The Ordinary. Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% product smear.

The Ordinary.

Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

$6.50

What It Is

Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% is a mild exfoliating serum with lactic acid and hyaluronic acid.

What It Does

This treatment gently resurfaces the skin to promote a bright, even tone and a smooth, soft texture. For a higher-strength formulation, try The Ordinary. Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%.

Key Ingredients
  • Lactic acid: an alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates to reveal clearer, more radiant skin
  • Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: a form of hyaluronic acid that boosts the skin's moisture content for a plump, supple, and smooth appearance
  • Tasmanian Pepperberry: a botanical extract that reduces the irritation associated with acid use
How to Use

Apply a few drops to your skin at night before oils, creams, and moisturizers. Allow a few minutes for it to absorb. Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation occurs, this product can be diluted to reduce its strength.

This product should not be used on sensitive, peeling, or compromised skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product.

Other Details
  • Size: 30 ml
  • pH: 3.6-3.8
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Silicone-free

Frequently Asked Questions


What is lactic acid?

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the surface of skin. It also has hydrating properties.

Which The Ordinary lactic acid product is best for me?

If your skin is sensitive or if you are sensitive to alpha hydroxy acids, we recommend starting with Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%. Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% is best for experienced acid users.

I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Is Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% safe for me?

Lactic acid is considered safe for use while pregnant or breastfeeding, but it’s best to check with your healthcare provider first.

How do I add Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% to my skin care routine?

Apply it to cleansed skin before oils, creams, and moisturizers at night only. Allow a few minutes for it to absorb.

Can I mix or layer Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% with other products?

Yes. We recommend proceeding with caution if you choose to use it with other products containing retinoids or alpha or beta hydroxy acids, as this can cause irritation. You may want to alternate these products every other day. If irritation occurs, this product can be mixed with another product to reduce its strength.

How often can I use Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%?

Apply it once per day at night. If your skin is sensitive or you are new to acids, we recommend applying it once per week at first.

Can I use Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% on my body?

Yes.

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