The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution is my first product from the brand. It also marks my entry into the world of chemical exfoliation which is a less harsh method of exfoliating the skin and gives you the healthiest glow. Before this, I used scrubs that would give me acne in turn and didn’t work on clearing my skin from within. So if you’re looking for a solution to de-congest your pores, reduce the appearance of blemishes and get an even skin tone, read the post to find your answer.

What is Glycolic Acid? It is the smallest AHA (Alpha Hydroxyl Acid) which penetrates the skin most deeply. It basically breaks the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface (exfoliates) to boost radiance and restores skin’s clarity.

the ordinary glycolic acid review
Glycolic Acid Toner

Price: £6.80 or $8.70 for 240 ml.

I ordered this from Cult Beauty and it cost me around ₹540. They had free shipping and discount for the first-timers. I don’t think there’s any acid toner or even toner available in India, even half as effective as this one, at this price.

Directions: Use in PM, only once a day. Wash your face with a cleanser, pour the toner on a cotton ball and sweep across face and neck. Do NOT rinse off.

Glycolic Acid increases skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so don’t forget SPF!

Ingredients: Glycolic Acid (exfoliates), Ginseng and Aloe Vera (soothes skin) and Tasmanian Pepper berry (reduces skin irritation).

*Fragrance-free, Paraben free, Cruelty-free, Mineral oil-free, Sulphates free.

Claims to target:

  • Textural Irregularities
  • Lacklustre Tone


It comes in a huge transparent plastic bottle with the screw cap which is to be replaced by a dropper-cap that you have to swivel up to let the product come out. The bottle is quite sturdy. I love the minimalist packaging of all The Ordinary products.

Packaging of the ordinary glycolic acid toning solution

My Thoughts on The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution

I have used this for almost a month and a half and noticed some really positive changes in my skin. It never looked or felt as smooth as it does now. I have visibly clearer and even skintone and the texture on my nose and forehead has also reduced.

Initial Experience

When I applied it for the first time, my skin felt really hot and it stung. This sensation was more on the area around my mouth and it persisted every time I applied it for the next 4-5 days. My skin did calm down after 10 minutes of application but it left a sticky film.

After a few days, that stinging lowered to quite an extent and it didn’t feel as sticky as I did before. But it still does increase the moisture level of the skin. Now that I’ve gotten used to it, I do not experience any irritation.

My skin is really sensitive hence the duration and intensity of stinging might differ for everyone, but it will still be there. Glycolic Acids are known to cause irritation initially and then your skin becomes tolerant gradually.

If you’re on the lookout for something milder then Pixi Glow Tonic might help, I have done a detailed comparison between the Pixi Glow Tonic & The Ordinary Glycolic Acid to help you decide better.

Effects It Had On My Skin

  • It felt softer and clearer from the very first use. I have had serious troubles with blackheads and whiteheads, and regular use of Glycolic Acid Toner has reduced them.
  • There’s hardly any rough texture.
  • Not only has this made my skin smoother, but it has also made it glowy.
  • I have also noticed an even skin tone. Also, reduction in the slight pigmentation I had around the outer corner of lips and usual blemishes.
  • It has shrunk my pores. My pores were a result of dirt and oil and I had them on my nose and the area around it.

I experienced great results with pores and glowy skin that shines without a highlighter with consistent use of the glycolic acid and The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc solution.

Most of my skin problems were due to skin congestion and that’s what it targeted, thereby, giving clear and radiant skin.

How to use glycolic acid toner
How to Use The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner

How to use?

When you’re just starting out, use the glycolic acid toner twice a week after cleansing your face at night. I tend to take some product directly in my palm and pat into the skin. But you can use a cotton pad too. Once your skin has gotten used to it, increase to thrice a week and that should be enough. Don’t use it frequently otherwise you risk damaging your skin barrier by over-exfoliating.

The glycolic acid toner wouldn’t work on removing acne but it can help in preventing them by keeping your skin clean. However, if you are constantly struggling with acne & have oily skin, The Ordinary 2% Salicylic Acid Solution might become your new best friend.

Coming to a very common question I encountered,

Will my skin go back to what it was once I stop using the glycolic acid toner? YES OR NO. 

NO, if you switch to potent acids from other brands then no your skin would still be its amazing self. But if you stop using a chemical exfoliator, you will start seeing those skin irregularities coming back. That’s because,

  1. The pollution and dirt around you aren’t going to decrease which are the main causes of skin troubles.
  2. Your skin needs to be exfoliated regularly to shed the dead skin cells that can clog your pores and result in comedones and acne. And the ordinary glycolic acid toner just provides that in a gentler way. Think of this as a must-have product in your skincare routine, just like cleansing is.
Review of the ordinary glycolic acid toner
Review of The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner


You need to be patient to see the results without forgetting SPF, but I assure that you will definitely notice some changes from the very first use. It’s an amazing and affordable product if you want to start with chemical exfoliation.

Why You Should Buy The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution?

  • Works on texture irregularities
  • Gives smoother skin
  • Reduces blemishes
  • Gives even-toned skin
  • Affordable
  • Cruelty-free
  • Takes care of blackheads & whiteheads
  • Helps with better penetration of skincare products

Why You Should Buy The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution?

  • Might be too potent for very sensitive skin or people who have eczema or rosacea. In such case, you can start with a very mild acid-based face wash like the Wishtrend Acid-Duo cleanser that cleans your skin and also exfoliates it without causing any irritation.

Are acids part of your beauty routine? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

18 Replies to “The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review”

  1. Can I use Glycolic Acid Toning solution after using the Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution? If yes, how many times a week can I do this?

    1. Hey! No, you can absolutely not use glycolic acid and aha+bha peeling solution in one routine. Peeling solution try using once every 7 days or 10 days and glycolic acid toner you can use on alternate nights avoiding the nights you use the peeling solution. Hope this helps! xx

  2. Hi sis, I have scars on my face and since they a bit deep the shadow gives overall darker skin impression. Can you recommend any product to fade them off? And also for dark circles, tried so many products but nothing worked.

    1. Hello! You can surely start with The Ordinary Glycolic Acid and use it no more than 3-4 times a week at night. It will help in fading the spots. And make sure you wear sunscreen whenever you go out, even on cloudy days because sun rays are the major cause of dark spots and dull skin. For dark circles, sleeping in time & eating healthy food works along with a good eye serum like The Ordinary caffeine solution (it’s reviewed on my blog) but sometimes the dark circles are genetic so you can’t do much & should visit a dermatologist 🙂

  3. Sandra Anna Joy says: Reply

    I have never used any kind of acid on my skin. Do u think this is a gud option to begin with or will 7% glycolic acid be a bit too much for my skin.

    1. Hey! Then the best way would be to start with Pixi Glow Tonic, it’s very gentle and has 5% glycolic acid. Start with using 3-4 times a week and apply sunscreen. I have also done a detailed comparison between pixi glow tonic and the ordinary glycolic acid you can refer to that.

  4. hola!, funcionará bien en una piel seca?

    1. hey love! I just translated your comment (I don’t know the language) and yes it’s amazing for dry skin too, in fact, it’s better. “sí”

  5. Is it safe to be used in pregnancy?

    1. Hey! Yes, AHA at a concentration lower than 10% is safe during pregnancy. Since this has 7% you can try it out 🙂

  6. Can i use niacinamite after using glycolic acid toning solution????

    1. Yes of course! And you should, the combination of both works really great. But if you’re just starting out with both the products, introduce each product in your routine in a gap of 2 weeks at least.

  7. So glad to hear you’re liking this product!
    I think the ordinary has some of the most amazing products at such a good price point.


    1. Rifat Yaseen says: Reply

      I am obsessed with The Ordinary. The price tag is amazing for such effective products!

      Thanks for dropping by Ankita 🙂

  8. I want to add some glicolic acid toners in my routine after the summer, I might look into this one, it sounds amazing and the price is incredible! I love the mask they have (the red one that looks like blood) so I might pick this up next ?

    1. Rifat Yaseen says: Reply

      You should definitely give this a try!! Are you talking about the AHA+BHA peeling solution? I use it and it gives me such vampire vibes, LOL!
      Love the pricing of The Ordinary products.

  9. It sounds like this is a pretty nice product! I’ll definitely have to look into this ? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Rifat Yaseen says: Reply

      Yeah give it a try and let me know when you do. It’s pretty amazing! ?

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