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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution and Keratosis Pilaris 90 Day Review

Does The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution help improve skin with Keratosis Pilaris?

This peeling solution is an incredibly popular choice to use for common skin conditions such as fine lines, blemishes, skin textures and wrinkles but scientists also showed that using high concentrations of AHA’s and BHA’s can help improve the appearance of skin affected by Keratosis Pilaris, also called “Chicken Skin“.[1]

So, will using The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for 90 days show significant improvements to skin with Keratosis Pilaris?

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

What skincare ingredients are used in The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution?

As you might have already guessed, the main skincare ingredients in The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution is a blend of Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA), such as:

  • Glycolic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Tartaric Acid

What makes this skincare product unique, besides the vibrant color, is the relatively high concentration of these acids, making this potent serum a fan-favorite for exfoliation.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution thick texture creates a lot of bubbles
Iconic deep red color of The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution

However, we’re more interested to see if using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for 90 days will noticeably improve skin with Keratosis Pilaris by reducing the bumps and redness.


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Is The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution effective for Keratosis Pilaris?

For this skincare product review, we use the following skincare routine for 90 days to see how effective The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution really is on skin with Keratosis Pilaris:

Bright red color of The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% thick texture and deep red color.

Remember, this serum uses high concentrations of AHA’s and BHA’s so it’s absolutely important to follow the instructions carefully to prevent damaging the skin!

Especially:

  • Apply at most, twice a week at night.
  • Use sunscreen during the day and try to avoid direct sunlight.
  • Do not leave the Peeling Solution on skin longer than 10 minutes.
  • Make sure skin is completely dry as excess moisture can react with the acids.

Now that we have our basic skincare routine set, let’s find out if The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution helps improve the appearance of skin with Keratosis Pilaris.


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Keratosis Pilaris on skin before and after 2 weeks using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

So, does The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution help improve the look of skin affected by “Chicken Skin”?

Well, our 2 week results were a bit surprising.
Take a look:

Keratosis pilaris before and after 2 weeks using The Ordinary AHA BHA Peeling Solution
Skin on upper right arm after 2 weeks using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

Instead of reducing the Keratosis Pilaris spots, it looks like the dark spots got darker and much more textured!

The complete opposite of what we were expecting.

Perhaps, more time is needed before any significant change is noticeable!


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30 Day Update Using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for Keratosis Pilaris

After an unexpected start to this review, we really hoped to see improvements to the Keratosis Pilaris dark spots and bumps after 30 days of using The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

Well, the results keep surprising us:

Keratosis pilaris on upper right arm skin before and after using The Ordinary AHA BHA Peeling Solution for 30 days
Keratosis Pilaris on skin before and after 30 days using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

After 30 days of using this Peeling Solutions, it looks like the bumps and dark spots are even more noticeable!

The scientist’s data showed that AHA reduced dark spots but our results show the complete opposite. Does this mean that the research was wrong?

Well, not exactly.

When comparing this test to the scientific research paper, it’s important to realize that the participants in the study used their AHA/BHA creams”twice daily for 3 months.[1]

Also, the concentration of AHA and BHA used in the study was 10% and 5%, respectively.

Up to this point, we used only 9 applications of The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, as the directions suggest using this serum at most, 2 times a week.

A lot more time might be needed to see some favorable results.


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60 Day Update The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Keratosis Pilaris

So, was 17 applications of The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution over 60 days enough to see noticeable improvement to skin with Keratosis Pilaris?

See if you can spot the difference:

Keratosis pilaris on skin after 60 days applying The Ordinary AHA BHA Peeling Solution
Dark Keratosis Pilaris bumps before and after 60 days using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

It’s obvious that something changed.

Just like in the previous 30 day update, the Keratosis Pilaris bumps became much more textured and darker!

Although the bumps may look worse than before, it seems that something is being “purged” from the skin.

Perhaps, this is one of those situations where “it gets worse before getting better”.


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    90 Day The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Keratosis Pilaris Before and After Results

    It’s no secret that The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is an extremely popular exfoliating serum.

    Using this peeling solution for Keratosis Pilaris, however, doesn’t seem to be too helpful.

    This is the final result of using The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution for 90 days:

    Keratosis pilaris before and after 90 days using The Ordinary AHA BHA Peeling Solution
    Final 90 day before and after results using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution on skin with Keratosis Pilaris.

    Some might have found success in use this Peeling Solution for Keratosis Pilaris, but we’d prefer to use other skincare products that show better results much faster.


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    The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Product Review

    Here’s a few things to consider before adding The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution to your own skincare routine:


    Why don’t you use this serum more than twice a week?

    It’s always important to follow the instructions listed for skincare products, especially if it contains AHA.

    Seeing major skin improvements when using skincare products is always exciting.
    However, skin health should always be a priority!

    Use sunscreen and be careful not to over-exfoliate using strong AHA’s.

    Does The Ordinary Peeling Solution actually cause the skin to peel?

    Before starting this review, we thought that this serum would cause the skin to dramatically flake and peel away, revealing clear skin.

    Fortunately, there was no peeling or skin sensitivity at all!

    Did you notice any extra sensitivity after using The Ordinary Peeling Solution?

    There was no discomfort or irritations from using this skincare product.

    However, it’s important that the skin is DRY as some acids can react with water, causing nasty chemical burns!

    What is the texture of this peeling serum texture?

    The serum is slightly thick, which is good for controlling serum application and preventing the serum from dripping and making a mess!

    Anything else in particular?

    Remember to patch test all skincare products before using.

    The Ordinary Peeling Solution uses a relatively high concentration of acids so follow the directions carefully

    The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Packaging Photo

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      Disclaimers

      • This is not a sponsored post and all products were purchased using our own funds.
      • Skincare Weeklies is an Amazon Associate and earn commissions from qualifying purchases when you use the Amazon links.
      • Your results might vary as skincare products affects every skin differently.
      • We hope you’ll use our results to help make an informed decision when purchasing skincare products for your own skincare routine!
      • This is not medical advice so always consult your dermatologist for issues relating to the skin.

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      Sources:

      1. Kootiratrakarn, T., Kampirapap, K., Chunhasewee, C. (2015). Epidermal Permeability Barrier in the Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris.