Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is formulated to target lackluster tone and textural irregularities. The formula, infused with charcoal and clays, aims to enhance the appearance of smoothness and clarity, leaving the skin feeling refreshed. 

The Ordinary

When it’s time to exfoliate, my skin isn’t sensitive, and I feel some acne bumps coming on, I pop on The Ordinary’s Salicylic Masque to address all needs. I’ve been using this off and on for about two months now, with my next tube already in stow. Easy to apply, quick to use (10 minutes), and simple to wash off, my skin always feel refreshed after implementing this mask into my routine, its benefits simple but effective.

please ignore the backwards cap lol

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Squalane, Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Silica Cetyl Silylate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pentylene Glycol, Charcoal Powder, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Sclerotium Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Phytic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

Significant Pros

  • Kaolin (soothing)
  • Squalane (moisturizing, emollient)
  • Glycerin (hydrating)
  • Salicylic Acid (acne-fighting)

Significant Cons

  • Polysorbate 20 (fungal acne trigger)

The Takeaway

Honestly, this is an easy recommend for me. The singular con isn’t really anything to worry about, seeing as how the mask is washed off (and the ingredient is combined with so many acne-fighting pros). This, in combination with its cheap price ($12), makes it a great product for those who deal with oily or acne-prone skin. Additionally, it contains no irritants for those with sensitive skin (though, I wouldn’t advise using this product — or any exfoliant — when the skin is temporarily sensitive due to other factors, or if the skin is dry).

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