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The Ordinary Lactic Acid (5%) – How To Use

The Ordinary Lactic Acid (5%) – How To Use


The Ordinary is a brand that has brought us plenty of must-have skincare products but are they really worth it? In this post, we’re going over The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% along with a how to use guide, further below.

The Ordinary

The brand falls under the Deceim Group, including other brands such as NIOD and Hylamide – bringing us science based skincare to help our skin.

With all the hype The Ordinary has received, are the products really worth it? Let’s take a look at the “must-have” skincare product which is Lactic Acid.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% – Packaging

One thing that I really like about The Ordinary is it’s packaging. Whilst it’s very minimal, it’s clean and projects the whole vibe of science-meets-skincare perfectly. It’s clean, professional and sleek.

You have all the details you need on the outside, along with what the product targets.

For me, personally, I like keeping things stored neatly and in a co-ordinated way. I have all my beauty, skincare and makeup organised by brand and colour.

The product itself comes in a glass bottle complete with a glass pipette allowing you to easily use the amount you want.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% – What is Lactic Acid?

I’ll try to keep this part as simple as possible to help people understand what Lactic Acid is. If you’re new to skincare ingredients like this – please DON’T be put off by the word acid.

Lactic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid, something which exfoliates the skin, and with this being a 5% formulation – it’s very mild on the skin. (There’s higher percentages out there).

This means Lactic Acid helps to exfoliate and brighten your skin, leaving it looking healthier.

In this product, you have the added ingredient of Tasmanian Pepperberry which is known to help reduce the signs of inflammation and sensitivity – something associated with exfoliation.

When Shouldn’t I Use Lactic Acid?

You should NOT use Lactic acid if your skin is peeling, compromised, sore from the sun or extremely sensitive. There’s other options for you which will be featured in another post… 😉

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% – How To Use

In this section, I’ll be sharing how I use this in my skincare routine – you can adjust this to suit you and your skincare routine.

Depending on my skin and how it looks, I use this once a week (twice, maximum) and normally in the evening. I feel like this works for me the best and benefits my skin.

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I wouldn’t recommend using this more than twice a week as I use other products in my routine such as Niacinamide and Alpha Arburtin in my skincare routine and this balance works for me.

  • After cleansing my skin, I sometimes apply a toner and after cleansing / toning, I apply a thin layer of Lactic Acid to my skin, massaging onto the face, chin and neck area.
  • Apply Lactic Acid BEFORE your moisturiser.
  • Let the lactic acid settle into the skin well. If you can, let it settle for at least 15 minutes to half an hour before applying your moisturiser / night cream.

I would personally recommend using Lactic Acid in the evening, after thoroughly cleansing your skin. I feel like this works better overall.


What does Lactic Acid Do? Does it benefit acne?

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% is a very mild peeling formulation. (You won’t see any peeling on the skin, it just gently exfoliates the skin and helps with cell regeneration.

  • If you suffer with acne and / or breakouts, look at introducing Niacinamide to your skincare routine instead.
  • If you suffer with acne scars or want to improve the overall texture of your skin, lactic acid can definitely benefit your skin thanks to it’s special formulation and very mild exfoliation.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% – Price

Considering the science behind the skincare, you can get 30ml for just £5.60 / £5.80 depending on where you shop from.

For the price, this is a great product and great addition to your skincare routine and works well for most skin types.

You can adjust how often you use this – just make sure you adjust to suit you, your skin type and your skins needs.

Layla x

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