The Ordinary Peeling Solution

Thinking of doing at-home peel? Well, you can try The Ordinary peeling solution. The Ordinary peeling solution has 30 % AHA that can help in skin lightening, reducing dullness and uneven skin tone. At the same time, 2 % BHA help reduce oil secretion, open pores, and comedones. The peeling method is the key to success; read our Chemical peeling guide to avoid side effects.

What is it? Peeling solution that can be used at home.

Who can use it? Oily to normal skin type, not prone to rosacea, allergies, or sensitivity breakouts.

How about sensitive skin? Sensitive skin might get more sensitive with the use of peels. Better avoid it, especially if your skin is super-sensitive.

Goodies: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Aloe vera, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract

Not so good: None

Brands:: The Ordinary




The Ordinary Peeling solution has a 30% concentration of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy acids) -Glycolic acid, tartaric acid and lactic acid. We could not find the concentration of individual acids. AHA, especially glycolic acid, removes dead skin cells, reduces dark spots, hydrates your skin and has anti-ageing benefits.

The Ordinary Peeling solution also has 2% salicylic acid. BHA at a concentration of 2 % in peel does not have much role. Dermatologists use 30 % Salicylic peels to control acne.

The soothing agents like Panthenol and aloe vera  Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/leaf extract counteract the irritant action of this peel. Glycerin, water and aloe vera hydrate your skin.


The Ordinary peeling solution has the following benefits:

  • Skin lightening: AHA or Alpha hydroxy acids have a unique ability to reduce melanin in your skin. A dermatologist often uses Glycolic acid peels at a concentration of 30-50% to reduce dark patches/spots.
  • Reduce dullness and uneven skin tone: Over time, dead skin cells start building up on your skin, giving a dull and sallow look. Peeling can help remove dead skin cells and impart an even tone look.
  • Soft and supple skin: AHA hydrate your skin. Thus, your skin might feel soft and supple after the peel.
  • Reduce oil secretions: BHA concentration is relatively low in this peel. All it does is increase the penetration of AHA. However, regular peel use might reduce excessive oil secretions and prevent open pores and blackheads.

How often can I use it?

Ideally, the peel should be done after two weeks. Once you achieve results, switch to a once-a-month frequency. A lot of companies advocate doing peel twice a week. But this might make your skin sensitive.

Avoid if you have:

  • Sensitive skin- Do not try even if your skin is calm. 30% AHA peel can be used on sensitive skin under the dermatologist’s supervision. Avoid peeling if your skin reacts quickly to salon procedures or skin care products.
  • Post Inflammatory hyper-pigmentation: If your pimples or cuts heal with dark spots, then you should not use this peel.
  • Severe daily sun exposure- This peel will make your skin sensitive to the sun. Avoid this peel if your daily work involves exposure to bright sun. Sunscreen might not be enough to protect your newly developed skin cells from the sun.

Dermatocare recommendations

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Female, Male

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Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes, Ageing/Wrinkles, Pigmentation & Dark Spots, Pores/Blackheads/Whiteheads

Skin Type

Normal/Combination, Oily

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