The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Review - June 2019
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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Review

12 Jun 2019

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The newest launch from Deciem is finally here! You can now buy The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque! I tried it out and it was an instant win for me. Here are all the details!

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque


What is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque?

“The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is formulated to target lackluster tone and textural irregularities.”


The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque (lab sample)
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque (lab sample)
  • Formula infused with charcoal and clays
  • Works to enhance the appearance of smoothness and clarity
  • Leaves skin feeling refreshed
  • The structure of salicylic acid faciliates the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of oily and blemish-prone skin
  • Reveals 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

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution vs the Masque?

As you may know, The Ordinary already has a Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, however, the masque is much more of a concentrated, treatment affair. It is a rinse-off formula and should be left on for no longer than 10 minutes in order to maximize the exfoliating benefits.

See my review of the mask below, but I believe this is a much gentler formulation than the solution, so if you ever found that one too strong, this new product is definitely an option. The fact that this is rinse-off gives you a lot more control with using salicylic acid on the skin.

How to Use

You can use the Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque once or twice a week. It must be used on dry skin (not wet skin), avoiding the eye area. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Patch testing prior to use is advised.

It shouldn’t be used on sensitive, peeling, or compromised skin. Also, as it contains beta hydroxy acid (BHA) you will need to use sunscreen and limit exposure to sun for a week after use.

My Review

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

So I was sent a lab sample of the new mask to try and I have good things to report. I love the texture. It has a bouncy, firm jelly texture with a very slight grainy feel. It smooths over the skin really easily and doesn’t have any sting or sensation that I could detect.

I left it on for 10 minutes and it dried on the skin but didn’t feel tight or drying. When the time was up, I added water to loosen everything up, did a quick massage over the skin and then removed the bulk with a muslin, before rinsing everything clean.

My skin wasn’t red or irritated, just smooth and clean-looking with a good glow. I often get congestion on the sides of my chin, but one use of this mask has left it feeling super smooth and de-congested.  It’s an excellent treatment if you want to prep skin for perfect makeup application.

I love how effective this is in terms of really instantly improving clarity and skin texture, but that it isn’t at all drying. I think that’s down to Squalane being high up on the ingredients list. Squalane is a super emollient, a natural antioxidant, and a great anti-inflammatory.


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).

When is The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque out?

Price is £9.90 and it launches on 12th June 2019 on The Ordinary website.

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