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.