The Ordinary

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution



The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is an exfoliating serum for blemish-prone skin.

Why We Love It

This BHA exfoliating serum is The Ordinary's most beloved product. With a new and improved formula, it smooths, decongests and prevents breakouts and blackheads. 

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is a water-based serum made with an optimum concentration of salicylic acid which targets textural irregularities while removing dead skin cells that can clog pores. And because it promotes exfoliation, this solution helps visibly reduce congestion, giving way to brighter, clearer skin. It is also suitable for use by teenagers with blemish-prone skin.



Apply 1-3 times per week, ideally in the PM to clean, dry skin. Can be diluted with other treatments to reduce strength until skin develops tolerance.


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


Continue with additional skin treatments as needed.


This product contains a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

It is recommended to avoid application of retinoids, peptides and other acids within the same routine as this product. 



+ Offers mild exfoliation of skin

+ Helps visibly refine pores

+ Visibly clarifies skin and helps prevent clogged pores and breakouts

+ Improves the appearance of skin texture


Salicylic  Acid

Salicylic acid (also called beta hydroxy acid or BHA) is a desmolytic ingredient, meaning it's able to exfoliate by dissolving the bonds that hold dead cells to the skin's surface. It's an oil soluble ingredient, and therefore has the ability to penetrate into the pore lining and exfoliate inside the pore.


Aqua (Water), Saccharide Isomerate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.