The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Review

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Review

Hey Beauties!

Lately ive been really into skincare and trying new things, so when i had the chance to try out The Ordinary i just had to do it! As always im quite late on this bandwagon but from what ive tried i’ve liked.
I wanted to talk about the Lactic Acid that The Ordinary does. If you haven’t heard of The Ordinary before they are a company that gives you no bullshit, you know what you are getting. The products are all high quality for affordable prices making skincare accessible to those who want things they may not be able to afford otherwise. I love The Ordinary and Deciem the parent brand for the simple reason of scientific research, their slogan is “Clinical Formulations with Integrity.” which i think sums up the brand really well!
Lactic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which will help to increase skin cell turnover on the surface of the skin to help with correcting uneven tone, textural irregularities and fine lines. I really like using Lactic Acid as the molecule is bigger so it doesn’t penetrate as deep as say Glycolic Acid which is quite a small molecule so this means that Lactic Acid is a lot more gentle on the skin.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Review

I chose 5% Lactic Acid as i didnt want to start with 10% as i feel like i wanted my skin to get used to it before using the higher strength. I have been using it for a while now about a month and ive found that my skin does look a lot more even as well as theres not that much textural irregularities either which is a big problem for me as it happens a lot on my nose.

I usually apply this after i have cleansed by skin in the PM, ill spray a little of NIOD SDSM2 wait for that to sink in then apply the Lactic Acid and let that sink in. You will find that it does tingle a little for me when i used it for the first time if im honest i did sting a little but as my skin got more and more used to it i didnt notice or feel it as much anymore. I will always make sure to use a hydrating serum/moisturiser after this as it can leave your skin a little dry. I will only use this around once a every 4/5 days as i dont want to get to sensitive and irritated by it.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Review

The Ordinary Lactic Acid is a great way to introduce an acid to your skincare routine as it can help with not only exfoliation but to change the look of your skin. As this form of Lactic Acid is quite a low strength it will take a little while to work where as you have something like the Sunday Riley Good Genes which is around 40% im sure so you can tell the changes with that pretty quickly. I know a lot of people like to compare this to Good Genes but after using this for around a month i dont really feel like they are the same for one they have completely different ingredients aside from the Lactic Acid, I would go as far to say that Good Genes is a more comprehensive treatment whereas The Lactic Acid from The Ordinary is a basic form, dont take that as its not good because as you can see its fantastic!

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Review

You can find The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% online at for £5.50*

9.3/10 Overall

Better for than Glycolic Acid for more sensative skin

Extremely Affordable

Delivers Results


Can sting when first using it

Can be hard to get a hold of as its popular

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% is a budget friendly version of more expensive versions of Lactic Acid treatments.
How well does it work?
Worth the price tag

What do you think of The Ordinary?
Have you used Lactic Acid before?
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  • This sounds really good, I am a big glycolic acid user myself but using that every day can be too much. So this could be a great compromise, and I do love that price tag. Thank you for sharing Andrew x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • You are very welcome! thank you for reading and commenting I tend to use glycolic everyday and to be honest i havent used this as much as i would have wanted because im using Retinol as well so i didnt want to over power my skin too much xx

  • I can use Glycolic Acid but for some reason Lactic Acid seems to break me out terribly!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Thats weird its usually the other way around, Glycolic being the smaller molecule penetrates more causing the irritation im not sure what would happen with Lactic Acid x

  • Great review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the lactic acid as well!
    xx, Kathy

  • Interesting! Thanks for the review! I’m so interested in trying lactic acid more so this was really timely.

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

    • Youre welcome im glad you enjoyed reading! You could totally try this out i feel like chemical exfoliation is so much better than physical because there no chance of you buffing to hard and causing microtears in the skin

  • I’ve been loving the ordinary! This is top of my list!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  • Jodie Paterson

    Great review! I’ll have to check it out!

  • Robert William

    I love this stuff!

  • Urbanity Blog

    I really need to try this! My skin is awful atm and cleansers, oils etc never seem to work, time for something new I think! Such a good price tag too!
    Ruth x

    • Such a fantastic price! i feel if youre skin is a bit meh just now try to strip back everything youre doing and think is it the products? if its not it might be your skin type? like for me im usually really oily but im dehydrated as well but i thought i was dry skin so i was treating for dry skin and it was completely wrong for my skin xx

  • I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Ordinary range/products, I feel like I really need to give them a try asap! For that price too, how can I not? x