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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution 30ml

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution 30ml  by The Ordinary


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. 

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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. 

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good for spot treatments - 20-06-2018 by

The first time I used this product my skin started burning so bad around the nose and mouth where I am more sensitive. After that I started by mixing the serum into a moisturiser which worked wonderfully for clearing up bumps from all over the face. Now I just put on less than a drop on areas with acne or bumps and use it primarily as a spot treatment as it is a bit too drying to be applied to the entire face.

Great spot treatment. - 19-06-2018 by

I use this as a spot treatment, at night, and the next day my blemishes have disappeared. This product is a must have. I probably wouldn't use this as an all over serum, as I think it might irritate my sensitive skin, but as a spot treatments, its great

Calmed my skin - 18-06-2018 by

I usually have combination, clear skin but in the last few months, I've suffered from consistent acne and reluctant to overhaul my skincare regime to address this skin concern, I decided to add this product to my regime. I use a drop of this on the affected skin area. In the first few days, I found out immediately cleared up my angry red skin and got rid of some of my pimples. However it hasn't been able to keep it at bay entirely but has generally calmed down my angry skin which in very grateful for! I don't think that product gets immediately cleared all my pimples but I will continue to use to in the hope it will benefit my skin over time. I find it layers well and doesn't dry out my skin.

Great for maintaining clear and clean skin! - 14-06-2018 by

I used to be prone to consistent break outs, oily throughout the T-zone as well as getting the flare up at 'that time of the month'. I use the Salicylic Acid 2% both morning and night - for those that are new to this ingredient I would recommend starting with once a day. It helps to get deep into the pores to clear out any unwanted dirt, dead skin and unwanted nastys. I find now my blemishes are kept at bay and my skin is left looking clear and clarified with continual use!

not sure - 14-06-2018 by

I have been using this for a few days but i haven't seen any difference in my skin, this leaves my skin very sticky and my makeup doesn't sit well over the top of it but if it works i don't mind that.

Simple yet effective - 13-06-2018 by

I have combination/oily skin with lots of blackheads and milia. I bought this and it has really helped get rid of the number of blackheads on my nose and forehead. It's such a good price and is super effective and lives up to its claims. I recommend this product and will most likely repurchase.

Amazing zit fighting product! Great value for money! - 11-06-2018 by

I have used multiple moisturisers with salicylic acid but this is the first time I've used a serum like this. Absolute bargain for money and works wonders!

I used this at night, followed by TO Natural Moisturising factors to prevent my skin from drying out - within 3 days my angry red acne bumps had flattened out.

My skin is sensitive and eczema prone, but this product didn't irritate or inflame it. For the price, this is absolutely worth trying!

This magic solution is staying in my skincare routine for the foreseeable future!

Acne is clearing up! - 11-06-2018 by

I have combination skin and have been suffering from severe around my chin and forehead acne since I was 13. Anything I would use would break me out, and the only product that I could use was a very basic moisturizer,
I tried this solution out because I had heard very good reviews from my friends, and am very pleased with it. I have been using it religiously every night for a week now, and I can say that 50% of my acne is gone!!
I use two drops for around the face, and one as a spot treatment for some problem areas. I don't think it is very drying.
Overall, I would recommend this product to my friends and their mums!

Not sure if actually works - 11-06-2018 by

I've used this product for a few months and noticed no noticeable difference, however I am unsure whether it would perhaps work for someone not experiencing teenage skin issues. It's very inexpensive compared to other salicylic acids and may work for you!

Incredable spot treatment - 11-06-2018 by

I use a little whenever I get a pimple. Put a single drop on my hand and tap a little onto the effected areas. My whole pimple process is sped up by 80%. It dries it out overnight you can really see it working.

Like it, but it's not a miracle worker - 07-06-2018 by

I use about 1-2x a week in conjunction with The Ordinary's 10% lactic acid. I like them both, but I am not as impressed with this one.

I like to use it when my face is feeling congested, and I feel that it does a good job dealing with existing closed comedones and impending pustules. But it doesn't really do much to prevent them - maybe it would if I used it more, but I try not to as I don't want to dry out my skin. It also doesn't do anything about my pores or sebaceous filaments.

It foams up on the face in a soapy texture. This took me by surprise when I first tried it, but I don't really mind as I don't feel it after my subsequent products go on.

Overall it's pretty good, but I could probably go without it if I just used the lactic acid more often, plus an occasional clay mask. For the price, it's definitely not bad.

Not sure - 05-06-2018 by

I’ve been using his product for about two or three weeks now and I really haven’t noticed any difference in my pores or breakouts. I feel as though this product actually makes my skin more oily than less. After the first few times I used it I did have a couple of pimples disappear, but I don’t even know if it’s from this particular product or something else I’m using, so I don’t think I would recommend this.

Spot treatment - 02-06-2018 by

after reading all the reviews, i decided to get this and use it as a spot treatment for my occasional hormonal breakouts, and this definitely did a good job! a little goes a long way and it’s a bargain!

Bit on the fence about this one - 01-06-2018 by

The oily texture took some getting used to and dries leaving a sticky feeling on the skin. Not 100% sure if it is improving my spots since I don't often get pimples, but I've started applying it to my entire face. I have more noticeable results from AHA's, maybe BHA's are not suited to my skin type since I've never had acne before.

Pores? What pores? - 31-05-2018 by

I was having a issue with slight congested pores on my nose and chin. Nothing bad but enough to have my make up effected. After using this product for a few weeks my pores do seem smaller and cleaner. My make up sits so much better and evenly across my nose. I love everything I have bought from this company!!

Great spot treatment - 30-05-2018 by

Great spot treatment for break-outs and blackheads! It's not drying out my skin too much, but making spots disappear much quicker than usual (within 1-2 days!). I apply this to new spots twice daily.

great alternative to benzoyl peroxide - 29-05-2018 by

I have been a long time user of benzoyl peroxide for my acne and found it effective, except it stained all my linen and ruined some of my clothes. This is just as effective but gentler on skin and no more stained sheets. Happy with the price too!

Reduced my Acne!! - 28-05-2018 by

I have teenage combination skin and have been suffering from acne since I was 13. I bought this after reading many reviews saying that it helped them recover from acne, so I decided to give it a shot since it's so cheap.
The product did help with my acne tremendously, and all my pimples have reduced in size to smaller, less noticeable bumps. It has also somewhat improved my skin's texture haha. It is kind of drying, so I like to use an oil to try to replenish some of the lost moisture.
Overall, I would definitely recommend every skin type other than dry.

Great spot treatment! - 28-05-2018 by

I had a few congested pores on the delicate skin either side of my nose directly under my eye area causing tiny but stubborn pimples that did not seem to go away. After using this product for only a few days they’ve cleared up completely leaving my pores looking smaller and skin smoother. Avoid putting this product on the eye area itself, great for a spot treatment elsewhere on the face.

Zit zapper! - 25-05-2018 by

This is a product my tomboy daughter actually asks for. She uses it in the morning and evening after washing her face and it really helps. I also pop some on her shoulders where she’s getting some hormonal acne and it really takes the redness out and clears things right up. I use it as a spot treatment if needed but my skin is older so the other anti-aging products by the ordinary are what I prefer. Great, well priced product that works.

Cheap and reasonably effective - 25-05-2018 by

This has helped to improve the condition of my skin by treating and preventing acne and is well priced too.

Best product from the range - 25-05-2018 by

I recently purchased this product as I have some stubborn breakouts that wouldn't leave. This serum/exfoliator works so well to clear out all the junk beneath the skin and clear out the congestion. My breakouts have already started to clear. Love this product!

Great for problem skin - 25-05-2018 by

This is amazing for my skin and helped cleared up my acne! Price is pretty good, only complaint is that the bottle is so small it seems like I have to repurchase it quite often.

Good pick me up for skin - 23-05-2018 by

i use this product at night only and always use a thicker moisturiser after it. I feel like sometimes it helps with blemishes and other times not so much. i do still find this product lovely and think its great to use throughout the week, its not drying and doesn't make my skin flake or peel.

Great for oily skin - 22-05-2018 by

I bought this product to help clear up blemishes and acne scars on my oily skin. My biggest concern has been a patch of acne (and scars) on my jawline that just wouldn't clear up, no matter what I used. After using this product for only a week, the entire patch has completely cleared up and I've noticed an overall improvement in my skin and diminished blackheads in my T-zone. I did think, with oily skin, I'd be able to handle it twice a day (morning and night) however I'd recommend against doing this. It was too much as my skin started to feel dry and flaky in the cheeks so now I only use it at night time overnight.

Be careful! - 19-05-2018 by

I have combination skin and suffer from little bits of acne here and there mainly in my T-Zone. My biggest concern is mainly hormonal acne, this has really helped calm down my sudden cystic breakouts! I've been using this product for around a month every night and occasionally in the morning as a spot treatment. I apply it after toning my face and boy it has worked some wonders! Some of my stubborn patches have totally cleared up and my blackheads are non-existent.

My only concern is that this product, I fear (as this is an acid treatment) can be a little dangerous. I have skin that becomes dry very fast, so after applying too much product dry patches are common and all - but I did end up burning my skin a little bit with this product. When using this, use with precaution and only apply where you have acne or potential acne. And be precise with the application, as much of the skin around my acne became very dry when the acid was spread. Be careful! Otherwise, I recommend to all.

Pretty good so far - 19-05-2018 by

I've been using this for roughly two weeks now and it seems to be working slowly but surely. I have dry skin, especially during the winter months. This is helping with my blackheads but it can be a bit drying so definitely patch test and space out usage based on your skin type and how your skin reacts to it.

Not bad - 18-05-2018 by

I used this product morning and night as an all over facial treatment. I did see a noticale diference in my skin and it kept my breakouts in check. Im almost out and would probably purchase it again.

Bye bye pimples! - 17-05-2018 by

I just put one drip on my hand, and tap it on up coming or active pimples, they are literally dried out and half the size the next day! I also put a bit in my nose pores. I highly highly recommend!

Magic! - 17-05-2018 by

A couple of years ago, I had great success with another brand's 2% salicylic and stocked up at great expense, only to find that it stopped working for me for some mysterious reason. I now have a useless supply of expensive, out-of-date bottles!

I was expecting something similar to happen with The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution: effective at first, then stops working.

I am happy to say that I was totally wrong and this is a consistently great product! I only use it once a day (either morning or night), but it has effectively kept my pores clear while not stinging or irritating like other formulations.

Another winner from Deciem!

Be cautious on sensitive skin... - 16-05-2018 by

I have become a convert to the ordinary over the past six months, and have tried just about everything in their range (and love most of it too...). Unfortunately, this product wasn't for me. I was experiencing some congestion so decided to add this to my nigh-time routine under the ordinary's marula oil. After a few days I developed sensitivity so had to stop using it. Instead ( so as not to waste it) i used it on the backs of my arms where i get some little bumps and it worked a treat. So I think it's effective, but patch test and take it slowly if you have sensitive skin. At this price, it's worth a go!

Not bad - 12-05-2018 by

I've purchased this product twice and it does a great job helping to clear up breakouts, but the texture is very runny. I wish it was a bit more of a gel than a liquid, because it would be more pleasant to use. However it is effective and very well-priced so I recommend trying it if you get break-outs of any kind.

Simple, Effective, Affordable! - 12-05-2018 by

I spent years using cleansers & toners with Salicylic Acid that seemed to do nothing but dry my skin out. Using the active alone has made a world of difference in the dryness! I've been using this alone as a toner for 5 months now and while the difference hasn't been absolutely breathtaking, I can see a definite improvement in my blackheads/pores/acne and certainly far less dry skin!

Amazing! - 10-05-2018 by

I have oily skin with large pores, and blackheads. You only need a few drops, it spreads easily and soaks in quickly. It leaves no residue and feels nice on your face. I definitely recommend it and it does exactly what it says!


I registered to be notified of when the solution came back in stock, because I've heard nothing but PRAISE about The Ordinary. I have oily/combo skin, and am prone to breakouts.

I've been using it for about 3 weeks, along with the Niacinamide and I've definitely noticed a real difference in the clarity of my skin. My breakouts have gone from every second day to almost never, and if I do feel one coming on, I spot treat with this. I usually break out around my chin and forehead but it has been one or two minor spots that are gone within the day. It is amazing stuff! I also sometimes have blind pimples that are painful and I haven't had ONE since using this solution.

If you are doubting the potency because of the price - DON'T BE! It is honestly a holy grail and I will be recommending it to my sisters and friends. I read the reviews before purchasing and some of them suggested buying more than one bottle at a time, because it sells out so fast. I made the mistake of not doing this, so BUY MORE THAN ONE!

Not for my hormonal spots - 08-05-2018 by

I've used Salicylic Acid in my 20's and loved the way it helped deal with my blackheads, but I don't think this product was helpful for the blackheads and deeper hormonal spots I now have at 40. Although it didn't work for me... it was easy to apply and did not cause any irritation. So I would recommend trying it for breakouts.

bye-bye black heads! - 08-05-2018 by

This product is a god-send!
I use this every day in my morning routine on my black-head prone areas and it's helped keep them at bay.
I have combination skin with Hormonal cystic acne, I use to also have a tendency for white-heads and blackheads but I think thanks to this product I'm only left with the Hormonal acne.
I have found it does tend to lather a bit if you dont wait long enough for it to settle into the skin before using the next product, or if you use too much, so a little will go a long way!

Perfect for breakouts and congestion - 08-05-2018 by

I have combo skin with an oily T zone that has enlarged pores. This stuff is brilliant for controlling breakouts and congested pores. Apply after cleansing at the first sign of an issue and it works like magic. LOVE this. A little goes a long way.

Great for minimising blackheads - 08-05-2018 by

I have noticed a great improvement on blackheads especially around my nose. Does not create any sensitivity on my skin either. Would recommend.

So, so glad to have discovered this - 08-05-2018 by

I’m on my second bottle and will continue to repurchase for as long as the product is available for sale. My skin has never looked better despite me being really bad lately at adhering to my diet and eating lots of dairy although I shouldn’t - I have a milk protein intolerance and one of the consequences of not avoiding it is terrible, terrible acne. That is - it was. Until now. The salicylic acid really does a beautiful job at keeping my skin free of any breakouts. I’d love to try the niacinamide solution which is supposed to be equally good if not better for acne prone skin, but it eems to be out of stock all the time. Thankfully there is the salicylic acid - incredibly cheap and effective : )

Amazing! - 08-05-2018 by

I've had trouble with my skin which includes pimples on my forehead and in the hollows of my cheeks. The product claims to be for blemish-prone skin, which seems to match the description of my skin. At first I tried applying every night, which resulted in my skin drying a bit, so I reduced it down to once every 2 to 3 nights.

I've used it for 2 months so far, where I sometimes try to use it bidaily, if I have time, or every 2-3 nights. While I'm not exactly pimple-free, I can definitely attest I have less pimples now. I've bought more to keep as backups since it's so effective yet inexpensive.

Excellent product! - 08-05-2018 by

I recently purchased this product as I have some stubborn breakouts that wouldn't leave. This serum/exfoliator works so well to clear out all the junk beneath the skin and clear out the congestion. My breakouts have already started to clear. Love this product!

great exfoliator - 07-05-2018 by

these helped cleared my congested skin so well!

A good serum for mild exfoliation without being drying - 29-04-2018 by

I use this serum about every third night over my whole face. I also use it as a spot treatment (morning and night) on any active pimples. I always make sure I have a bottle of this in the cupboard.

Worked really well - 29-04-2018 by

I have very sensitive skin, and am allergic to most sunscreens, moisturizers, foundations etc so it can be really difficult to find a product that does what it says it will AND doesn't make me go red and blotchy. This worked really well. I had been having a constant stream of breakouts on my chin and forehead non-stop for about 4 months, and after a couple of days using this they completely cleared up and I haven't had a pimple since. I use it every morning before my regular moisturizer. It is a bit sticky, and you only need a small amount.

The freshest face EVER! - 29-04-2018 by

Use this as part of my daily regime and honestly, it has improved my pimples and complexion so much. Buy it!

Pimples be gone - 23-04-2018 by

Love this little guy! I use this every other day in my AM skincare routine after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Like most The Ordinary products, a little goes a long way. It has a thicker, slippery consistency and you do have to give this a couple of minutes to sink into the skin before applying other products.

I have oily, acne prone skin, and have noticed my pimples always reduce in size dramtically after using this - and it controls my oil production during the day.

Love it!

LOVE + REPURCHASED - 19-04-2018 by

I love this product and it has done wonders for my skin. I finished a bottle and recently repurchased another because it's just so good. My pores are clearer and it helps to prevent other break outs. I apply this by pressing it into the skin after a cleanse, either all over, or as a spot treatment. Definitely pick this up if you're prone to break outs and congestion.

Amazing, helped my skin so much! - 18-04-2018 by

Until recently had relatively clear skin with the occasional hormonal spots. However, a month ago I suddenly developed acne, despite being in my mid-twenties. I researched spot treatments and decided to give this a try. It is so good! My redness decreased and white heads massively went down in about 4 days. I still have spots but in comparison to a week ago this is amazing. FYI It does make your skin drier but it’s worth it by far! Definitely would recommend!


I am so happy I bought this miracle in a jar!
I'm 24, with oily skin, blackheads and get hormonal break outs all the time.

I've spent the good part of 10 years searching for the right products and I'm so excited that I finally found something that works!
I use this is the morning (under spf moisturiser) and it leaves my face feeling refreshed, matte and glowing.

I've seen a serious reduction in my pore size and blackheads, its working slowly, BUT ITS ACTUALLY WORKING!!!

Just be careful not to use too much if you're using as a serum, as it can get quite foamy. Patting a small amount onto skin until it becomes tacky is the way to go :)

Liquid Gold! - 11-04-2018 by

Can I just say, BUY IT NOW!
This stuff is liquid gold
I have dry skin, prone to hormonal acne at the age of 30
I have tried every spot treatment you can think of, and this stuff has been the best thing I have ever used
For the first time, people have commented on how nice my skin looks. The under skin acne and milia are disappearing (slowly but surely) and the huge angry breakouts I was getting are settling down.
I use this at night after cleansing, and use a Squalane over the top.
Could not recommend this enough.

Must have for textured skin - 11-04-2018 by

Love this product and I find that it’s less aggressive on the skin. If you’ve been wanting to try a AHA but have sensitive give this one ago.

Must have product for pores and breakouts - 11-04-2018 by

I’ve been using this twice a day in the areas I’m prone to breakouts. I’ve noticed that a little bit is only needed and my pores look less congested. I still get the odd breakout but this stuff helps resolved that quickly which I love.

Effective and easy to use - 11-04-2018 by

The acid is great, I get small little pimples along my hair line and this has taken care of them. It's also great when you get bigger blemishes and you just spot treat it with this and it will reduce in size. Also great if you get pimples on other parts of your body!

Good stuff - did not irritate my rosacea - 03-04-2018 by

I was previously using the Paula's choice BHA 1% - I had tried the Paula's choice 2% but it was too irritating for my sensitive skin.
Going on this feels like every other serum - it didn't make my skin sting or flush which is rare for me (especially when it comes to exfoliants/acids).
For other people with sensitive skin I would recommend only using it two or so times a week - be kind to your skin!

Not for sensitive skin. Blisters. - 03-04-2018 by

I really wanted to like this product. However, even when only using a tiny amount as suggested, my face was covered in tiny burn blisters for over a week. I do have sensitive skin, so this might just be me. I've read so many wonderful reviews and the price is great, but this product can be very harsh for some.

Super affordable and super effective! - 03-04-2018 by

I'm a big fan of the Ordinary so was so happy when this came back into stock. So far I've been using this sparingly at night and applying just to pimples - in the morning they are significantly less red and reduced, I'm loving it! I think you could also combine a bit with moisturiser to apply all over lightly. I've barely used any as yet but really noticed a difference in my skin!

Good for control current breakouts - 03-04-2018 by

I think this is great to use in a routine to manage acne, you shouldnt use it everyday to prevent breakouts (check out nicamide w zinc) but it will help calm angry pimples as its the main ingredient in nearly all acne cleanser/moisturiser etc.Im onto my second bottle and think it is great to help me control my pimples more and lessen them

Great spot treatment - 03-04-2018 by

I don’t have a lot of acne, though I do have a few closed comedones and get the occasional pimple. This works awesome for getting rid of blemishes quickly. I had a pimple coming up on my forehead a couple days ago, so I dabbed some of this on before the rest of my skincare layers and the next day most redness and inflammation had subsided.

I don’t use it all over as my skin is dehydrated at the moment, but as a spot treatment it’s working very well!

It is a fairly sticky formula and I find that even after waiting a while it still feels slightly sticky on the skin. It doesn’t effect my opinion of it, but it could be quite off-putting for some people.

YES! - 03-04-2018 by

I’ve struggled with acne all my life. Things got better after being diagnosed with dairy intolerance and stopping eating it. But still the stubborn pimples on my chin kept coming and the scarring wouldn’t disappear. Until now. The salicylic acid worked wonders, it keeps my skin clear and the scars are much less noticeable. I’ll keep buying it.

Okay, good for spot treatment - 26-03-2018 by

This product can be a bit drying and can make my skin peel. I have stuck to my usual salicylic acid after buying this. It seems to be a bit more effective. I now only use this for spot treatments. To be honest, I probably won't re-buy.

One happy customer - 22-03-2018 by

My skin is prone to occasional dryness and flaking, is also oily in the t-zone and is covered in enlarged pores
I started by using this every night, then gradually upped it to morning and night
I feel like my skin looks fresher and happier and healthier all over. My pores seem smaller and I haven't had any bad reactions. I moisturise afterwards, which leaves my face shiny, but I just call it a dewy look. Definitely purchasing more.

Depends how you use it - 19-03-2018 by

I bought this as a spot treatment, which is perhaps not the best way to use it. I've found it works best when a drop (a single drop!) is applied all over the face as a preventative, especially in the days leading up to the time of month when breakouts occur! Definitely not irritating at all. Super viscous but sinks in well and layers nicely under other products.

Too harsh on skin - 19-03-2018 by

I was very excited to try The Ordinary Salicylic Acid but unfortunately, despite being an experienced user of acid exfoliants, this gave my skin minor burns (which soon turned into a flaky mess) that lasted for a week. Only a small amount was used- as suggested by The Ordinary. I really wanted to love this due to it's price point and the glowing reviews I've seen. This may work on really resilient skin though, but for those with sensitive skin- beware!

Good for all over acne treatment/doesn't break you out - 13-03-2018 by

I have sensitive, usually dry, acne-prone skin and wanted to stop breakouts from happening.

I have been looking for a plain salicylic acid product for a while. I have been using it every second night for a couple of weeks and am pleased! As others have mentioned it does not irritate the skin and I was worried because new products often break me out but so far so good with this one !

I use it all over my face every second night and as a spot treatment daily. It's been great so far, I normally get hormonal breakouts but only one small pimple this month ! I am super happy.

Great for acneic/problematic skin - 12-03-2018 by

I'm a bit of a latecomer to The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% bandwagon - but boy, am I glad I got here in the end! This is possibly the best thing my skin has ever experienced. I used to use a Glycolic Acid chemical exfoliator every evening, but started to realise that after some time, my skin just became too dry and patchy in areas. I loved how it kept my skin clear, but the aftermath wasn't ideal. This Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is the perfect blend of effective and gentle, to keep my acne at bay and my skin in check. I use this daily, and moisturise with La Roche-Posay Toleraine Ultra Light afterwards. It's crazy how affordable this product is. It's a keeper!

does the job and doesn't irritate skin - 25-02-2018 by

It's super affordable, gets rid of my acne in two days and doesn't burn my skin or make it dry - winning!

would buy again - 25-02-2018 by

I do not suffer from acne but I noticed this product got rid of milia over night!

I love it!! - 21-02-2018 by

FINALLY found something with salicylic acid that doesn't irritate my skin!! The Ordinary is by far my favourite skin car brand for acne prone sensitive skin like mine.

Brilliant - 13-02-2018 by

Finally a no frills product that actually does what it says it will !! I am 53 and have oily skin, so, have a combination of skin concerns which include aging, oilyness, and, pigmentation. Have been using this along with several others from the range and am extremely impressed with the results. I will NEVER waste my money on expensive " fancy pants " skincare products again.

Miracle Product - 07-02-2018 by

I bought this product after a reccommendation from the Adore Beauty team. I was looking for a product to help my awful acne scarring from dealing with hormonal and cystic acne, but not aggravate my already dry and sore skin. My scarring was very deep, red and quite noticeable. When I began using this product I still had some acne and my scars were much deeper. This salicylic acid solution has helped my skin immensely. It doesn’t dry my skin out, but has helped to treat my acne. Literally a miracle product, cannot recommend it enough.

Works wonders - 06-02-2018 by

Finally a product that will treat my acne but not dry out my skin and not cost the earth!! This serum definitely does what it says it should, after one use my breakouts are smaller and dried out without drying out the rest of my skin. I have combination, sensitive and acne prone skin. I have been struggling with hormal breakouts off and on for the past 6 years and have tried so many skin care treatments and medications. I bought this product after reading and researching The Ordinary and their products and benefits of using these for treating acne. I decided to give it a go, and I have no regrets. My skin is glowing more and I’m starting to see a big reduction in new acne. I use this product both morning and evening (and to spot treat) along with Granactive retinoid (every second night), vitamin c suspension (every couple of nights) and plant derived squalane or rosehip oil - for hydration. Will definitely be repurchasing!

Good BHA - 31-01-2018 by

I bought this product to assist in reducing and preventing blackheads. It is a quality BHA and does its job. The gel-like texture is quickly absorbed and works well when layered under products. I've also used this product to treat ingrown hairs with a high success rate.

Excellent on attacking breakouts - 08-01-2018 by

This product has been fantastic in attacking my breakouts and makes a noticeable difference overnight. I have very sensitive yet also quite prone to pimples (mostly in my chin area) skin and this product does not irritate my skin or cause further breakouts, and doesn't complete dry my skin out like many acne creams and topicals I have tried. It's also very gentle on the redness in my skin which is my biggest concern after any acne. It also makes a difference on lumps and bumps that have not formed a head on them, which I have struggled to find good products for.
Definitely purchasing again.

It works.. does the job - 19-12-2017 by

Thought I try this salycic 2% Acid. Has been using Paula's choice version which is fantastic too.

It's a great price, works as Salicylic should, does what a Salicylic should do... I am happy with the product.

Great Results - 12-12-2017 by

I'd let my skincare regime lapse a little this year due to a few stressful life things. But I'd heard all of these great things about The Ordinary and decided to give it a go. Because of aforementioned stresses, my skin had been breaking out pretty regularly and was looking and feeling dull and tired. I read the how-to's regarding The Ordinary on Adore Beauty, and put this little miracle worker in my basket, along with 100% plant-based squalane. Two weeks on and my skin is looking fresher and any spots clear up almost instantly. I'll report back as I keep going with my journey with The Ordinary but, thus far, I am very, very pleased. Thanks Adore Beauty for helping me kickstart my beauty routine back into action!

Gentle and effective! - 29-11-2017 by

Received this yesterday and have already ordered two more! My son has small breakouts in the usual places - nose, hairline, chin and as a pre-teen is very self conscious. Last night I put this on him and I’m not kidding, this morning his skin was noticeably clearer! Even HE commented on it! The redness and angry inflammed look was far less too. It’s a dream to apply, silky soft and goes a very long way. I’m eager to try it myself!

Smooth Skin - 01-11-2017 by

Although I don't have acne I thought I'd try this product as more of an exfoliator. It's much gentler than other salicylic acids out there so I'm sure all skin types could benefit. It is a great little acid.

However, through sheer preference (and honestly, I love the tingles) I would much rather use a glycolic acid to this.

So good - 30-10-2017 by

I used to have terribly congested cheeks and around my chin and jawline but not since I have been using this bad boy! It spreads so beautifully without any stinging which I thought would come with something called salycylic ACID but no, none at all.

It sinks into the skin like a dream without affecting anything else you out on your face next which is a bonus as I use it in the morning before I put on makeup and night before other The Ordinary products.

You don’t need a lot either so 30ml lasts forever!

Definitely improves texture and pigmentation. - 25-10-2017 by

My skin has a lot of dry patches (one big patch I call my face)
And a very oily T-zone that has some large pores you could fall it.
I’ve also dealt with a lot of redness and crazy pigmentation all my life and never really found anything that helped. Until now! and yes I cried when I saw my skin looking actually clear and one colour.
My pores have shrunk, my redness is very minimal, my skin texture has smoothed out, and the pigmentation has faded and continues to fade. After my routine (if I’m going out) I always put sunscreen on too, to make sure all this hard work doesn’t go to waste!
The product is a little tacky when applied but I do love that, it feels like you’re actually putting something on. Takes only a few moments to dry and absorb, then you can apply you’re next product like the buffet (it’s my next go to in my regime).
100/10 recommend. I’m glad I finally found a skincare that works and doesn’t cost my soul.

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