5 Products To Replace The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution

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This post will be sharing five products that you can use in place of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about four alternatives for The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution. It got much attention that I thought I should write another post about five more products I’ve discovered since then.

As you are all aware, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid has been discontinued for over two years now. Apparently, it was a super-strong formulation and a lot of people reacted badly to it. So Deciem took the product off the shelves promising to reformulate with a less irritating product. it’s been almost two years and the only thing they have done so far is to release The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque.

If the number of monthly Google searches is anything to go by, people are still searching for alternatives to use in place of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution. This is why I have decided to share my new findings in this post today.

What is Salicylic Acid?

Before we get into the product recommendations, it is important to understand what Salicylic Acid is. Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid whose major function is to penetrate into the pores and clear out the dirt and excess sebum that causes acne and blackheads. This is why it is so popular for anyone with acne-prone skin. It is one of the most important products you can have in your skincare routine.

These days, Salicylic Acid comes in different forms. From cleansers to toners, serums and moisturizers. All you need to do is to find what works for you and incorporate it into your existing routine.

It’s important to note that the highest percentage of Salicylic Acid you can have in a product is 2%. Anything higher than that is a chemical peel that should be used under the guidance of a professional.

5 Products To Use In Place Of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution

The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Asides the Cerave SA Cleanser, this product is probably the most popular Salicylic Acid cleanser at the moment. And it is for good reason. As opposed to the Cerave cleanser, this product has 2% Salicylic Acid (the highest percentage in any cleanser), Zinc which helped to reduce excess oil and 0.5% Allantoin which helps to calm and soothe irritated skin. This is such a great combo specifically for oily acne-prone skin. This doesn’t mean that you won’t find it useful if you have dry acne-prone skin. Thankfully, you will because the cleanser also has Glycerin to hydrate the skin.


Nip + Fab Salicylic Acid Extreme Booster

A less popular Salicylic Acid serum on the market is the Nip + Fab Salicylic Acid Extreme Booster. This has also been formulated with 2% Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Glycerin and Aloe Vera. In theory, this product looks like a well-formulated product targeted towards acne-prone skin. Except that it is far from perfect.

It contains Alcohol and Fragrance which manages to be in the middle of the ingredient list. So we can’t really ignore it. As we all know skincare ingredient lists are written in descending order from the highest to the lowest percentages. If you have a sensitive skin that is easily irritated, I won’t recommend this product. I’ll suggest you go for a fragrance-free alternative. But if fragrance makes no difference to your skin, you can go ahead and see if it would work for your skin.


Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel

In my last product recommendation, the first Salicylic acid alternative I shared was the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. Unknownst to me, there is a gel variant of this product. So, today, I’ve decided to include it in my product recommendation for those of you that didn’t have the best experience with the liquid exfoliant. The only difference between the gel and the liquid exfoliant is the presence of Grapeseed extract which is an antioxidant and Willowherb which is an anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredient. Asides that, they both have 2% Salicylic Acid and Green Tea. Whichever variant you go with, you will definitely be getting great results.


The Inkey List Beta Hydroxy Acid

Back on my list is The Inkey List Beta Hydroxy Acid which I personally did not enjoy using. Just like the cleanser, it is also formulated with 2% Salicylic Acid as well as Hyaluronic Acid for hydration and Zinc for sebum/oil control. It is alcohol and fragrance-free. While this product did not necessarily work for my skin, there is no doubt that the formula is fuss-free. So, if you have dry or oily skin and you’re willing to give this product a try, you should go for it.


Naturium BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2%

This list will not be complete with including the trending skincare brand. Naturium was launched earlier this year and is gradually gaining momentum with their product formulation. The BHA 2% Liquid Exfoliant is not any different. From afar, it looks like a dupe of the Paula’s Choice BHA Liquid Exfoliant. But on closer look, you would see that there are completely different. The Naturium BHA 2% also has a simple ingredient list with 2% Salicylic Acid, Fruit Acids and other humectants to ensure a non-drying formula. If you want to try out this brand just for the sake of it, you can definitely go ahead. You might be pleasantly surprised.


In Conculsion

While Deciem is taking their sweet time in reformulating The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution, other brands are stepping in to fill in the gap. Hopefully, we hear from them soon enough.

In the meantime, try out all these alternatives and find the ones you can use temporarily.

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