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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review and How to Use?

I promised a review of this amazing product on my insta story a few days ago and guys here you go – A detailed in-depth review of The Ordinary 30% AHA + 2% BHA chemical peel.

This product has been my favorite ever since I bought it and I also gifted it to my sister and sister-in-law. It is very pocket friendly too and retails for only 7.80$! Such a low price for this amazing product is a total grab!


So lets dig in to the detailed review now! πŸ‘‡πŸ»

What is a chemical peel??

First of all, let me throw some light on what a chemical peel is. A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smoothen the skin texture. Mostly the facial skin is treated and exfoliated deeply. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin and give a healthy glow.

What are the key ingredients?

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

AHA – AHA stands for Alpha hydroxy acids. AHAs are natural and synthetic acids ingredients that, when properly formulated, can exfoliate the uppermost layers of skin. The ordinary has 4 different types of AHA’s – Glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid

Glycolic acid: This has the ability to penetrate the uppermost layers of built-up skin to reveal the better-looking skin hiding beneath.

Lactic acid: Topical lactic acid in concentrations of 2% and up can hydrate the skin.

Tartaric acid: It helps to maintain the pH range that other AHAs need in order to work their magic.

Citric acid: It works as an antioxidant as well as a pH adjuster, keeping formulas within the pH range.

All these acids in perfect combination make 30% of the AHA concentration in The Ordinary to brighten, soften and smoothen your skin!

BHA– BHA stands for Beta-hydroxy acid. The BHA used in The Ordinary is salicylic acid. It is a type of acid found in willow tree bark, wintergreen leaves or sweet birch bark. It is a chemical exfoliator that softens and dissolves keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dead skin cells, so they’re easily sloughed off.

Cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson sums up the difference between AHA and BHA briefly. He says, ” AHAs work well on the skin’s surface to loosen old, dead skin and reveal fresh newer skin. Salicylic acid works deeper [and is] able to penetrate into the pores to unclog them.”

How to use??

Wash your face and pat dry it completely. Apply a thin layer of the peel using your fingers, staying away from the eye area and lips. Let the peel work it’s magic on your skin for no more than 10 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

Chemical Peel

The peel stings a bit for the first 2-3 minutes which is perfectly normal and is proof that the product is working!!😁

The skin can feel dry after using the peel, so apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to hydrate the skin.

The ordinary recommends using the peel no more than 2 times a week.

Avoid using this peel if you have any existing skin irritations or peeling (e.g. after a bad reaction to a product, a sunburn, open sores, cracked skin).

What will The Ordinary Chemical Peel do to your skin?

  • Reveals a brighter and smoother complexion
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Helps fight visible blemishes
  • Lightens the acne marks and scars
  • Improves the skin’s texture
  • Improves fine lines and wrinkles
  • Clears pore congestion
  • Improves the performance of other skincare products you use.

My verdict- I love it!

I have been loving this product since my first use. It leaves my skin radiant and bright. Blackheads also seem to diminish and give my skin a pinkish glow. It improves the smoothness and texture of the skin. The skin feels extremely smooth soon after the application.

I highly recommend this peeling solution to everyone. Even males can use this peeling solution to smoothen the skin. Give this product a try to make a quick and drastic improvement to the texture of your skin!

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