When The Ordinary hit the shelves I was determined to give the brand a fair trial. I carefully read up on all of the products and picked my favourites to purchase. The one product I knew I would be picking up first was the Salicylic Acid 2% solution.
Salicylic Acid, a beta hydroxyl acid (BHA), is an ingredient used to help blemish prone skin. The structure of the acid means that it is more oil soluble, so it can get straight into those pesky pores. It works by attacking the skin’s glue and dissolving the type of skin debris that clogs pores and causes acne.
Salicylic Acid is also ace at exfoliation.
The thing is SA has been around and accessible for years, but the reason why I wanted to try this particular product was because of it’s strength. 2% is the highest approved concentration that is proven to be effective without causing side effects to your skin. Beauty Bay offered free next day delivery so it arrived in no time.
The packaging is a clear glass bottle with a dropper/pipette top. It’s really easy to store and use, completely fuss free.
I have been using Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid products for years. It’s almost as if my skin has become immune to the weak over the counter and drug store products so having access to 2% is a dream!
Even still, I’m aware that it’s really high concentration so I haven’t been using it every single day.
The directions do state to use it day and night but I would be very careful if you’ve never used acids before.
The brand also states that you can use it directly on spots or use a small amount across the entire face to maintain clear skin.
I tried out both methods and I found that I prefer using it sparingly all over, twice a week. Lately it’s been just once a week due to just pure laziness.
In truth, Salicylic Acids don’t do much for me when it comes to spot treatments. In the past 5 months it has done absolutely nothing for fully formed yellow heads but has been amazing for clogged pores around my nose. On the rare occasion that I get an angry red spot, this has been great for helping calm those down.
Since I’ve been using it as an all over treatment my skin seems a lot calmer. I haven’t had anything big and attention grabbing showing up on my face for a while.
Using the acid does come with it’s problems though, the main one being that it can be very drying. Drying out spots usually leaves flaky skin that clings on to makeup. If you’re going to use Salicylic Acid, I would strongly advise you dig out a heavy duty moisturiser.
Please also use a sun cream with High SPF as using a BHA increases the skins sensitivity.
At £4.20 it would almost be a crime not to invest in some!
For me personally, a bottle of The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% solution is a skincare stash staple. It might not be something you reach for every single day but you can guarantee it will be your saviour at some point.
Shop this post below. I’ve linked it from both Cult beauty and Beauty Bay. Beauty Bay has free delivery but the price is just 5p more at £4.25.
Would I recommend it? I would recommend this product for those with oily skin and acne prone. Don’t expect miracles with it though, it’s not a cure for acne. Instead, educate yourself on what your skin type is and what you would need it for.
If you’re thinking of getting it purely for exfoliation, there are better products out there for you.
I do not recommend this product if you have dry skin or sensitive skin. Try a lower concentrate if you have this skin type.
Would I purchase it again? Definitely.