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    Salicylic Acid

    Information about Salicylic Acid

    Salicylic acid uses

    Salicylic Acid is used in the treatment of acne.

    How salicylic acid works

    Salicylic Acid is a keratolytic medication. It treats pimples (acne) by penetrating into the skin and killing acne-causing bacteria. It additionally reduces oil production in the skin, replenishes acne-prone skin, and it also keeps your pores open.

    Common side effects of salicylic acid

    Skin irritation, Hypersensitivity, Dry skin, Skin redness
    Content Details
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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    MMST, MBBS
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    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    14 Nov 2019 | 12:44 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Salicylic Acid

    • Salicylic Acid helps in the treatment and prevention of acne.
    • Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and genitals. In case of accidental contact, rinse thoroughly with water.
    • It makes your skin sensitive towards sunlight. Use protective measures like as sunscreen or wear protective clothing. 
    • Inform your doctor if you notice unusual dryness, redness and peeling of the skin.
    • Do not apply to open wounds or irritated skin.


    Content on this page was last updated on 14 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)