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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution 30ml 30ml

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4.5 of 469 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Loveeeeeeeee this product


This product is amazing. I had bad acne and it helped clear my skin so much. If I feel a pimple coming up, I just dab a bit on and it helps it so much. It helped clear my hormonal acne and it helps prevents those nasty time of month pimples from erupting all over your face!!!!!! You may need to watch out if you have sensitive skin though, I have a bit of sensitivity but my skin was able to handle it!

Most Helpful Criticism

Great for prevention


I have been using this product for over a year now and while I think it’s a great acne and blackhead prevention serum - I haven’t seen any reduction in the size of my black heads, which is why I originally bought it. Thinking I might need something stronger
  1. Good, but not for me.


    I got this as I tend to get a few breakouts but on the whole my skin has already gone through the acne stage and I just have scarring. So this product didn't really do anything for me. But I think it seems to be more aimed at people current dealing with acne.
  2. Very mild


    I used this until I finished the bottle and didn't see any major differences in my skin. I guess it's good at preventing big breakouts but in terms of existing blackheads and breakout it doesn't really do much.
  3. Loveeeeeeeee this product


    This product is amazing. I had bad acne and it helped clear my skin so much. If I feel a pimple coming up, I just dab a bit on and it helps it so much. It helped clear my hormonal acne and it helps prevents those nasty time of month pimples from erupting all over your face!!!!!! You may need to watch out if you have sensitive skin though, I have a bit of sensitivity but my skin was able to handle it!
  4. Great spot treatment


    Initially I thought this product wasn't effective but I kept using it and it really does work. It's amazing at preventing breakouts especially for my hormonal skin and it's a great spot treatment. You can't really beat the price point.
  5. Gentle but effective


    I have very sensitive skin that was formerly a frustrating mix of dry patches and angry redness with breakouts. I thought breakouts were for teenagers!
    I was worried that using salicylic acid on a daily basis would be too harsh on my skin, but I have been so pleasantly surprised. This serum tackles inflammation and stops most spots before they become angry and ugly.
    I use it every evening after my cleanser and toner, alongside the azaelic acid for my cheek area. I also use it once or twice a week for my pore reducing routine with clay and jojoba oil. Such a useful, affordable product!
  6. Brilliant for clear skin


    This my fourth purchase of salicylic acid and it has definitely stopped me getting huge pimples/cysts that sit under the skin and take forever to go away. I use this with their niacinamide every night after removing makeup and cleansing and I haven’t had those huge nasties since. I’ve also made sure that all my makeup is noncomodogenic as well.
  7. Great for prevention


    I have been using this product for over a year now and while I think it’s a great acne and blackhead prevention serum - I haven’t seen any reduction in the size of my black heads, which is why I originally bought it. Thinking I might need something stronger
  8. Basic


    This is a good spot treatment. For all over a personally prefer a toner consistency better than a gel but it does it's job.
  9. Perfect blemish control exfoliator


    I was new to the chemical exfoliators and was recommended this from a friend and god it works! You can either use it as a spot treatment or all over but i use it at night all over before applying other serums. The bottle has lasted me a while as i only use it twice a week and it has been keeping large blemishes at bay.
  10. Great product for daily use


    This is high strength salicylic acid and works great at clearing pores. I found it didn't do much for my pimples though!
  11. Wonderful product for great price


    I have used it about a week now but after first application my skin looked so fresh and clean next morning. Very happy with my purchase :)
  12. Works for teens skin


    My teen daughter loves this. She is so self conconscious about her skin but this product really has worked in inhibiting her acne and when she does have a breakout, drying it up. Forget expensive acne treatments, if you have acne this will work.
  13. Repurchased 4 times!


    My skin can be very problematic but I’ve found that using this Salicylic Acid has helped tremendously! I’m a stress picker, so I tend to pick at any little lump or bump on my face but I’ve found that even though I might get the odd swollen or red pimple and make it worse by picking and squeezing it, this serum has really helped with healing and preventing them from coming back!

    PSA- don’t use if you’re sick with a cold or flu and have been blowing your nose constantly. It will burn the broken skin around your nose.

    Also don’t use after you’ve exfoliated with a liquid peel. Your face will look sunburnt for at least a day after. Do as I say, not as I do
  14. Good spot treatment


    It's a good treatment, does the job. Good price. Really helps my breakouts
  15. So far so good


    I have been using this in the evening to help control my breakouts along with Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in the morning. I have found that my breakouts have been less frequent with this routine. You don't need to use much of this product and it's great as a spot treatment. I haven't found it too drying and will continue to use it.
  16. A little is best


    I am using this product I hormonal pimples along my jawline. If I use too much it can dry out the skin too much and crack. A tiny drop on top every second night after moisturising seems to work well for me. Once my skin is used to the new products I might try it on nose blackheads too. Overall I’m happy with this one
  17. Great price for great results


    I was skeptical about the price at first but i quickly saw results after using this product as it definitely helped to clear up my problem areas. Its smooth, doesn't have a particular scent and it definitely drys out your pimples
  18. Great for Acne Prone Skin


    Love this product! I use it as a spot treatment when I get some pimples coming up and it diminishes them for they even have a chance to come through fully. It is also going to last me FOREVER because you only need a tiny amount! Highly recommend if you suffer from breakouts regularly.
  19. not very strong


    This isn't as strong as I need for my acne prone skin but it definitely helps a little bit in reducing the blackheads and whiteheads on my face. It probably suits someone with only a few break outs not heaps like myself.
  20. Sooo good


    This stuff is soo crazy effective! It targets blemishes and kills them like nothing else! It does an amazing job at killing under the surface bumps and pimples - a must for an acne routine. Make sure to use it at night though! And wear sunscreen. Will repurchase!
  21. Life Changer!


    I’ve been using this for around 18 months and its amazing! Has evened out my complexion, settled redness and just calmed my skin down - cant live without it.
  22. not sure yet


    I've been using this for a couple weeks now but I haven't really noticed a major difference in my skin yet. I'll give it some more time but I really hope it works for me!
  23. Zap that zit


    I wanted a BHA that wasn’t aimed at teenagers. In my 40’s I wanted something that was going to work but also looked like a mature product.
    It’s been working wonders. I started by putting it all over my face but learned it was quite drying, do now just dot it on my problem areas every 2nd night and we are in good place. Pop it on a pimple that is just coming up and it’s definitely gone down by morning, not totally but on its way.
  24. Texture


    Great for toning down skin texture and getting rid of acne before it surfaces. Quite a strong formula so would recommend only a few times a week
  25. Really works


    I’ve seen an overall improvement in my acne and blackheads which I haven’t seen with other products, and you can’t beat the price. Would recommend.
  26. Good for its price


    Ive used paulas choice salicylic acid solutions, kiehls dark spot corrector with salicylic acid, and honestly this one works just as well of youre simply looking to exfoliate deep down. But i recommend using with other products (e.g. vitamin c, other serums etc) to see the real benefits
  27. Excellent!


    I was using The Ordinary anti-aging regimen but started a new job with high levels of stress and started to have a few break outs on my jawline and forehead. So, I switched to the blemish control regimen. It is SO good. My skin cleared up really quickly and is now super smooth and delish! So affordable too!
  28. Not for me- bf likes it though


    Personally my skin hates this formulation, red and bumpy things break out on my cheeks, think it is the witch hazel content. I've tried even just using as spot treatment but it's just a no go from me. Feels a little sticky too. Boyfriend uses this when he feels congested or has a pimple pop up and he finds it takes away the redness. Maybe patch test first to check how your skin reacts? Proceed with caution.
  29. Great for break outs!


    I suffer from some pretty bad hormonal acne along my jar line. I have been putting this Salicylic Acid on at night and it has been helping a lot. Doesn't dry my skin out like other products.
  30. Amazing product at an even better price


    I get hormonal pimples and I use this every time I get one and when I use it my pimple always looks less red, it clears it up very quickly and you cant beat the price of the ordinary. A staple in any girls skincare cabinet
  31. An Affordable Alternative


    I love my salycic acid and this product is in it's most basic pure form, why worry about expensive creams, treatments and cleanser with a hint of the stuff when you can have this!
  32. Great


    This product is amazing for my oily and acne prone skin. It has helped a lot with my acne. Will buy again
  33. Good product for good price


    I have been using this product consistently over the past few months after ordering a few ordinary products. This has shown the best results for me out of them all. It has improved my (not major) acne concerns so I’ll continue using / purchasing while also looking for something just as good. It’s cheap so great to buy and try but I think the price is relative to how well a product can perform. Would recommend no harm in purchasing and giving it a go!
  34. great for acne


    I have been using this for about 4 weeks now and I have noticed such a big difference in my acne and flare ups! its work beautifully and shortens the life span of my acne!
  35. Instant results


    It definitely reduces the time that my pimples may linger for but hasn't completely halted them. Has really reduced my white and black heads and sinks into your skin so quickly with zero residue! I have been using every morning for the last 3 weeks.
  36. Great for acne prone skin!


    I have been using The Ordinary Salicylic Acid for about 3 weeks now and I have noticed such a big difference in my breakouts! I will either use this all over my face or as a spot treatment and its works beautifully. It definitely shortens the life span of breakouts!
  37. Too strong


    I have acne prone/combination skin. This product is too strong for me. It literally burns my skin which took me a week to recover. I’m always a loyal fan of the ordinary product as most product have work wonders for me but sadly not this one.
  38. best serum


    use this serum at night and works great on any pimples and also helps clear my pores without drying out skin and lasts a while definitely worth it for such an affordable price
  39. Works but be careful with that you use before it


    This does work really well when compared to more expensive products, however, make sure you don’t mix this with other exfoliating products! Got a small chemical burn from using it in conjunction with the glycolic acid toner. Other than that, this does work, can’t go wrong with the price point too!
  40. Effective and great value


    Great product and would definitely recommend as a first Ordinary product to anyone with acne concerns. Definitely helps treat my acne. I usually do a spot treatment, let it settle for a couple minutes, then I mix a few extra drops in with the rest of my serums and apply all over my face. I use morning and night every day and haven't had any irritation, although I don't have sensitive skin and I religiously apply an SPF 50 to my face every single day.
  41. Clear skin within days


    This product works wonders on improving skin clarity and texture. I've always struggled to find an affordable product that creates a noticeable improvement in the clarity of my skin, but this product is amazing. Redness in my skin decreased within days, and my skin felt smooth thanks to the gentle yet exfoliating serum.
  42. Great BHA


    I have oily skin and use this on my pimples and it dries them flat. I also use this on my nose once a week and it has helped with my pores and blackheads.
  43. Great BHA and so affordable!


    Absolutely love this for a spot treatment. It does so well at reducing active breakouts and tightening my pores. Would recommend starting 1-2 times a week and build it up to every other day
  44. cleared up spots that ive had for months


    skin type: combination to acne prone
    this treatments is amazing, I've heard of chemical exfoliates before but i always assumed they'd be really expensive, but after browsing and finding this i figured id give it a go, i had really stubborn headless spots on my left temple for months and after using this for about a week I am noticing a drastic improvement in the size and color.
    this treatment is also good for preventing acne in the future
  45. Great product


    I use this as a spot treatment on my enlarged pores and blackheads and it has done a great job at tightening and cleaning out my pores! Definitely recommend this product to people with acne-prone skin and those susceptible to blackheads!
  46. WORTH IT


    Amazing spot treatment and well worth the money. With the proper routine you can definitely avoid this product drying out your skin although I wouldn't recommend for sensitive skin types.
  47. Very effective!


    I’ve found this to work better as a spot treatment than my Mario Bedescu drying lotion! Especially for the price point, it’s a must have in my skincare routine
  48. Bye bye acne


    I use this as a spot treatment for my pimples and it works wonders. I wouldn’t recommend using it for more than 3 days straught as it can dry you out.
  49. Good for pores


    This is a great treatment product for problematic skin types. It cleans out the Pores to keep this skin free of and debris. Good as a spot treatment as well. Gentle on the skin.
  50. Too cheap to pass up!


    I gave this a go to help with blackheads across my nose and chin and I've been using it 1-2 a day on these areas for maintenance, and with continued use I feel that it has been effective. Also have used for spot treatments of pimples with some success. Will be repurchasing based on its effectiveness - and the small amount needed for each application, plus the cheap price point!
  51. Wow!


    I love this for those horrible days when you have broken out or those days following an extraction facial when you need something to clear up your skin. I love this for reducing big spots however i have to apply moisturiser over the top other wise it is way to drying.
  52. Won't work for everyone!


    Salicylic Acid isn't a product that works for everyone when it comes to tackling pimples but at this price, it's worth giving it a shot. Unfortunately for me, it did nothing for my pimples but I applied it in my T-zone and found that it helped a bit with oil control and clearing out my pores!
  53. Works but leaves a residue


    Good for the price but leaves a residue that I feel I need to rinse off before moisturizer or make up
  54. New favourite spot treatment


    I’ve been using this serum as a spot treatment over the last week and the results are amazing! I dab this serum on spots under my other The Ordinary serums, and they seem to shrink overnight! This solutions can be quite drying, skin will flake and ‘crack’ without using a moisturiser. I pair this serum with the Retinoid 2% solution and HA Factors moisturiser, and my acne-prone skin is healing beautifully.
  55. amazing!


    will clear up/shrink any blemishes you have overnight. i use about once a week all over my face, or spot treat as needed
  56. Excellent for oily, blemish prone skin.


    I absolutely love it! I use it in the AM and find it keeps my pores unplugged and any zits at bay. Would highly recommend as the price point in itself is insanely cheap. One my faves from TO.
  57. Acne who?


    HOLY GRAIL! Before using this I had the deepest blackheads on my cheeks and now they've disappeared. It also helps to lower the appearances of my sebaceous filaments on my nose. The package however says to use in the AM and PM but I would recommend only using in the PM just because it is drying even for my oily skin.
  58. Works well


    Great product, incredible price point. Definitely clearing up my skin
  59. Great for blemish prone skin


    I bought this product with my other Ordinary favourites and so far it has been great. Sometimes I use it as a spot treatment and other nights I put it all over to keep my skin in control. The Ordinary has delivered another effective product for a very attractive price. Would recommend this product for sure
  60. If you have acne, you need this product


    I had very bad acne, combination/ oily skin with some dry areas. I used this product twice a day on my whole face and it has 100% helped to reduce my pimples now to the point where i have next to none. I have very resilient skin with harsh products so I haven’t had an issue with this product drying out my skin, especially because I moisturise and use the buffet serum but I noticed on some occasions where it definitely dried out my skin a little so if you have sensitive skin this could be a problem but it also works well as a spot treatment as an alternative! If you have acne... get this product, I’m cured!!
  61. Adult acne killer


    I have sensitive skin and adult acne flare ups along my jaw. Other salicylic spot products are too harsh and make my skin red and dry. This is much lighter. My skin feels calm and I can see the spots clear up over a few days. Also great to add a few drops to my serums to help clear up smaller white heads on my forehead where I wouldn’t need to use a harsher product.
  62. Does what it claims


    I use this product as a spot treatment on pimples. It dries them up and they heal fast. Stings a little on application which I kind of like for a pimple treatment. Great price. Cute packaging. The product works. No complaints from me!
  63. LOVE


    I love the ordinary. This makes my skin more even, smooth, toned, and soft! An amazing product for the price and lasted a fair while considering the size of the bottle!
  64. Holy grail


    Despite being in my 30's, I have oily combo skin and get pimples every now and then. This salicylic acid really helps the pimples go down within a couple of days. Also using it like a serum every other day reduces breakouts for me.
  65. Clears breakouts but can be harsh


    I have very sensitive skin - so strong acids can cause itchiness and make my skin feel raw and dry.

    I can only use 1-2 drops diluted with other serums or moisturisers and pinpoint in the areas I want to target aka upcoming breakout areas. It definitely helps with clearing up the skin. I use this for a week and the breakout is almost gone.

    I use the lactic acid more often as this one can be too harsh for my skin and have had similar results.
  66. Best serum for acne prone skin

    Ming Min

    It is definitely the best serum for acne prone skin ever. It helps to heal and dry out acne just for a few days.
  67. Great initial results


    Within a couple of days of using this, twice a day, my skin cleared up wonderfully. Although, now that I’m on second bottle, I find that it isn’t as effect anymore and I still get a fair amount of breakouts even while using it.
  68. Great, affordable spot treatment


    This product is great for spot treatments, especially when you find it hard to keep your hands away from your face! I use it at night after cleansing. Once or twice on the same spot should do the trick. Really affordable and a tiny amount goes a long way.
  69. dries out skin


    it dried my skin so intensely and made it very sensitive so it did not work for me at all. i did not even have a terrible acne problem just few spots here and there but it dried my skin very badly
  70. Great


    Does what it says
    Really usefull if you have the odd pimple now and then or if it is that time of the month. It helps the blemish to dry out quite quickly.
  71. Great


    I have combination and acne prone skin. This product works amazing as a spot treatment. It instantly dry out the acne. However, it can be a bit strong and dry out the skin around the acne therefore I always put on a hydration mask after using this product. Highly recommend.
  72. good value great product


    It is such a good serum that helps with lots of skin problem: Acne, blackheads, Ingrown hair, unsmoothness, unevenness... I love it so much that I stock up 2 more bottles LOL
    The Ordinary line is not expensive at all. Good value!
  73. great value for money


    Great value for money. You only need a few drops a day so a small bottle goes a LONG way. definitely think it helps with my chin acne. I use in combination with Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Lactic Acid 10% + HA. I use morning and night. It isnt too sticky and has no scent.
  74. Best product for acne


    I have been using this product for over 12 months now and absolutely love it. You only need a small amount. I apply to the areas I have active acne and scaring, it drys out the acne fast and I feel has helped fade my scaring.
  75. Great


    I have treatment resistant chronic acne. This does stop my acne however the purple spots afterwards heal quicker and I found in conjunction with glycolic acid over the months it has reduced some of the scarring. Great for value.
  76. Great Product


    I have enlarged, blocked pores - this has cleared the majority of congestion and minimised my pores since starting a week ago. I can’t wait to see the clarity of my skin after a month.

    To note, my skin’s super sensitive and I have no irritation from this product.
  77. A staple in my routine


    I have been using this product for almost 2 months, have been loving it. It is now a staple of my routine and I use it everyday. Absolutely no complaints and a great price point.
  78. Amazing


    This is amazing for that pesky spot before an event! Much cheaper than other alternatives too
  79. Great for spots!


    Brings those nasty blind pimples to head pretty quick! Great stuff! Definitely an essential for the skin
  80. Perfection!


    I absolutely love this stuff!
    I use a thin layer of it all over my face of a morning after cleansing, it helps treat problematic areas on my face and leaves my skin feeling smooth
  81. Great product for acne prone skin


    I have acne prone skin, since I use this product my skin looks smooth & clear, some spots were gone because this product. Very recommended to use & very affordable product
  82. Effective Salicylic Acid Serum


    This product is really effective at fighting acne. I use at night after cleansing, and will often use it as a spot treatment if the rest of my face is looking ok. Absorbs easily into the skin, and very affordable compared to most Salicylic Acid serums. I didn't have any skin reactions to this product as some reviewers have said.
  83. Not for me


    I have oily skin and breakout easily after I got my implanon and was hoping that this will work (like other people). But I think it's just not meant for my skin. I put it on my acne spots and the next morning I have mooore acnes. I am confused why it's like that. So I stopped using it, and just use the niacinamide and zinc to remove the new acne. They are slowly going away.
  84. great


    visible results within 2 days! it cleared up a spot that kept flaring up. really happy
  85. Life saver


    My skin will break out over literally anything and I've found this product to be super helpful for combating my acne. I have pretty oily skin so I haven't had any issues with drying out or reacting. I use with the lactic acid, retinol, and the chia seed oil at night.
    My boyfriend who has dry skin uses this too, but if he doesn't put any oil/moisturiser after his skin does dry out, and it goes pretty pink if he uses too much. So he uses a little bit in problem areas which does the trick
  86. Good product for blemishes and scarring


    I think this makes a difference to my skin after one use - it helps fade blemish scarring and stop blemishes developing. I use it when I need it (not regularly). Would recommend especially for the price.
  87. Liking it so far


    I find that it does minimise pores with consistent use. However, make sure you start off little, for example: either using a tiny amount of product or introducing it slowly to your skincare routine. I rushed into it immediately and suffered with red agitated skin. Nowadays, I use a small amount and am liking the results.
  88. Holy Grail


    I have suffered terrible acne for my entire life. Of course going on the pill helped quite a lot, but after deciding to rid my body of synthetic hormones I was devastated to find my acne came back with a vengeance. Somehow I discovered the ordinary salicylic acid and I've never look back. Nothing has made my face look as good as it does now! I wish that I knew about this earlier! I started by using it with the niacinamide, it took a month of my skin purging and looking horrible but the results after that month were AMAZING!
    I love this product and I will use it forever!
  89. Great as a spot treatment.


    I use this as a spot treatment, mostly on my chin around that time of the month. It takes the pimple or whatever blemish I am dealing with down dramatically over night. It's confidence in a bottle.
  90. A must for a clear skin


    This is a must for my skin care routine alternating with retinoids and vit c and b to achieve flawless skin! Very happy. Whenever I have pimple I use this and it works wonders
  91. Helped clear my acne


    I love this product for clearing breakouts as its it brings noticeable results overnight, helps with redness and dries out my acne really well. It has really made a difference for my skin and is a product that I will be repurchasing.
  92. Hello clearer skin!


    An amazing spot treatment, or great in a thin layer all over your face to prevent future breakouts. It's definitely helped me see a change in my problematic skin. I use it in conjunction with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% & Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution for my nightly routine.
  93. The best addition to my skincare routine


    I have very oily skin and breakout often, I love this product because it's helped me to stop breaking out (with the exception of the odd hormonal blemish here and there). I haven't noticed that my skin has dried out but I do follow this product with a super hydrating moisturiser.
  94. Cleared up breakout in a couple days!


    Really impressed how quickly it cleared up my breakout. Took away the redness after the first day!
  95. clears up breakouts


    lightweight gel/watery consistency.
    I have dry skin but apply either all over, on breakouts or areas where I have blackheads.
    I mostly use on breakouts and find they disappear almost overnight.
  96. love it


    I've been using this to help get rid of small bumps on my forehead and it's been doing an amazing job, only criticism is that it is very drying so I've also been using a Hyaluronic Acid with it in order to keep that area hydrated
  97. Pimple be gone!


    Never seen a pimple run away so quickly! I have even used it on my husband! Nice consistency too.
  98. good for acne


    helped in drying my acne but it worked for a short period of time. after few months it stopped working. maybe my skin got used to it.
  99. Improves the texture and feel of my acne prone skin


    This product is great value for what it does. It hasn’t been a miracle solution for my acne prone skin (long term hormonal acne which varies in severity quite a lot), but when used regularly it has definitely improved the texture of my skin and is super helpful during times of breakouts to reduce the bigger, more inflammed blemishes. For the price; it’s definitely worth it!
  100. Noticed a difference in a week.


    I bought The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% primarily for my 12yr old son who has started to experience acne breakouts on his face; to use in conjunction with The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, but I started to use it as well to prevent my monthly breakouts.
    The difference to our skin was noticeable within a week! My son’s skin was smoother, had no new breakouts, and no new blackheads. My skin was smoother, my pores were less noticeable, and I’ve not had a new breakout- I don’t really suffer from blackheads.
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