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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. 

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. 


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.


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.


(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.)

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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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