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Salicylic Acid 2% Solution



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CLAIM TO FAME: A salicylic solution that refines skin and treats acne

FAST FACTS: Exfoliates and smoothens skin with 2% salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) to fight the appearance of blemishes; delivers better skin clarity with continued use; purifies, tones, and provides soothing and conditioning pore care with witch hazel; features a pH level of 3.2-3.5; vegan formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain alcohol, oil, silicone, nut, gluten, and soy

PERFECT FOR: Acne prone skin

October 14, 2017
”I started purchasing products from Ordinary the moment I was made aware of you guys, thus far I have not been disappointed once. With that said I have a 14 yo son with acne prone skin on his forehead, back and chest…poor thing. Well the Salicylic Acid 2% has made 200% difference. The old spots and blemishes began to fade immediately and no new breakouts. This with only 4-5 uses at night. I’m so excited for him as i watch his confidence peak through his shy demeanor all be cause of you. I know this appears a bit emotional for a product but; nothing has worked for this handsome, shy, teen of mine, who if he knew i was writing this would blow a gasket. Again many thanks for the range of products, the regimen suggestions and price point. I cant wait to make my next purchase waiting on Retinol 2%!”
–rm (from theordinary.com)

October 9, 2017
”A few weeks ago I’d have given it a lower rating because the 15ml size just wasn’t worth it for me, but now it comes in bigger bottles I couldn’t be happier. I’ve never experienced sensitivity or irritation, and I saw a visible improvement after less than a week of using it once a day. I now use it morning and night unless I’m using another acid and the difference is extraordinary. In conjunction with the 30%AHA+2%BHA peel it’s completely transformed my skin. This sounds like I was paid to write it but honestly, I’ve had terrible skin for nearly 15 years, and these products have turned it around. I couldn’t be happier.”
–BB (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
NET WEIGHT: 30mL INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

Formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Use in the AM and PM. Apply a small dot directly on spots for visible improvement or apply a small amount over the face to maintain visible clarity with continued use. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Do not rinse off. Continue with additional skin treatments as needed. If persistent irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician. (Sunburn Alert: This product contains a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) 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.)

Contraindications: This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling, or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided directions.

Note: This product is not medicine. If you are fighting extensive or persistent acne, please consult a physician. Effective medicine exists to fight acne successfully, including retinoic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 20

11/10 would recommend!

Definitely a game changer & a life saver ❤️ i used to have really bad acne probs around my brow area due to my brow gel and prolly the threading. But now, all the zits are gone after using it for just about 2 weeks! Few zits still appear, tho, but it's really nothing like the ones I used to have when I wasn't using this product yet. But I suggest that if you have acne around your brows like I did, avoid putting too much product near your brows cause when u do and it doesn't dry up properly, it'll burn your skin.

4 days ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 20

Worth It!

I was skeptical about buying this product because I am not a fan of “acids” but when I read the reviews, I was convinced. I purchased this product 3 months ago and ever since I started using this, it helped in drying up my acne. I used it to spot correct and it worked wonders! When I apply it on the pimple at night before I sleep, when I wake up the next day, my pimple isn’t as big as it was. Of course it would not disappear overnight, but give it 3-5 days and your acne will be gone. You just have to be consistent and patient with this product. And after 3 months, my bottle is still half full. This is really worth it!

2 months ago
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 26

Expect a purge!

I have an oily and acne-prone skin type and recently got little bumps of clogged oil because of the heat. After a beach trip, several of them got inflammed. I decided to use TO Salicylic Acid together with Niacinamide + Zinc. I purged badly on the first week of using the combo together. But after a week, oh boy, my skin was glowing! No marks, no redness! Today is my third week of using this and I'm really satisfied with the results. Don't forget to apply sunscreen when using this in the morning. Apply on spots only and do not overdo it. This is an active acid so be careful. A little goes a long way.

3 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena


I have been using this since Feb of this year. I must say it is a great spot-treatment. I would suggest for it to be used on pimples that appear red and ready to pop because it would take a lot longer for it to work on the pimple. That was what I observed. You don’t need to use a lot unless you put it on your entire face so the bottle will last you a long time.

4 months ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 21

So cheap yet so effective

I bought this because of my cystic acne flare up because of lack of sleep, stress and some products that irritated my skin. I was so desperate in calming them down. I've read tons of mixed reviews with the Ordinary brand so I decided to give it a try. I ordered this one in particular because my skin works well with salicylic acid. It works best as spot corrector. Not only does it heal active pimples, but also those acne that does not appear on the surface of the face yet but hurts when you touch. Be careful and use sparingly! I once tried to almost "soak" a part of my face with this because I thought it would make the effects 10x better but it only made that part of my face soooo flaky and it did not do its job in healing the acne, it only made it inflame more. That was my mistake, this was still an acid, so I still like this product. Less is definitely more for this one.

5 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 18

Goodbye clogged pores, hello smooth and supple skin! <3

While I don't have much of a problem with acne, I've been dealing with clogged pores on my cheeks and forehead for years. No other product helped as much as using this salicylic acid solution! I have normal to oily skin and luckily no problems with sensitivity, so I use this product every other day all over the face without experiencing dryness. My skin texture has improved immensely, leaving me with super soft and supple skin! My pores are definitely clearing out slowly but surely, and I experience less clogging in general. I would highly recommend using this at night after your toner (specifically a low pH one since salicylic acid works best in pH levels 3-4) and leaving it on for at least 30 minutes before continuing with other skin care. If it's your first time, start with leaving it for 5 minutes before putting on your other products, then gradually increase the amount of time until your skin is used to salicylic acid.

One thing to keep in mind is that you might experience purging with this product (as with other chemical exfoliant products), so I wouldn't suggest trying out this product right before a big event where you want to be flawless. In the areas where I had really stubborn and deep pore clogging (aka my whiteheads), it felt like the gunk inside was all getting pushed out. I would either have those clogged pores turn into pimples that lasted a few days, or they would turn into blackheads. However, with continued use, the pimples went away (in conjunction with my spot treatments which I alternated on other nights with the salicylic acid) and the blackheads would just roll out on their own. It was so great to see my face finally clearing up! This is definitely one of my holy grail products. Highly recommended!

5 months ago