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Salicylic Acid Topical

INFORMATION

Uses

Salicylic Acid Topical is used in the treatment of acne (pimples).

How it works

Salicylic acid belongs to a class of medications called as keratolytics. It works by 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.

Common side effects

Application site burning, Application site irritation, Dry skin

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Expert advice

  • Do not use salicylic acid topical for genital warts, warts on the face, warts with hair, warts in the nose or mouth, moles or birthmarks.
  • Avoid direct contact of solution with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Do not cover treated skin with any clothing, bandage or heating pad, as it may increase the burning sensation. 
  • Do not apply salicylic acid solution to open wounds, inflamed or irritated skin or immediately after shaving or bathing.
  • Discontinue use of medicated plaster and consult your doctor if you experience excess discomfort or irritation or if you develop sensitivity.
  • Do not use salicylic acid on children or adolescents without your doctor’s advice.
  • Tell  your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to salicylic acid or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not use if you are suffering from diabetes.
  • Do not use if you have poor blood circulation.

Frequently asked questions

Salicylic Acid Topical

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 preparation. It is used to treat acne, blemishes (scars and dark spots due to acne). It is also used for dandruff problems. It should not be used for exfoliating the skin or to treat 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.


Content on this page was last updated on 21 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)