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AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

10-Minute Exfoliating Facial

3.5 - 3.7
water-free - NO
alcohol-free - YES
oil-free - YES
silicone-free - YES
nut-free - YES
vegan - YES
gluten-free - YES
cruelty-free - YES

With 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic/Lactic/Tartaric/Citric), 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid), Hyaluronic Acid Crosspolymer, Vitamin B5, Black Carrot and Tasmanian Pepperberry

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin's topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.

This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. This formula is further supported with a crosspolymer form of hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to assist healing and black carrot as an antioxidant.

Note: This formula contains a very high concentration of free acids. We recommend use only if you are an experienced user of acid exfoliation and your skin is not sensitive.

Contraindications: This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions.

This pH of this formula is approximately 3.6. Glycolic Acid, the primary AHA used in the formula, has a pKa of 3.6 and pKa is the most important aspect to consider in formulating with acids. pKa implies acid availability. When pKa is close to pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid and reducing irritation. Higher pH numbers in such a case would increase salt which counter-intuitively would make the formula even more irritating than if the formula was more acidic.

Note: While exfoliating acids can result in quick visible benefits, we generally suggest indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids. Please refer to NIOD's Non-Acid Acid Precursor for such a reference.


Clean face and wait for skin to dry. Do not use on wet skin. Apply evenly across face and neck using fingertips, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes both during application and rinse off. This low-viscosity solution is intended to be used as a masque. Do not leave on for longer than 10 minutes. It is not recommended to use more than twice per week. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Refer to our in-depth guide to patch testing. Keep out of reach of children.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that may increase your skin's 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.


Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Our formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Recently on Social Media

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution next to a dropper dispensing a solutinos into a glass vial It sounds really scary. It looks even scarier 💉. It's unavailable in many markets. And yet it's one of our most-loved products of all time. Our AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a 10-minute exfoliating facial that combines 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic / Lactic / Tartaric / Citric) with 2% Salicylic Acid to improve visible radiance and texture in no time. While Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and specially Glycolic Acid, exfoliate the skin surface well, Salicylic Acid further exfoliates inside the pores to target congestion and visible blemishes. The formula also contains a hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Crosspolymer, pro-healing Vitamin B5, antioxidant Black Carrot and a soothing Tasmanian Pepperberry to make it tolerable by most skin types including sensitive skin. The pH of ~3.6 matches the pKa of Glycolic Acid to offer exceptionally high pure acid availability while leaving an ideal balance between acid and salt content to minimize irritation from excess presence of either. This loving, lovable product is not available in several markets including our homeland of Canada (permanent regulatory limbo), but we will have alternatives for these markets in early 2018. Some obvious bits: 1) Don't over-use acids; two times per week is plenty (which means these peels should cost you about $1 a month); 2) Avoid unprotected solar exposure at all times but particularly when using peels; 3) Don't let the honest cost of this superstar misguide you. When it comes to exfoliation, your skin only understands acid type, concentration and pH; it doesn't act differently based on how much money you wasted 💸. 4) A really fun way to spend ~10 minutes with your family, partner or friend(s) is peeling together ❤️🐒

A few comments on social media...

  • Awesome. Luv it. I'm 60 and use twice a week. Luannhp
  • This bad boy been on my face almost every Sunday ever since it was lunched. Happy skin, happy me! You are a happines givers, monkeys! 💙☺ amongthefew
  • I have this and the NIOD line to thank for my amazing skin! My skin looks better in my early 30s than it did in my 20s! Kickash_fitness
  • I use it every week. Amazing product ♥️ nathalia_prado07
  • This is great stuff! I had a blast sending pics to my family and friends! However the results!!! I will post tonite when I treat my skin again!🤗 and thanks for all your hard work. @theordinary. Beingauntieyaya
  • My favorite The Ordinary product! ❤️ I've also scared a few people while I had it on 😂 kristineannecastro
  • My Sunday peel. Love it! Eri13
  • I adore this product. I took it to my dermatologist when I bought it. She was very impressed and approved me using it once a week. Nishmet22
  • I am close to running out and it literally makes me want to cry.. Scienceandskincare
  • Literally one of my favorite 💕 fvckk_xo
  • Absolutely love this product! Makes your skin feel amazing! Katielmcmurray
  • Wow how ironic I have this and had it on my face. What a wonderful product I love it and leaves my skin silky smooth. It's not strong at all and does not irritate the skin. Thank you monkey's 😘 mtorres6132
  • Used it last night 😍 has been key to transforming my texture without irritating my sensitive skin kathruhhh
  • Love this peel! It makes my skin so smooth. Patchworkpirate
  • I absolutely LOVE this stuff! It has made a huge difference for me! Mallory1712
  • Skin game changer for me. Love this product. It's a day or two later that I notice a glow to my skin. Thanks @deciem elsajanec
  • This is brilliant I am on my 3rd bottle. Love it. Jseddaoui
  • One of my favorite masks! Incredibly potent and gentle ✨ sofieuh
  • one of my desert island products, could not be without 🙌💕 jsuddes13
  • This peel changed my skin in so many beautiful ways 🙏🏻 best skin care product I've ever purchased anywhere kayyybandz
  • I love this 😊I’ve used it twice and already seen such a difference x missyfoxx25
  • You guys are awesome. Midnight.merlot
  • I’ve been using for about 6 mos. it’s amazing!❤️ tlcouturedesigns
  • I love this stuff!!! Holy grail must have karliahlarge
  • Best product ever! Drastically improved my skin texture! Shdoesnutin
  • This stuff is great! My face is clearer and brighter after using it jesskermeci
  • I never thought my skin would look as clear as it did after I took accutane in high school, but The Ordinary products are what is keeping my skin CLEAR. Can't believe my skin is looking this nice with products so affordable 😭😭😭 thtfashionista_
  • I love this so so much. My skin feels so much cleaner and radiant every time after masking. Libertousqueen
  • This product is really really good. It beats those masks that are 40-60 dollars. I see good results just from this guy 👌🏽🤤 aumy99
  • I LOVE this stuff. I have sensitive skin but have no problems if I use it per the instructions and it makes my skin so soft and bright. Jobellecee
  • I use this once or twice per week and it's making my skin so smooth with zero irritation. It's actually soothing for my rosacea. I love it and I wonder if it's even possible 30% concentration of AHAs could be actually soothing instead of irritating. What the hell is this magic pettiebun
  • Can't wait to use this! The Ordinary skincare has changed my life ❤️ @deciem are so happy to help and their customer service is incredible. I can't rave about them enough!! ⭐️ peapops
  • Omg one of my favorite products I’ve purchased from you! I live by these products 🤤 buddha_thatsme
  • Just ordered it today 😍 That one and about 8-9 other products 🙈 To add to the existing 11 I already have from The Ordinary 🎉 I think it’s called love 😍Seriously, I tried a whole bunch of them, gave my mom, sister and a few girlfriends to try them out as they’re all simply amazing 👏You rock @deciem ❤️ dixie0703
  • One of my favorite products!!! Love the tingle! Makes my skin glow!!! Zombie_love_face
  • This is the only thing that prevents my breakouts. When i travel and don’t use it for a week my skin resents me. Pamcrb
  • This stuff makes you look like the love child of Norman Bates and Carrie while you are using it, but it works wonders kristenfraser
  • The love of my life ❤️ @deciem The best peeling solution hands down 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 juholhel
  • The best product in the world 🌎 alexanview
  • One of my fave Deciem product - my skin saviour 😍😍😍 jmazurekzalewska
  • The best skincare brand ever 😍 Every time someone compliments my skin, I make sure to tell them it's all thanks to The Ordinary 👌🏻💘 micaceous
  • The product gives me a new face every week. A product has no name. Stockaflockaflame
  • Love it ! Your products have helped my skin go back to its original state ! Thankyou ! sdeezy86
  • Love it, love it, love it. This product have saved my skin and done miracles. I had problem skin, huge pores and pigment spots. My skin is now clean, smooth and soooo pretty... just bought 9 more of your products. I’m an addict 😍 clarabuddig
  • I have been using this and it's AWESOME!! Chemical exfoliators (ie acid peels) are definitely the way to go over physical exfoliators (ie scrubs) as the latter often creates micro-tears in your skin. Deciem makes unbelievable products & I would recommend to anyone looking for beautiful skin awellsm


AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution - 30ml
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AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

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7.20 USD
  • Bazaar 2018 Award
  • Byrdie / Curated 2017 Award
  • Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards 2017 Winner
  • CEW Beauty Award Winner 2017
  • Tatler Beauty Awards Winner 2017
  • Grazia Beauty Awards 2016 Breakthrough Brand Award
  • The Pool Beauty Awards 2016 Award
  • Glamour Beauty Power List 2017 Award
  • Into The Gloss Top 25 Award Winner
  • Look Beauty Awards 2017 Winner