The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Reviews

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque due to be released June 12th

Deciem sent us a lab sample to try and our fabulous moderator Nia has sampled it for us. Read Nia´s review right now.


By Nia Patten

I am super lucky to get a chance to try Deciem’s new Salicylic Acid 2% Masque. 

It’s £9.90 for 50mls, is vegan, cruelty free, alcohol, oil, nut and gluten free. But it does contain fragrance, which may be an issue if you have sensitive skin. For reference, my skin type is oily and acne prone.

Salicylic acid is just the thing if you have congested skin or blackheads, and the clay and charcoal in the mask work to suck out any hardened sebum from your pores (this is the theory anyway!). The mask has a perfect pH for exfoliating- 3.5-4.5, clay usually has a high pH, so Deciem have formulated the mask perfectly to allow the salicylic acid to work effectively.

The mask is super black in colour and has a jelly texture with a very fine grittiness to it. There is a very subtle fragrance in it, it’s in no way overpowering. The mask dries down but never turns chalky. I can’t stand chalky clay masks that suck any trace of moisture, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque isn’t like that. It contains squalane and humectant gels which prevents it from being drying.

After rinsing off my skin feels really lovely and smooth, perfectly prepped for makeup. An extra massage while rinsing it off gives a bonus physical exfoliation, that my skin sometimes needs.

All in all, I recommend The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque for anyone with oily or clogged skin looking for a skin clearing mask. 

What is The Salicylic Acid Masque & What Does it Do?

Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is formulated to target lackluster tone and textural irregularities. The formula, infused with charcoal and clays, aims to enhance the appearance of smoothness and clarity, leaving the skin feeling refreshed. 

  • Lackluster tone
  • Textural irregularites
  • Enhances appearance of smoothness
  • Leaves skin refreshed
  • Removes dead skin cells on surface of oily and blemish prone skin
  • Leaves skin more radiant
  • Deep cleanses

The structure of salicylic acid facilitates its lipophilicity and miscibility with the lipids located on the surface of the skin. It is a suitable ingredient for targeting the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of oily and blemish-prone skin, with the purpose of revealing more radiant skin beneath.

Charcoal and clays are ingredients renowned for their deep cleansing abilities due to their porosity and large surface area available for adsorption. 

They aid the removal of facial impurities that would otherwise remain on the skin surface and clog pores. In comparison to Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is a rinse-off formula. Leave on for no longer than 10 minutes in order to maximize the exfoliating benefits.

How & When Do I Use The Ordinary Masque?

You can use the Salicylic Acid Masque once or twice a week along with your other regimens. Before using, make sure your skin is really well cleansed and dry before applying. It´s really important not to apply this to damp skin. Apply using your fingertips making sure you have an even coverage and avoid your eyes.

The masque can be left on for up to 10 minutes (like the AHA 30%), but no more. When rinsing this off, use lukewarm water and take care really good care of your eye area. Patch tests are recommended. Please refer to Deciem´s official page for more information about this product and any skin irritations that may occur.