Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

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A daily treatment for blemishes.

Gently exfoliating the inside walls of the skin, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution clears and clarifies the complexion. To be used directly over blemishes only, this strong acid visibly reduces redness and inflammation by targeting congested pores.


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What’s changed with The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution?

So what has changed? A spokesperson for The Ordinary told R29: “We took some time away to perfect our formulation to ensure a pleasant experience for as many users as possible,” hinting that the new product might be a gentler version. The star ingredient is, of course, 2% salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (or BHA) that exfoliates the skin. It does so by absorbing deep inside pores to break apart the mixture of oil and dead skin cells that forms a spot or a blackhead, lending a clearer, smoother complexion. It’s also known to be anti-inflammatory and can calm down angry, red spots pretty fast. “The reformulated Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is aimed towards blemish-prone skin,” confirms the brand. Like other exfoliating skincare acids, salicylic acid has the potential to irritate some skin types (especially when overused). The brand adds that getting the product just right contributed to the wait, and while it certainly took a long time, a new, improved product is sure to be welcomed.

How is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution different from the Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution?

You might wonder how the OG Salicylic Acid Solution compares to the Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution, which launched last year. The biggest difference is the texture: The Anhydrous Solution is suspended in squalane, which feels a bit like an oil on the skin. While it’s very moisturizing and non-comedogenic (less likely to clog pores), it does feel heavier than the Salicylic Acid Solution, which typically absorbs much faster. If you don’t like the feeling of products on your skin, the original salicylic acid product is probably better suited to you. Though, if your skin becomes dry easily, then the Anhydrous Solution could be your best bet.

How do you use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution?

Using the new, improved serum is pretty simple. The Ordinary suggests applying it once a day, in the evening — a small amount to the area you’d like to treat (for example, a breakout or your nose if you want to counteract blackheads), or a thin amount all over, if you’d like to treat your entire face. This is only recommended if you have spot-prone skin. Even the gentlest of acids can cause sensitivity and result in red, flaky, sore, and dry skin so it’s best to start very slowly. Give it a go once or twice a week, at night, so that your skin builds up a tolerance, and follow with a simple moisturizer, like The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA.  Always wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or 50 during the daytime, too, as acids can make the skin very sensitive to sunlight. If in doubt, contact a skin-care specialist.

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  1. Hoorain Ali

    It worked magical on my blackheads and bumps. Original product Highly recommended

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