The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
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Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% & Lactic Acid 10% + HA

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% and Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% and Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

Isn’t everybody just sick of seeing The Ordinary all over SM and beyond? There simply isn’t a nook or cranny in the beauty blogosphere where this brand hasn’t gotten to; their products are like glitter, or like cockroaches (and their tune), or like Madonna, and her tunes… nevertheless, I haven’t escaped either: I’ve been using their Lactic Acid 10% and their Salicylic Acid 2% for months now.

I’ve no problem admitting that I’m a fangirl of acids, so it strikes me as more than a bit odd that DECIEM includes all the warnings it does about using them. In fact, I can recall a few instances in which founder Brandon Truaxe declared in a couple of interviews, that he actually advises against acid exfoliation, because of the risks involved and the potential for inflammation, and recommends other less aggressive exfoliants…

… um, in that case, why have these things formulated and put for sale, DECIEM monkey dude? Now, I’m a fan of Truaxe and what he’s done in the world of cosmetics, but he does seem to ramble on a bit sometimes… but well, who doesn’t when they make it as far as he has; in that way, he reminds me a little of La Begoun at times.

But anyway, back to the subject: my 1st experience with The Ordinary was quite positive. I quite liked the first products I used, and saw good results from them. This time, my opinion’s split 50-50: one of the products works great for me, the other is just “meh”, even though I’ve been using both religiously for months.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% INCI
Aqua, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Citrate, Arginine, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruite/Leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylendiamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2.2-Dymethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1.2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. See analysis in CosDNA.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

Normally I prefer glycolic acid exfoliants, which may be a bit too much to take for some skin types; not me, though, my skin’s anything but sensitive, but I like to switch things in my routine from time to time, and decided to try this one, which apparently is a bit milder for skin.

The Lactic Acid 10% peeling has a very watery, lightweight consistency, and is easy to apply and absorb; I also don’t feel it leaves a sticky feeling on skin. I only feel a slight tingly sensation upon applying, which in theory means that it should be working.

Yet that is all that I’ve been able to observe in the time I’ve been using this exfoliant (almost 3 mos.), using it 2-3 nights a week. I don’t notice my skin tone more even, nor seen any particular improvement in skin texture or luminosity, all things I did see in a relatively short period of using my last glycolic acid lotion.

I’ll continue to use this product, but more to finish it than for any other real reason, since at this point it’s pretty apparent I’m not going to obtain other results than the one’s I’ve obtained so far; at least it includes hyaluronic acid in the formula, which I guess will count for something (I loved The Ordinary’s AH, I have to snap up another bottle of that). A little of this goes a long way and it looks like it will take me forever to reach the end of the bottle, even with frequent use, so I’ve started using it on neck, decolletage and hands.

Would I buy The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% again? No. Inexpensive as this is (I paid 6,79€), I simply don’t see any results that justify a repurchase. I give it 2.5 points.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

PLEASE NOTE – post edited on May 19, 2020.

It’s rare for me to change my reviews, mainly because it’s rare for me to be loyal to many cosmetics. This was one among the few that I would repurchase when it ran out, but given my latest experience with this product, I won’t buy or use this again.

Why? Apparently the The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid has been reformulated, and from being a product that I could use on my (non-sensitive) skin without problems or risk of irritation, nowadays no matter how little of this I apply, it causes redness, severe irritation and desquamation, and I know other users have reported similar results; for these reasons, I would not purchase this again, much less recommend it.

First review, posted on Jan. 22, 2018

Unlike with the product above, this one’s worked out very well for me and I could see results pretty quickly, I was even kind of surprised. To sum up, it’s one of the few things that work to keep my nose area clean and free from blackheads.

But first things first: The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% is a slightly goopy serum, and takes a little while to absorb, in fact, when I apply it it shows traces of white (these vanish a little after applying).

With this I mean that the use experience isn’t as unobtrusive as with other similar products I’ve tried, but anyway, the thing is that it does what it’s supposed to do, which is to exfoliate and keep pores clean and degunked, to prevent blackheads and breakouts.

Another note: one of the major reasons for The Ordinary’s popularity is its reputation for affordable products; however, keep in mind the small size of the products’ packaging. To put it in perspective: the travel sizes from Paula’s Choice range from about 9€ (Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – 30ml) to about 14€ (RESIST 2% BHA 30ml) and I got several months of use from each (which I guess makes up somewhat for the fleecing that is paying PC EU prices, vs PC US prices).

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution INCI
Aqua, 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. See analysis in CosDNA.

The Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, however, was 4,90€ for half as much product, so on the long run it isn’t considerably less expensive than the products above, or others like the CosRX exfoliants, which I haven’t tried, but I keep hearing lots of good things about… this one is still going strong even with almost daily use, but you might want to make a note of this.

Would I buy The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution? In view of the results, yes. This one gets 4.5 points from me.

1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.

2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.

3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.

4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.

5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.

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Asuncion Artal
2 years ago

No conocía estos productos, hace tiempo use una crema con ácido salicílico y me fue bastante bien. Un beso

Diana entrebrochasypaletas

Me sigue dando un miedo el tema ácidos… los uso con mucho tiento. El de salicílico es de las pocas cosas que me llaman porque creo que no he visto a nadie hablar mal de él.

¡Un besote!

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