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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution 30ml 30ml

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Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and to enhance skin clarity and texture with continued use. 


To learn more about how to navigate this brand, click here to read our skincare guide on The Oridinary.


Caution: 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: While exfoliating acids can result in quick visible benefits, The Ordinary generally suggest indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids.

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. 

 

All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads

Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and to enhance skin clarity and texture with continued use. 


To learn more about how to navigate this brand, click here to read our skincare guide on The Oridinary.


Caution: 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: While exfoliating acids can result in quick visible benefits, The Ordinary generally suggest indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids.

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. 

 

All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads

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. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Please see below for an in-depth guide to patch testing. Keep out of reach of children.  

 

(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.)

 

How to conduct an at-home patch test.

Patch tests are an easy way to help predict if you will have a negative initial reaction to a new product. It is recommended to perform a patch test before incorporating a new product into your routine. The Ordinary have outlined a general method for conducting your own patch test.

  • Apply a small amount of the product onto a clean area of skin on the upper forearm. 
  • Keep the area dry, preferably covered with a bandage. 
  • After 24 hours, uncover the area and rinse.
  • If any redness, burning, itching, blistering or irritation is observed at any time throughout the test, do not use the product. 

 

Please note that the patch test is only for determining initial irritation reactions to products and does not guarantee similar results when applied to other areas of the body (including the face) or after continuous use.

It does not account for underlying conditions and should not be used for the diagnosis of hypersensitivity or allergic contact dermatitis. If you are concerned about starting a new product, please consult a dermatologist prior to use.

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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4.4 of 351 reviews

87% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Great salicylic prod
This is a great product if you're after salicylic acid. I use it on my pimples to dry them out and slough away roughness and dry skin. BUT it's an active, so don't use too much (the skin around the pimple will start to peel and make it appear worse than it is) - so use sparingly.

Most Helpful Criticism

I haven't seen much change for acne
I bought it for my blackheads and regular breakouts..i didn't notice much change when using it except maybe dries the pimples out a bit quicker
  1. My skin reacted really badly to this

    My skin freaked out when I used the Salicylic. Be really careful when trying it out, as I know a lot of people have bad reactions to this one. Patch test!
  2. Great salicylic prod

    This is a great product if you're after salicylic acid. I use it on my pimples to dry them out and slough away roughness and dry skin. BUT it's an active, so don't use too much (the skin around the pimple will start to peel and make it appear worse than it is) - so use sparingly.
  3. AMAZING

    I wasn't sure if this was doing anything for any spots I was having pop up until I started using it on blemishes after I cleanse at night then giving it some time to absorb and following with a moisturiser/Buffet/rosehip oil mixed with L-Ascorbic Acid Powder and holy moly my skin is amazing and glowy and blemishes are dramatically reduced in the morning. I get horrible hormonal spots all across my back (thanks PCOS...) and this salicylic acid has helped them not be so angry and shortens the time they are hitching a ride. Will keep buying this foreverrrrrrr
  4. Amazing and affordable

    I've been experiencing awful skin after going off the pill.
    My skin is breaking out but I'm 33, so I'm also battling aging skin too.
    This is a staple in my morning routine. I have just run out and have re-purchased.
    It will take a little while to get used to but stick with it through the dryness. After about 2 or 3 weeks your skin will balance out and you will reap the rewards.
    I also use the lactic acid 10% at night which I believe has also helped greatly.
    After only 1 month of a new and strictly enforced routine my skin is looking better than it has in the 2 years I've been off the pill. Amazing.
  5. Great spot treatment

    I use this as a spot treatment and it really helps reduce redness and swelling overnight. I've been using on the clogged pores in my nose which is slowly starting to reduce their size.
  6. I haven't seen much change for acne

    I bought it for my blackheads and regular breakouts..i didn't notice much change when using it except maybe dries the pimples out a bit quicker
  7. Just dab a small amount on problem areas

    I find this product helps problem areas which are either healing from a breakout, or are a breakout which is just starting. Just dab on a little bit and pat rather than rubbing in - too much will result in a foamy/white finish which isn't desirable. I do this as a first step after cleansing, then follow with other skincare. So easy and affordable.
  8. Acne Be Gone

    I have been using this serum in combination with The Ordinary niacinamide 10% and zinc 1% it has completely transformed my skin from blemish prone to crystal clear. Love it
  9. love it

    I have quite sensitive skin but this works wonders for me, clears my skin quicker than anything else I've tried. Love it.
  10. Another amazing product from The Ordinary

    This is the bomb for pimples, blemishes. I get the occasional hormonal breakouts and tried this for the first time a few days ago, I applied it pm and the next morning woke to a blemish almost gone, you only need a small drop so as always with the ordinary great value, great product.
  11. Critical step in my night routine

    I have blemish prone and oily skin. Previously using a more expensive similar product, I was keen to try The Ordinary at a lower price point and I'm very happy with the results. I use this every night prior to moisturizing and find it helps minimize and prevent future breakouts. The only downside is that I find its quite foamy when applying. I'd recommend patting into the skin, rather than rubbing it in.
  12. The ordinary convert

    I have been using this serum in combination with The Ordinary niacinamide 10% and zinc 1% it has completely transformed my skin from blemish prone to crystal clear. Love it
  13. Literally magic

    I recently have had a major breakout of adult acne due to hormones and nothing the doctor was doing helped regulate them. In the meantime my acne has been making me really uncomfortable. Used this on cystic and surface pimples and OVERNIGHT there was a major difference. Definitely buying more for myself and my little sister - also remember to screw the lid back on properly because I knocked mine and lost half the bottle!
  14. Keeps hormonal acne under control

    Since using this regularly my monthly hormonal breakouts are calmer and fade quicker.
  15. Must have!

    I’ve been using this product religiously for 2 years now and am never going back! I still cannot believe that it is so cheap for what it does
  16. Proceed with caution

    Dear beauty shoppers
    If you are on this page hoping to fix your flaws , blackheads or pimples and your skin is sensitive do not buy this. I bought this and soon as I applied it buy skin began to burn and itch and went blotchy. It really messed up my skin. My pimples are gone, but the scars remain. I used it on my nose for my blackheads and I don’t see A difference. Probably , with reading other reviews, is because my skin is sensitive. So please , If you have sensitive skin, find something more gentler then this product.
  17. The holy grail of skincare

    My favourite Ordinary product. Clears spots overnight and keeps breakouts at bay if applied all over the face. I have repurchased countless times and will never go without it.
  18. Its... average

    I don't know how to feel about this as it didn't really help with my blemishes, however I don't particularly think salicylic acid works on me anyway so I do not fault this product. Sadly it is stored away and I don't reach for it as often as I'd like, however I don't regret the purchase as it's cheap and my sister loves it. If you find other acids don't perform as well as you'd like, try this!! At it's price point, you won't have any regrets
  19. Great for clearing your skin

    This product is great as it has cleared my oily acne-prone skin. I wouldn't recommend using it as spot treatment as I find that applying too much in the same area dries out my skin and makes it patchy (hard to use concealer over my zit if the area is too dry/patchy). Fortunately the consistency of this serum is great so I mix one drop with my daily moisturiser and apply it all over my face. I've been doing this for 2 months now and my skin appears visibly clearer. It is quite potent so a little goes a long way!
  20. Great Product

    I'm onto the second bottle now. I've noticed that my skin is very even in tone and pores and lines diminish greatly. My friend commented that my skin is very clear and bright. I'm in my mid forty and have combo oily skin and I find the serum very light and almost non-existent. I sometimes top it off with TO moisturizer if needed during very dry days and it works well. I can feel my skin congestion on my chin is clearing up. I love this product.
  21. Really good for when you notice a spot developing

    I've used The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution 30ml on and off for about ten months. i didn't really perceive it to do much, but i find it works when a zit is developing, I feel like it helps to stop it in its tracks.
  22. A delight for combo skin

    My combo skin has always loved salicylic acid. It really helps with the appearance of blackheads and declogs my oil-prone t-zone without making it feel completely dehydrated. So glad to have found an affordable option that performs just as well as any.
  23. Amazing for spots

    I recently purchased this as I seem to be breaking out here and there, I’ve been using benzac for years and have been sort of “so so” about it, it worked OKAY I guess but I wanted something that actually did it’s job. I’m so glad to say this does, I wake up the next morning and my pimples or up and coming pimples have dried out or died down :)
  24. Couldn't recommend it highly enough!

    I have combination skin - very oily in my tzone and very dry elsewhere. Continued use (two months) of this product (in conjunction with some other TO products) has reduced my blackheads, tightened up my pores, reduced the shininess of my forehead and almost immediately reduces the risk of angry red spots when applied in the morning. Love, love, LOVE!!!!!
  25. Staple in my skincare regime

    I have oily combination skin and have been using this product in combination with The Ordinary's Niacinamide solution to help with my breakouts. I have been using the two for a few months now and my skin has cleared up my skin so much! If you are on a budget and are looking for something to help with breakouts, I can't recommend this enough.
    I will say though, be sure to use as more of a spot treatment and follow up with a moisturiser otherwise it can be quite drying.
  26. Good for spot treatment

    I only use this as a spot treatment and it definitely shortens the life of any blemishes. I don't find I need much, and even though it's a very affordable product I can't see myself needing to buy another any time soon.
  27. Best spot treatment ever!

    This product is the best The Ordinary product ever. If I had to choose only one it would be this one. I can use this at night if I have a very red spot and by morning the spot is reduced and much calmer. Many times the spot is almost gone after two nights! I use it at night as I do find it can be quite drying. I have combination skin so I am sure to add in a good moisturizer twice a day and halyuronic acid at night to help with the dry skin. Hands down the best spot treatment ever.
  28. Not the best

    I didn't find this product worked for me. It did make my skin feel nice and hydrated. But in terms of diminishing acne I can't say I found it helpful. I don't regret buying it. But I found niacinamide absolutely fantastic. It did all that it promised.
  29. So good even my mum uses it!

    I purchased this after a girl on IG plugged it as it helped heal her hormonal acne.
    i sometimes get cystic acne alongside my hormonal acne, and being a squeezer (i know, terrible!!), this helped reduce the inflammation a lot!!
    it helped so much that my mum has stolen my first bottle and is using it for her little cystic acne patches on her cheeks!
  30. B-EAUT-IFUL!

    ADD THIS TO YOUR CART NOW! I started using this every night along with Niacinamid 10% + Zinc 1% and it has worked wonders. I'm 28 year sold, suffered adult acne for a few years and this magic serum has completely cleared my skin. Worth giving it a go for how affordable the product is.
  31. What Breakout?

    This product works great. It breaks down pimples that are deep in your skin and helps keep breakouts at a minimum. Would definitely recommend this for breakouts and blind pimples.
  32. Cleared up my skin in 3 weeks

    Ive been using this the same brand of skincare for years, after trying countless brands recommended to me by various beauticians but invariably gave up finding I was having quite serious reactions to most of the stronger formulas and they weren't solving my acne issues. I suffer from breakouts particularly because I require a lot of makeup in my job - the worst combination! But after reading some reviews on this range decided to give it a go. The VERY economical price tag was a lure too! I cannot believe the transformation my skin has undergone, I haven't had a 'new' pimple since i started using this product in-particular. I started slowly in case of a reaction and have built up to using more of this range, I am very satisfied. I mainly focus it in my T-zone and chin where I have the worst issues. There is a slight tingling sensation at first but nothing unbearable. It also absorbs into the skin well not leaving an oily residue.
  33. Does not work for me

    My acne and spots do not look better using this product :(
  34. Great for spot treatment and quick results

    I've been using this for 2 months with niacinamide and the glycolic 7% toner.

    It's great for spot treatment and dries out pimples completely within 2 days.
    I usually just apply a thin layer for prevention and a bit extra on the blemishes for quicker treatment.

    Definitely recommend
  35. Would recommend

    This has definitely helped control and reduce my acne after including it in my skincare routine - just don't over-use it.
  36. Burns my skin

    For sensitive skin like mine, i applied a small drop for my entire face. the solution is too concentrated and my face had slight acid burn. but for those who have not so sensitive skin it may be helpful
  37. you need this

    I have repurchased this time and time again, and I use it twice daily. It has truly been a life saver for my skin. Since I began using it, my skin has become significantly clearer, less congested and smoother. I hardly ever get acne anymore and of course there is the occasional pimple if I have been eating badly, but I find it is much less frequent and less extreme. I use 1-2 drops spread as a thin layer all over the areas where I would be more prone to get acne or texture such as forehead, chin and cheeks.
  38. So-so

    I'm obsessed with some products in The Ordinary range - others I can take or leave. This is filed in my take or leave folder. The price is definitely a plus and, because I'm only using it as a spot treatment, it's going to last me a long time. As with many things in life, it's all about timing. I find if I apply this to a blind pimple, it doesn't really do much. However, it really comes into its own when applied to whiteheads - it dries them out quite well overnight. It's not really strong enough to totally blitz them though.

    I much prefer TO Niacinamide for breakouts (which doesn't work for everyone), but I don't feel like I've totally wasted money on this either. If I don't look like using it all up before the expiry date, I'll take the advice I've read online and add it to a foot soak to soften my heel skin.
  39. Effective

    I previously used the dermalogica skin clearing booster which was $30+ to help with body breakouts but I thought I’d give this a go. It’s only been 3 days and wow!! Results are better than I could imagine my body breakouts have cleared significantly and skin is brighter. This will now be ordered by the truck load so I never run out! If you suffer body breakouts this is a must try!
  40. Amazing for pimples

    Amazing product for clearing and preventing pimples. I put a thin layer of this on in the morning before moisturising to prevent pimples and at night use it as a spot treatment.
  41. Amazing!

    I’ve never had perfect skin, and have always had breakouts! Recently I started using this and have noticed a huge difference. My skin is finally starting to clear up!
  42. Amazing for the price!

    I love this product! The texture is not particularly elegant -- it foams up (I think if you use too much) but it works really well, I've noticed a reduction in pore size and blackheads/sebaceous filaments.
  43. Eliminates spots for sure!

    I bought this and a whole bunch of products at the same time and i kept on reaching for this to eliminate my hormonal spots. Works really well for the price tag. I bought this and some other ordinary products for my teenage niece to use as i know it will work.
  44. Initial results didn't last

    I used this product every day for more than 4 months. Initially it helped to clear my skin but the results did not last in the long term so for me it was not worth continuing with.
  45. Not Bad

    I bought this product just over a month ago in the hopes it would assist with my breakouts. I did have high expectations so I think I was a little disappointed however I do feel to some degree it has helped with the size of the breakouts. The price is amazing however I don't believe this is a miracle product. I will continue to use until I have finished the bottle and hopefully long term use will present more encouraging results :)
  46. Not Sure

    I've never tried salicylic acid before; I don't have too many problems with blemishes. I bought this to attack tiny blackheads on my nose and chin, but it seems to have done nothing to treat these, even with everyday application.
    However, as a spot treatment for blind or proper oozing pimples it is great, clears them up virtually overnight. Would probably continue to buy for this reason, the price is great.
  47. Really effective for acne

    Great as a spot treatment, it disappears pimples within a few hours. Also prevents breakouts when used as a serum - I apply it only on areas that break out like the chin and forehead every couple of days, as it can cause a bit of dryness otherwise
  48. just doesn't do much for me

    I have a lot of congestion and blackheads and acne and it just doesn't seem to work thoroughly enough of my congestion, unfortunately.
  49. Not for me

    This might work to others but not to me. I don’t get breakouts much, maybe one in a month. But when i start using this, the next day i get breakouts. So won’t purchase again. I stop using it straight away!
  50. Great for spots

    This is seriously the best spot treatment ever from what I have noticed so far (about 2 weeks since I started using it) Just after cleansing. It calms spots and redness.
  51. Great for spot treatment!

    I use this as a spot treatment at night in conjunction with other Ordinary products, it dries out pimples really well.
  52. Love it

    I have noticed quite a big difference in my blackheads on my nose after using this. It smooths out and evens my face. I apply this straight onto my blemishes and within 3 days I've noticed a difference.
  53. Absolutely perfect for my skin

    I’ve alrwady reviewed this but I’m doing it again because I can’t get over how this product has saved my skin after years and years of desperation over acne. Please don’t ever stop selling this. It’s a lifesaver.
  54. Increases cell turnover

    I’ve been dealing with cystic hormonal acne now for around 4 months. Decided to venture away from my normal skincare routine to substitute and add some BHA for cell turnover.. at first I definitely noticed a reduction in congestion and oil, however this will purge your skin! I have only been using for a week (once each night) and my chin and cheeks are purging like crazy! Does definitely dry out pimples when used as a spot treatment. I have stopped using for the moment while I undergoe medical topical creams and chemical peels
  55. Love it, one of the best products that helped me with my oily skin

    I used it after I clean my skin every night specially on the T zone on my face, it's gentle and helped me a lot.
    I have already introduced it to some friends.
    Thanks :)
  56. Love this so much!

    I decided to try this product after reading an article online. No had really bad breakouts around my mouth & chin, and my skin was either super oily, or super dry, I could never win!
    My skin has improved so much since adding this into my routine, I have also reduced the amount of products I use, which has helped. I use this morning & night, and don't think I'll ever stop! A little goes a loooooooong way too!
  57. Great for my breakouts

    I like to use this product when I have a breakout and I was actually surprised at how quickly it worked. The next morning my blemishes were visibly smaller and less noticeable. A little bit goes a long way!
  58. Inexpensive spot treatment trumps $$$ products

    I have been using this Salicylic Acid alongside a number of other products from the Ordinary for the past few months. I use this product as a spot treatment on stubborn cystic pimples as well as a thin layer across my nose to banish those blackheads. I have quite sensitive skin which can dry out easily but found a few drops at night have done the trick. I've previously used some holy grail ($$$) spot treatments who have not only dried my skin but the additional ingredients/fragrances have caused flare ups. Now with this product there is no unsightly flaky skin or dry patches when I wake up.

    I would recommend only using this a few times a week to start to avoid any unsightly irritation.
  59. Clears pimples

    I bought this to spot treat my cystic, hormonal acne that I get along my jawline plus any odd spots that pop up. It definitely does clear pimples faster than without using it. I do however find that it attacks ‘regular’ pimples faster than the cystic pimples. As effective, if not better than any other spot treatments that I’ve used in the past and will definitely continue to buy once finally done with this bottle (it’s lasting for a long long time).
  60. Great for oily skin

    This works really well as a spot treatment but I might get a higher % as you need to add quite a bit but then it dries out my skin but If you use a good moisturiser then it shouldn't be a problem.
  61. Lifesaver!

    I absolutely LOVE this product and wish I had discovered it a decade ago! I have always had oily/combination skin and issues with acne and blackheads. This product just works wonders (and is SO AFFORDABLE!). i alternate using it with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Solution or just as a spot treatment. By morning- the spot is gone! It feels great upon application and you can really feel it 'tingling' as it works its way into your skin. I have been using the same bottle for a few months now, as a little really goes a long way! I have told everyone I know about it- such a great product I didn't even know existed! So glad I do now :)
  62. Wonderful

    Works well on my combination skin. Skin is clear and pore size has reduced. Have not needed to use as a spot treatment. Will continue use.
  63. Works well for blemishes

    I use this for blemishes and it seems to work pretty well. Its also quite good for the occasional overall treatment and I find using it like that helps with blackheads around my nose.
  64. Excellent value from The Ordinary, once again!

    This is a fabulous product. Salicylic acid is one of the ingredients in skincare that is tried and tested, and has plenty of legitimate scientific evidence to back it up, and here The Ordinary delivers it in a great, effective serum at a price point that is accessible to almost anyone.

    I haven't been using it for long (a little over a week) but it has been super effective on existing acne and I am very happy with it. I have had no adverse reaction to this product despite daily use, although i don't have overly sensitive skin. I have used this am and pm as a spot treatment every day for the past week plus a couple times as an all-over treatment.
  65. Yes!

    I use this product all over - particularly in the acne prone areas of my face - nose, cheeks and chin. In conjunction with TO Niacinamide + Zinc, this product has helped to clear congested pores and now my face is fairly clear of cystic acne blemishes.
  66. Love it

    My favourite BHA at the moment. I find this great at penetrating deep down into the pores to bring those horrible blackheads to the surface. I like to layer this BHA over the top of my AHA (The Ordinary Mandalic Acid) once or twice a week. Make sure your skin is in strong condition before you layer these two together and make sure you keep your hydration up (lots of layers of toner, moisturiser and maybe even a sheet mask).
  67. Great spot treatment

    This Salicylic acid solution from The Ordinary is a great spot treatment. It works well with my skin, particularly on my t-zone. Its a great price for the benefits.
  68. AMAZINGGGGG!

    After reading hundreds of reviews I decided to buy the salicylic acid for myself. I had acne in the past, so this product was mainly to reduce the scars that were left behind. I have combination skin and have regularly been using it every night as part of my skincare routine, and holy hell it works!!!! I have noticed a massive difference in only a month. And the price is a bonus as well!! Will definitely keep restocking.
  69. Good Spot Tratment

    Great as a spot treatment. I wouldn't use it all over my face as it instructs because my skin is very dry

    I applied too much on a pimple (repetitively) and it made it worse so just be careful to use in moderation because then it is great
  70. Love! Love! Love!

    I cannot recommend this product highly enough for anyone suffering hormonal acne.
    My daughter has pimples along her T-zone. We have tried so many products and diet adjustments and nothing has worked. Until this product!! She has been using for around 8 weeks and her skin is currently totally clear, which it hasn't been for years. She still gets the occasional hormonal pimple, but a quick dab of this clears it up in no time. Amazing product.
  71. Great for keeping breakouts and blackheads at bay

    This is my lifesaver when my skin is looking congested or is breaking out
  72. Love

    I can notice a difference in my skin and breakouts when using this product, will continue to buy. Also such a great price.
  73. Helpful, but can burn skin

    When used daily, this prevents breakouts and noticeably shrinks the size of pores. However, when used for spot treatment i find that this can burn the skin and create a scab.
  74. Great for acne prone skin

    Salicylic acid is my favourite BHA! It cleans the pores from the inside out! I started spot treating and now I use all over when needed. Cleared my skin up so well and would highly recommend anyone with acne prone skin to trust in this product. It will change your life!
  75. Use as spot treatment

    As I have dry skin I was reluctant to use it all over my face. My main concern was the blackheads on my nose so I just use a drop of the product on my nose every second morning. It’s been 6 weeks and no significant difference can be seen. I may not be using it often enough to see results, but I’m switching between this and the buffet, which can’t be mixed.
  76. Good for active acne

    I initially bought this for my pretty bad blackheads and hormonal acne that I developed this year. It definitely makes extracting my blackheads easier and helps reduce the pimples. I think it has also made my pimples scar less which is good. I would definitely recommend this product but also wouldn't say it changed my life. Will continue to purchase though
  77. Unsure

    I've been using for a week or so and all was well after the first night but since then it's just caused me to break out and my skin is much worse than it was before I tried it
  78. Was my HG until recently

    This stuff cleared up my acne, but when I ran out and bought a new one from AB I broke out in a horrible scaly, red, itchy rash all over my face. Might not be for long term use, but definitely works in the short term.
  79. Cheap and effective

    I've used other salycilic acids before, and this just does the same job at a much lower price. I'm really happy with it, I just spot treat when I get a blemish and it keeps my breakouts under control. The only negative I would say is that it foams up, so it can be a bit messy, but at the price I'm not complaining.
  80. Absolute Game Changer!

    I wish I had the words to describe just how much this product has saved my skin. After Christmas, I had a massive cystic acne breakout on my chin. Now, only a few weeks later I don't have a single red mark on my skin. Zero scarring, absolutely nothing! I'm very pale so normally acne scars stay red on my skin for months. It's all thanks to this product. Also, the price tag is incredible. I'm stocking up! I absolutely NEED this in my life from this point forward. I wish I'd discovered it sooner!
  81. Not for sensitive skin

    I purchased this for my 23 year old sister who has sensitive, acne-prone, oily skin. She gave herself serious burns using this product. Even for those with normal skin, I'd recommend using only a couple drops for the whole face and twice a week max.
  82. Doesn't work for me

    I wanted to try this product as a leave on salicylic acid treatment to reduce blackheads. Unfortunately, after trialling this product for a couple of months now I have seen no significant change. I did find that this salicylic acid serum helped slightly with reducing cystic acne and existing blemishes. It comes in a no frills dropper bottle and dries to a satin finish. It does form quite a bit of a lather compared with other serums by The Ordinary so I recommend patting it into the skin.
  83. This product has saved my skin!

    This product (and a lot of other products from The Ordinary) have honestly saved my skin! I have acne prone/blemished/combination skin and this is a lifesaver. I generally apply it to my entire face every night as a preventative measure. When I am breaking out I will apply it in the morning as well, and my breakouts are much less severe the next day. I have gone through about two bottles of this and my skin has significantly improved since before I started using it. It's not too harsh, barely smells, and it lasts forever! Highly recommended.
  84. Loving this

    The ordinary can do no wrong. No fuss products at affordable prices - and they work. Great for spot treating pimples
  85. A great product for breakouts

    I have been using this for 12 months now in the evenings and can definitely recommend it for use for breakouts. I use it in conjunction with a retinol to keep acne at bay. I don’t love the smell or the consistency which is the only reason it lost a star for me!
  86. TBH... pretty underwhelming

    I have acne prone skin and thought i would give this a go given all the amazing reviews. Unfortunately it didn't really do anything for my skin. Didn't break me out but also didn't help with my skin concerns. I used it for a month so gave it a good go. Instead I have been using regular Kiehls products and it has been keeping my acne at bay.
    Will not repurchase this.
  87. Great Product

    I've been using this to spot treat pimples on my face, and also using it all over my shoulders, upper arms, back where I get breakouts. I notice a huge difference when I am using it regularly, as opposed to when I stop using it (usually coz I forget). This stuff works really quickly, I noticed a difference in my skin within a day or 2.
  88. 18 months on...

    Though my skin is oily + dehydrated i don't get acne and very rarely, spots. I use this serum once to twice weekly more as a chemical exfoliator leaving my skin smooth and texture-free.
  89. Amazing results!

    I have quite oily skin and get the occasional breakout. After 1 week of using this product in conjunction with The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc my skin was noticeably less oily and the texture of my skin had also improved. I’m on to my second bottle now and my skin continues to improve, breakouts are much less frequent and when I do get the occasional breakout they are much less severe than prior to using this product. This is now a staple in my skin care routine, I am able to use this daily with no irritation but I do not have sensitive skin. Would definitely recommend this product!
  90. Great Product

    I use this 2 times a week and it has cleared up problematic black heads on my nose and chin. I also use it as a spot treatment on pimples. Very happy with my skin after using this. I apply it at night after the B5 hydration serum.
  91. Excellent

    I've been using this for several months in the morning along with the zinc, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid at night and my very acne prone skin with big pores has never been more clear and smooth. My pores have shrunk hugely, very rarely get any pimples.
  92. Mild Anti-inflammatory solution

    This product helped to reduce the redness on my face (cheeks and under chin especially. I found that it was also helpful in absorbing other products that i used on my face as it helped to renew and clear pores.
  93. Return customer

    Love this product and it lasts for ages. I have my son using it and it has cleared up his blemishes. Can't believe how quickly it works and stops spots from getting worse
  94. Uhmmm no!

    I have a combination skin. I dont break out that much, maybe once a week sometimes not! or sometimes just when my period is coming i get like 2 to 3 pimples. So i bought this and hoping it will help, but this break me out bad! Just one time using it, when i wake up a family of pimples come out! Not very happy! So I didn’t buy again and won’t buy again!
  95. Great Product

    I use this at night time after cleansing my face. I dab a little product onto any blemish spots and overnight it works it’s magic because in the morning most blemish spots have disappeared all together or at least halved in size.
  96. Fantastic for oily skin!

    My skin type is very oily and thus I get a lot of blackheads and whiteheads due to congestion. I’ve been using this for a few days now at night and I’ve seen a vast improvement in the diminishment of my blackheads! I also use the niacinamide every morning so using that in conjunction with this product may be helping as well. I don’t get pimples often but when I do I like to spot treat it with this product and the pimple reduces a lot in size the next day and by the following day it’s pretty much gone! Love it!!!
  97. Best pimple fighter!

    I can't believe how quickly this solution sorts out a pesky zit! Put it on the night before, and could see the improvement by the next morning! No stickiness, doesn't over-dry surrounding skin areas. A great targeted zit zapper!
  98. helped my skin

    This was amazing for my skin, I have an oily t-zone but dry patches. brought this 2 times already, helps keep pores and skin tight and reduced my pimples a lot
  99. Amazing!

    I mix the zinc+ with the salicylic acid, then I put on their moisturiser, (rose oil at night before bed) my face has cleared up OVERNIGHT! I have had acne my whole life, and this is finally something that is working for me.

    I have oily and very very sensitive skin, no bad reactions
  100. Good for blackheads and smaller breakouts

    Loved this product for targeting small pimples on my forehead and chin in a matter of days. Probably not very effective with cystic acne as it is more gentle.
  101. Review & Earn

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