The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

Hello, hello!

I finally managed to try out the Glycolic Acid Toner from The Ordinary! It was out of stock every time I wanted to place an order (until last month). [all info in italics taken from their website]

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture 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. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits. 

Contraindications: This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin.

Ok – although it says that it is not recommended for sensitive skin, I decided to try it anyway at my own risk despite having sensitive skin. As always, I tested it on my arm, and then on my neck before trying it on my face.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Thankfully this toner did not irritate my skin. In fact, I find it to be soothing – likely due to the combination of 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.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

I’ve been using the Glycolic Acid Toner every second night, to minimize the risk of irritating my sensitive skin. I’ve been using this toner for two weeks now, and it seems to be helping prevent my skin from looking dull.

Have you tried this Glycolic Acid Toner? I’ve yet to try the one from Pixi, so I don’t know how they compare, but for $8.70 CAD, it was well worth giving it a try!

Disclosure: I purchased this!



27 thoughts on “The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

      1. Good to know. I am somewhat concerned about the lower AHA% since I can tolerate the 10% from Paula’s Choice… but that is a weekly product so I figured for a daily product, the lower % might be better. We shall see.

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  1. I’ve been really wanting to try this toner out but I’ve been a bit hesitant since my skin can go a bit bonkers with AHA. However I notice this only happens in the summer, but in the winter when my skin needs more hydration, it doesn’t seem to react. I’m glad it worked well on your sensitive skin as well so I might give this one a try!

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  2. I used to avoid products with AHA, BHA, lactic acid, glycolic acid etc because they all had “not suitable for sensitive skin” somewhere on the packaging. Then I ordered 2 such products by mistake – and I had no issues with them. And since then I’ve had lots of different products with powerful ingredients – still no problems at all! I have, however, suffered skin reactions from products aimed at people with sensitive skin…

    Sometimes I think my skin isn’t sensitive – I think it’s just moody!

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