The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution 240ml

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A water-based exfoliating toner with glycolic acid and botanical extracts that brightens skin and promotes a radiant, even tone.

Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use. 

This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of ginseng root and aloe vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits. 

Contraindications: This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions. 

This pH of this formula is approximately 3.6. Glycolic Acid has a pKa of 3.6 and pKa is the most important aspect to consider in formulating with acids. pKa implies acid availability. When pKa is close to pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid and reducing irritation. Higher pH numbers in such a case would increase salt which counter-intuitively would make the formula even more irritating than if the formula was more acidic. 

Note: While exfoliating acids can result in quick visible benefits, we generally suggest indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids. Please refer to NIOD's Non-Acid Acid Precursor for such a reference. 

Skin Concerns: Dullness, dark spots,  hyperpigmentation, uneven tone and texture

Other Details

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • Silicone-free



I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Is Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution safe for me?

Glycolic acid is considered safe for use while pregnant or breastfeeding, but it’s best to check with your healthcare provider first.

Can Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution be used as a toner?

Yes. This product is a toner with exfoliating properties.

Can I mix or layer Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution with other products?

Yes. We recommend proceeding with caution if you choose to use it with products containing retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids, as this may cause irritation.

Can I apply Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution around my eyes?

No. This product should not be used near the eye area.

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