[REVIEW] The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review:

What happens when you combine science, environmentalism and effective marketing? Boom, The Ordinary, a name that immediately became household even to people that don’t really care about skincare. That happened not only because their prices are the cheapest on the market but because they make products that actually work. No, The Ordinary didn’t invent new technologies that do magic on your skin. If you quickly google it you will find that there’s other brands with similar products. That’s not the main point though. The point is that The Ordinary made as effective products- if not more effective, for a tiny fraction of the price. In my opinion they are making a revolution. They are proving that skincare can be for everyone. If one brand is really doing a lot to make people’s skin better, that is The Ordinary.

Now jumping to this peel, out of all the actives I’d say AHA and vitamin C are the most well-known. About a year ago, I went through an ”I need actives to function properly” faze. I’m not really proud about it, but as soon as I saw 30% AHA it must’ve taken me less than 2 minutes to buy this peel. The reason is that AHA and BHA (which by the way actually works better on my skin), are known to be effective deep exfoliants that help with fighting acne and for improve the skin’s look.


From The Ordinary Website:


This product claims to:

♥  Exfoliates the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter, more even appearance and also 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.

♥  Helps to reduce irritation associated with acid use, thanks to its content of Tasmanian pepperberry, crosspolymer form of hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to assist healing and black carrot as an antioxidant.

♥  Basically, because it’s easy to harm yourself with this peel, this makes it a tiny bit safer. Have the same pKa and pH which means there’s an ideal balance between salt and acidity so the effectiveness of the acid and reducton of irritation are maximized.

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Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Volume: 30ml

How to use:

1. In the evening, use once per week (or twice if your skin can REALLY take a lot and you like to dare with the devil).

2. Clean face and wait for skin to dry. Do not use on wet skin.

3. Apply evenly across face and neck using your fingertips. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

4. Make sure to avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes both during application and rinse off, since AHA can be dangerous for your eyesight (I repeat, if it gets INSIDE your eye). Do not leave on for longer than 10 minutes MAXIMUM.

5. I recommend rinsing it off after approximately 6 minutes. Remember, every second counts. I also make sure no residue is left on my face within 10 minutes so that I can rinse it off. After you’re done, continue with light skincare and for the following days make sure to use sunscreen and stay away from direct sunlight.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review

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.

My Skin Type: acne prone, dry and oily combination.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review:

First of all, I’d like to say that as soon as I got this product in the mail I was afraid to use it and still am to be honest. But I’ve managed to put my fears aside and I’ve been using this product ever since last March every couple of weeks. I personally use it whenever I want my skin to get smoother and brighter.

I haven’t seen any difference in my acne except for the fact that after a couple of days I use it I stop getting new bumps (usually), with that being said, I’ve seen people completely curing their acne with this peel so you be the judge.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review

This peel has a deep red pigment because of its content of pepperberry and a weird, stinky smell. While applying I always get a stingy feel but it doesn’t hurt. The stinginess starts to going away as the product stays on the skin so I’m always careful to not get carried away. Its texture is kind of like thick water; similar to most of The Ordinary’s serums. It is very easy to spread across the face and I feel like it becomes waterier after it touches the skin;

After using it my skin immediately looks a bit brighter; I also feel like my skin tone gets lighter. My skin always starts to slowly go back to normal after about 48 hours. I sometimes notice my pores getting a bit smaller after using but it makes no bit difference on my hyperpigmentation.

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I haven’t gotten any long-term effects on my face from it. Another thing I’ve noticed was the tiny wrinkles I have on my forehead always disappear after using this.

The packaging is normal, I don’t have a lot to say about it except one thing. It doesn’t say anywhere on the package that the container has UV protection. I know that The Ordinary usually points it out since on the caffeine solution they have it’s written pretty clear. Maybe the product isn’t affected by light but I never take it out on natural light.

Overall, I like this product but it doesn’t seem to do much on my skin in comparison to other, less dangerous masks. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase since I still have some of it left but because it’s very affordable I might consider it.

If you’re planning to purchase this peel, I have only two things to say to you. Firstly, buy a good sunscreen and secondly, get a timer! Also, don’t buy this if your skin is very sensitive.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | The Ordinary

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