The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Review

If you’ve read my post, The Ordinary Skincare Review, then you’ll know I’m a huge advocate of the brand and cannot scream from the rooftops enough about how miracle working their products are. So when I heard they were bringing out a Salicylic Acid to add to their already extensive product collection I was very excited.

Unfortunately, I suffer from spot prone skin, even though I am now 24 (who else thought spots stopped at 18?!) and I also have scarring from teenage acne. I’ve known for a while that Salicylic Acid is a great way to clear up blemishes and have tried various high street and high end products that contain the magic ingredient, however none have worked, much to mine and my bank balances disappointment.

However, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution recently came to my attention and I thought I’d give it a go, at £3.90 (the cost of a coffee in some places) it’s worth a try.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Review

What is Salicylic Acid?

According to, Salicylic acid is an exfoliant ingredient that is chemically similar to aspirin. Like aspirin, salicylic acid can remove redness and inflammation as it opens pores. The Ordinary say, ‘this 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use,’ and boy does it! They recommend using it morning and night and to either apply directly to the spot in question or to the whole face for an all over smooth look.

How to Use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid

I did exactly as The Ordinary recommend, first applying it to the spots that I had for the first few days and then all over as it cleared my spots right up. I have never used a treatment quite like it where my spots have cleared and no new one’s have appeared. It has no scent and although a tad gloopy it sinks in really quickly. I have been using it alongside my beloved Niacinimide (a Vitamin B3 serum to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion) and Natural Moisturising Factors (a daily moisturiser that keeps the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated), also by, you guessed it, The Ordinary. Read more about those here.

Personally, I felt no irritation but I know that does not speak for everyone and wouldn’t want to encourage you to use it without a patch test first so make sure you do that to be on the safe side.

Overall, I don’t think you can go wrong with this spot treatment, at £3.90, it certainly works wonders and is so worth it.

Have you used The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid yet? Let me know in the comments below what you thought of it, I’d love to know!

You can find more detailed info on the product from The Ordinary website

Check out my review of The Ordinary Foundation here.

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  1. An
    October 21, 2017 / 3:52 am

    Hello! Thank you for the nice review. I wonder if you can give me some insight on how to incorporate The Ordinary Salicylic Acid into a regimen? I’m also currently using The Ordinary Niacinamide + Zinc. Is it okay to use them at the same time (ex: on AM) or better to use them separately? (ex: Niacinamide on AM, Salicylic on PM). Also, how often do you use Salicylic Acid? It is okay to use it daily as it’s a chemical exfoliant? Thanks in advance! πŸ™‚

    • Chloe Beveridge
      October 21, 2017 / 8:20 am

      Hey lovely! Thank you for your comment 😊 I use the Niacinamide in the morning as I feel like it prevents my skin from getting greasy and oily during the day. I use the salicylic acid all over my face at night because I wake up spot free, with minimised pores and with clear skin. If I have a really bad spot I’ll just dab a little salicylic on it in the morning. I use both every day and night and haven’t had any adverse effects, my skin has been the best it has ever been! Hope that helps and thank you for getting in touch x

      • An
        October 23, 2017 / 2:09 am

        Yay! Thank you very much for the kind and helpful response!

  2. suria
    January 9, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    hi! nice review on this product. this product, does it minimise open pores? im suffering for years with my large pores 😭😭

    • Chloe Beveridge
      January 9, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      Hey Suria! Thank you so much 😊 I feel your pain, I have suffered with the same issue and I have definitely noticed a decrease in pore size since using the acid, as well as using the pixi glow tonic, just stick with it! Hope that helps πŸ’• x

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