The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

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Type of product Toner
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Description

  • vegan and cruelty-free toner that contains aha.
  • it doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates.
  • it does contain fragrances.
  • it is reef safe.
  • it is not fungal acne (malassezia) safe.

Directions

Use ideally in the PM, no more frequently than once per day. After cleaning, saturate a cotton pad with the formula and sweep across face and neck. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Do not rinse off. Continue with additional skin...


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treatments as needed. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

Ingredient List (42)

Water β€’ Glycolic Acid β€’ Rosa Damascena Flower Water β€’ Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water β€’ Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water β€’ Propanediol β€’ Glycerin β€’ Triethanolamine β€’ Aminomethyl Propanol β€’ Panax Ginseng Root Extract β€’ Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract β€’ Aspartic Acid β€’ Alanine β€’ Glycine β€’ Serine β€’ Valine β€’ Isoleucine β€’ Proline β€’ Threonine β€’ Histidine β€’ Phenylalanine β€’ Glutamic Acid β€’ Arginine β€’ PCA β€’ Sodium PCA β€’ Sodium Lactate β€’ Fructose β€’ Glucose β€’ Sucrose β€’ Urea β€’ Hexyl Nicotinate β€’ Dextrin β€’ Citric Acid β€’ Polysorbate 20 β€’ Gellan Gum β€’ Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate β€’ Sodium Chloride β€’ Hexylene Glycol β€’ Potassium Sorbate β€’ Sodium Benzoate β€’ 1,2-Hexanediol β€’ Caprylyl Glycol

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Product 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

Ingredient Details

Here's a breakdown of the benefits, notable ingredients, and drawbacks that we found with The Ordinary's Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.

Benefits (1)

Reduces Large Pores Icon
Reduces Large Pores

Notable Ingredients (1)

AHA Icon
AHA

Concerns (4)

May Worsen Dry Skin Icon
May Worsen Dry Skin
May Cause Acne Icon
May Cause Acne
May Cause Irritation Icon
May Cause Irritation
May Worsen Rosacea Icon
May Worsen Rosacea

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Ingredients Explained

This product contains 42 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it

1
Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: Aqua, Eau, Purified Water, Aqua / Water, Distilled Water, Deionized Water
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Water is the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. It often makes up the largest portion of a product, and is thus typically found at (or near) the top of an ingredients list.

In most cases, the purpose of water within an ingredient list is to act as a solvent - this means it's there to help dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

Water also happens to be necessary for all life on Earth. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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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:
* Citric Acid
* Lactic Acid
* Malic Acid

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3
Masking, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
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We don't have a description for Rosa Damascena Flower Water.

We don't have a description for Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water is an aqueous solution of the steam distillate obtained from the leaves of the aloe, Aloe barbadensis, Liliaceae.

Aloe contains the antioxidants Vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins neutralize free radicals.
It also contains sugars in the form of monosaccharides and polysaccharides, folic acid, choline, many common minerals such as calcium, 12 anthraquinones, fatty acids, amino acids, and Vitamin B12.
Aloe is known to be anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, antiseptic, healing, and protect against UV rays.

Read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/

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Also known as: Propandiol, 1,3-Dihydroxypropane, Trimethylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol. Propane-1,3-Diol, 1,3-Dihydroxypropane, 2-Deoxyglycerol
Community rating: Mixed

Propanediol helps absorb ingredients into your skin, boosting their benefits. It can act as an emollient, making your skin softer. Propanediol can help products last longer by boosting the properties of preservatives within the formulation.

Propanediol is not likely to cause sensitivity and considered safe to use.

It is derived from corn or petroleum with a clear color and no scent.

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Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Also known as: Vegetable Glycerin
Community rating: Liked

An organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic compound that has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It acts a humectant in skincare products, meaning it helps skin retain moisture by pulling moisture from the air.

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8
Emulsifying, Masking
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We don't have a description for Triethanolamine.

We don't have a description for Aminomethyl Propanol.

10
Emollient, Skin Protecting, Tonic

We don't have a description for Panax Ginseng Root Extract.

11
Antioxidant, Skin Conditioning

Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract is an antioxidant.

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12
Masking, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Aspartic Acid.

13
Masking, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Alanine.

14
Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Glycine.

15
Masking, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Serine.

16
Masking, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Valine.

17
Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Isoleucine.

18
Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Proline.

We don't have a description for Threonine.

20
Humectant, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Histidine.

21
Masking, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Phenylalanine.

22
Humectant

We don't have a description for Glutamic Acid.

23
Masking, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: L-Arginine, (2s)-2-Amino-5-Guanidinopentanoic Acid
Community rating: Mixed

Arginine is an amino acid used in creating proteins that you probably learned about in biology.

It is known to have antioxidant properties, which helps protect your skin from free radicals.

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24
Humectant, Moisturising

We don't have a description for PCA.

25
Humectant, Skin Conditioning

Sodium PCA is a conditioning agent. It is the sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid and is naturally occurring on human skin.

Sodium 5-oxo-2-pyrrolidinecarboxylate

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26

We don't have a description for Sodium Lactate.

27
Humectant

We don't have a description for Fructose.

28
Humectant

We don't have a description for Glucose.

29
Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Soothing

We don't have a description for Sucrose.

30
Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Mixed

Urea can worsen rosacea.

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31

We don't have a description for Hexyl Nicotinate.

32
Absorbent

We don't have a description for Dextrin.

33
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Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!). A small amount is used in formulas to adjust the pH of products. In higher concentrations, it can exfoliate skin.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:
* Glycolic Acid
* Lactic Acid
* Malic Acid

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34
Emulsifying

Polysorbate 20 isn't fungal acne safe.

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We don't have a description for Gellan Gum.

We don't have a description for Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate.

Community rating: Very Disliked

Sodium Chloride can be bad for dry skin and be bad for acne prone skin.

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38
Emulsifying, Perfuming, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community rating: Disliked

Hexylene Glycol is a fragrance.

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39
Preservative

Potassium Sorbate is a preservative.

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40
Masking, Preservative
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Sodium Benzoate is a preservative.

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41
Skin Conditioning, Solvent
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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.

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42
Emollient, Skin Conditioning

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant, meaning it retains and preserves moisture. It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products.

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