Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates skin. This 5% formulation offers very mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.” – The Ordinary defines the product.

I bought this lactic acid by The Ordinary when I was suffering from skin infection.  And I have been using this along with my serum in the PM routine. Its written in the package that you need to dilute the acid with other treatments in order to develop skin tolerance of the product. So, the first file that I used was with a night serum and now this second bottle I have been using as a night serum.

So why did I wait for so long to write a review of this product?! Honestly, I had to be very sure if it actually works well on my skin without a secondary serum and actually suits my skin (very sensitive and acne prone). And I am about to finish with this file too and to start with… I love this product! If you are skeptical about using acid on face and haven’t heard of The Ordinary and their super affordable cult beauty products… read the review.

Also, I have written a review of my favorite product from The Ordinary which is a must have in your shelf – The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – Review


What is it – The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% is a chemical solution to exfoliate your skin. It has been designed to help improve your skin texture and appearance. Which apparently sounds great. This particular formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use.

What does it do – It’s good for exfoliation, hyperpigmentation, congested skin, fine lines. So it helps in reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens out complexion and soothes rough skin.

pH – According to The Ordinary website the pH value of this product ranges from 3.60 – 3.80, which is low but enough to be effective.

IngredientsAqua(water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Citrate, Arginine, Triethanolamine, Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata fruit/leaf extract, Acacia Senegal gum, Xantham gum, Trisodium Ethylenesiamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2, 2- dimethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated castor oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

Though some of the ingredients are hard to pronounce and I like the fact that the product has minimalist ingredients and is simple and sound.

Notable Ingredients – Tasmanian pepperberry derivative to reduce inflammation. The key active ingredient in the pepperberry is polygodial, a compound that has been found to be anti-inflammatory in animal studies. It is also an anti-oxidant.

Sun Sensitivity – Very sensibly, there is a warning in the package for increased sun sensitivity while using the product and  a recommendation for use of proper sun protection.

Texture – A light watery hydrating serum that spreads well and is very slightly sticky.

How to use – Apply once a day. Ideally in the PM routine. For first timers can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance.

Fragrance – It has a strange scent but is not at all unpleasant or strong

Price – 1100/- for 30ml

Where did I buy from – SkinBlissSkin (My favourite Instagram store)

Over the last few months I have been gone from a heavy skincare junkie to a minimal and realistic routine that would keep my skin glowing and acne free. The skin infection that I had last year in December left my skin very sensitive and acne prone. And even though I loved trying new products I have stopped myself and have gone minimal and choosy. But serums are something I would love to keep in my skin routine always, and so I am always up for a cheap alternative. And The Ordinary products are steal deal when it comes top cult beauty compositions in affordable prices!

In India however, I haven’t seen much of a difference… usually the sellers keep a profit of 500 – 600 INR in every bottle! Thanks to our customs and other charges! But if you can get someone to get these tiny bottles of goodness from Canada, that’s a real lottery deal!

 — My Verdict —

I was recommended to use Lactic acid on skin after having infection and marks all over my skin. And I thought of trying this one from The Ordinary and I am glad! If you read my previous blogs you will know my skin has been reacting well to acids. And this one has been mild on my skin but not mild enough to not show effects. It absorbs on the skin really well leaving the skin smooth and soft with a slight sticky feeling. So this one is best used at night.

My Observation

  • Feels gentle on skin
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Compliments well with the other products
  • Makes skin smooth and soft but is slightly sticky
  • Improves the texture of skin
  • Has a strange odor, but not intolerable
  • A little easy on the pocket than the Korean alternatives
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2 thoughts on “THE ORDINARY LACTIC ACID 5% + HA 2% – REVIEW

    1. Preeya

      AHA won’t really help curing hair ingrowths but it does make the skin softer so that the hair can come out faster. And the only way to keep ingrowths at bay is mild scrubbing 🙂 Try scrubbing twice a week with natural ingredients if your skin is sensitive.. it not only reduces ingrowths.. keeps skin smoother too !
      I have a few blogs on natural scrubs for body and face.. u can have a look in the skincare section
      Hope it helps.. 🙂

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