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A deep cleanse for the pores. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque features a high concentration of pore-cleansing BHAs, at the correct pH for optimal action. Additionally featuring black charcoal derived from vegetable matter and Amazonian clays that work together to provide a highly absorbent, balancing action for oily and blemish prone skin.

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Artificial Fragrance Free

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Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Oiliness and shine

Skin Type:

  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque - 50ml Reviews

4.4 of 290 reviews

88% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Love this!!

Vee Gee

I have combination skin where my nose gets pretty congested and bumpy but after using this once, the skin on my nose was so smooth!! I highly recommend as I follow it up with hydration during these cold winter days.

Most Helpful Criticism

Not sure of efficacy


I have been using this on and off for about a year and I am not sure I have really seen results, even with periods of consistent use. It hasn't really helped clogged pores for me. I have semi-sensitive skin and it was non-irritating even using once to twice a week. Not too drying if followed up with good hydration
  1. Love this!!

    Vee Gee

    I have combination skin where my nose gets pretty congested and bumpy but after using this once, the skin on my nose was so smooth!! I highly recommend as I follow it up with hydration during these cold winter days.
  2. Does what it says

    Sophia Howard

    Makes my skin feel fresh and clean. It has a slight drying effect but nothing overboard. Just the kind of dry which tends to help when my skin is flaring up
  3. love this product


    this product is incredible for break outs I use it at that time of the month and have noticed such a big difference
  4. Great mask for breakouts


    I love this mask, I find that it does help reduce my breakouts. I use it as a spot treatment or as a mask when I feel like my skin is about to break out and so I haven't had any crazy breakouts since using this.
  5. Not sure of efficacy


    I have been using this on and off for about a year and I am not sure I have really seen results, even with periods of consistent use. It hasn't really helped clogged pores for me. I have semi-sensitive skin and it was non-irritating even using once to twice a week. Not too drying if followed up with good hydration
  6. great spot treatment!


    i use this once a week for a nice glow plus whenever i have pimples as a spot treatment
  7. Some improvement


    I have used this for a couple of months now. It has not caused any irritation to my skin and seems to have improved my skin slightly in that time.
  8. Best mask for your skin


    I love this mask! Easy to use and makes your skin so clear
  9. Skin feels so soft


    The mask works quite well for me and my skin feels so soft and smooth after. I did not expect it to be like a clay mask though, so it was quite a shock to me at first. It is a little drying but I find that if I don't leave it on for too long and wash it off before the mask dries, it doesn't dry my skin out that much.
  10. Best masque


    Such a great sunday ritual. My skin feels amazing after using it
  11. Not for sensitive skin


    Take care if you have sensitve skin - would use once a month
  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE - Professional quality product


    When my beautician used this on me for the first time it stung horribly (I have large pores and oily skin and it was my first time using any salicylic) however since then, it's one of my must buys. This is not one to muck about with. Overuse can muck about with your skin barrier, and honestly it's not necessary to use it more than the instructions suggest. I used to mask weekly, but now more lik...
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  13. Will re-purchase!


    When my skin was breaking out (and I had tried so many other masks already), this mask really helped to calm my skin down and prevent breakouts from worsening. I will definitely be purchasing it again!
  14. Amazing mattifying mask for oily skin


    In the days leading up to my period I always get UBER greasy skin for some reason. It's awful. This mask is a life saver at that time of my cycle. You leave it on for 10 minutes only, and you can tell it's working from the tingling sensation. You can feel the salicylic acid cleansing your pores, and when it's washed off - skin is noticeably matte and improved. The after effect is that my skin i...
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  15. Good exfoliant


    I can only use this once a week, maybe twice a week if I wasn't using anything else with AHAs/BHAs. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with dry or sensitive skin as it can be drying. I have combo skin and I used this with a Murad cleanser that also had salicylic acid and my skin reacted so badly, I got little pimples on my face with redness, soreness and peeling. If used on its own sparingly thoug...
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  16. IT WORKS


    I wanted to see what the hype was about this product and it works! I can see a difference 2 days after using it, I probably have to keep on using it to see major results but it works.
  17. Great value!!


    its an excellent serum
  18. Great for congested skin


    I have moderate acne and acne prone skin andI have been using this mask twice a week for a few weeks now and have noticed a massive difference in my skin's texture. I was a bit hesitant at first because it sounded super strong but my skin doesn't have any irritation and it's really cleared up my skin. Highly recommend
  19. No more black heads


    I was skeptical about this product to begin with as I’ve used so many “black head masks” and nothing happened. This product has changed my life. My black heads have significant reduced and my skin is so clear after using this. My fiancé loves it as well
  20. Mask for acne


    I bought this mask because of its acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid. It's very similar to a clay mask in that it completely dries on your skin and makes it tight. It's also black in color which I personally wasn't expecting. I kept it in the fridge and used it once a week but didn't notice any major results. I wish that the concentration of the salicylic acid was perhaps a little bi...
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  21. Loveee

    Brooke Josephs

    Probably has to be up there with one of the best face masks I’ve used. Clarifies acne and helps with oily skin.
  22. its does work on pimples


    sometimes i use it as a spot treatment and it does makes the pimples smaller. i sometimes put it on at night and wash it off in the morning but just as a spot treatment. for my entire face i do not keep it on for more than 10 minutes
  23. love


    such a good product for acne
  24. good value


    This mask is good price and make my skin soft, very good value
  25. Perfect mask for black heads and pores


    I use this twice a week and it made the appearance of my pores smaller and got rid of blackheads
  26. just starting


    so I have recently ordered this product and I am really excited about this product I'm hoping that this will help me as I have acne-prone skin, oily skin, and blackheads. I will update you guys in the future
  27. just starting


    so I have recently ordered this product and I am really excited about this product I'm hoping that this will help me as I have acne-prone skin, oily skin, and blackheads. I will update you guys in the future
  28. amazing, came fast


    the product came super fast to nz. also can with a free sample and tim tam yum. nothing was damaged
  29. fantastic


    this mask is great, does a good job at helping get rid of the black heads on my nose
  30. A little gritty


    Although this left my skin super super soft I dont like the gritty sensation when applying but thats just me. I am currently using the Ordinary Lactic acid instead.
  31. A little goes a long way


    Amazing product that has helped to reduce oiliness and congestion. Product is strong, does not need to be left on skin for long and a small amount goes a long way. Highly recommend
  32. Get rid of that pimple


    The perfect product when you have a breakout or can feel one coming on!
  33. strong product


    this is super strong and it does not need long on ur face, but wow it really makes my skin feel soft and fresh
  34. the best face mask for acne


    this mask helped with acne so much and leaves your skin feeling soooo soft for days!! it is a bit of a messy process taking the mask off but it is so worth it!
  35. good


    i have used it once a week for about 2-3 weeks now and it does work to remove impurities from the skin. i am liking it so far
  36. salicylic acid mask


    this was really nice for my oily skin when I was going through a few breakouts. Sometimes I used this as a spot treatment and sometimes as an all over mask but this was effective at clearing my skin. It looks cool for selfies too!
  37. Soft skin


    Leaves my skin soft and smooth. Have less pimples and my skin looks and feels great. Love taking time out to apply and use a face mask too.
  38. Okay


    It's good for a initial deep clean but it can definitely be a tad drying.

    Decent for oil and black heads but a glycolic would be better at clearing texture and brightening.
  39. Didn't Work For Me


    This product did not work for me at all. I have been using acids for a while, and this left my face feeling super sensitive. It also did not unclog my pores, but instead the black product sat in my nose pores. It's a miss for me!
  40. Amazing stuff


    This is definitely worth trying if you have acne prone skin, this has been amazing for my hormonal breakouts. It is also super quick and easy to add into your routine.
  41. My favourite The Ordinary product


    I've tried a few The Ordinary products, but this is the only one that I'll be reordering.
    My skin is much smoother and generally brighter after using this. It's also really effective at improving sebaceous filaments on my nose.
  42. Almost immediate results.. so good

    The Ordinary is Extraordinary

    Absolutely love this for my skin. I have neglected my routine and had breakouts and deep blackheads and using this tri weekly my skin is so clear. For me it is not irritating at all. Afterwards my skin feels tighter and fresh and the results are obvious. Soooo happy with this one!
  43. Good but not great


    This is the only ordinary product I don't love. It did minimise my blackheads but it didn't seem to speed up helping my pimples fade away when I got them. It also doesn't last long, I've gotten maybe 10 uses out of my bottle. Much prefer the salicylic acid in liquid form.
  44. Really good


    Helps with blemishes but it is drying too so proceed with caution.
  45. Great for target-spots


    This masque is great for my T-zone area as it targets my blackheads and huge pores. However, I do not use it on my cheeks as it can dry it out and sensitise the area. Though, it may be helpful for individuals who do not have sensitive skin.
  46. Reliable


    I have sensitive skin and a lot of masks cause me to become very red afterwards. This was not the case here, maybe as I am using the whole range of The Ordinary. It has a higher price point than some of their other products. If it was a little bit cheaper I would buy it again.
  47. Great clearing masque


    I have been using this masque for a couple of months now and feel that it definitely helps with blackheads on my nose when used regularly. It can be quite irritating though, so I only use it on my nose
  48. It works!


    Not a real fan of the ordinary products but this is one i keep restocking. For a mask, i think the bha content is definitely strong so i actually feel like im being masked in a product that works
  49. Amazinggggg


    Amazing mask! Your skin will thank you! Tightened all of my pores, and eliminated blackheads
  50. INLOVE


    After using this mask my blemishes have faded within only a few times using this product. I will be continuing using this, very happy
  51. I see real results


    I have generally dry skin which sometimes breaks out with pimples if I eat certain foods. I don't put this on my full face because of my dryness, but I put it on those spots when I get pimples or I can see that the pimples will be starting soon. It removes it perfectly. Absolutely dries up the spot and leaves nothing behind!
  52. Amazing Grace!


    This product is amazing! I'm not usually a mask person but this mask does wonders! My boyfriend even tried it and loves it - would 100% recommend.
  53. Good product


    I think this mask is really good! I use you 1-2 a week and it works really well when I’m breaking out! It’s pretty affordable compared to other masks and it is definitely worth it. Overall I think it’s a great product!
  54. Good product for its price


    It's the first time I've tried the mask with 2% of salicylic acid. I would rather recommend this product for combination or oily skin as its active ingredient works on pores congestion. It will definitely irritate sensitive skin as it has low pH. It also has a charcoal powder, so you can gently massage and polish your face after application. Strictly apply to dry skin and use a wet cloth to remove...
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  55. Love this!


    I use this twice a week and it is probably my favourite skin care item because I can see the difference every time I use it. It’s such a good price too.
  56. LOVE


    I LOVE this product I have heard a lot of hype about it and for me it has definitely lived up to it. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean after usage. This product has clearly reduced all my breakouts, less red and irritated and much faster for them to go away. I highly recommend this product the perfect mask!
  57. great masque


    I love this product! i use once a week to maintain a great skin care. works well on sensitive skin
  58. Exfoliating but not sure how effective


    This is a bit of fun to use and my skin feels super super smooth and soft after using it. As long as I don't use it more than once a week it doesn't cause too much irritation, but I haven't seen any improvement in my acne and clogged pores. But if you just want a bit of smoothing for a dreamy price then you can't go wrong :)
  59. So worth it


    I love love this mask. I use it about twice a week and it really does what it claims to do. My skin feels heavenily after using it, so soft and it significently reduces any breakouts that I may be experencing. Great price too, I highly recommend
  60. I'm not sure how effective it is


    I have used it maybe 7x and I did not really see much difference on my skin. Maybe I needed to use it more often.
  61. Works perfectly


    The SA masque exfoliates the skin nicely
  62. Good mask and worth the price


    I quite enjoyed this mask, it didn't irritate me and does the job. I use this when pimple are spots and my nose.
  63. Good for your nose and blackheads


    I started using this all over my face but found it too much so now only use it on concentrated problem areas, mainly my nose. It's made a little difference, nothing ground breaking, but I think you'd want to use it consistently to see the true results. A good price for a targeted product.
  64. Smoothes out my skin!!


    My face is always soo smooth and glowy after using this mask! The texture is a bit rough and you can't leave it on for too long if you have sensitive skin but I can really see the difference after using it. Highly recommend.
  65. Not sure


    Used this product twice already since im trying to improve my oily skin. It does feel a bit tingling and unconfortable while wainting the reccomended 10 minutes but nothing really dramatic. Easy to apply and easy to remove.
    I was expecting a bit more of product for the price but if my skin keeps improving, I'll repurchase.
  66. So good!


    This masque is great - I use it probably once a week as I also use the ordinary glycolic toner every second night. It seems to really help with my blackheads (only for a day or two though) and evens out my facial texture.
  67. great product


    I love this mask! I get black heads on my nose and chin and I apply this product just to those areas and I find that they clear out very quickly
  68. Harsh, but works


    I found this mask to be extremely harsh on my skin, therefore I won’t be using it again. However, I did notice it made a significant benefit on my skin, I just wish it wasn’t so harsh on my skin.
  69. Does what it says!


    A lovely mask to use that has reduced my level of oiliness and congestion within my tzone, I use this about once a week for months on end and it has lasted me such a long time as the product goes far
  70. Good for congested skin


    I did this mask once a week and it helped purge out any bacteria underneath the skin. I do think there should have been more product in it however, and I think that my skin was a little bit sensitive to it as it is very strong, but my skin definetly felt soft after every time I did it!
  71. Good stuff but tiny bottle


    This mask is pretty good at calming down breakouts, unsure how effective it is as a preventative. Because the bottle is quite small I tend to use it more as a spot treatment.
  72. Love!


    Very intense but effective mask. Surely not everyone's cup of tea but I love doing it on my problem area, especially at that time of the month. Repurchased already!
  73. salicylic


    love this salicylic mask for my pores on my nose - helps reduce their appearance and nose looks clear.
  74. Best Face Mask


    I have acne prone oily skin and this mask is my saviour! I use this once every week and it does an amazing job at clearing my whiteheads and blackheads.
  75. Not as great as anticipated


    A lot of the ordinary products are quite affordable, however this is slightly more pricey compared to the others.
    The salicylic acid serum wasnt available to a purchased the mask and have been using it for some time.
    Not sure if it actually does anything to my black heads despite using it twice a week for about a month.
    An exfoliant scrub probably will do more work for black h...
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  76. Excellent mask


    1 Despite being well into my thirties, I still get pimples. This mask treats my pimples and evens out redness without irritating my sensitive skin. Highly recommend!
  77. great mask


    great mask, very gentle on the skin and sore quick results. bonus the smell is nice
  78. Didn't live up to the hype


    I've used this mask for a while now and I haven't noticed a difference in the appearance of my appearance, I was also disappointed with the amount of product it had for $20. Personally, I wouldn't buy this product again.
  79. salicylic


    great as a spot treatment to clear up blemishes. doesn't irritate my skin and can be used a few times a week for me
  80. Making a different


    I have used this masque twice now, once a week since it arrived. I have quite sensitive skin and only found it became tingly after about five minutes of having the product on. While it hasn't worked instant miracles, the build-up of sebum in more pores (usually pretty dark and noticeable to me) seems to have lessened a little bit since using this. We'll see what the future holds as I keep using it...
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  81. A little goes a long way


    Only a little of this mask left for ten minutes honestly does wonders to my skin! It feels hydrated and balanced (combination skin - hello!) after use! It works so well with the squalane cleanser, and when I have applied the silicone primer and makeup an hour later, my skin has been so clear and refreshed that not even hours spent wearing make up could erase the results!

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  82. its ok


    it does a decent job however you only get a few uses in the bottle,
  83. So glad I chose this


    It was this or a product 3x the price, they both claimed to do the same thing. So glad I chose this, it works well with breakouts, oil absorption and blemishes, yet I get to save money.
  84. Not my favourite


    I thought it would help more with the small blackheads across my nose but after a couple of times it hasnt made much of a difference. Its tingly and so gives the impression its working but was just not for me
  85. big fan


    This mask has definitely helped the overall appearance of my skin. Even though this mask sets it does not leave my skin feeling dry or tight. My skin feels really refreshed and the overall appearance of my skin is smoother. I do experience very very slight tingling with this mask but it is in no way uncomfortable and does not burn at all. I use this mask 1-2 times a week.
  86. Love this Mask


    You don't have too fork too much money for this. It works wonders with acne, I am see a difference in skin tone and blemishes. Just wouldn't use this more then twice a week.
  87. Love it!


    Super effective at clearing out pores! Use once a week to prevent break-outs. I prefer this over the topical 2% salicylic acid solution because I find this works much quicker and you don't have to leave it on for ages.
  88. Great Value for money


    This mask does leave your skin feeling dewy and fresh. Using this a few times a week has definitely improved my skin
  89. Does the job


    I use this mask in my break up prone areas and I feel that it has helped reduced the amount of break outs that I get.
  90. Love this mask


    This is great for people who have experience with BHA's as its quite strong and it works great in minimising my pores
  91. Awesome product


    This is hands down the best masque I have ever used and my new fav ordinary product. Leaves skin soft and Dewey with visibly minimised pores. Seriously I can’t believe how great my skin looks and feels after using this masque it’s totally addictive. A keeper! Do yourself a favour
  92. Great for acne.


    I use this product once per week and it has really helped to reduce acne. Also good for spot treatment, can be a little tingly but great product overall!!
  93. Love this mask, but make sure you wear sunscreen!


    I really like this mask and use it on a regular basis. The only issue is you must wear sunscreen after using the mask particularly with the harsh Australian sun. Will definitely buy this mask again!
  94. A YES FROM ME <3


    Skin type: oily to normal
    I don't use it very often, but the first time I used it I was literally pleasantly shocked by the way my skin felt. It was like velvet.. so nice to the touch. As for the blemishes, they looked not so terrible.
    I think I have to mention that I haven't tried anything similar before so for a first timer I am in love with this product!
  95. Chemical exfoliant mask


    I use this around my nose, where I am more prone to blackheads and have found using this weekly it seems to keep the area cleansed/smooth, although perhaps leaving the area a little red/tender due to SA
  96. Great cleansing mask


    Great basic mask that really deeps cleans and makes my skin feel smooth and look fresh afterwards
  97. it does the job


    i use this product almost twice a week. it does have a burning sensation which is alright. After washing the mask off i do feel the exfoliation which is why i believe it is such a great product. it also dries really quickly
  98. Pore shrinker!!


    Awesome mask, bought it with little expectations however it’s visibly reduces pore size and leaves the face feeling super clean and refreshed. I would love a super size, pricey for The ordinary however worth it!!
  99. Good!


    The mask is better than I though it would be! It makes my skin very smooth!
  100. Didn't seem to do much


    I was hoping this would help with the small blackheads on my nose, but I haven't noticed much difference after using it several times. I've used the serum as a spot treatment before and had good results, so that might be the one for me!
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