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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
    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    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)