Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid

Chris Schach

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* Salicylic acid is an ingredient in many skin care products used to treat various skin conditions.

Salicylic acid used in the treatment of scaly skin diseases where the skin has become thickened, scaly and flaky. It is the key ingredient in many skin-care products for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, and warts. It's also used in some shampoos to treat dandruff.

Salicylic acid works by causing the cells of the skin to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again and allowing room for new cell growth.


Salicylic acid in many concentration levels and in many forms, which clude cream, gel, lotion, ointment, pads, plaster, shampoo, cleanser and topical solution. It's applied topically anywhere from several times a day to a few times a week, depending on what it's being used to treat. It's available in both over the counter and prescription medications. If it's being used to treat acne, it may cause dry or irritated skin at the beginning of your treatment. Start with a low dosage and increase as you get used to it.

Side Effects

Side effects are generally mild and may include moderate or severe skin irritation, flushing, and unusually warm skin and reddening of skin. Serious side effects are rare, but notify your doctor if you experience any of the following: confusion, dizziness, extreme tiredness or weakness, headache, fast breathing, ringing or buzzing in the ears, hearing loss, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Notes of Precaution

* Salicylic acid is for external use only. Keep away from eyes, nose, and mouth.

* Use Salicylic acid only on affected areas, as it may cause damage to healthy cells.

* If you are using Salicylic acid to treat acne, it may take several weeks to see improvement.

* Notify your doctor if you are allergic to Salicylic acid or any other medications.

* Notify your doctor if you have or have ever had diabetesor blood vessel, kidney, or liver disease.

* Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Salicylic acid.

* Children or teenagers who have the flu or chicken pox should not use Salicylic acid.
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