The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Reviews

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

  • 74% of the Deciem Addicts love it
  • 67% had no issues using it
  • 71% say it has improved their skin
  • 67% will repurchase it
  • Currently scores 4.5/5 on the Deciem website

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% has been reformulated, and it is finally back in stock and you can buy it online right now at Deciem. This is the original version of Salicylic Acid and there is also The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution and The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque.

Salicylic Acid Reviews

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid

All about The Ordinary Salicylic Acid; reviews, conflicts, when and how to use, FAQs, and similar products.

  • What is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid?
  • What does Salicylic Acid do?
  • Which products does Salicylic Acid conflict with?
  • How and when do I use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid?
  • The Ordinary Salicylic Acid reviews.
  • Products similar to Salicylic Acid
  • Prices of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid $6.50 CAD | $5.90 USD | £5.10 | €6.10 | $9.60 AUD | $50 HKD

What is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution & what does it do?

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is an exfoliator created for blemish-prone skin and designed to clear dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged pores, providing skin clarity with use over time.


The exfoliator offers the same benefits as the old version. This new version ensures the delivery of Salicylic Acid to the outermost layer of the skin, where it’s most beneficial.

Salicylic Acid is a water-based product listed under Direct Acids on The Ordinary website. It´s a BHA which stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid and is excellent for pores, congested and blemished skin because BHAs penetrate deeper into the skin. You can use this all over your face or just as a spot treatment.

Salicylic Acid Targets

  • Dullness
  • Textural Irregularities
  • Skin clarity

FAQS about the new Salicylic Acid 2% answered by Deciem

So how has the new Salicylic Acid improved from the last formula? The new Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%% Solution was formulated to offer the same benefits as its predecessor while curbing concerns of skin discomfort that can be associated with the use of SA. This was achieved by ensuring a focused delivery of SA to the outermost layer of the skin, where it is most beneficial, alongside the inclusion of a hydrating saccharide isomerate, offering appropriate barrier support.

What’s the difference between this Salicylic Acid one and the anhydrous solution? This one has a more instantaneous effect than the Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution which has a gentler approach to decongestion and exfoliation.

What is the product for? Salicylic 2% Solution helps to exfoliate the skin and help decongest pores. We recommend using this in your PM routine on dry clean skin before moisturizer

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

If you can´t wait until The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% is back in stock, have a look at The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque or The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Anhydrous Solution.

How & When Do I Use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid?

  • Salicylic Acid is a water-based product
  • Apply directly to the skin after cleansing.
  • You can use this all over your face or as a spot treatment.
  • Start with dry, cleansed skin and apply a few drops all over your face or to specific areas.
  • Patch test this product before using.

Which Products Conflict With The Ordinary Salicylic Acid.

Avoid the following products in the same routine as Salicylic Acid. You can use them in alternate routines.

  • Peptides
  • Copper Peptides
  • EUK 134 0.1%
  • 100% Niacinamide Powder
  • Acids
  • Pure/Ethylated Vitamin C
  • Retinoids

This is Deciem´s response about mixing Acids and Peptides.

Our rule against combining strong antioxidants only applies to our products containing copper peptides. We would not recommend combining direct acids with peptides due to the susceptibility of peptides to hydrolysis (which breaks the bonds between peptides, reducing their efficacy and making them into individual amino acids). At low pH, the peptides undergo processes such as deamidation (the removal of an amide group) and oxidation, which compromise the activity of the peptides.

Having said that, if you have previously combined peptides with acids and have not experienced any negative side effects or discolouration, you may continue to combine the two products as so as the combination does not pose any potential harm. Our recommendations are meant to serve as a preventative measure to avoid any incompatibility between those combinations and also because skin tolerance is subjective. 

FAQs about the reformulated Salicylic Acid

What is the product for? Salicylic 2% Solution helps to exfoliate the skin and help decongest pores. We recommend using this in your PM routine on dry clean skin before moisturizer

What’s the difference between this Salicylic Acid one and the anhydrous solution? This one has a more instantaneous effect than the Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution which has a gentler approach to decongestion and exfoliation.

So how has the new Salicylic Acid improved from the last formula? The new Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%% Solution was formulated to offer the same benefits as its predecessor while curbing concerns of skin discomfort that can be associated with the use of SA. This was achieved by ensuring a focused delivery of SA to the outermost layer of the skin, where it is most beneficial, alongside the inclusion of a hydrating saccharide isomerate, offering appropriate barrier support.

What’s the difference between this and the mask? Or are they different? This product was formulated to be applied frequently as a leave-on formula, while the Salicylic Acid 2% Masque was designed for bi-weekly application only

Can I use Salicylic Acid in the summer months? Deciem´s reply: Yes, you can use this all year round.

This product seems to go a bit soapy when I apply. This is quite a common problem. It can happen with Niacinamide too. Try using less product and also make sure you have thoroughly rinsed off your cleanser, so there’s no residue.

Can I use Salicylic Acid with Niacinamide? Yes, they´re OK to use together. They are used together in this regimen for look of blemishes and congestion.

Salicylic Acid Reviews

Salicylic Acid Reviews

Let’s hear what some of the moderators of the Deciem Chat Room have to say about the Salicylic Acid. Please remember that mods are totally independent.

Rachael Candice  A slightly tacky formula which makes for a strange base to layer over. However, as a spot treatment of breakouts, it can reduce inflammation drastically overnight.

Tracy: Burned my skin…not a glowing review, sorry.

Nia Patten It has a sticky, soapy texture that I found tolerable, and it didn’t burn or irritate. I found it made my acne worse, I’m afraid. I would proceed with caution with this one.

meggieslashes. The salicylic acid, hands down, is THE BEST! I use it all over my face after the glycolic toner in the evening, and my skin is blemish-free and smooth in texture. I have struggled with adult acne on my chin and parts of my cheeks. Since I have been using Salicylic Acid, I am blemish-free! Please, ladies, give this a try! ❤️❤️🤗

carolinagsietra Game changer! I apply it on my spots as local treatment, and they are gone the day after

thebeautywonk. 5/5 I love this!! I will absolutely repurchase it ❤️ It dramatically reduces the acne size within just 2 days (I documented it in one of my Insta posts, too) and works excellent for blackheads. If u got oily, acne-prone skin, GET IT!

Final Thoughts

Salicylic Acid Reviews
.

It´s clear to see that 74% of the Deciem Addicts love the Salicylic Acid, and 67% had no issues using the product. 71% say it has improved their skin, and 67% will repurchase. There have been some amazing before and after posts in the Facebook Group that incorporates the Salicylic Acid.

Similar Products

Other Brands of Salicylic Acid