Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution Reviews

Unboxing The Ordinary Salicylic Acid -A gentler solution for blemish-prone skin and uneven texture.

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution (New)

Read all about the new Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution, when and how to use it, conflicts and FAQs.

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution. A water-free product formulated to exfoliate the skin and help decongest pores. This will result in visible smoothing of textural irregularities, with a skin tone that is less red and more even. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution does not replace the previous 2% Solution but instead offers a more gentle format to Salicylic Acid. 

A quick look at The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution
What is it?A gentler solution for blemish-prone skin and uneven texture.
When to useMorning & Evening. Use directly after cleansing or after water-based products if using.
Targets Uneven Skin Tone, Signs of Congestion, Textural Irregularities, Dullness
Size30ml
Solution:Anhydrous.
Conflicts:Peptides include Copper Peptides, EUK 134, Niacinamide Powder & other acids. (Vitamin C ELAA/LAA & Retinoids is also advised to avoid using in the same routine. Find The Ordinary Conflicts Chart here
PAO(period after opening) 6 months

When should I apply the Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution

You can use this in the morning and evening. The Ordinary recommends using this after cleansing. If you are using water-based products like Hyaluronic Acid or Buffet, apply this after.

My personal thoughts

I don´t have blemishes (at the moment) but what I can say is that this is an oily product and feels lovely on the skin. Just don´t apply too much! I´ve been using this at night directly after cleansing totally alone and waking up with my skin feeling incredibly hydrated. I have no reactions to this product, although I never had any issues with the other version of Salicylic Acid, and I have sensitive skin.

How to use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution

  • Use morning and evening.
  • You can apply a small dot to target specific areas or apply a small amount over the face for general use.
  • Deciem recommends using this after cleansing.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution Conflicts

Avoid using this in the same routine as;

Warnings

Always patch-test products before using them.

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 sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

FAQS about the new Salicylic Anhydrous Solution

Find all these FAQS and more on The Ordinary Instagram Account.

Why do all the products have oil? Doesn’t it clog pores and make you break out?

Great question! This product uses squalane as a carrier, a non-comedogenic light emollient. While some oils (specifically plant-derived oils) have been connected with comedogenicity and subsequent congestion, this should not be a concern with this product.

Rather, the presence of an emollient in the formula allows to curb potential discomfort that is associated with the use of direct acids. This makes Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous an excellent choice for inexperienced users. 

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution was shown to be non-comedogenic, as confirmed by clinical safety studies, meaning it shouldn’t clog pores.

Can Salicylic Acid Anhydrous be used in the same routine as the ascorbic acid 8% + alpha arbutin 2%? Ideally, it would be best to use them separately.

Why anhydrous? How does penetrability/efficacy compare to a water-based product? This product is an anhydrous (water-free) solution designed to provide effective exfoliation while reducing the potential for skin irritation. The previous formulation was a water-based solution of SA with an acidic pH and no film-formers or other ingredients that provide for more controlled delivery of the active. 

Since it’s oil-based, should it be applied on damp skin or dry skin like the other acids? We generally suggest that all our products be applied to clean, dry skin. If you prefer to apply to damp skin, you are more than welcome to do so.

Is the base plant-derived squalene? Yes, it is.

I loved the old water-based version; why did you take it off? There will be another new (non-anhydrous) formula coming soon. Stay tuned.

More FAQS

So the Salicylic Anhydrous is not the replacement of the water-based solution? Correct! This is a new formula. We will soon release the new and improved Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.

Is the Salicylic Acid 2% Water-Based solution stronger than the Anhydrous? This new formula (Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution) is an excellent choice for inexperienced acid users.

It offers a milder approach that is achieved through the use of an emollient (squalane) and further supported by hydrating polyglycerides derived from sunflower oil, acting as lipophilic film-formers, which aim to significantly slow the ingredient’s delivery to the skin, for controlled skin availability. This formula also contains 4-t-butylcyclohexanol, an award-winning technology engineered to offer comforting benefits to the skin.

Is this product pregnancy and breastfeeding safe? While each ingredient has been tested and is considered safe for topical application, DECIEM products have not been tested on people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. We recommend consulting with your doctor before incorporating new skincare products into your routine.

Will Salicylic Anhydrous cause purging? Hi! It’s important to note that with an active ingredient that affects skin behaviour, there can be an initial purging period during which breakouts are normal.

What is the medium in which the salicylic acid is solubilized? This product uses squalane as a carrier, a non-comedogenic light emollient. While some oils (specifically plant-derived oils) have been connected with comedogenicity and subsequent congestion, this should not be a concern with this product. Rather, the presence of an emollient in the formula allows to curb potential discomfort that is associated with the use of direct acids. This makes Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous an excellent choice for inexperienced users.

Where is the Squalane derived from? Squalane is derived from sustainably-sourced sugarcane. 

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