The Ordinary. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

I have oily skin that’s prone to breaking out. I’m always testing some form of skincare targeted towards improving the clarity of said oily skin and hopefully reducing the severity and redness of my breakouts.

So when I found myself with an empty drawer of blemish treatments and skin that was starting to play up I immediately went online in search for the latest product to try.

What I came up with was The Ordinary. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. Advertised as a treatment solution that would help exfoliate my skin and fight the appearance of blemishes. So it sounded good to me.

The Ordinary. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution


I am a big fan of the branding of The Ordinary. and I liked it on this product too. The bottle felt weighty as it was made of glass and the label was clean and simple. The dropper was an easy and tidy way to use the product. Though by the end of the bottle the white lid had gained a few smudged finger marks.


I used this product as was recommended by The Ordinary. Morning and night, a few drops applied over my face to maintain visible clarity with continued use. I repeated this step everyday for however long it took me to finish the bottle; about 2 – 3 months.

As the instructions read clarity of skin with continued use I wasn’t expecting any change in the first month. However a few months later I still wasn’t seeing any ‘visible’ clarity of my skin.

I’d had a few weeks here and there of clear skin however nothing linear that I could directly relate to the use of this product so after finishing the entire bottle the performance could be summarised as disappointing.

The Review

I used this solution morning and night over three months and noticed no ‘visible’ clarity of my skin which is the result this product is advertised to achieve so I wouldn’t recommend this should anyone ask my opinion on it.

I have also been reading on The Ordinary’s website that they now don’t recommend using exfoliating acids like this one due to the potential for inflammation and sensitivity of skin. Which concerns me as to why they’re still selling the product if they don’t recommend using it, it’s actually made me a little less trusting of the brand.

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