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    Salicylic Acid

    Information about Salicylic Acid

    Salicylic acid uses

    Salicylic Acid is used in the treatment of psoriasis, keratoses and dermatitis.

    How salicylic acid works

    Salicylic acid 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.
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    Common side effects of salicylic acid

    Skin irritation

    Available Medicine for Salicylic Acid

    • ₹234 to ₹298
      Cipla Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹72 to ₹169
      Resilient Cosmecueticals Pvt Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹50 to ₹117
      Dermo Care Laboratories
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹126 to ₹181
      Nemus Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹43 to ₹113
      East West Pharma
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹110
      Dermo Care Laboratories
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹60
      Psycormedies
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹750 to ₹1950
      UAS Pharma
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹26 to ₹39
      Alive Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹58
      Unichem Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Salicylic Acid

    • 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 Salicylic Acid

    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
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    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 07 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)