THE ORDINARY-Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that belongs to the salicylates class of drugs. Because salicylic acid is a part of the beta hydroxy acid family, it means that the hydroxy part of the molecule is separate from the acid portion of the molecule by two carbon atoms. In an alpha hydroxy acid, the hydroxy and acid portions of the molecule are only separated by one atom. This structure is essential to salicylic acid’s efficacy because its structure allows salicylic acid to be more oil soluble, which makes it easier to penetrate into the pores of the skin.

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 structure of salicylic acid facilitates its lipophilicity and miscibility with the lipids located on the surface of the skin. It is a suitable ingredient for targeting the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of oily and blemish-prone skin, with the purpose of revealing more radiant skin beneath. Charcoal and clays are ingredients renowned for their deep cleansing abilities due to their porosity and large surface area available for adsorption.

They aid the removal of facial impurities that would otherwise remain on the skin surface and clog pores. In comparison to Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is a rinse-off formula.

Because it contains CHarcoal the texture is black, it is not sticky, it has no smell and thanks to Squalane it it doesn not dry on the face.

I use this once a week, and I let it act for 10 minutes, after which I clean it with warm water and my skin feels much cleaner and radiant. I felt it helped reduce active acne faster (even body acne). and I don’t have as much excess sebum anymore which is great plus my pores are finally cleaner.

You will use this mask before usual routine, after using it apply toner, essence, moisturizer, but not other active ingredients because if you do you will risk to sensitize your skin as I did :)).


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.

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.

So if you have the same skin type as me, try this mask and thank me later. 😉

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