I REVIEWED THE ORDINARY'S AHA 30% + BHA 2% PEELING SOLUTION FOR 2020

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The mask goes on blood red. Mara Leighton/vtvplus.vn

To use the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, I washed my semi-sensitive combination skin with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil and then patted it all dry. (This is a strong 10-minute acidic facial, so you"ll want lớn use gentle products before and after.) It"s also useful to lưu ý that, since damp skin draws the product deeper into the skin and the ingredients in this facial are acidic and may sting at first, I"d recommend being certain your face is totally dry before applying the formula and to avoid any xuất hiện abrasions if you have them.

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At first, it may feel fleetingly masochistic — the formula stings a bit for about trăng tròn seconds before fading away. But, then the feeling is gone. The mask is the same color as a rich pomegranate, so you"ll find yourself explaining to lớn roommates và friends over FaceTime why you look like you"re auditioning for a horror movie.

You can leave this mask on for up to 10 minutes, but I"d recommend doing a patch test before putting it on your face or starting with five minutes before you"re sure of how your skin will react.

After 10 minutes or less, rinse it off with lukewarm water and continue with your nighttime skincare routine. In general, you"ll want to use it at night và only twice per week at most.


Beauty vtvplus.vn producer Celia Skvaril also tested the mask for a YouTube video, so I asked her more about her experience with it for this article. She says:

I"ve been struggling with a pretty bad hormonal acne breakout for a few months now và I have some pigment changing because of it. The Ordinary Peeling Solution worked incredibly for me! The microscope showed that it got rid of some blackheads I had, unclogged some pores, và got rid of the overall dryness on my pigment changes. I have used it quite a few times since & I love it!

The results


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After washing it off, my pale combination skin stays red for probably 15 minutes. After that, my complexion becomes noticeably softer, smoother, & tighter. The next day, my skin tone also looks a little more even and surface scars from past acne seem a bit less severe.

With prolonged use, my complexion continually got smoother & more even, và I think my pores look a little smaller now. I also think it helped keep acne at bay, though I"ve also found retinol products like Differin are even more effective for my skin"s clarity.

How AHAs & BHAs work

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) works by breaking down the glue holding your skin cells together, urging along the skin"s natural shedding process. The effects of AHAs are primarily on the skin"s surface, so they"re good at combatting concerns lượt thích red marks from past acne & hyperpigmentation.

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BHAs are good for skin concerns like blackheads và whiteheads because BHAs penetrate deeper into the skin. While AHAs love water, BHAs love oil. They can bypass the oil that clogs pores & dissolve the phối of sebum and dead skin that leads lớn acne, as well as help stabilize the lining of the pore (which contributes khổng lồ acne). You can learn more here.

Using both is a great one-two punch for dark spots, uneven or rough texture, & clogged pores. The sloughing away of dull, dead skin cells also helps facilitate new skin cells that look brighter, tighter, & healthier.

Cons to consider

My combination skin is somewhat sensitive, and I didn"t find this facial to lớn be too harsh. But, that may not be the case for everyone. If you"re able, it"s a good idea to run new products by your dermatologist before trying them. If you"re looking for a different version, you can find a few different AHA và BHA options khổng lồ consider here — though you"ll likely pay more.

I"d also be careful khổng lồ only use this for its recommended 10 minutes once or twice per week. And, since it"s a powerful exfoliant, you"ll want to use sunscreen when you go outside khổng lồ combat any photosensitivity.

The bottom line

The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a cheap, powerful exfoliant that sloughs away dull skin cells và reveals a smoother, more evenly toned complexion. With regular use, I saw a noticeable improvement in my skin"s tone & texture & also some improvements in clarity. While my skin did seem tighter, I"d recommend spending your money on retinol products first if your main skin concerns are related lớn wrinkles. Và if your skin is especially sensitive, you may want to lớn ask your dermatologist about using this mask first.

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Overall, it"s fun to use, effective at smoothing và evening my complexion, và while it may be one of the cheapest products in my bathroom cabinet, it performs like something more expensive.


Mara Leighton is the senior education and personal development reporter for vtvplus.vn Reviews. In the spring of 2020, Mara spearheaded vtvplus.vn Reviews" new education beat. She"s reported on Yale"s most popular course on happiness as well as essential workforce recovery programs, free instructional courses for non-ICU workers on operating mechanical ventilators, and a Johns Hopkins" tương tác tracing course designed to fill thousands of remote jobs. She"s interviewed Google executives, presidential policy committee members, best-selling authors, leading researchers and professors, and NBC"s Chuck Todd in her education coverage. She"s most interested in personal development, skill-building, industry shifts, & increased accessibility for learners of all ages & socioeconomic backgrounds. Previously, Mara covered e-commerce for Business vtvplus.vn from 2017-2020. She"s written thousands of review and explainers, profiled emerging và established D2C companies, blogged through major retail events, và forecasted and analyzed industry trends. She also produced the vertical"s weekly newsletter. Say hello at mleighton
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