The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

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Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is formulated to help 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 sloughing 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 cleansing abilities due to their porosity and large surface area available for absorption. In comparison to Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is a rinse-off formula. Leave on for no longer than 10 minutes in order to maximize the exfoliating benefits.   


Directions:  Use once or twice a week on thoroughly clean, dry skin. Do not use on wet skin. Apply evenly across face using fingertips, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

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, Parfum (Fragrance).

Caution:  Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes both during application and rinse off. Patch testing prior to use is advised: Apply the product as directed to a small area once a day for three days to test if you are sensitive to this product. If you develop severe irritation, hives, swelling of eyes and mouth, blistering, or difficulty breathing, rinse off, cease use and consult a physician right away. Keep out of reach of children.

(Sunburn Alert: 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.) 


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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great I use this mask at least once a week, but usually twice a week. I always use it after I've skipped my normal skincare routine for a day or two, or anytime it seems like I might have a breakout coming on, and this mask makes my skin feel so clean and look so clear. I believe it seriously has stopped breakouts in their tracks. Its awesome. Already bought another bottle.
Date published: 2020-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am loving this mask! I bought this as the ordinary is currently not doing the salicylic solution they used to have which I also loved! After using this mask my skin feels so nice, fresh, and exfoliated and it definitely seems to help spots heal faster. Definitely stick to the recommended application time and only use once a week or so as you don't want to irritate your skin.
Date published: 2020-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Reaction I received this today and I was eager to try it. Although I loved the immediate results, this product caused a bad reaction for me. I usually have great experiences with The Ordinary products but this one I won't be using again sadly.
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good alternative to the serum I love the salicylic acid serum but it’s always sold out. I bought this in place and use it 1-2 times a week. It really evens out texture and can spot reduce pimples as well. Usually charcoal masks irritate my skin but this one is fine!
Date published: 2020-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mask! I am loving this mask. I have been using the mask 1-2 times a week and am loving the results. I have stopped having bad acne break outs since adding the Salicylic Acid 2% Masque into my skincare routine! It is very easy to apply and isn't goopy. Leaves my skin feeling fresh and clear! Very good value for the price point!
Date published: 2020-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it!! I love this masque for my meddle-aged, acne prone skin. It refreshes my skin and I don't get irritation from the scrub. I wish it was bigger, I feel like I have to skimp
Date published: 2020-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW - works fantastically well on my combination skin This mask leaves my skin looking really radiant and helps to clear up my acne and old ance scars really well, without drying the heck out of my skin. I actually use it as a spot treatment on pimples and they clear within a day or two (although this is drying and often makes a bit of skin peeling over where the pimple heals). Miraculous! Just don't use more than twice a week or it'll be too drying.
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This is a perfect mask to help fight impurities, leaves a very fresh and clean feeling after use.
Date published: 2020-11-25
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