The Ordinary’s Most Popular Acne Serum Is Finally Back — & It’s Even Better

Not long ago, if you were to ask any skincare enthusiast to share their top products for treating breakouts, The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Solution would almost always be featured on the list. With 2% salicylic acid — an effective exfoliating ingredient — the serum was regarded as a powerful (and budget-friendly) product, nixing spots and preventing blackheads with each use. Despite its popularity (there are countless Reddit threads dedicated to it), The Ordinary decided to discontinue the product in 2019.

Curiously, you could still search for the Salicylic Acid Solution on Deciem’s website, and it became the stuff of skincare legend, the “email when back in stock” button frustrating those who swore by it. Soon it was the brand’s most in-demand product, racking up a waiting list of over 400k loyal skincare obsessives — but it hadn’t existed for almost two years. Fast-forward to this week and there’s good news from the formulators at The Ordinary, who have been working long and hard to get the product back on the shelf. This time, it’s even better.

On 20th January the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution will return to, and at $5.90, it’s still as affordable as ever. So what has changed? A spokesperson for The Ordinary told R29: “We took some time away to perfect our formulation to ensure a pleasant experience for as many users as possible,” hinting that the new product might be a gentler version. The star ingredient is, of course, 2% salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (or BHA) which exfoliates skin. It does so by absorbing deep inside pores to break apart the mixture of oil and dead skin cells that forms a spot or a blackhead, lending a clearer, smoother complexion. It’s also known to be anti-inflammatory and can calm down angry, red spots pretty fast.

“The reformulated Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is aimed towards blemish-prone skin,” confirms the brand. Like other exfoliating skincare acids, salicylic acid has the potential to…

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