Pixi Vs Ordinary: Glycolic acid

You may have noticed my slight obsession with glycolic acid recently (my last post) but in all honestly this was the vital ingredient in transforming my skin. It deeps cleans like nothing else I’ve tried. However,  I can’t lie they have both worked well for me and so this has been a difficult comparative to write. I’m therefore going to relay as much information on them both as I possibly can and try to decipher which is the best for you.

You are already very likely to know that they are basically glycolic acid in a bottle and some people may be rather wary of trying an acid because the acid has had a very harsh introduction to the skincare world with skincare peels, but it is safe to use these over the counter products. The best way to introduce an acid into your skincare regime is starting at a lower concentration and then slowly increasing this as your skin becomes more tolerant.

Starting on a very important point the Ordinary is much cheaper at £6.80 for 240ml, whereas the Pixi is a tad pricier at £18 for 250ml. Hence, you might be thinking why even bother with Pixi? But it is at this point imperative to take into consideration the balance that YOUR skin needs – is it dry, is it oily, does it react to new products badly? All important questions especially when you realise how individualistic skincare is.

I started with the lesser concentration one, Pixi at 5% glycolic acid. This was not really a conscious decision seen as Deciem hadn’t come out with their own version, it was the only glycolic acid toner option available to me. Having said that I’d probably start with Pixi again, if I were trying acid for the first time, just to be on the safe side.  The reason why this product was very clearly a must have for me was because it was the only new product in my skincare kit at that time and all of a sudden all of my other products started working better. My Hydraluron was sinking in better and my skin looked much smoother.

The reason I bought the Ordinary version was because like all ordinary products, it is a total bargain! And I have so far loved every product I’ve bought from the budget friendly range. I was further enticed by the high concentration of glycolic acid only because I’m a firm believer that your skin, not dissimilarly to hair, can get used to a product and stop working as efficiently as it once did. My skin was breaking out and I thought maybe the Pixi was not cutting it anymore! (I know, skincare blasphemy! Don’t worry I still have a bottle stashed for my withdrawal symptoms). My skin breaks out when its clogged, so I gave this more acidic version a go and it worked wonderfully. It basically did what the Pixi did when I first bought it. Which I wasn’t displeased about.


I’ve been using it for around six weeks, British summer time frame. I always instantaneously see a difference. Each time I use it I feel refreshed and clean, which stopped happening with the Pixi, although using it for a year everyday may be a tad excessive.

Even I must admit 7% glycolic acid is high acid concentration to use every day, but I do! I get addicted to the clean feel and my skin is rather unreactive so I don’t tend to have problems. I couldn’t find any responsible sources that suggested how to use it correctly, so I would suggest checking your irritation level when you apply it. If you were wondering about scents the Ordinary had a hint of a milk scent and the Pixi was slightly floral, for me the Pixi takes the cake for the scents.

When it comes to the clean I think they both produce good results but I needed a step up from the Pixi Glow Tonic when the summer came. If you want to try glycolic acid (which you really should) you need to take your skin’s sensitivity into consideration and if that means you do have sensitive skin try the PGT first, they do small bottles which I think is great in case you don’t want to spend the whole £18 when you’re not 100% sure that it is right for you for around the same price as the Ordinary.


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