The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

This was my first product from The Ordinary and before we jump to the review of the product, I’d like to talk a bit about 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 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

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).

Claims to target:

  • Textural Irregularities
  • Lacklustre Tone

Packaging: It comes in a huge transparent plastic bottle with the screw cap which is to be replaced by a dropper-cap which you have to swivel up to let the product come out. The bottle is quite sturdy.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Packaging
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – Packaging

My Thoughts:

I have used this for almost a month and a half and have seen some really positive changes in my skin.

Initial experience-

When I applied it for the first time, my skin felt really hot and it stung. This thing 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 the film wasn’t that sticky but still there.

My skin is really sensitive hence the duration of stinging might be lower for you if yours isn’t, but it will still be there. Glycolic Acids are known to cause irritation initially and then your skin becomes tolerant gradually.

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 even skin tone. Also, reduction in the slight pigmentation I had around the outer corner of lips.
  • It has shrunk my pores. My pores were a result of dirt and oil and were on my nose and the area around it. The ones on the nose are reduced and the rest round it has

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

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – Review

Coming to a very common question I encountered, Will my skin go back to what it was once I stop using it? 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 switch to a regular toner, 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 so you will keep getting those skin problems.
  2. Acids are very potent. Once, you start using them, you will get used to the effects they have on your skin. The regular toners which aren’t this strong will fail to fight those serious skin troubles.

I have stopped using it and it has been a week or so and I can see those stubborn whiteheads again and no amount of scrubs and “natural” masks are helping.

And I didn’t stop it because it was bad, I am trying to use up what I already have first. Yes, the regular toners! Since I am moving out and need to reduce my baggage size.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Application
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – Application



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.

So if you are someone looking for the solution of mentioned skin problems and are ready to tolerate the initial stinging that comes with it, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is a must-have!

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

Availability is an issue for my Indian readers. You can check it out on Cult Beauty if the free shipping offer is still there or ask someone who’s flying down from USA or UK to get it.

 The Instagram stores also sell it but at an unreasonably high price.

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


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

  1. 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! 😄

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

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