Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Chemical Scalp Exfoliant - Helps Manage Dandruff & Oils
I use this product for "other than the intended purpose". Skin care is important to me, but I struggle with psoriasis/dermatitis which sometimes results in dandruff and a rough patch behind one ear.
In the past I have tried glycolic acid for my face and it was terrible. More than just a purging, it made my sensitive skin angry and caused break outs whether it was a budget friendly item or a high end product. Still, while researching scalp and hair care I came across information that suggested glycolic acid was not only a good exfoliant, but that it also can help to make hair smoother and more manageable for some people. I spot tested it and then applied and massaged it into my whole scalp with a little behind my ears 20-30 minutes before a shower. Sometimes I do a length/ends hair masque at the same time. It rinses out easily with my shampoo and has kept my scalp and ear free of any dandruff or itching. I usually massage in a hydrating toner after from an applicator bottle when my hair is damp (not wet) and make sure some is behind my ear. Whether or not I apply anything else topical to my other skin, this has drastically improved the look and feel of my scalp and my ear.
I do this every other or every few days to maintain results. As a bonus, I have noticed that my hair does not get as oily so that I can easily go 3-5 days without a wash. I generally do wash my hair every other day and it tends to be thirsty, but this has not dried it out.
My only disclaimer is that my scalp did purge, but for me it was only two big spots that cleared quickly and never returned. I do also have to be careful not to get it on my face or neck to avoid breakouts/sensitivity (why, I have no idea), but the applicator makes that easy. I thought I couldn't do glycolic at all, and like most skin issues sometimes this completely solves the issue and once in a while I have to do an extra round or add medicated products for a flare up - but it is definitely a routine staple now!
Most Helpful Critical Review Not a bad product, my skin just didn't care for it
Product came with 2 options to apply them with: a squirtle or a regular top lid thingy. I chose the squirtle and I'd spritz it on a bottom pad and swept across my face. It would sting me. I thought my skin was just not used to it. This was one of the first products I purchased when I got into skincare, and that's when I found out I had some sensitivity in my skin. I've always known I've been oily in areas and dry in some, but I always assumed my skin could handle anything. It just stung though, didn't burn; my skin can handle some decent AHA & BHA type of kink. Anyways, back to it, yeah it would sting me and I thought my skin just needed more time to get used to it so I started once a week, then twice a week for the month and kept stinging. Aside from the sensitivity, it didn't do much for me either- in fact, I think it made my skin worse. I felt grimy after I used it. Gave it the score I gave it because it didn't work for my skin because I wanted a product containing a AHA/BHA ingredient but it didn't work like those ingredients ~should~ work. Great price, and LOTS of product. BANG FOR THE BUCK. I gifted it to my friend and I told him it didn't work for me so he should try it to see if his skin likes it or not.
Reviewed by 603 customers I would buy this product again and again! Absolutely love it
Dove Dove from Illinois
This toner certainly gets the job done! It preps my face and has 7% glycolic in it which I believe has helped my fine lines. I also believe it helps prep for my serum and moisturizer. My make up looks flawless when I use this toner! I must buy! In addition the price is sensational!
Best thing ever omg
Raquel from Spring tx
The best part of my skin care. It truly works
Just what I was looking for
Liyah from Norfolk, VA
I was looking for something to remove my blackheads and this literally solved the problem immediately. It's like magic.
LOVE all other products but this one..It burnt
Saamiya from Florida
I used it as instructed and it just dried and seemed to damage my skin. Unsure if I should've kept using it but I read other reviews and they were quite similar to mine so I stopped. I LOVE the other Ordinary products
My favorite toner
B the bee from San Diego, CA
I use it with a cotton pad, only at night as it says on the label, and it feels amazing on my skin
Fay from Virginia
I had high hopes for this and gave it a good solid try, because I know they say glycolic acid can take time. I used it for two straight months and it never stopped giving me little spots of acne. I've never struggled with acne before. I think it might have done some good when it comes to decreasing the look of a few scars, but it's minimal. Feel like this did more harm than good.
This product feels amazing on your skin
Dena from Ct
So I double cleanse I use a bomb first to remove make up followed by a cleanser I then tone it after my face is completely dry I let the toner completely dry on my face and then I come in with my ordinary serum's this is definitely a game changer the best toner I have ever used.
yaboi from hawaii
this made me breakout more than usual after 3 weeks of use, i took some time for my skin to get use too but my acne just kept getting worse throughout the week, i have oily/acne prone skin so i don't recommend if you have similar skin types as me
Love the Ordinary... but not this product
beccaMayhem from Florida
I really wanted to like this product but it just made my skin worse, and feel dirty. This is one ordinary product I would not recommend.
kavya from mn
this and the ordinary's niacinamide is a perfect combo- makes your skin glow and reduces acne- coming from a teenager with horrible breakouts
I will be buying this again
Kelsey from Tulsa, Oklahoma
I have noticed my skin clear up tremendously!
Vet from California
Make sure that your face is truly dry or once you put it on it almost feels sticky.
Sometimes I feel a little burn when I put it on but it goes away rather quickly. This product has made my skin feel a lot smoother.
This is the best product you can get if you have acne
Joss from Raleigh
This product is magical i have hormonal acne (anticoncetive implant) after 2 months using it I saw a huge difference my face looks clean and shine
SENSITIVE SKIN BEWARE!
Yanna from NYC
I use it on alternating nights as a toner. Its good for what it is and I noticed results within a week. The only downside is that it does burn/tingle/sting on my sensitive skin for a few minutes after application, not enough to leave actual burns but its not the most pleasant feeling.
best toner I've ever used
Heather from Spokane
cleared my skin right away and I noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin after a couple weeks. I have mature/oily skin and this has been a godsend.
I use it differently
Maddie from Geneva IL
I don't wanna use it on my face since it's so strong, but I've been putting this in my armpits every morning and night and now I don't have to wear deodorant! My sweat smells like nothing and my armpits feel really soft
Made me breakout:(
Lauren from Minnesota
This made me breakout BADLY after one use!
Pros and Cons
Catie from Philadephia
I would put this product onto a cotton pad and wipe on my face like a toner. It helped so much with tiny bumps and unwanted texture, but I would wake up with such oily skin. If you're dry this MIGHT be a good product for you. Great price as with all ordinary products.
Would buy again!
Jules from Gresham Oregon
I love this!
KR from Illinois
Finally found something to fight whiteheads. This is a great product with a great price!
Aqsa from Texas
Super sticky feel when dry
Emyem from Massachusetts
I was very excited to get this. I had a sample of the pixie glycolic acid toner and really liked it. Decided to get this one as it was inexpensive and figured it would just be a toner. I was very mistaken! I love the clean fresh feel you get from toners but this was NOT that. Once the toner dries it leaves my skin feeling super sticky. It feels like it just sits on my skin. Not fond of that feeling as it makes me feel like I didn't clean my face.
Also, whenever I would use it my face instantly gets read and a couple minutes later it subsides. So I can see someone with sensitive skin having a bacd reaction.
I broke out too but could be from wearing the face mask during pandemic.
I'll try a different glycolic acid toner and see what happens.
Beware of the PURGE
Ordinarylover from Keller TX
Okay this burns at first, I recommend mixing with a thick moisturizer at first to slowly introduce to skin routine because the purging is real. But don't mistake it for a breakout because when the small bumps go away this product is amazing! Made my skin brighter and minimized bumpiness of my pores. Might burn at first which is why I recommend mixing with moisturizer! Any thick one should work.
Stings a little, but boy does it work.
Ray from Tampa, FL
One of the best chemical exfoliant/toning solutions on the market for the price.
Use after cleaning when your face is dry (and I mean, make sure it's dry dry - not damp, dry). Expect some mild irritation and redness after using. I would only use this at night maybe 3-4 times a week.
Not good for sensitive skin
Loralei from Ohio
This burns my face, dries out my skin, and my face itched for days.