blemishes I have from previous breakouts and chicken pox infection. With research, I found out it would be nice to use products that have AHA and BHA to improve the overall appearance of my skin.

Looking through the claims and ingredients, it seems like this product has been thought through. It helps in exfoliation with the AHA and BHA ingredients, soothes the skin with Tasmanian Pepperberry, Aloe and crosspolymer form of Hyaluronic Acid in case you normally get irritated from acid use, hastens the healing process with Vitamin B5 and evidently so much more. I didn't have any bad experience with any of the ingredients mentioned so I know that me and this product will have this special bond.

I always use about 5-6 drops of this product on my face every use, approximately 1-2 times every week. There's a slight burn as expected and gradually loses strength as minutes pass.  My skin felt sore and dry right after rinsing so I make sure to follow up with AVENE EAU THERMAL SPRING WATER as a first aid to calm and soothe the discomfort. I have low pain tolerance but for the sake of a better skin, I'd say bring it on!

What I like about it is that the effect can be seen right away. Upon rinsing off the formula, I can already feel that my skin's texture has improved. It feels softer, smoother and absolutely looking clearer and brighter. After 4 months of use, I can definitely tell my dark spots on cheeks have lightened significantly, which means less concealer! It doubles its purpose because my chicken pox scars have lightened too.

I am really happy with this product but if you are to use it, I advise not to let it soak on your skin for more than 10 minutes. 5-8 minutes from the moment you squeeze on the first drop is enough. I noticed that prolonged use makes my skin so oily the following day (happens with too much exfoliation) and redness is most likely to occur. Secondly, use deep hydrating products afterwards to get rid of the tight feeling. Deciem also advised not to use acid-infused products 24 hours before and after usage to avoid any adverse reaction and irritation.

For a 50ml product, I think it's priced so justly. It lasts for months, it's been with me for 4 months and I barely made it half the bottle. I totally recommend this product and with further use, I am hoping to finally get rid of old scars and blemishes.


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