The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliating Blemish Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliating Blemish Solution

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WORKS FOR
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
  • Moisturizing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • saccharide isomerate
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliating Blemish Solution"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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"Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliating Blemish Solution"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: salicylic acid.

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This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": saccharide isomerate.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
7.1% - 10.6%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can work as a cleansing agent. Can be irritating
3.5% - 5.2%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
1% - 1.6%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
1.9% - 2.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.4% - 2.1%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.95% - 1.4%
Helps to control the skin's pH level. Maintains the skin's natural film of amino-lactic acids and oils. Helps to preserve products
0.4% - 0.9%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.2% - 0.7%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%

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