Skincare Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution versus COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner .

  • these products are both cruelty-free toners that both contain aha.
  • they both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates.
  • they're both likely to be good for anti aging, brightening skin, oily skin, reducing pores, dark spots and better texture.
  • they are reef safe.
  • these products have a total of 4 ingredients in common.
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Toner

Toners are used as a β€œlast-step” cleanser, a pH balancer, add moisture to the skin, or may help in reducing impurities on the skin. They have a liquid consistency and are usually used after cleansers but before treatments.

Toner

Toners are used as a β€œlast-step” cleanser, a pH balancer, add moisture to the skin, or may help in reducing impurities on the skin. They have a liquid consistency and are usually used after cleansers but before treatments.

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

AHA (2)

Benefits

Good For Oily Skin
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Brightening

Concerns

Drying (3)
Acne Trigger
Irritating (2)
Rosacea (2)

Notable Ingredients

AHA
BHA

Benefits

Good For Oily Skin
Reduces Irritation
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Brightening

Concerns

Drying
Irritating
Rosacea
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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it's there to help dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution contains this as ingredient number 1.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner contains this as ingredient number 1.

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2
What it does:
Community Rating: Liked

Glycolic Acid is arguably the most famous AHA with research to back up its benefits. Its main role is to peel the top layer of skin cells from the newer layer of skin underneath. This helps skin to remove dark spots and look more even.

Glycolic Acid has shown to boost collage production, a protein that helps skin stay firm. Overall, Glycolic Acid helps with improving uneven tone, rough patches of skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. It also increases skin hydration by playing a role in creating molecules that create hyaluronic acid naturally.

When applying Glycolic Acid, it is normal to feel slight stinging. The pH value and concentration of glycolic acid play a role in the effectiveness of the product.

Recent studies have shown Glycolic Acid may protect the skin against UV damage. However, you should always wear SPF, especially when using exfoliants.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution contains this as ingredient number 2.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner contains this as ingredient number 7.

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3
What it does: Humectant
Community Rating: Loved

Sodium Lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid, an AHA. It is a humectant and used to adjust the pH of a product.

Sodium Lactate is part of our skin's NMF, or natural moisturizing factor. Our NMF is essential for the hydration of our top skin layers and plasticity of skin.

It also influences our skin's natural acid mantle and pH, which protects our skin from harmful bacteria.

Our NMF is formed from amino acids, lactic acid, sugars, minerals, peptides, and electrolytes. As we age, our NMF naturally depletes. Other sources of NMF depletion include harsh and drying ingredients such as denatured alcohol. Sodium lactate can help replenish our NMF, leading to more hydrated and plump skin.

High percentages of Sodium Lactate can have an exfoliating effect.

Sodium Lactate is produced from fermented sugar.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution contains this as ingredient number 26.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner contains this as ingredient number 6.

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4
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution contains this as ingredient number 41.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner contains this as ingredient number 5.

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Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

67% are loved or liked
7% have mixed ratings
14% are disliked or very disliked
12% have no rating yet
64% are loved or liked
18% have mixed ratings
0% are disliked or very disliked
18% have no rating yet

Usage

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Ratings

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The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution 42 ingredients

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COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner 11 ingredients

4.0 /5
Good

It helped my face with acne and when i wake up in the morning the skin is smooth, I only use it at night, because it will trigger my acne if I use it in the morning. I have a little redness on my face when I use it at night, it doesn't itch or hurt I guess it's good for me.

from ShiBLue
Less Visibility Whiteheads

It reduce the whiteheads on my forehead but not clear the skin. Since it reduces my whitehead I'm gonna be using it until I find the right product for me. I thought it would threw away my blackheads but it just reduces it. Overall 8/10

from ary
Gentle But No Difference

i didnt feel it sting or anything but i saw no difference after a couple of weeks so i stopped using it lol

from kawaiidesuwu_683

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