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Composition for SLC

Salicylic Acid(2%)

food interaction for SLC

alcohol interaction for SLC

pregnancy interaction for SLC

lactation interaction for SLC

It is better to take Slc 2% face wash with food.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Slc 2% face wash may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Slc 2% face wash is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Salicylic Acid(2%)


Slc 2% face wash is used to treat skin diseases like warts on hands and feet, acne and blemishes the skin. It is also used in other skin conditions such as psoriasis (inflammatory disease of skin causing patches of redness), dandruff, calluses, corns and diseases which cause skin dryness or scaling.

How it works

Slc 2% face wash belongs to a class of medication called keratolytics. It works on reducing swelling and redness and thus causing pimples to shrink. It also loosens and softens the dry, scaly skin thus causing it to peel off.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Application site burning, Confusion, Dizziness, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Headache, Hearing loss, Ringing in ear, Skin irritation


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Expert advice for SLC

  • It should not be taken by patients who are allergic to salicylic acid or any of the ingredients of the acne cream, ointment, solution, gel, shampoo or medicated plaster.
  • Do not apply salicylic acid to open wounds or irritated skin.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after applying salicylic acid containing application.
  • Do not apply on eyes, nose, genitals or rectum, and avoid touching these areas after applying medication to affected area and before washing your hands.
  • Topical salicylic acid should not be used for genital warts, warts on the face, warts with hair growing from them, warts in the nose or mouth, moles, or birthmarks.
  • Do not cover treated skin with a bandage or heating pad, which can increase the burning sensation. You should not cover the skin with clothing immediately after application.
  • Do not apply this immediately after shaving or bathing.
  • Avoid getting this medication on dentures or any other thing that comes in contact with sensitive parts of the body.
  • Do not use salicylic acid on children or adolescents without the prescription of the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor about any other medication you are taking, or if you have kidney problems or if you are pregnant or breast feeding or are diabetic or have blood circulation problems.
  • The cream, ointment, solution, gel, shampoo, medicated plaster should be used for an indication only as instructed by doctor and not for any other indication.

Frequently asked questions for SLC

Salicylic Acid

Q. Is salicylic acid good for acne/acne scars/ skin/hair/genital warts/ remove dark spots/exfoliate skin?
Salicylic acid is part of an acne cream/ointment/solution/gel/shampoo/medicated plaster. It is used for curing acne and its scars. It is also used for dandruff problems. It is not used for lightening the skin or exfoliating it. It is not used to cure genital warts. 
Q. Does salicylic acid work?
Salicylic acid works best if used for an indication at the dose prescribed by the doctor. 

Q. Does it expire?
Salicylic acid does expire and should not be used beyond the expiry date.
Q. How does salicylic acid work?
Salicylic acid is used as part of an acne cream/ointment/solution/gel/shampoo/medicated plaster. It works on reducing swelling and redness and thus causing pimples to shrink. It also loosens and softens the dry, scaly skin thus causing it to peel off. 


Content on this page was last updated on 03 August, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)