The Ordinary vs Revolution skincare.

The Ordinary 30% AHA + BHA 2% peeling solution and Revolution Intense Skin Exfoliator-30% AHA+BHA peeling solution. As we can see these are clearly dupes but we’ll dive deep in the ingredients lists to try separate the two and figure out which one is better.

The Ordinary 30% AHA + BHA 2% peeling solution:

Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Revolution Intense Skin Exfoliator-30% AHA+BHA peeling solution

Aqua/​Water/​Eau, Propanediol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Flower) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Alcohol Denat, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Tasmannia Lanceolata (Pepper Tree) Fruit/​Leaf Extract, Sodium Bisulfite

Let us compare now.

We’ll look the first 8 ingredients up.

The Ordinary
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Aqua (Water)
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Daucus Carota Sativa Extract
  • Propanediol
  • Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine
  • Salicylic acid
  • Aqua/​Water/​
  • Propanediol
  • Lactic Acid
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract
  • Glycerin
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Passiflora edulis (passion flower) fruit extract

Glycolic acid is the star in The Ordinary’s product, It’s expected to be that way in a peeling solution. It’s a really strong exfoliant, which helps to remove the dead skin cells off your skin.

Revolution preferred to put Lactic acid above Glycolic acid, why would they? It does the same thing, but it’s milder, more gentle and is better suited for sensitive skin. Although the very next product is Glycolic acid and that makes the product harsher, but it’s still not powerful as The Ordinary’s peeling solution.

The next interesting thing is Propanediol well that’s a dupe for Propylene glycol if you need more information on what this is look in this post: I think the concentration of it in the Revolution solution is really high, which again may be good for people with sensitive skin, but not for those who want fast results.

There is no BHA in the first 8 ingredients in the Revolution peeling but we can see The Ordinary has it, Salicylic acid is the 8th ingredient so that communicates to us that they are not playing and we get a strong product.

Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine in The Ordinary helps the Salicylic acid to stay stable, Sodium Hydroxide is really sensitizing, but it’s needed to hold the pH of the product. Daucus Carota Sativa Extract and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water have some great benefits for our skin, so The Ordinary tries to keep everything balanced.

Revolution put some great products in the first 8 as Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract and Passiflora edulis (passion flower) fruit extract, the first is a great antioxidant with some exfoliating properties, the second has soothing effect. Butylene glycol is a good alcohol that won’t irritate the skin and it acts as humectant, solvent and emollient.


If you want something really strong, go for The Ordinary that’s actually my pick I’d prefer it over the Revolution one, but if you have sensitive skin or you’ve tried The Ordinary peeling, and it was too harsh for you try out the Revolution peeling solution.

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