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The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, may not be the snappiest named beauty product, but it is one that’s highly sought after.
The £6.30 peel became the number one bestseller on the Deciem website in back in March, and Kaelyn White, a US teen TikToker, caused it to go viral by posting a video showing her dripping the deep red liquid directly onto her acne and gently massaging it over her face.
The video also included before and after images showing a noticeable difference - and it quickly caught beauty fans’ attention.
Why we rate it
The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a lightweight exfoliating formula that claims to leave the skin smoother and brighter, while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The formula contains AHA, as well as BHA in the form of Salicyclic Acid, both of which work to provide a deep exfoliation and unclog blocked pores.
It also includes hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5, as well as Black Carrot and Tasmanian Pepperberry, which is said to reduce irritation and smooth the skin.
It is easy to apply: simply rub it onto the face and neck with your fingertips and leave on for no more than 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Deciem offers a word of caution about the product though, saying it should only be used by people who are “experienced users of acid exfoliation” as it contains “a very high concentration of free acids”, so is not suitable for sensitive skin.
Customers are advised not to use the peel more than twice a week. They should start off using it just once a week and should stop if they experience any signs of skin irritation.
This product leaves skin a little more sensitive, which is why it is essential to wear sun protection following use to protect the epidermis.
What the reviews say
With hundreds of top-rated reviews, The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution has been hailed “the holy grail” of skincare products.
Here’s what the reviews say:
“Love it! I’ve been using it once a week sometimes twice if my skin is bad and I can see a huge difference my skin is so much smoother and looks so much better.”
“Amazing results! I’ve used this for 10 weeks straight and my skin has never felt and looked better. The following morning after using this peel....fantastic!”
“Can’t believe how effective this is. The smell is SUPERB (and natural) and the results are basically instant. Best peel I’ve ever used.”
“What can I say about this that hasn't already been said? My holy grail.”
The affordable peel has proven to be such a hit with shoppers that it has sold out pretty much everywhere.
Although many retailers still say ‘stock coming soon’ it won’t be long before its back and ready to add to your basket. For many sites, you can even sign up for priority access so you don’t miss to drop.