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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque 50ml


Take your skin back to basics with The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque, a purifying face mask with a powerful dose of salicylic acid for oily, blemish and acne-prone skin.

The salicylic acid face mask is perfect for those struggling with clogged pores, active breakouts, uneven skin texture and lacklustre skin. The combination of salicylic acid, clay and charcoal are renowned for their deep cleansing abilities, pulling all impurities from the surface of the skin. Squalene is what gives its texture a nourishing feel, also ensuring your skin won’t feel dry or tight after use.

Infused with exfoliating beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid), this mask helps to remove dead skin cells, while rebalancing oily areas. Extra benefits include the prevention of future breakouts and an overall improvement in the clarity of your complexion.

This mask is naturally black in colour from its trending ingredient, charcoal, but it’s unlike any other deep cleansing face mask that you’ve used before. Although it contains 2% salicylic acid, it doesn’t burn, sting, or dry out your skin. Its smooth texture is just as easy to apply as a face cream, making it the perfect quick fix for banishing all types of spots, including hormonal breakouts.

Why We Love It

The Ordinary is always our go-to pick for affordable and effective skincare - so it’s safe to say we were excited when we heard they were launching a salicylic acid face mask. As big fans of their direct acids, we couldn’t wait to try a wash off treatment that targets the needs of blemished skin.

Charcoal and clay masks are a firm favourite of beauty bloggers and blemished skin types because of their natural ability to detox skin. They’re excellent at removing any excess oils and bacteria from the epidermis, which is why they’re so good at preventing future breakouts from occurring.

The Ordinary know their audience, and after putting this mask to the test, there are a few other things to note. Firstly, the tube: it's squeezy, not just for convenience but for hygiene reasons; the mechanism reduces the transfer of bacteria between the skin and the mask, which is a huge bonus for acne-prone skin. And secondly, its scent is minimal and doesn't overpower the senses, making it ideal for a Sunday detox, preparing your skin to face the week ahead.

How To Use It

Apply evenly all over the face, ideally in the PM. Make sure your face is clean and wait for it to dry before applying. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes, and then rinse off using lukewarm water. Use 1-2 times a week to maintain a clearer complexion. Avoid use on sensitive, damaged skin, and contact with the eyes.

Works Well With

This formula contains salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, that increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so it’s important to provide your skin with some additional sun protection after use. It pairs perfectly with any of The Ordinary’s nourishing SPF products.


Vegan, cruelty-free.

Alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, gluten-free, nut-free.

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque 50ml is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have After three uses I can see the effects on my skin. I only use once per week and only use in the evenings. It is IMPORTANT to note that when you have used this product it will raise your skins sensitivity to UV rays. It is essential that you use sun cream and try to avoid direct content with UV rays for the following days. I think it goes without saying that this is advice people should take anyway since UV rays can be extremely damaging to the skin. Always use a high SPF sunscreen or SPF moisturiser.
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocked! I was actually shocked at how good this was considering the price. My skin feels clean and clear after I use this. I put an oil on after and wake up with lovely skin the next morning. Would definitely repurchase!
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK but not great I've used it 4 or 5 times now and can't see that it's had any effect - either good or bad. Other reviews say it doesn't dry out like a normal mask, but it does dry out for me. Quite a grainy texture to it.
Date published: 2020-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mask Good mask, clears skin nicely but black so messy to remove.
Date published: 2019-09-03
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