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Product score: 04

Data Availability:

Limited

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (2019 formulation)

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (2019 formulation)

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CATEGORY

Toners/Astringents

BRAND

The Ordinary

DATA LAST UPDATED

July 2019

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 05
TRIETHANOLAMINE
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, ph adjuster, surfactant - emulsifying agent, buffering, emulsifying, masking, surfactant
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 04
GLYCOLIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) exfoliant, ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 04
TASMANNIA LANCEOLATA FRUIT/ LEAF EXTRACT
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 03
AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES and OXAZOLIDINE)
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Ingredient score: 03
SODIUM LACTATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) buffering agent, exfoliant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, buffering, humectant, keratolytic
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
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Ingredient score: 03
UREA
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) buffering agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, antistatic, buffering, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 03
POLYSORBATE-20
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 03
SODIUM BENZOATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative, anticorrosive, masking
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 02
PROPANEDIOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
PCA
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - humectant, humectant, moisturising
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 02
CITRIC ACID
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, fragrance ingredient, ph adjuster, buffering, chelating, masking
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
POTASSIUM SORBATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA (WATER)
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, skin conditioning, skin protecting
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Ingredient score: 01
CENTAUREA CYANUS (CORNFLOWER) FLOWER WATER
Appeared as: CENTAUREA CYANUS FLOWER WATER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF WATER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
PANAX GINSENG (GINSENG) ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, emollient, hair conditioning, skin protecting, tonic
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Ingredient score: 01
ASPARTIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ALANINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
GLYCINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) buffering agent, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent -miscellaneous, antistatic, buffering, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
SERINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
VALINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ISOLEUCINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
PROLINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
THREONINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, hair waving or straightening
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Ingredient score: 01
HISTIDINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
PHENYLALANINE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
GLUTAMIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, antistatic, hair conditioning, humectant
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Ingredient score: 01
ARGININE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, hair conditioning, masking, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM PCA
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, antistatic, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 01
FRUCTOSE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant
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Ingredient score: 01
GLUCOSE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin-conditioning agent- miscellaneous
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Ingredient score: 01
SUCROSE
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, humectant, skin conditioning, soothing
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Ingredient score: 01
HEXYL NICOTINATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antistatic, emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
DEXTRIN
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) absorbent, binder, bulking agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, bulking, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
GELLAN GUM
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, film forming, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM SALT ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE
Appeared as: TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, chelating
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM CHLORIDE
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, oral care agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous
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Ingredient score: 01
HEXYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, emulsifying, perfuming, skin conditioning, surfactant
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 01
1,2-HEXANEDIOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, hair conditioning, humectant, skin conditioning
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Ingredients from packaging:

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.

Directions from packaging:

Use ideally in the PM, no more frequently than once per day. After cleaning, saturate a cotton pad with the formula and sweep across face and neck. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Do not rinse off. Continue with additional skin treatments as needed. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Refer to our in-depth guide to patch testing.

Warnings from packaging:

Keep out of reach of children. (Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.)

Product's animal testing policies

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Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

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The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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