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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution


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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution exfoliates skin and penetrates into pores to clarify and decongest for fewer blackheads and breakouts.

Why you need it

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution is a water-free product formulated to effectively decongest the skin, and impart a superficial exfoliating effect. This will result in a visible reduction of apparent pore size and textural irregularities, with improved skin tone homogeneity and clarity over time. It exfoliates the surface of skin, clearing away dead skin cells, and penetrates into the inside walls of pores to clear excess oils that can lead to clogging. It helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and clarifies skin with continued use over time. Salicylic Acid also has anti-inflammatory properties, so helps to tone down redness and inflammation of acne. It can even help to regulate sebum production so skin becomes more balanced over time.


Always use a daytime SPF when using products with BHAs like Salicylic Acid.
Not recommended for anyone allergic to aspirin.

Skin type:

All skin types, especially Oily or Combination.

Free from:

Water-free, Sulphate-free, Alcohol-free, Oil-free, Silicone-free, Nut-free, Gluten-free, Vegan, Cruelty-Free

Size: 30ml

how to use

Apply in the morning and evening. Apply a small dot to the target area or apply a small amount over the face for general use. Do not use on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Patch testing prior to use is advised.

Key Ingredients

Salicylic Acid (2%): This is the active ingredient. Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), which is oil-soluble. It's known for its ability to exfoliate the skin, especially within the pores. This makes it effective in combating acne, blackheads, and blemishes. Additionally, it possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the skin and reduce redness.


Aqua (Water), Hamamelis virginiana leaf water, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.


Q: What is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution?
A: This solution is a treatment product containing 2% salicylic acid in an anhydrous (water-free) base. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) known for its ability to exfoliate the skin and unclog pores.

Q: What is the difference between an anhydrous solution and a regular solution?
A: An anhydrous solution is water-free. This can offer increased stability for some active ingredients and might change the texture or feel of the product compared to formulations containing water.

Q: What are the benefits of salicylic acid?
A: Salicylic acid can exfoliate inside the pore lining, making it especially effective for reducing blackheads, whiteheads, and general congestion. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Q: How often should I use the Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution?
A: Start with 2-3 times a week in the evening and adjust based on your skin's needs and tolerance.

Q: Will it dry out my skin?
A: Salicylic acid can be drying for some people. If you experience dryness, consider pairing it with a hydrating product or using it less frequently.

Q: Can I use it on active acne?
A: Yes, salicylic acid is often recommended for acne-prone skin due to its ability to penetrate oil and exfoliate inside the pore.

Q: How should I store the product?
A: Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight to ensure product stability.

Q: Can I use it with Vitamin C or retinol?
A: Using multiple strong actives in one routine can be irritating for some people. If you wish to use multiple actives, consider alternating them between your morning and evening routines, or on alternate days.

Q: Why might my skin purge after using this product?
A: Salicylic acid accelerates the rate at which skin renews itself. This might cause an initial "purge" where underlying issues come to the surface faster than usual. This is typically temporary.

Q: Can I use it on other parts of my body?
A: Yes, salicylic acid can be effective for body acne or congestion, such as on the back or chest.

About the Brand

The Ordinary skincare is the game-changing brand that's changed the face of beauty. With effective, trusted skincare solutions, The Ordinary products let you design your own skincare regime. No frills and no fuss means The Ordinary skincare gives you top quality ingredients at incredibly affordable prices. Hero products include The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, and Mineral UV Filters. Part of the DECIEM family, all The Ordinary products are developed by the in-house team of chemists. The Ordinary skincare formulas are vegan and cruelty-free, plus free of parabens, sulphates and mineral oil. 


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