The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Reviews & FAQ’s

  • 93% of the Deciem Addicts love it
  • 90% say it has improved their skin
  • 89% will repurchase it
  • Currently scores 4.8/5 on the Deciem Website
  • Brighter skin
  • More even complexion
  • Good for congested skin
  • Fights blemishes
  • Improves texture
  • Can reduce the look of fine lines

Everything you need to know about The Ordinary AHA 30% including reviews by 200,000 Deciem Addicts, the people who have bought, tried and tested.

AHA 30% Reviews

This product is for experienced users only

What Is The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% & What Does It Do?

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% targets the following skin concerns;

  • Brighter skin.
  • More even complexion
  • Good for congested skin
  • Fights blemishes
  • Improves texture
  • Can reduce the look of fine lines

AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids, BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid.  AHAs exfoliate the top surface of the skin leaving it brighter and ultimately giving you a more even appearance, whilst  BHA’s go deeper into the pores which are great for congestion and blocked pores. As this product targets the top surface and goes deeper into the pores it makes it a fantastic product for the exfoliation of the skin.

It contains Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative which can help reduce irritations that can be caused by acid use.  It also contains other ingredients like cross polymer which is a form of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5 which helps with healing and black carrot which works as an antioxidant. It’s no wonder this product is so popular with the Deciem Addicts.

If your skin is sensitive, peeling or compromised in any way, please do not use this product. Deciem recommends Azelaic Acid if you are a beginner to skincare and acids, and if you have sensitive skin, Mandelic Acid is recommended.

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How & When Do I Use The Ordinary AHA 30%

  • Start by patch testing this product first.
  • This product is a treatment that should only be used once or twice a week for up to 10 minutes at a time in the evening.
  • Start with cleansed dry skin and apply a thin layer all over your face avoiding the eye area.
  • When rinsing off, use lukewarm water taking care to avoid the eye area. This can really sting.
  • Apply using your fingers and be in control of the application of this product.
  • You may see Instagrammers pouring this over their face. I do not recommend this.
  • What do I use after the AHA 30% Peel? I personally would use something hydrating like an oil or natural moisturizing factors (NMF), but everyone is different but please avoid any conflicting products mentioned below.
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Which Products Conflict With The Ordinary AHA 30% Peeling Solution?

On the Deciem regimen page, it says to avoid using this with the following products.

  • Direct Acids/Strong Acids
  • EUK 134 0.1% (antioxidant)
  • Peptides
  • Retinoids
  • Pure Vitamin C

After scrolling through some of the latest AHA 30% post on Instagram, there is some conflicting information between AHA and Peptides. Deciem now mentions to people that they can use Buffet after AHA 30% because this mask is washed off. Whatever you do, please always do a patch test or apply a very small amount to see how your skin reacts with certain products after the mask.

Sun Sensitivity

The Ordinary AHA + BHA can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun which is why it should only be used at night. When using AHA, avoid direct sun (Deciem say for up to a week) and invest in a really good sun cream.

How to patch test The Ordinary AHA 30% Peeling Solution

  • Apply a small amount of the product onto a clean area of skin on the upper forearm.
  • Leave-on for the specified length of time stated in the directions of use of the product.
  • Rinse off when the specified time has passed.
  • If any redness, burning, itching, blistering or irritation is observed within 24 hours of the patch test, do not use the product.
  • Please do not copy Instagrammers and pour this down your face.

The Ordinary AHA 30% Reviews

You can find the reviews on the Deciem website where this red peeling solution scores a huge 4.8/5 (at time of writing). You can find reviews on Instagram in the Facebook Group and below. Unlike the reviews on the Deciem website, you can interact with the people leaving the reviews on Instagram and Facebook.

Unboxing The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2%

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Reviews of The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% on Instagram

You can find lots more reviews on Deciem Chat Room Instagram and in The Ordinary & Deciem Chat Room Facebook Group.

Rachael @rachiecandice says: AHA 30% + BHA 2% is the most amazing resurfacing product I’ve ever used. Not to be overused (I only use once ever two weeks) or can cause dehydration, otherwise the perfect peeling solution. 

Jess @sk.insta.story says: I have normal/combo skin (currently on Tret so most Acids are a no go!) The red peel is an amazing resurfacing product. It does make me a little itchy around my nose when it’s on and when I’m not using Tretinoin I would use this maybe once a month as it’s incredibly strong but amazing. 

Nia @niapattenlooks The Ordinary AHA 30% is an amazing product for the price. It gives me baby soft smooth skin in minutes. I find it stings quite a lot when it’s on so I can only tolerate for a couple of minutes. It’s a strong product but it gives immediate results. 

The Ordinary AHA 30% Reviews by the Deciem Addicts

NNT says:  I give The Ordinary AHA 30% a 4/5. You sting like hell but only for about 30 seconds but you’ve made my skin so smooth and glowy. I recommend people only use hydrating products after you.

TK says:  I really really wanted The Ordinary AHA 30% to be a 5/5 and it still could move up to 5/5. I’ve been using it twice a week and now up to 10 minutes. From the comments I’ve read here, I expected my skin to be smooth and glowing because it would get rid of the dryness I get from using Granactive 5%. My skin just looks ok in the morning and my lower cheeks are dry by 2pm and upper cheeks by 4pm. But I still give it a 4/5. Now, I put on the thinnest layer I can possibly manage.

For me, The Ordinary AHA 30% is definitely a 5/5, I use it twice a week after my double cleanse and I’m in love with this product. After leaving it on for like 10 minutes and rinsing it off, my face feels softer than ever, pores are less visible and the overall look of my skin is super glowy and healthy. This is definitely a product that I’ll repurchase.

10/10 for The Ordinary AHA 30%. Love this.

Love you The Ordinary AHA 30% so much 💜

The Ordinary AHA 30% FAQS

These questions have been answered by Deciem on Social Media.

After my first use of The Ordinary AHA 30% my skin felt dry and the next day I had 3-4 red bumps like acne. It’s important to note that with an active ingredient that affects skin behavior, there can be an initial purging period during which breakouts are normal. It is also important to note that when introducing new products and sciences into your regimen, your skin may require up to a month to adjust. 

I have The Ordinary AHA peeling solution, Glycolic Acid toner, Alpha Arbutin, Niacinamide as well as azelaic acid suspension. Which of these products can be used after the AHA peeling solution? You’re welcome to apply Alpha-Arbutin or Niacinamide after the Peeling Solution.

I use The Ordinary AHA once night a week and the Granactive Retinoid the rest of the nights during the week. Is this ok? I use SPF moisturizer every day. So long as you do not use this more than 1-2 times per week then this is fine!

Can I use The Ordinary AHA 30% with Rose Hip Seed Oil?  Yes, you may!

Does The Ordinary AHA 30% peeling solution help with oil control and blackheads? You may wish to explore The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% a high-strength vitamin and mineral formula that visibly targets the look of blemishes and signs of congestion. Niacinamide has also been shown to have a visible brightening effect. 

Is AHA Peeling Solution good for keratosis pilaris (on the cheeks) or do you recommend something else? As none of our products can be considered medical treatments for Keratosis Pilaris, you may wish to discuss suitable treatments for persistent signs of eczema with your physician or dermatologist.

More Faqs

What kind of hydrating product can I use in combination with AHA 30% + BHA 2%? Do you have anything hydrating with SPF?  You may wish to explore any of our oils or hydrators afterward! You may also wish to explore The Ordinary Mineral Filters SPF 15 or 30 with Antioxidants.

Why can´t I buy The Ordinary AHA in Canada? Due to regulations, The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is currently unavailable in Canada. You may wish to explore Lactic Acid 5% or 10% as an alternative! 

Can I use AHA 30% followed by Niacinamide? Yes, you may! 

Why isn’t AHA 30% available in Australia? The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is not available in Canada, Korea, New Zealand, and Australia because it is qualified as pharmaceutical-grade in these countries and is permitted for use by medical/dermatological clinics only.

What do you recommend using after The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA? Any hydrating oils, creams or serums.

Can The Ordinary AHA help with dark spots? It certainly can.

More Faqs

If I wanted a less strong version of the AHA 30% which one would you recommend?  The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution incorporates a combination of alpha-hydroxy acids (Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, and Citric Acid) at a total concentration of 30%, in addition to the beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) present at 2%. On the other hand, the Salicylic Acid 2% Masque does not contain any Alpha hydroxy acids, only salicylic acid at a 2% concentration. This formula also incorporates charcoal and clays, which provide deep cleansing benefits to the skin, making it suitable for blemish-prone skin, whereas the peeling solution is recommended for experienced users of direct acids. 

Can I use the peeling solution in the morning without sun exposure and include Retin A at night? We ideally recommend applying AHA + BHA Peeling Solution in the PM. Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to comment on the pairing of our products with those of other brands and/or prescription medications. We recommend gradually incorporating one new product into your regimen at a time, and applying test patches first to see what works best for your skin

Final Thoughts On The Ordinary AHA 30%

It’s clear to see that this product is well-loved. 93% of the Deciem Addicts LOVE ❤️ this product, 90% have seen an improvement in their skin and 89% of the Deciem Addicts will repurchase this product. I have recently started to use this again in my routine and forgot how much I love it. It is very important to patch test this product and use it very carefully.

The Ordinary AHA 30% Fake – Fake The Ordinary Peeling Solution

There seems to be a lot of The Ordinary fakes around and this particular product is a popular one. If this product is out of stock at Deciem and all other authorised stockists, please wait until it comes back into stock. We have many members of the Facebook Group who have desperately bought this from Amazon, eBay, and numerous other places to either find out it´s a fake or worry it´s a fake. It´s not worth the risk. This is an authentic product purchased directly from Deciem.

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Where to buy The Ordinary AHA 30%

It’s always best to buy through Deciem or one of their authorised stockists. Sometimes this product is out of stock, so always sign up for notifications on the Deciem website. Please do not be tempted to buy through Amazon, Ebay or any third party that is not listed as an authorised stockist.

Products Similar To AHA 30%

If you´re new to Direct Acids then Deciem suggests using Azelaic Acid. If you have sensitive skin then they suggest Mandelic Acid. The Salicylic Acid Masque is a great product to try and another masque by Deciem is the NIOD Flavanone Mud. You can read all The Ordinary Acid Reviews here.