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Benzoic Acid



Benzoic acid is used in combination with salicylic acid to treat Tinea and other fungal infections of the skin.

How it works

The exact mechanism is not known; however, benzoic acid may inhibit the growth of fungi on skin surface.

Common side effects

Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Application site redness, Application site irritation, Shortness of breath


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Expert advice

  • Do not use benzoic acid and consult your doctor if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to benzoic acid or any of the ingredients in formulation.
  • Use with caution if it is to be applied over large areas of skin.
  • Do not ingest benzoic acid.
  • Keep away from eyes and inner membranes of nose, mouth etc.

Frequently asked questions

Benzoic Acid

Q. Is benzoic acid a strong acid?
Benzoic acid is weak acid.

Q. Is it soluble in water?
 It is not soluble in water.
Q. Does benzoic acid have a recognizable odor?
Yes, benzoic acid has characteristic pungent odor.

Content on this page was last updated on 15 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)