The Ordinary AHA BHA peeling solution

The Ordinary was one of the most hyped-up brands and their AHA BHA peeling solution is the most sought after product. I bought this product more than a year back when it was not available in India directly, so I bought it from BeautyBay where I wasn’t sure the product would be delivered. The product was delivered after 21 days and it was shipped from the UK.

The Ordinary AHA BHA peeling solution

What is AHA and BHA?

AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid and BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. Hydroxy acids (HA) are chemical exfoliators which work while penetrating into the skin. They unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. HA’s have anti-inflammatory properties that benefits the skin by increasing blood flow. They also help in removing scars on the face and promotes even skin tone.

AHA are water soluble acids that includes citric acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, lactic acids and others. They work on the topmost layer of the skin for problems like sun spots, dark spots wrinkles, uneven skin tone and acne scars.

BHA are oil soluble acids that include salicylic acid and citric acids. They penetrate through deeper layer of skin. It works mostly on problems related to oily skin. BHA unclogs the pores and prevents excessive sebum production. It also removes dead skin cells and promotes skin regeneration.

Are AHA and BHA used together?

Yes they can be used together but in proper concentration only. A concentration ratio can have a very good effect on it as it will work both on topical and internal skin problem. The concentration depends on the skin concerns so if you are not sure about it please contact a licensed skin specialist. The wrong concentration can cause excessive irritation and drying of skin.


  1. What Do Alpha And Beta Hydroxy Acids Do For Your Skin?

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution

The Ordinary Brand

I hope in the future there are many other places where we can find this product in India. You can feel free to write that for them to open a store in India on their website here. This will help them. This will help us tremendously to get a product locally and not to get any form of wrong products.

Product positioning

10-minute exfoliating facial pH 3.6

Direction (As per container)

Clean face and wait for skin to dry. Do not use on wet skin. Apply evenly across face and neck using fingertips avoiding eye area. Leave for no more than 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water avoid eye contour and contact with eyes both during application and rinse off.

Caution (As per container)

  • This low viscosity solution is intended to be used as a mask to not leave longer than 10 minutes.
  • It is not recommended to use more than twice per week.
  • If persistent irritation occurs discontinued and use and consult a physician
  • Use only as directed on unbroken skin and do a patch test prior its use on sensitive skin.
  • Contact of the product with skin must be of limited frequency or duration. Keep Out Of Reach of children
  • This product contains Alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid that may increase your skin 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.

Color and texture

As mentioned earlier it is a low viscosity product and is red in color.

The ordinary aha bha solution color

How to apply AHA BHA peeling solution

While applying make sure that you’re applying using the dropper directly on your hand or face. Don’t let the dropper touch any part of your hand or face or it might lead to contamination. If you are first applying it on the cheek. Make sure you apply three drops and rub it then go to the next part of the face because if you apply it first on your forehead, then go to other parts it might drip down and reach your eyes which is very dangerous.

I apply this product once or twice a week. My father also applies to this product. My dad has very rough skin, and it is very pigmented. So we apply it together. Firstly, I wash my face with a face wash and clean it and Pat it dry until there is no moisture left on the face. I apply this product and keep it for 10 minutes and put a timer on my phone so that it does not extend a 10 minute. Then I wash my face and follow it with a serum and moisturizer

Aha Bha peeling solution applied

My review of the Ordinary AHA BHA peeling solution

This product was the start of something new in my skincare routine. The first time I applied it, my skin stinged a bit and I was worried it wouldn’t suit me. This product was very helpful in decreasing my acne scar over the months. AHA BHA peeling solution should only be used by people who are used to using heavyweight formulation like vitamin c serums, retinol or facial oils. It shouldn’t be used by skin virgins with sensitive skin without the doctor’s permission.

Also if you are younger than 25, please wait till your skin mature a bit to use this formulation. This product is effective if used regularly(not recommended more than once a week) and following it with a good skin routine. Please make sure to check on the internet about ingredients that are compatible with this product. I use this product at night and make sure I follow it up with sunscreen as it penetrated deep into the skin making it vulnerable.

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