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Glycolic acid 7% Toning Solution by the ordinary
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Glycolic acid 7% Toning Solution

4.5(898)
vegan
cruelty-free
drugstore
$8.70
brightness(68)
pore minimizing(108)
uneven skintone(54)
redness(70)
sephoraBuy ($8.7)

Top Reviews

brightness

brightening

love the toner, doesn't irritate my skin at all and leaves fresh, bright and exfoliated

- Cult Beauty User

can't describe how it made my skin look, flawless and bright

- Cult Beauty User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

clears pores, evens texture, and prevents breakouts

- Sephora User

my pores also look smaller and my skin looks great

- Sephora User

uneven skintone

evens out skin

this product has been amazing at evening out my skin tone

- Sephora User

great toner even for my skin

- Beautybay User

redness

redness relief

my skin is no longer red and spotty my brake out’s are no longer excistant and the texture of my skin has tottally changed

- Beautybay User

i only use this at night, before bed, and i wake up the next day looking so hydrated and my skin looks totally even & my redness has even died down a litttle

- Sephora User

texture

smooth

i was amazed how soft and smooth this left my skin

- Beautybay User

i love the tingly feeling and how smooth my skin feels the next morning

- Sephora User

acne

good for acne

amazing for acne

- Beautybay User

i haven’t had any new blemishes using this every evening and some of their other products during the am and pm times as well

- Sephora User

anti-aging

anti-aging

1) no irritation 2) no redness 3) easier absorption of serum 4) cost efficient 5) commodones - white head and black head reduction or easier access for extracting 6) use in conjunction with retinol for higher effectiveness of anti aging (if you have oily and thicker skin) 7) use it with glycolic wash to boost the peel 8) use as weekly peel regime in combination with other acid (if you can handle it) 9) don’t use it everyday if skin is dry 10) overlay sunblock i prefer physical sunblock for max coverage with titanium oxide not zinc or chemical

- Beautybay User

i would recommend this product to anyone with acne, scares and fine lines as it honestly helps all from day one

- Ebay User

gentleness

gentle

i actually bought this to help improve an irritation on my cheeks and no other product has worked except this one

- Sephora User

this toning solution is very gentle yet super effective

- Sephora User

hydration

hydrating

i was so in love with how soft this made my skin that i went a little overboard and it dried me out

- Sephora User

skin is plumped and flawless in the am

- Sephora User
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sephora userFebruary 12, 2018
5

As somebody with acne-prone, combo skin, I just had to try this product. For starters, I already use other actives in my routine (albeit at lesser concentrations), so I was a little surprised to find that my skin felt a bit sensitive after using it. For this reason, I suggest that users only apply this product once every few days (and only once at night on that day they use it) until they feel that their skin has gotten used to the product. This is very important, because otherwise you may experience very angry skin. Remember that this is an acid treatment product, not your usual daily toner. And as suggested on the label, please please please incorporate a sunscreen into your routine while using this as it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun (although you should be wearing sunscreen everyday anyway :P). The last thing I want to note to those less experienced with actives is that this product can possibly cause a "purging" period where your skin seemingly gets worse before it gets better. You may experience more breakouts in your problem areas in the beginning. If you don't normally break out at all, or are breaking out in areas you don't normally break out, then this may just not be the product for you. I would give it at least 3 weeks of usage before determining this though. My experience with this product has been very positive. I've been following the directions on the label to a T. My skin has become much smoother, less rough, and even my acne has started to clear up. I haven't seen much improvement as far as evening out my skin tone as of yet, but I have only been using it for 2 weeks. Hopefully another reviewer with more experience can comment on whether or not it has evened out their skin tone. I expect this product to last me a long time as a little goes a long way. It also has a light, fresh cucumber scent to it which I adore.

- sephora
Sephora userFebruary 12, 2018
5

As somebody with acne-prone, combo skin, I just had to try this product.For starters, I already use other actives in my routine (albeit at lesser concentrations), so I was a little surprised to find that my skin felt a bit sensitive after using it. For this reason, I suggest that users only apply this product once every few days (and only once at night on that day they use it) until they feel that their skin has gotten used to the product. This is very important, because otherwise you may experience very angry skin. Remember that this is an acid treatment product, not your usual daily toner. And as suggested on the label, please please please incorporate a sunscreen into your routine while using this as it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun (although you should be wearing sunscreen everyday anyway :P). The last thing I want to note to those less experienced with actives is that this product can possibly cause a "purging" period where your skin seemingly gets worse before it gets better. You may experience more breakouts in your problem areas in the beginning. If you don't normally break out at all, or are breaking out in areas you don't normally break out, then this may just not be the product for you. I would give it at least 3 weeks of usage before determining this though.My experience with this product has been very positive. I've been following the directions on the label to a T. My skin has become much smoother, less rough, and even my acne has started to clear up. I haven't seen much improvement as far as evening out my skin tone as of yet, but I have only been using it for 2 weeks. Hopefully another reviewer with more experience can comment on whether or not it has evened out their skin tone.I expect this product to last me a long time as a little goes a long way. It also has a light, fresh cucumber scent to it which I adore. « less

- Sephora
ulta userAugust 18, 2019
1

Tingles and gave me milia bumps

I used up e entire bottles of this toner and it did nothing for me. It's not gentle at all and gives a tingle/burning feeling. It also leaves skin feeling tacky after applying it. It also caused me to have even more bumps on my face because of how irritating it left my skin. It looked red and I flames with bumps everywhere. I also got white milia bumps on both cheeks I'm still trying to get rid of them. It was surprising for me to see my skin react that way because I do not have sensitive skin and I do not suffer from acne. I've tried other products with glycolic acid and had no problems with it. Not sure what went wrong here after using TWO products of this.

- ulta
Sephora userFebruary 15, 2018
5

A must have !

This toner is absolutely amazing, I’m not sure if I’m the only person who has been afraid of toners due to the dryness or irritation they can bring to some skin types. I figured I would try due to the price and if it didn’t work I wouldn’t be out to much . I am so glad I found this . My skin has never looked so good. My skin is so sensitive and I will say I did get a little red and itchy at first but it was my fault for it does say to use once daily but as soon as I cut back to pm only that went away and I can’t explain how great this has been to my skin . Fine lines are diminished and the even skin tone is a blessing. I don’t normally review but this deserves ones because I have never felt so good about being makeup free when I leave and now I can. I do use Glow recipe watermelon moisturizer after I let this dry . The two work well together. So if you are one who has super sensitive skin and are scared of toners I wouldn’t be for this one. « less

- Sephora
Sephora userFebruary 16, 2018
5

O.M.G

I was so excited to see sephora carrying this product. I have been wanting to try this line since I hear such great things about it, not just on the quality but the affordability.My skin type is an over all mess. to the point I don't feel confident to go do my groceries without foundation on. its extremely oily, acne prone, i have huge pores, dry patches, hyperpigmentation & its red a splotchy...so AKA a dermatologists niiightmare!!!this product has helped me lighten my dark spots, calm down the redness and smooth out my pores.I also use the salicylic acids solution on my break out to help treat that.I actually went to work today with just a little under eye concealer without feeling ashamed... I can't wait to see if it will just keep improving the situation.

- Sephora

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I use @Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution as my toner, @Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is a good serum, and a good sunblock/ moisturizer for oily skin is @AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen
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is this safe to use this (once a day) on a daily basis? some people have said it’s a toner and others have said it’s an exfoliator and i’d like to try it but i would also like to avoid irritating my skin! #theordinary #acneprone
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what’s a good skin care routine for super oily skin? toners, face masks, face wash?
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Ansley Turner
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Great toner for oily skin
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so im looking to change up my nighttime routine (cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc). any of you guys have any recommendations that you swear by? (nothing too expensive bc broke college student hehe) #cleanser #moisturizer #toner #nighttime #sensitiveskin #comboskin
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Night-time routine: Cleansers/scrubs I rotate: @Botanical Facial Gel / @Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub/ @Oil-Free Acne Wash / Equate Oil-Free Acne Scub (a dupe of neutrogena and works as well). Toners I rotate: @Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner / Burt’s Bees acne toner/ @Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Serums I use: @Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Oils I rotate between: @100% Plant-Derived Squalane / @Vitamin C Serum / The Ordinary Rosehip Oil Night cream/moisturizer I rotate: Cerave Night Cream and @Hydro Boost Water Gel For acne: @Herbal Complexion Stick / @Drying Cream / @Differin Adapalene Gel/ @Drying Lotion
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Seca horak
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Hello, I have been struggling with acne and discoloration for a while now. I have combo skin but my biggest problems are my cheeks, they are covered in blackheads and some pimples, and are always clogged I’ve tried everything under the sun and feel as if I’m destroying my skin :/ I need a cleanser and moisturizer that could help. Thank you!
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Evangelia Edwards
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I’ve never had a lot of acne but I get hormonal breakouts sometimes. I use this because I feel like my skin has gotten more oily recently, and this face wash has worked well and made my skin look really clear! It can cause some irritation if you have sensitive skin; so then I’d recommend @Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser which has tea tree oil in it and is a good gentle cleanser for acne prone skin. I use @Green Tea Balancing Lotion which is very light and goes well under makeup. As far as discoloration, vitamin C serums and glycolic acid can help. I haven’t tried any products like these but The Ordinary has good products that aren’t expensive like @Vitamin C Suspension 30% In Silicone @Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
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I've used proactive forever and it's done nothing for me lately! Any tips on getting rid of acne on oily skin? I feel like the proactive is just drying it out, so are there any good moisturizers that won't make my skin more greasy?
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Emma Wadé
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This toner is amazing as well!
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Tiane Saia
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Can anyone recommend a great toner that you love? I have sensitive skin and the I’ve tried the Clean & Clear Essentials Oil-Free Deep Cleaning Astringent and it burned my skin 🥵
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I LOVE the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution by the ordinary!!!
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Ingrid Ruiz
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I am looking for a toner for my oily face. I tend 2 break out most of the time. I mostly tend to get little bumpers on my forehead/ fungal acne. I am looking for a toner that is not to Harsh on my face. I want it to leave my face smooth and also help my oily skin. Help ME!!!!
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Ansley Turner
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@Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution This is a great toner!
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Jessica Helms
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Can anyone recommend good exfoliators and toners for very dry skin please?
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Anne Sexton
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I use this and it’s helped so so much!! acids can be super scary but they’re more gentle at exfoliating and don’t leave the micro tears in your skin and can help w scarring too. if you want a more hydrating acid look into malic and lactic acidosis but this stuff w a face oil has changed my skin so much
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Habiba
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Does anyone know a good chemical exfoliating toner for dry sensitive skin?
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Marisa Nelson
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This product has aloe and ginseng to sooth irritation. Try using only once a week at first then more often if you feel your skin can handle more.