Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution


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CLAIM TO FAME: A toning solution that delivers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity

FAST FACTS: Sloughs off dead skin cells and boosts cellular turnover with 7% glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxyl acid); smoothens to improve the appearance of skin texture with continued use; contains Tasmanian pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use; soothes with aloe vera; boosts radiance with ginseng root; features a pH level of 3.5-3.7; vegan formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain alcohol, oil, silicone, nut, gluten, and soy

PERFECT FOR: More luminous, smooth skin

October 11, 2017
”Love love love this product! Before this I was using the nip + fab glycolic night pads both morning and evening & they were great but I started to notice after a while they were less effective. I then found these which were stronger and also far cheaper and my skins been so clear that I literally only use this every now and again. The only thing I don’t like is the tacky feeling after but it’s a very minor thing. Overall the product & price is fantastic.”
–LC (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
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

Formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Use ideally in the PM, no more frequently than once per day. After cleansing, 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.)

Contraindications: This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions.

The Ordinary

“Clinical formulations with integrity”—that’s what The Ordinary is about. Created to celebrate truth, veracity, and reliability, the beauty company is focused on advanced functional beauty while honestly communicating its products to its consumers. The end goal? Bringing to market effective, well-known technologies at reasonable prices. As part of DECIEM’s brands, The Ordinary is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Animal Oils, Benzalkonium Chloride, Coal Tar Dyes, Formaldehyde, Mercury, and Oxybenzone and does not test on animals. All you need is to try out one of their bestselling products, extremely affordable and effective skincare products and you’ll realize what makes The Ordinary, extraordinary.

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  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 23

skin saviour.

A favorite of fine! Haven’t been using for that long but I already see a good improvement! Huge bottle and great price! I love this toning solution. It’s just as good as Pixi Glow tonic for much cheaper. Helps my skin stay glowy and clear.This is a skin saviour. I use it at night after I’ve double cleansed, my skin is instantly refreshed and glowing.

10 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 30


I have been eyeing on this product and sadly been on the waitlist for far too loooong! I need this in my life! Almost all of TOs well-rated products are sold out. It saddens me. Can we have a restock please? Like, asap! I also bought the niacinamide & caffeine ecg something and so far, it's been working wonders. I wish to try this and the salicylic acid soonest!

15 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 31

The ONLY exfoliant I'll ever need

I have only been using it for over 2 months, once or twice a week, and have been enjoying the results so far. My cheeks and forehead are much smoother, while my chin and nose are less textured. I didn't experience any bad reaction either: no dryness, no peeling, no itching, no redness, no breakouts.

There is a mild stinging during applications but it only last for a minute or two. It also has a bit of an unpleasant smell, but it's not that overwhelming and it goes away fairly quickly.

For 250ml of product, with better efficacy that doesn't require too much use (though it can be used daily), one bottle can easily last for a year or so. Another great product from the ordinary.

18 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 26

the (extra) ordinary

This really is a bang for your buck. It does not sting, container has an extra nozzle in the box, not as expensive as that of pixi by petra's (some say that it is a great dupe), and shows great results within 2 to 3 wks of usage. However, it does not smell as good as other toners, but I dont mind. Will definitely buy again.

28 days ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 41

Economical AHA acid toner

I use this about once or twice a week at night after cleansing. I think it's doing its job of mild exfoliation, but so far I have not seen any big changes. For the amount of product in this bottle I think this will last me over a year at the rate I'm using it. It's more economical than pixi glow tonic, which I was eyeing before I got this. Sometimes I put COSRX BHA on my T-zone and this on the other areas of my face. I'm afraid to overexfoliate, because I'm also alternating this with other actives like Vit C and retinoids. I'm still tweaking my routine to find the best for me.

about 1 month ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Deep
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 31

2nd try on T.O.

It took me a while to buy an item from The Ordinary again, because the first one i tried (10% Niacinamide & 1% Zinc) broke me out every time i used it for a week. For this item, i was looking forward to use it as an affordable alternative to NeoStrata’s oily solution 8% glycolic acid. Unfortunately, when i was hoarding skin care items from BeautyMNL, few days after my derma prescribed me to use CV products for two months straight. Hence, i only used this on my chest, arms, & legs once to twice a week—no visible results so far.

about 1 month ago

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