The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

There are very few truly affordable acid exfoliators on the market that are formulated at the correct pH, don’t contain skin irritating ingredients like alcohol, and contain a high enough percentage of glycolic acid to truly make a difference on skin. The Ordinary knocks it out of the park with their Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution! This acid toner is a game changing product, especially for the younger audience that The Ordinary has been attracting on social media. It’s not only impressive for acid newbies, it is even impressive to acid veterans like myself!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Acids are a category of skincare that I don’t like to just “try out.” Mostly because the majority of products that are marketed as a “peel,” are poorly formulated or have a pH level that is not effective for exfoliation. Depending on the type of acid (salicylic, glycolic, etc.) the product must be within a certain pH range for it to actually be able to exfoliate skin cells. This toner is formulated in the range of 3.5-3.7, which is excellent because glycolic acid is ideally effective at a pH range of 3.0-4.0.  (The closer to a ph of 3.6 for Glycolic, the better) Glycolic acid is very effective at treating hyperpigmentation and has “degreasing” properties making it an excellent choice for oily or acneic skin types. Some people cannot use glycolic acid because it is a small molecule that absorbs quickly. Increasing the chances of inflammation and irritation, especially for those with sensitive skin. For those with sensitive skin or that cannot use Glycolic without irritation, try Lactic Acid 5% +HA instead.

While I could list 4 different acids that The Ordinary makes on my list of favorites, I chose this one because it is mild enough to be used for acid newbies. Plus, just look at this bottle…it is HUGE! The bottle contains 8 oz. of product for $8.70 USD. What a steal! The packaging itself is brilliant with its twist top pointed tip, easily poured onto a cotton pad.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution with Intrinsics Naturally Silken Wipes
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7%, a liquid toner that is easily poured onto cotton pads. (Intrinsics Silken Wipes)

How & When to Use

Because you can’t scrub your way to good skin, this toner should be used instead of a facial scrub. Just pour onto a cotton pad and apply after cleansing at night. My favorite cotton pads I have recently discovered are by a brand called Intrinsics Naturally that make single use products for spas. Their Silken Wipes are super soft and gentle on skin, plus they don’t waste product by absorbing too much. In the morning you will wake up with smooth, glowing skin! Just make sure to use sun protection when using this product, all the time!

Dupe for Pixi Glow Tonic?

Some have compared this toner as a dupe for Pixi’s Glow Tonic. I have never used Glow Tonic before, but it does have some similar ingredients. My IG friend Vanessa (@goalstogetglowing) has an awesome infographic comparing The Ordinary Toner and Pixi Glow Tonic on her blog.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning SolutionMore Info

For more details on the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and all of the other acids made by The Ordinary, read my post ‘The Ordinary Acids: Which One Is Right For Me?’ I take a closer look at each acid, what it does, and who should use it.


Full Ingredients List:  Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Rosa damascena flower water, Centaurea cyanus flower water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Hexyl Nicotinate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Gellan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

Where to Buy:

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution can be purchased at Sephora, Beautylish, The Ordinary’s website,  Cult Beauty, or at Victoria Health.

For a full list of authorized retailers worldwide click here. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you check out my Top ‘The Ordinary’ post! I have heard rumors of The Ordinary coming to Sephora, so that’s very exciting news! The brand has some big adventures and hopefully more great products in store for us in 2018! Until next time….

Stay Happy & Beautiful,


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**This post may contain affiliate links. I did purchase the product myself and my experience is based on using since early 2017. If you support my blog and purchase a product through one of my links, at no additional cost to you, I am very grateful! My opinions are honest, unbiased, and completely unrelated to my relationship with Deciem or any other affiliate.
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  1. Sarahjeangirl

    I’m also a huge fan of this! I’ve used Glycolic for years and it has made such a difference in my skin, in so many ways. The price of this can’t be beat!

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