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Salicylic Acid

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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.
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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 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.

Frequently asked questions for Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid

Q. How should Salicylic Acid be applied?

You should remove all of the make-up. Wash your hands and the affected area and gently dry. Put a thin layer of Salicylic Acid cream on the affected skin, using your fingertips. Apply it to the entire area affected by acne, not just each spot. After applying, wash your hands thoroughly with water.

Q. Should Salicylic Acid be left overnight?

At the beginning of the treatment, Salicylic Acid is usually used once daily in the evening. The area is not washed off after application of Salicylic Acid, so it can be left overnight unless you experience irritation. However, if you experience irritation, consult your doctor.

Q. What should prompt me to discontinue Salicylic Acid?

You should discontinue Salicylic Acid and consult your doctor if you experience severe local irritation, which means severe redness, dryness and itching and stinging/burning sensation.

Q. What precautions should be followed while applying Salicylic Acid?

Use Salicylic Acid only on your skin. Keep it away from areas like your eyes, eyelids, lips, mouth and inside of the nose. If the medicine comes in contact with any of these areas, wash the affected area with water immediately. Avoid using Salicylic Acid on scratched or eroded skin and open wounds. Take care when using Salicylic Acid on sensitive areas of skin such as your neck. Salicylic Acid can make your skin more sensitive to the harmful effects of the sunlight. So, avoid the use of sunbeds/lamps and minimize the time you spend in the sun. You should use sunscreen and wear protective clothing while using Salicylic Acid. Avoid contact with hair as Salicylic Acid has bleaching properties. It can even bleach dyed or colored fabric, furniture or carpeting.

Q. How often should I apply Salicylic Acid?

The initial dose is preferably once daily in the evening. Later, the doctor will gradually increase the dose to twice daily (most probably morning and evening).

Q. How long does Salicylic Acid take to show its effects?

You may see an improvement after 4-6 weeks of treatment. You may need to use this treatment for longer to see the full benefits. This is normal for acne treatments. If your acne does not get better after 1 month or if it gets worse, talk to your doctor immediately.

Q. Do you apply moisturizer before or after Salicylic Acid?

You may apply moisturizer an hour after applying Salicylic Acid. Consult your doctor in case of any doubt or concern.

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