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 901 customers So In Love
Anoone from Ohio
I originally purchased this to "train" my skin up to prepare for their 30% peel.
I was truly unprepared for the quick, dramatic results of using this product alone!
My skin was brighter OVERNIGHT - greatly reducing the obviousness of my of my sun spots. My tone was vibrant and more even. My foundation looked SO MUCH better on. I used it every evening for 10 night and really didn't want to stop! But: this is an important note: This cannot be used in the same regiment as retinols, vitamin c or peptides! So, in order to continue using those ingredient products - I've graduated to the peel once or twice weekly for maintenance
I won't be without this toner ever again. I do find it magical for some "off label" issues. Please approach such things on yourself with the same precaution and care as you would for use on your face - do follow up any treatment area with a good moisturizer after and sunscreen up daily!
This one is a must have!
Broke me out
Kat from Ohio
I have several other The Ordinary products and have had no problems. This seemed to make my acne worse and then I noticed a rash on top of the increasing acne. Sad I really wanted this to work :(
Britt from South Carolina
I've been using this product for 3 weeks now and I haven't noticed any difference whatsoever. My skin is still textured and I haven't seen any of acne scars fading. Disappointed.
Avery from Eugene Oregon
Burns on acne spots haven't really noticed too much of a difference but makes me feel clean after use
M from California
Cleared my skin up perfectly and when combined with their Alpha Arbutin 2% +HA my skin is so soft and amazing! BUY THIS!!!
Jordyneeee from Portland, Oregon
I've been using the product for 3 weeks and I have been thoroughly enjoying it! My skin tone has evened out and I haven't had as many breakouts since I started using it. I have normal/combo skin and this is wonderful stuff!
Not just for your skin!!
cathy from miami fl
LIFE HACK!!!!! if you don't like it for your skin and you have dark underarms/knees/elbows use this on them!! my armpits are so much brighter and has helped the texture immensely!!
Jazz from salt lake, UT
At first I liked it, it stung at first but it was okay after a few seconds and my skin looked better, after using it for a couple days I started to notice a smell , a strong gross smell, I stopped using it, im not sure if it was just my bad luck on this bottle or if that's just its smell but im not willing to buy one maybe in the future because it was good for at first.
Wonderful for even legs to give good tone
AndreaLS from Washington
Began using this liquid because someone gave me a bottle. Used on uneven skin tone, freckles on arms, face, legs from sun. It lessens the darkness of the spots and I like that.
I'm pretty sure I'm on my 4th bottle!
Ally from Newport Beach, CA
This toner is literally a life saver! I've been using it for 7 months now and it's completely changed my skin.
It didn't exactly clear my acne completely but the longer I've been using it, the more results I've noticed. Right now my skin texture is a lot better/barely visible but there's still a bit of bumps.
How I use it:
It tingles a bit when you first apply it but it's still hydrating and leaves a dewy look after it dries, and in the morning when I wake up my skin looks amazing. If you want to get the best results, don't use a cotton pad to apply the toner. apply a few drops (you literally only need 4-5 drops in your hand, a little goes a LONG way). Then pat the toner onto your skin so it absorbs better, and apply it on the neck too. When I started applying my toner this way, I noticed it not only saves you a ton of product but it also works 10x better!
So If you're looking for a toner that can help you with skin texture without stripping your skin, this is the perfect product.
P.S. (there might be a bit of purging at first but keep using it at night only, wear SPF and moisturizer. And if you also use the ordinary AHA & BHA chemical peel don't use the toner with this product, it might cause a chemical burn, use them on alternate days (I use the chemical peel on Fridays and use the toner every other day at night only)
Lynn from Michigan
This toner is pretty good but makes my face extremely oily!! I only use it at night before bed. I have noticed a big difference in my pores in just a week.
AshRich from Kansas
I have shamefully not exfoliated in an embarrassingly long amount of time. After the first use my skin started flowing and my pores appeared smaller. After over a week of nightly use I have soft and glowing skin again. Gentle enough for daily use for sure but still effective!
Use For Armpits and Inner Thighs!
Jessica from Los Angeles
My skin is very sensitive on my face. When I used this for my face, it didn't work out for me. I was bummed but since this is an exfoliant and brightener, I figured Why not try it out on my inner thighs and armpits. I've always struggled with dark armpits, and dark inner thighs. Because my inner thighs rub so much together and even against my jeans, I tend to get dark and I even breakout which leaves lots of scarring and dark spots. I've tried literally everything, but once I started applying this stuff with a cotton pad, I couldn't be any happier!! It took about two weeks to see results. Apply 1x a day for 3 days the first two weeks. You have to stay consistent.
This product is amazing if used the right way
Arle from Florida
Okay so I see a lot of you ladies using it wrong and this product causes damage I was going to write a review but because I see so many ladies using it the wrong way I will 1. Don't used it without cleansing the skin first it's just overall better and please for the loves don't use it in the day time it could possibly make your hyperpigmentation worse and use a moisturizer after ward toner strip the skin so ofc your face will feel oily if you don't use a moisturizer your skin will create more oils because it thinks it's not producing enough and I don't mean to come of rude I'm just trying to help so only use at night when your going to bed and moisturizer afterwards also I recommend watching skin care by hyram he's the best
This is my second bottle and it has changed my skin..so soft
Kim A from Euless, Tx
Evens out skin tone great under your favorite serum.
Helps with strawberry legs
Brooke from NC
I apply this to my lower legs about 2-3 times a weeks and it had completely gotten rid of the "strawberry" like dark pores I've struggled with all my life.
I also use it on my face the same amount per week. Haven't noticed much of a difference but will forever purchase for the results I've had with using it on my legs.
USE FOR DEODORANT
ali from minneapolis, mn
I use this as a base deodorant like 4 times a week. It kills the bacteria and I have no break through smell that I usually get. If I'm just at home I won't put deodorant over it but if I'm going to work then I will. Helps immensely. It does burn a few seconds on fresh shaved armpits but it goes away.
G from Dover, New Hampshire
This makes my skin GLOW. It looks amazing now. I use it twice a day now, I apply it directly on my face (let it drip from the bottle), I spread it around with clean fingers, repeat once or twice. You HAVE to moisturize afterward. You'll get an IMMEDIATE glow. Your skin may purge at first but it prevents acne. Don't use soap on your face with this either! Make sure you wash with freezing cold water before and use a creamy cleanser like CeraVe or just use water.
was Not disappointed
margaret from Texas
this toner has been a wonderful addition , specifically for my nighttime skin care. its alcohol free but it does exfoliate and removes excess dirt , oil from makeup. it did take some time for my skin to adjust , mostly cause i had neglected it for so long anything would "tingle" a bit ! i do plan to buy this again as its really helped improve my skin.
its really a once a day/night toner , and if you use it in the day either stay out of the sun or make sure you have sunscreen on and it will make your skin al lot more sensitive when in direct sunlight.
🌙 from .
I have oily skin. I used it like I was supposed to, aft3r cleansing, before moisturizer. The first time I notice my skin got oily faster. The next time, I let it soak in a bit before moisturizing, still horrible. I love other ordinary products but this is not it. Overall, I do not recommend.
A from Washington
I love this solution. It has helped with hyperpigmentation on my underarms & body. This has also help fade some small acne spots on my back. To keep with my back looking the best. I pour some of the solution in a spray bottle & spray it after I get out the shower. but make sure the skin is DRY.
Broke me out badly
linda from new jersey
I love the ordinary products and wanted to give this toner a try. I literally used it ONCE and woke up the next morning with red bumps all over my cheeks. throughout the day they got red and itchy. now they've spread to my forehead and jawline. i never breakout. i can't tell if it's purging or not.
H from Austin
This made my skin look very healthy and glowy I started noticing how my hyperpigmentation was getting lighter by the time great product definitely would repurchase!!!!!🥰🥰🥰🥰
Tip B from GA
It's moisturizing to me. I have balance skin with some texture. I was looking for something a little bit stronger than witch hazel for help with the texture around my nose and eye area. Magic
The only thing that has helped my ingrown hairs on my legs
Becca from USA
I have super ingrown-prone skin on my legs and using this for a day or two after I shave has dramatically reduced the amount of ingrowns I get