In this post I will go over all your questions regarding the popular The Ordinary Peeling Solution, with AHA 30% + BHA 2% (and what all this gibber jabber mean). If you have no idea about The Ordinary and you’re curious to know about the intriguing red bottle that is seemingly popping everywhere in social media, then this post is for you.
Captain’s log: It’s been over 2 months that we’ve been quarantined in Spain. At first, I thought a makeup-free period would do wonders for my skin. However, after the second week into self-isolation, every day I would inevitably wake up with new bumps all over my chin and cheeks.
It got to the point where I started panicking. At that moment in time, I halted all my skincare products and was only cleansing twice a day in the hopes it would go away, but it didn’t.
At that point, I was reading so much about The Ordinary products and seemingly miraculous results that I had to give it a go. In this post, I will specifically talk about The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and my experience with it (including purging). Did it clear my skin? Come find out!
When I first heard about The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, I was a bit scared and skeptical. Something about the blood-like aspect of the bottle, altogether with the word ‘peeling’ scared the bejeezus out of me. I was scared my skin would burn and get irritated, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
What is The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution?
In simple words: professional results done at home.
The best way to describe the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a 10-minute treatment mask that noticeably helps fight visible blemishes and improve the look of skin texture and radiance.
How does The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% work?
This solution blends together Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAS ) including glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids (30 %). By removing dead skin cells from the surface, AHAs effectively reduce UV damage and dark spots that can appear on the skin after too much time spent in the sun without a good hat or broad-spectrum SPF. AHAs also reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
On the other hand, Beta Hydroxy (BHA) acid (the good ol’ Salicylic acid), which dives deep into pores and removing all the oil, bacteria and gunk that causes blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads and enlarged pores
In short: The AHAs act externally, exfoliating the skin’s surface and giving an instant brighter appearance, while the BHA dives deeper into the skin to clear out the pores from inside.
To help combat skin irritation, The Ordinary includes one of their favorite ingredients, Tasmanian Pepperberry (which gives it the red color), which has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and irritation. It also has hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to help with healing and black carrot as an antioxidant.
The results? When used regularly, the combined acids fight blemishes, improve the skin texture, and reduces fine lines. WOWZA!
PS – That all sounds like good news! However, be careful with your skin type. That high percentage of acids can be very irritating on the skin and if used incorrectly or too often can damage the skin barrier.
Who should use it?
Everybody’s skin can benefit and see results from the The Ordinary Peeling Solution. However, in particular, if you have bumpy/congested skin (such as the one that the one the quarantine has ‘’gifted’’ me with – You know, those annoying under the skin spots that never seem to go away?).
I swear girls, after only a few applications of this product my skin felt MUCH smoother and the bumps reduce in size every day. I was starting to panic with those bumps that made my skin bumpier every day.
Furthermore, The Ordinary Peeling Solution is also helpful for acne cysts (as long as they aren’t open), and it will also reduce pigmentation while evening out your skin tone, this resulting in a gorgeous glow!
On the other hand, should you have sensitive skin, peeling, or compromised skin be extra careful before applying to your entire face. Do spot tests beforehand.
Please note: this is not a miracle solution sent from God to save us all on Earth from acne scars (meaning, don’t expect your skin to get clear up overnight). However, with continuous usage, you can expect to see results.
How and when do I use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution?
The secret to avoiding skin irritation is to start SLOWLY. Patch test it first and see how your skin reacts. Start doing it once a week. If you believe your skin can take it, increase to 2x a week.
Here are some general best practices on how to use The Ordinary AHA 30% Peeling Solution
- This solution is best used at nighttime, as the acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
- Do a patch test on your cheek. It should tingle but be fine after a few minutes, but it shouldn’t burn. If no irritation occurs after a few days, you can try it on the whole face
- Give yourself a week in between application
- Always moisturize after use (and don’t forget the SPF in the morning time)!
What Can You Expect During & After The Peel?
The peeling solution itself tingles a bit after it’s applied (although I don’t really feel any tingling anymore), and will give your skin a pink coloring.
After washing off the peel, you can expect your skin to be a bit pink; if your skin turns an angry, painful red, this peel is probably not for you!
Which products does The Ordinary AHA 30% conflict with?
What products can you use with it?
Avoid using it with retinol or Vitamin C (which can be irritating on the skin). It is also best to avoid using any peptides like Buffet, Matrixyl, or Argireline.
Instead, use a hyaluronic serum for hydration followed by your moisturizer and/ or oil.
The following day (and the days afterward) always use a high SPF and try to stay out of the sun. Tanning the face is never a good idea. So if that was an old habit of yours, take this moment to get rid of it for good.
Does The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution cause purging?
Ahhh, the question you probably came here for, does The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution cause skin purging?
Skin purging, if you don’t know, is a process in which your skin breaks out when you try a new skincare product. Some products, such as Niacinamide and Retinol, accelerate the skin turnover process and can cause purging. This only means that pimples that would pop put sooner or later, come out all seemingly at once.
This might seem scary, but skin purging is a good thing. Your skin is only speeding up the process to remove all that crap that is stuck deep within your pores.
Yes, I warn you, it doesn’t look good (sorry). The good news, however, is that the purging effect on the skin is temporary. After a few weeks (yes weeks), and once these pimples have cleared up, your skin will look healthier and clearer than ever before in your life.
When going through purging, many people wrongly believe their skin is having a bad reaction to a product. This leads them to stop using it before the skin has the chance to properly improve.
So, did The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution cause my skin to purge?
In all honesty, it is hard for me to say because I was using it with other The Ordinary products to work together to fight my acne (including retinol, which is famously said to cause purging). However, know this: when I bought all my The Ordinary skincare products, I had read many in many blogs that they could cause my skin to purge and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
Hear me out (I’m not crazy): As previously explained, the reason I decided to et The Ordinary skin care products or acne was because of my quarantine breakouts. Seemingly overnight, my face was full of blackheads, texture and pimples.
After a few weeks waiting, in the hopes my skin would improve because I was taking a break from applying makeup, the texture would only get worse. You know what I mean? Those pesky little bumps that takes months to turn into a zit, hiel leaving your skin looking like crap.
That is why I couldn’t wait to start purging all of these bumps out (even if that meant looking horrible for about a month’s time).
Currently, I am in the end of week two. Did I have acne these past 2 weeks by using The Ordinary products? YES.
Did my skin look worse than before? YES (pimples came out seemingly together for a pimple party on my face and my blemishes got redder).
How do I feel about all this? in all honesty, I’m super happy. The zits that popped out were exactly those little bumps that were giving my skin texture (they finally came out!!). Similarly (and magically) the zits went away just as quick as they appeared (and that is a sign of purging against breakouts – the ”pimple process” is faster).
The results? My skin feels SO MUCH smoother, it is CR-AZY! Granted, it is still not a glass skin (I am still on week 2 out of 5, don’t expect miracles overnight).
When I am bare-faced, my skin has blemishes and pimples that are drying out (and others being born from purging). HOWEVER, now when I apply a bit of foundation, my skin looks AMAZIN (especially when compared to before). The bumps are vanishing, the scars are healing, it is a miracle!!
Lastly, as you may know, blemishes are harder to make go away. You must do a contnunous care (and aaaaaalways apply sunscreen).
I am happy enough that the texture is smoother every day (and so are the blemishes).
CONCLUSION – my experience after using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Truthfully, I was so tired of seeing those bumps on my cheeks and chin that I couldn’t wait for them to come out so my skin could be smooth again (even if this meant all at once).
Currently, I have three huge sisters on my left cheek, and their two cousins resting on my chin and right cheek. However, they do look better every day and the little bumps are magically disappearing too (every day more).
I am no longer panicking when I check my skin (even if I have all these pimples) because ever since I started using TH products my skin feels MUCH MORE under control, smoother and glowier.
So yes, I do recommend you give this product a go. With it costing as cheap as 7 euros, there really is no harm in trying it out and see how your skin reacts (again, using all the precautions discussed on this post).
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