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 981 customers Pair with natural DO for Underarms!
Emily from South Carolina
I put some on a cotton round and wipe down the skin under my arms before I apply my Native deodorant. (I normally have to wait about a half hour after I shower/shave to keep my skin from being too sensitive). I love my natural DO but would have to reapply once or twice a day to stay smelling fresh, but now using this my one application in the morning gets me through a full day! A quick google search showed that you can treat underarm skin like your facial skin, it's sensitive. This toner removes bacteria (which is what causes BO) better than your normal skin cleanser, and it keeps it away longer! This product and a natural deodorant is a DREAM combo for active/anxious/sweaty people like myself!
Dee from CA - California
I began using the product as directed, but was too much for me, by the second application my skin hurt. I am using it every other day now and its much better. Skin complexion is improving!
Chabela from Wenatchee wa
I love it
Did not like
Mh from South Gate
It has a weird smell and burned my skin
it is okay
janae from maryland
i didn't see a major difference but i liked how it felt on my skin.
KKBoylan from Papillion, NE
Love this and I saw results within a week. It's super easy to use. Just wash your face and drop some in your hand then use on your face. Easy.
Ari from Houston
I wake up with glowy skin the next morning when using this at night. I don't notice any difference in texture on my forehead, but I love it because of the glowy effects that I get the day after.
Melasma is fading!!!!
Laura lou from Jupiter, FL
Since using this and the bliss night serum together my My skin is brighter my melasma has faded and looks like it has a new glow to it. I exfoliate and then use this and it really doesn't burn I have had no bad reactions. I highly recommend this product for the price it is amazing. Been using about a month now. I live in FL and am 32 with constant sun exposure.
Elizabeth from FL
Don't hesitate to try this if you have sensitive skin! It's very light with absolutely no added scent. I use it once in the evening after cleaning my face and before applying serums. It's non-drying on the skin and feels refreshing!
Way too harsh on my skin
Nicole from 40502
I can't use this at all because it is aggressively harsh on my skin. I really had high hopes too. I love the ordinary but this toning solution is not for me
I will buy this product again
Dionah from East stroudsburg, PA
You can use it with a small cotton (If you want to use it like deodorant) or with your hands (If you want to use it like exfoliant)
Have nothing positive to say about this product
Heather from Louisiana
This toner leaves a sticky film on my face and makes my face extremely oily from the time I use it. I have tried to like it but it makes my face feel so dirty.
Love this toner
Melanie from Westminster, Maryland
On my second bottle of this toner. Bottles are large and last me a super long time. I really like how the product is dispensed, too.
With regular use, has improved my skin's texture. I can tell if I skip this.
Best toner I've ever purchased!
Cliq from Chattanooga, TN
The reviews I read warned me about skin sensitivity and stinging, but this 77-year-old has been using it every night without any adverse reactions at all. The tiny white cysts (milia) that were high on my forehead have completely disappeared after a month, and the bottle is still nearly full. I use quite a bit on a cotton pad every night, and wash it off the next morning. So far I have no wrinkles, but this stuff might well prevent them from ever appearing. The price is right, and best of all, it works! This toner will be part of my nightly routine for the rest of my life!
TIKTOK trend approved
Jess from Los Angeles
I've been using it on my armpits rather than deodorant and they do not smell at all! Holy grail for sure. My pits would stink even with deodorant. This is my life saver. 🖤
It will sting
Nikki from Oklahoma
I love it. I see complaints of stinging and breaking out. This contains glycolic acid! You will sting and you will beak out.. it's called purging!
mel from Texas
it's very rare a product will make me breakout but after applying this a few times I noticed pimples and tiny bumps (I'm guessing white heads) appeared the following day. I didn't do anything different in my skincare routine, just this. I already had a problem with acne on the left side of my face so I wanted help for that by using this. instead it caused more acne. I'm so sad that this product didn't work for me. this is my first experience using the ordinary products. I will be returning this but I don't want to give up on this brand just yet. I plan to try another project by them to give it a second chance.
Natalie from Maryland
Bought it for my underarms so far it has been working great
good but harsh
Tay from California
this product worked well but found it to be pretty harsh on my skin and started to sting.
I'd buy again
Rosie from Seattle
Just finished my first bottle. Took a few months. I used it on my face, upper arms (due to acne), and armpit area (due to odor). It worked for everything, it got rid of my acne and armpit odor issues, toned my face. Although it gave me freckles on my face and upper arms, I believe due to the toner and sun exposure. The freckles aren't bad looking, I somewhat like them but I know others might not.
Too sticky for me
Lizzy from Los Angeles
I'm a lil disappointed that I wasn't in love with this product. I'm obsessed with The Ordinary, but this one left my skin feeling very tacky + I HATE that feeling. I've only been using the product for a couple days, but I haven't seen any significant changes to my skin to make me want to keep using it. It has left my skin feeling soft in the morning, but so did the toner I used before buying this one. This didn't irritate my skin, thank god, but then again it felt like it wasn't doing anything at all, except leaving my skin feeling sticky + nasty. Too bad.
Burns my skin!
Carolina from Washington
Was so excited for this product but I had to stop using it due to the burning it caused my skin. Wouldn't recommend to people with sensitive skin.
Toner from Texas
I'm new to the ordinary skincare line & I am obsessed with all the things!! This one left my face feeling so refreshed & good! I just had a baby so my skin has changed but I have an oily t zone/dry skin & this has been amazing!! Def ordering again!!
AR from NM
I LOVE this product— it's inexpensive, works wonderfully, and I don't find it to be too harsh to use on my face. It's also inexpensive enough to use as a body product, which is a plus.
AmyK from Mississippi
After just a couple of uses, my pores looked smaller and were less noticeable. My skin felt and looked smoother also.