The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review

I have been using AHAs and BHAs for years now, albeit in lower concentrations.  So when brands started making AHA/BHA products in higher concentrations, I knew it was something I wanted to try. Today, I’m reviewing a “mask” from The Ordinary which contains 30% AHAs and 2% BHAs.

I also reviewed The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution, if you’re looking to try something with a lower concentration of acids.




Anyway, on to this review!

The Ordinary AHA BHA Peeling Solution Review

The AHA BHA 32% Peeling Solution from The Ordinary contains 30% AHAs (Lactic, Glycolic, Citric and Tartaric Acids) and 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid). It also contains Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B5 and Tasmanian Pepper Berry which is supposed to help it not be too irritating to skin. It  contains black carrot which acts as an antioxidant.

There’s a whole bunch of scientific explanations about pH levels and how this product works on the brand website if you’d like to read more.

But the gist of it is that it targets textural irregularities, lackluster tone, and blemishes. It is supposed to improve the look of fine lines. It is basically supposed to be an at-home facial treatement.

This is literally the colour of blood. I wanted to take a photo of it on my face but I ended up looking like an extra from The Originals, so I decided against that.

The Ordinary Exfoliating Facial Treatment Review

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review

To apply this, you’re supposed to wash your face, let it dry, apply it do your face using your finger tips and wash off with lukewarm water. There is special emphasis from Deciem on not applying it to wet skin, not putting it around your eye contour, not leaving it on for more than 10 minutes, and not using it more than twice  a week.

Even though I don’t have sensitive skin, I tested this on a patch of skin about a day before applying it all over my face. I would definitely recommend doing a skin patch test before slathering something this intense all over your face.

Does it work?

Hells yes! This so far is in my top three purchases from The Ordinary. It stings, but I was expecting that. It left my face really smooth and soft and I noticed a visible difference in texture. I love when I use products and see instant results. I can’t wait to see what happens with continuous use.  I will be buying backups with my next order.

Drunk Elephant Baby facial Dupe

Please note that this is not a beginner’s product. It has a very high concentration of acids and it could potentially be irritating. If you’re new to chemical exfoliation  I would suggest starting with products with a lower concentration of acids. The Ordinary has a 5% Lactic Acid serum, a 7% Glycolic Toning Solution and a 10% Lactic Acid serum. Those are more beginner friendly. 

Please refer to the brand website linked above for more warnings and details on how to use this product, and when NOT to use it.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial Dupe? 

I bought Deciem’s The Ordinary 30% AHA and 2% BHA Peeling Solution   because I thought it sounded really similar to the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial. The Babyfacial has 25% AHAs while this has 30% AHAs. They both have the same concentration of BHAs, and they both contain sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer.

They are both formulated to target the same issues: lines, texture and dullness. They are both meant to be applied the same way (as masks).

Both products contain the same major ingredients ( Tartaric, Citric, Lactic, Glycolic and Salicylic acids), but there are definitely a few differences. The Babyfacial contains chickpea flour for “extra brightening”. This is absent  from The Ordinary ‘s formulation.

The Ordinary’s version contains black carrot and tasmanian pepper berry  which are missing from the Babyfacial.

The major thing worth noting in my opinion is that The Ordinary’s version contains 30% AHAs while Drunk Elephant’s Baby Facial contains 25% AHAs.

The Ordinary 30% AHA + 2% BHA contains 30ml of product while Drunk Elephant’s Baby Facial contains 50ml of product.

While I haven’t used the Baby facial and therefore cannot compare actual results, I thought it might be helpful to point out the similarities in ingredients, claims, expected results and application methods between these two products.

Judging by all this information, I would suggest The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution to someone looking for a more affordable alternative to the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial.

If you have tried both, tell me what you think in the comments.

PS: I’m not a dermatologist. The information contained in this post is not meant to replace advice from a professional. I’m just sharing my own experiences. Always do your own research and use common sense. 



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  3. I have used both products. I loved the Drunk Elephant Sukari Facial and had no problems with it. I used the Ordinary 32% aha and bha and here is what happened– the patch test went just fine. All over my face carefully avoiding the eye area and leaving on 10 minutes gave me no stinging to speak of, but has left me a peeling mess on day 2! No thanks!

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