Rated 4.09 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 1026 customers Deserves less hate!
MaryM from Tennessee
I've gone through two bottles of this stuff and even put some friends on it! I see a lot of influencers and "skin care gurus" hating on it but I don't think they are using it right! I use it once every 4-5 days and I've never had any reaction or negative experience with it! It doesn't burn my skin and is honestly gentler than the Mario Badescu and Pixi ones … and obviously better than any scrubs!
I love this product, in a week I see a difference in my skin
Lilly from San Antonio, TX
I was skeptical at first, but my daughter said she heard positive things about it. No regrets, going back to buy other products of the same line.
tlb from Michigan
burnt my face watched the videos I followed the directions I'm peeling and almost scabby after 2 uses
Bre from Fort Walton Beach FL
I am an exhausted mom of an 8 month old and I desperately needed a skin care routine. I bought a few products from The Ordinary Brand and I LOVE THEM. My skin is hydrated and glowing. I would absolutely recommend.
Kim from Albany, NY
Noticed smaller pores and they get clogged less often since using this. Currently on my 4th bottle.
Doesn't sting much
TVHC from New Bern, NC
I am such a fan of this brand. This is the first time I ever bought almost the entire line of products. It works very well.
Gets rid of small bumps
Casey from Florida
Ive only been using this product for 2 days, but it has already significantly decreased the bumps on my forehead & cheeks. It does burn when applied. Also it kind of helps with active pimples.
Sydney Rae from California
love this toner not to harsh but makes your skin feel clean and helped with my texture issues
Great for acne & scars!!
Jos from Chicago
I've had acne for about 10 years and I've gone through many products to help. This toner has transformed my skin in as little as a week!! My scars are evening out & my acne is starting to go away. Wish I started using this product sooner.
Makes my face itchy
Natasha from USA
The ingredients in the formula are fantastic, but my skin couldn't tolerate it. My face felt itchy for anywhere up to an hour every time I used this product. This is definitely not a formula for people who are new to using acids or for those with sensitive skin. Even those with relatively resilient skin like me might find it irritating because of how potent it is. If you're in the fortunate camp that can use this without irritation, you'll probably be happy with it and get results.
Vannah from Chicago
If you aren't experienced with acids don't purchase! This item isn't to be used everyday only 2/3 times per week!
MyPicasso from Orange County, ca
Wow! Im really surprised at how quickly this product transformed my skin. I have "mature" skin and decided to try this based upon Kimberly over at Pretty over Fifty's review. Seriously?!? Why did I dont try this product sooner? Loving the transformation.
sudzy34 from phx,az
this is the weirdest toner. it made my skin feel tacky and sticky feeling .
Great for acne scars
Christie S from Jacksonville, FL
I bought this to treat acne scars on my arms and back and it has really helped to clear up the appearance significantly. The added bonus is the price which you cannot beat for the amount of product you get AND effectiveness.
Molly from Phoenix
I was hesitant to try this formula since I have sensitive and dry skin. I started using it only twice a week in the evening after cleansing then following. I noticed a small stinging sensation on my skin at first but it didn't last. I increased the usage to 3 times a week then more often. I now use it almost every night and I've never had any reactions. It has helped my skin become more smooth, even toned and my pores less noticeable. I highly recommend this formula but use with caution for sensitive skin.
I wanted to love this so so bad, sadly I didn't.
Love it or not from Victorville, CA.
Used every night part of my nighttime routine. Wish I didn't.
Broke me out BAD
Lily from Ohio
Started using and within two days I had tiny bumps scattered across my entire face. my smooth skin is one of the only qualities I am happy with so this made me upset :( I followed the given directions too!
jordan from ms
makes my skin even and glowy i love it
Love love love
Em from It
Helps clear my skin and it's easy and affordable
Chemical burns on face
Isabelle from Texas
I thought I'd love this product because I've heard all great things about it. Used for several days and was fine until one night my face immediately started to sting, burn, itch, and turn bright red right when I put it on!!! I'm almost positive I have chemical burns all over my face… buy a different toner, save yourself the risk.
Glowing, toned skin
Kayla from Maine
I am in my early 30's with adult acne that i am prescribed a retinoid cream for. I still at times would tend to get breakouts on my jawline. Since using this product my jaw line has healed and I haven't had any breakouts. This toner has evened out my skin tone and made my skin soft. It did not give my skin any irritation but i am also used to using acids. An affordable product that works well. Can't beat that!
love this stuff!
themakeuphuntress from UnunitedAmerica
this makes such a difference in my skin! I have a oily complexion and this product doesn't cause any irritation, yet makes such a huge difference in the appearance of my pores. this is one of the products that I'll keep on hand.
finally something that cured my chin hormonal acne!
Yelena from Carlsbad, CA
When I first used this, I didn't notice a difference so I left it to sit in my bathroom for months sitting around. One day I wanted to give it another shot and the problem was I wasn't consistent! Within a week, I stopped breaking out on my chin!
WILL NEVER PUR
Allisa from MI
I've had this product for over a couple months and never had an issue. I used it in moderation and made sure that I wasn't applying it every night. I woke up one morning and my face was COMPLETELY BURNED. I had small burns by my temples and all over my cheeks. My skin had literally turned to raw flesh in overnight. 1 and half weeks later and my raw skin is beginning to heal. This reaction came out of no where. PLEASE USE THIS PRODUCT CAUTIOUSLY, BETTER TO JUST NOT USE IT AT ALL!
i'm the 1000th review
ari from nyc
this toner has a very refreshing feel to it. it has genuinely made my skin feel better + cleaner!