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    The OrdinarySalicylic Acid 2% Solution<p>Offering powerful, concentrated treatment &#8211; at a surprisingly tiny price &#8211; The Ordinary&#8217;s Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is ideal for oily, congested skin. Supercharged with salicylic acid, the pH-balanced formula penetrates the interior walls of pores to unclog and eliminate blemish-causing impurities and balance excess sebum production. The welcome addition of witch hazel helps to reduce redness and alleviate discomfort, leaving your complexion clearer and calmer, with a more even and refined texture.</p>ORD0127699151910355 stars, based on68 reviews 4.25Cult BeautyNew

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    Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
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    • Why it's Cult

      Featuring salicylic acid (a beta hydroxyl acid that offers exquisite exfoliation) and witch hazel, this blemish-battling solution penetrates the interior walls of pores to unclog and clear impurities, delivering visibly improved skin clarity with continued use. Powerful and concentrated, this treatment offers extraordinary results.

    • Description

      Offering powerful, concentrated treatment – at a surprisingly tiny price – The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is ideal for oily, congested skin. Supercharged with salicylic acid, the pH-balanced formula penetrates the interior walls of pores to unclog and eliminate blemish-causing impurities and balance excess sebum production. The welcome addition of witch hazel helps to reduce redness and alleviate discomfort, leaving your complexion clearer and calmer, with a more even and refined texture.

    • How to use

      Use in the morning and evening. 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. 

    • Full ingredients list

      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

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    The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

    The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Reviews

    Skin looks clearer
    I have really noticed a difference in my skin after a few weeks of using this product, overall my skin is clearer, blemishes have cleared up, and the overall texture has improved - love this product and the price.
    It's very good, I use it every night.
    Be Cautious
    I was using this as part of my daily regimen in the AM & PM along with hydraulic acid & vitamin C. At first it seemed alright then I started to break out really badly along the jawline and forehead and ended up continuing to use this product to counter the acne, only to make it worse and break out again. It eventually caused my skin to become dry and flaky, irritated and red, until I discontinued the use. Now my skin is slowly going back to normal and I’m gaining back the softness in my skin. Seems I’m not the only one from the reviews to get a bad reaction, I’d test this product on a patch of skin at first.
    Great for My Milk Spots!
    I’ve always had milk spots on my forehead and under my chin and on my neck I had tried so many spot creams to get rid of them. This has most definitely gotten rid of nearly all my milk spots and still more are clearing up, my skin is so bright and cleansed after applying! I then top up with the buffet, perfect combo!
    Works well for oily skin
    I noticed I didn't wake up as shiny in the morning and it helped keep my skin clearer, causing fewer breakouts overall.
    Never again
    I have had mild acne for a while now, and have tried many different ways to get rid of it. I purchased this product and used it in the evening for the first time overnight, specifically on my problem areas. The next day I woke up with an unusual tightness in my skin in these areas where my spots had been and proceeded to wash my face as usual just with water. After washing my face, and then looking in the mirror, I had red patches of raw skin where my spots had basically been burnt off. I had basically had chemical burns on my face where I had applied this product, and over the course of the week/two weeks, my skin became dried and scabbed and peeled. It has been around two months since this has happened and I still have slight dark pigmentation in these areas, no texture but there are marks, which I’m not sure will go away. I do urge anyone thinking of using this product to be careful and perhaps do a patch test before using on your face!
    Was a lil apprehensive as obviously it is worrying using acid - can’t lie dried out a tiny area underneath my eyes but didn’t need to use it there anyway so learnt my lesson to avoid this area? 1000% would recommend, the skin was noticeably smoother looking and the appearance of blemishes improved significantly. Thrilled with this product. Get yourself some quick.
    I am 14 and suffer from quite a bad acne so I decided to give this ago. At first, I thought it was fine but then my skin became extremely irritated and red and then spots turned into gooey bubbly scabs that were very noticeable and embarrassing. It took weeks for the scars to disappear and my skin is the same if not worse.
    Does work but no a magic cure
    I bought this for a small scar on my leg and a small patch of ingrowing hair on my calf. I used this product for a few weeks now and I feel it’s made a visible difference to the new scar. It’s worked on the ingrown hair patch and made it less visible and less noticeable. I so wish it a miracle product and made the patch as smooth as the rest of my legs. As it has a drying effect I haven’t used it much on my face.
    I only really tend to use this at night when I remember and it amazes me every time. Any spots that are lingering under the skin are brought to the surface by the morning and it really reduces the swelling and redness.
    Burns like hell
    I used it for only two days. On the first day I could see my spots smaller however the next day my skin was burnt, dry and red and very sensitive.
    Alright, a bit overhyped
    I have dry sensitive skin and I bought this product because of all the amazing reviews. To be honest, I haven't seen much of a difference as of now however, the product doesn't seem to be irritating my skin at all. I will just have to continue using it daily in order to see a difference.
    Soo good
    I have overall dry but very oily skin at the T zone with some zits and blackheads, I used this twice a day with the Niacinamide 10%+zink 1% and it worked WONDERS!! My skin has never been more clear!
    Not good! Drying
    I used it twice and I didn't like it. It stings and makes the skin feel tight and dry. I will stick to Paula's choice BHA. The rest of the ordinary products are excellent but this one is not.
    I've been using this for a week now and it is so good, 95% of my spots and acne is gone. It is worth the price and it is really affordable. I've got really sensitive skin and it does not irritate my skin one bit. Amazing product 100% recommend.
    Love it
    I like it a lot, I apply it am and pm over my water-based serums and before Resveratrol and other moisturizers. It is very mild for me, I never experienced any redness or dryness where I applied it. Great for the price! I bought the bigger bottle and it lasts for ages. I love all the products from The Ordinary and I have 20+ products from them.
    Absolutely amazing, have used this twice and can notice my blemishes have faded already. Highly recommended, absolutely brilliant.
    I’ve been using this product for just under a week and already my skin is 90% clearer. I’ve battled with blemished skin due to medication for the last five years. I’ve tried just about every product imaginable and this combined with other The Ordinary products have proven to be the most effective and inexpensive. I’m amazed and I’m happy to say, I will repurchase.
    My face is finally clear after 29 years fighting with acne
    And trust me I have tried everything before trying this one. All the others dried and irritated my skin which just made it worst. This one is just right. Vanishes my spots almost overnight without irritation. Just perfect. The secret for it to work is to apply it topically to the problem areas only, not to the entire face. And to make sure that you are not allergic to aspirins, as Salicylic Acid is their main ingredient, and an allergic reaction would cause all the bad reviews I have seen.
    I use this in conjunction with the Glycolic Acid. I did purchase this product before the acid and I found that it reduced spots, especially small, stubborn whiteheads. These products together have literally transformed my skin and I can safely say I don't have the urge to try any other brand.
    Worst product I have ever used!
    The first time of using this product I saw no difference. The second time I used this product I had to miss 3 days off school due to huge scabby- very painful- blisters all on my face where I had applied the product. I had heard good things about this product and was filled with excitement to try it out but I was soon very disappointed. Honestly, if you have sensitive, acne prone skin do not get this product it only left my skin looking and feeling much worse!
    Ordinary, indeed.
    There is nothing very special about this product, despite the rave reviews I had read before. It stops spots from becoming painful cystic volcanoes, sure, but it's hardly the miracle solution it's been claimed to be. After using it for over two months, I find it has not been able to reduce spots when they appear, just slow their growth. You also want to be careful to apply a very small amount, either topically or over the whole face, as it dries out the skin enormously. The first week I used this product, it badly dried out one patch on my chin, causing it to look scaly and 'broken'. It took another week to look normal again.
    Love this to the max
    It reduces my oily skin in just a few weeks. At first, I feel the burning sensation of using this but not for the second time using. Overall, it reduces my acne and pimples and also doesn't give me any breakout. Nowadays, I only use for 2-3 times per week. I love this product so much.
    Be Careful
    I used this as it says on the label when I first got it. I only put it in areas where I was getting spots, and to begin with, it made one of my spots worse and extremely red and irritated. I stopped using it on that particular spot until it had healed but continued using elsewhere on spots. I found it works best for small individual spots rather than whole areas BUT it dries your skin out a lot so just be careful how much and how often you use it. Other than that I would say it is reasonably good.
    Great spot treatment
    I find this works best for individual spots and on areas of blackheads which need treatment rather than on large areas/all over the face. Works great if you apply a really small amount directly to the spot. May be slightly drying on dry skin but when applying directly to the spot this shouldn't be an issue. Better than other spot treatments I have tried!!
    I'm gonna have to buy this in bulk ?!
    I have acne prone skin and this saves me when I have a breakout! In just a few days it reduces the appearance of blemishes, and I use it every other day to prevent any further breakouts.
    Don't listen to the label!
    So the label says 'use once in the morning and once at night', but I can safely tell you NOT to do this. This is what I did, and at first the results were great. My redness decreased and my skin was nice and smooth. However, after maybe three days, my skin was crusty. as. hell. I had to start moisturising my chin as it had become flaky. I do recommend this product however just beware because it can dry out your skin terribly. Maybe use once daily, or even once every two days.
    All over/ spot on treatment
    The only product I've used that actually stops spots from erupting and helps to keep the skin ones at bay. I use it occasionally all over if my skin feels it needs to be 'retextured' but generally as a spot on/ just on my chin and nose area and it genuinely works!
    Does absolutely nothing for me
    I never, ever reach for this. I mean, it is salicylic acid, which is proven to do all the things it’s meant to do, and you couldn’t really review a brand of flour for not being floury enough, so I had to at least give it three stars. But it has never had any discernible effect whatsoever on any spots I’ve put it on, any blackheads, any open pores, oil on my T zone... nothing.
    This in conjunction with the azelaic acid suspension cream, this has done wonders for my skin. I had textural issues and acne prone skin and my skin is so smooth now. Hardly ever get a blemish anymore and my skin is just so glowy!
    Great for spot treatment
    This is the best Spot treatment I have ever tried. Unlike other treatments, it actually sinks into my skin. Other ones I have tried create a film on the skin, that looks like a dry patch under moisturizer and/or makeup and flakes of weirdly. Therefore you can use this during the daytime. I think it also efficiently helps with active breakouts and minimizing the chance of new spots and clogged pores.
    Decent, but not that efficient
    This worked nicely when I needed to get rid of any blemish I had, but did absolutely nothing for my clogged pores. So, it's good for spot treatment as it makes the blemish go away quickly, but if you need deeper pore exfoliation, I'd skip this and look for a smarter, more efficient formula.
    I usually always say "It kinda works", but this product JUST WORKS. Does the job, keeps my blemishes at bay. I don't use it everyday, but only when i notice that my skin needs it or if I have a massive spot that I need get rid of quickly ;)
    Efficient and affordable
    Great little product and fantastic price. I've a combination skin/oily. Using am and pm. It's like a watery gel. It doesn't leave any oily feeling like the Paula choice 2%. Leaves the skin soft and flawless. I'm rotating this with with glycolic acid. I'm glad I tested it. The money I save on this can pay on fancy serums.... I love it.
    I’ve been looking for years for products to help me control my acne, I’ve tried all sorts, ranging in price from £80 down to this at £5... and this along with the Niacinamide vitamin solution is an absolute god send. Within a week of using as described on the bottles, people were asking what I had changed because my skin looked so good! Highly recommend this product, especially for this price!!
    Left Looking Worst
    I bought this after reading the reviews, however was incredibly disappointed. My spots were worse, they became red, bumpy and started to become gooey. Was even painful to look at! I did a patch test elsewhere on my wrist / neck and it was fine, however reacted badly to my spots, so not sure what happened.
    I’ve always had very good skin but recently out of nowhere I started having blemishes and acne. I’ve tried so many products ( pricey ones too ) but it either made it worse or didn’t wok at all. When I first started using it about 2 weeks ago, I’ve started of using as described Am and Pm and then I reduced it to pm only. I’m gonna reduce it to 3-4 times a week soon as my face is all cleared up now. I’ve heard it does wonders for your skin with foundation too so I can’t wait to put some foundation on. It’s kinda drying but for the result I’m getting that’s nothing I’m concerned about, it’s now my holy grail 5 out 5 stars.
    Skin transformation
    I’ve been using the product in the AM & PM after cleansing and before moisturising and it has transformed my skin within a few weeks of using and has reduced my acne massively. I would highly recommend.
    The Best of the Best
    This is unreal using this along with the toner from the ordinary on a daily basis has 10000% sorted out my skin, always make sure to use a moisturiser afterwards though as these products can make your skin dry.
    Overnight miracle
    I have suffered from teenage acne on my forehead and on my cheekbones for 3 years now (some days worse than others). I have tried a range of acne medicines from the doctors which was a fail! Came across this just in time for summer holidays and I can confidently say it has helped clear small breakouts overnight along with glycolic acid by alpha-h. I would definitely recommend this.
    Miracle Worker
    Best spot treatment, I have tried a few and most either didn't work or were too harsh on my skin. This stuff is great though I put a little on any spots before bed and in the morning they are either gone or a lot less angry and red looking. Fab would definitely recommend.
    Salicylic acid 2% Solution very bad reaction
    I used this AM and PM as recommended on the box. For a few days my skin was fine, then out of nowhere I felt a burning sensation and washed it off straight away, however I was left with a rash like reaction.
    This is a good product and a lot of you tubers rave about it and say how good it has been for their skin. This product hasn’t made much difference to me. When I first started using the product it burnt my skin so if you have sensitive skin DO NOT buy this product
    I’ve always had trouble with spots since a teen and I had tried what felt like everything to try and get rid of them. My sister bought herself and myself this product after reading the positive reviews (whilst also noticing the low price tag). We both tried it and we’ve both had such positive results. Both our skin is clear which is something neither of us has experienced before. Can’t recommend enough, changed my life!
    Excellent for acne
    I use this together with the Niacinamide serum and both have been a godsend to my acne. The serum resurfaces the skin without irritation. The Niacinamide serum is a bit irritating on my skin but this one is fine. It also helps to stop new spots from forming. I will be repurchasing.
    Not the best
    It definitely dries out the skin, but it does not get rid of pimples or acne. I've used a whole bottle and all that it has done is further increase the amount of oil my skin produces. I'm now so oily all the time. I guess the product prompted my skin to produce more oil to compensate. If you are to buy the product, make sure you only apply a small amount as it will dry the skin quite a lot. It doesn't have a very noticeable smell and is a sort of heavy consistency, that applies white but dries colourless.
    Amazed that this works!
    I’ve been using this and retinoid emulsion for nearly 3 weeks now and honestly, my skin has never looked so bright and clear. My make up now looks fantastic, not to blow my own trumpet but I am feeling my self! And I have to thank the ordinary for this confidence boost. I struggled with hormonal breakouts, mainly blind pimples that look like I’m storing peas in my cheeks for winter. It’s obviously still early days being my 3 week anniversary soon coming up but if it continues the way it does now then I'll be one happy customer! xoxo
    The best
    I have battled with acne for years. Numerous doctors appointments, numerous prescribed medication and somewhere along the line, I always ended up right back at the start with huge, painful, red lumps under and on my skin. I only bought this as I was buying another product for my eyebrows and this was recommended. Thank god I did because my skin is now perfectly clear and when I have one active spot, I just pop this on overnight and it’s calmed down by morning or possibly even gone. I even have the worst sensitive skin that usually just breaks out even more if I apply products but this is AMAZING! It does make my skin a little dry but nothing that a moisturiser can’t sort out.
    Got rid of 6+ year old blackheads
    As someone who has struggled with acne for years, I have my fair share of blackheads, I’ve had many therapists try to remove them and I’ve had them that long skin has grown over the blackheads Used this for a few weeks and they popped out on their own! Can’t recommend enough.
    Be careful, it's very strong
    Skin type - combination skin/ hormonal spotty prone skin, with a form of very mild acne on my forehead which NEVER budges. I'm not usually one to post reviews but thought this may benefit someone. I'm used to having peels and using AHA's/ BHA's on a weekly basis. So I thought I'd use more than a couple of drops all over my face when using this for the first time...BIG mistake. I woke up the next morning with a sensitive slightly red/ blotchy face with a few singed burnt areas. I've previously used Paula's choice 2% salicylic acid treatment on a weekly basis which I wash off after 10 minutes, but it didn't particularly make a significant difference and was much more of a faff - which is why I decided to use a stronger version from The Ordinary. I can already see a small difference from just one use of this I.e my spots (that don't ever go) on my forehead have been reduced, my skin is a lot smoother across my cheeks and forehead, but other areas of my face are unfortunately burnt like my chin and nose! I will have another go and I am positive that next time it will go a lot better for me, as I'll use a smaller amount and be more cautious.
    This has really helped my skin. In conjunction with other products from the ordinary, it has helped to reduce my spots, big and small, and made my skin more radiant and healthy. I have received so many compliments since using this. Be quick to buy this, as at such an affordable price it gets snapped up very quickly.
    The BEST
    I suffered from hormone-related breakouts and struggled to find a single product that could calm my skin (was breaking out every day). I now use a tiny bit of this (really tiny) every day on a cleansed face and it is my skin saviour.
    Cannot explain how great this is
    I have always had clear skin but I recently switched birth control which caused me to break out. Its been about 8 months but the last 3 months have been terrible. I had cluster spots but I started using this and its great!!! I dab it on my spot area overnight wait for it to dry and then use aloe vera gel on top for scarring. My skin has cleared immensely every since. Highly recommend x
    Perfect overnight treatment
    This product works perfectly for those pesky spots which turn up randomly on your face and after using this a few times now, I can say it definitely reduces the appearance of any sized spot overnight. All you do is simply apply using the pipette directly onto the spot and leave to dry. By the morning it will have vanished significantly, if not entirely! Just be careful on how much you put on because this acid can be very drying!
    Be Cautious
    I have very sensitive acne prone skin used this for a few nights with no issues. However on about the 4th night of using I woke up the next day to my face being burnt and blistered in the areas around spots where I had used the product. I would be cautious using this product if you have sensitive skin as it is very strong and obviously did not agree with my skin and left it looking a lot worse then before using.
    Not much of a difference
    I really hoped to like this product as I have a salicylic cleanser which works really well for me. However, I didn't really notice any difference. I tried it both on individual spots and over larger areas. But maybe that is due to my salicylic cleanser already doing the work!
    Love it!
    I have been using this for a few weeks now it has been like magic for my skin. The amount and intensity of my spots have reduced dramatically. Will definitely buy again!
    Been using this product for just over a month now and my skin feels so much better. Still struggling with spots but significantly better and my skin is no longer anywhere near as oily as it used to be.
    Apply this salicylic to my face and wow! It really works on my skin and I noticed that whitehead become less visible.
    I have oily/combination skin with a tendency for spots along my jawline and on my chin. I started using this a week ago. In that time, the remnants of spots have cleared up, and while a new one did form it has almost gone again within two days. I’m not holding out much hope that it’ll shrink my pores because honestly, I don’t think any product exists which can, but I’d be delighted to be proven wrong on that!
    Great stuff
    When using it, I hadn’t noticed much of a difference though I wasn’t too bothered because it was so cheap BUT when I stopped using it, I found my skin being more textured, spot prone and overall, more uneven. This works wonders.
    Dream Product
    Absolutely love this, I wish it came in a bigger bottle. Clears my skin almost instantly, whether I apply it topically or all over my face. Works well to draw out my blemishes and dry them up quickly or keep my skin clear if I choose to use it regularly.
    I have been using this for a little over a month now and my spots...what spots?
    My holy grail product
    I had little bumps on my cheeks that never progressed to spots and after a couple months of using this now my skins never been better. It’s clear and feels really glowy. Just a shame I have to get on a waiting list to get it!
    Do not use
    I bought this product under the impression that it would clear my skin quickly and rid me of my spots and dark blemishes that have been left behind from previous spots. I don't have acne but I have spot prone skin and get a new spot every few days. I used this product morning and night for one day. When I checked my skin the next morning it was red and covered in spots, big and small full of pus and left me looking terrible. Now I have dark red BIG spots on my cheeks which are taking forever to go. It may work for some people but if you have sensitive skin I would advise do not buy this product.
    I love this, it's such a good price for such a good product. I use this every day morning and night all over my face and it really keeps blemishes at bay and gets rid of any that do pop up occasionally. Will 100% be repurchasing.
    I love it
    I have been suffering from acne for as long as I can remember. I've been using this stuff for a month now and my skin has never been this clear, I'm so impressed.
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