The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Review

After hearing amazing things about The Ordinary, I decided to go ahead and purchase my first ever product from them. I’ll be honest, and stay that I had ZERO idea on what to buy from them. I literally clicked on every product they had on their site, and managed to come across The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. I did end up ordering this off of ASOS though, since it worked out cheaper for me to buy, since I had paid for free next day delivery for the whole year a while back.

I did look up different reviews first, and there were lots of mixed thoughts and feelings. I thought for only £4 (£3.90 on The Ordinary website), I couldn’t not try this out, and I would try ANYTHING to get rid of my blackheads.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use.

Contraindications: 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, we 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. Please refer to NIOD’s Non-Acid Acid Precursor for such a reference.

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.

The Ordinary salicylic acid

I was expecting The Ordinary Salicylic Acid to arrive in a cheap looking plastic bottle, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. It comes in a white box, with all the information on, and I actually still keep the bottle inside it. The actually bottle is frosted glass, which makes the whole product looks rather expensive! I’m actually really happy about this, and looks rather clean and would look lovely on display. I can imagine if you had a few of these products, they would look really aesthetically pleasing on your dressing table.


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.)

The product is rather thick (I actually knocked the bottle over whilst it had no lid when taking these photos, and nothing leaked out). The formula has zero scent, and when applied and is rubbed in, it turns slightly white, but the fades within minutes as it dries. I did make the mistake of applying way to much the first few days, but now I literally put on the tiniest little blob.

The Ordinary salicylic acid

I was expecting this to be a massive flop to be honest. After one day of using it, I noticed that my blackheads had been reduced by the morning. I definitely wouldn’t say that this is a miracle product though.


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.

It says that you can also use this as a direct spot treatment, but I personally didn’t see much difference, and much prefer the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. If I was going out for the day, I would pop on the Salicylic Acid, since it has zero colour, and the Drying Lotion leaves a pinky, white clay mark.


  • Extremely affordable
  • Expensive looking packaging
  • Zero scent
  • Did reduce some blackheads
  • Didn’t irritate my skin
  • Fast delivery (I can’t speak for The Ordinary shipping times, since I got mine from ASOS)


  • Didn’t remove all my blackheads
  • Didn’t have much effect to my other spots

Even though The Ordinary Salicylic Acid had more pros than cons, I’m not sure if I would re-purchase due to the fact I was hoping this to work better. I’ve only been using this for about 2 and a half weeks, so going to stick at it for now and still use it in my skin care routine. You never know, I suddenly may fall head over heels for this, and it may become a ride or die for me.

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