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Can I use differin (adapalene) and salicylic acid at the same time for acne removal?

Can I use differin (adapalene) and salicylic acid at the same time for acne removal?

Not recommended.: Differin (adapalene) is a topical retinoid medication similar to vitamin a. It is helpful in nearly all cases of acne. If you are using salicylic acid in addition to differin (adapalene), (adapalene) I would recommend you put them on at separate times. I would separate the application by at least 6 hrs. If you apply them to your face together, you may decrease the effectiveness of the differin (adapalene). ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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I use salicylic acid 20% on spots. If I neutralise & wash my face, can I use differin (adapalene) as well without irritation?

I use salicylic acid 20% on spots. If I neutralise & wash my face, can I use differin (adapalene) as well without irritation?

Maybe: The salicylic acid is not neutralized as you do with glycolic acid. The absorption is fast and it crystalizes quickly. The addition of differin (adapalene) is placing Retin-A on the area. The combination is often used for acne but either together or alone can cause dry flaky skin. ...Read more

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My doctor has prescribed me salicylic acid gel cleanser and differin (adapalene) for my acne marks, do you think it's effective for acne marks?

My doctor has prescribed me salicylic acid gel cleanser and differin (adapalene) for my acne marks, do you think it's effective for acne marks?

Depends: This depends on the severity of the scars/marks. It is a good regimen for preventing new acne scars, but ones that are already present pose a different problem. If you have deep pits and scars from previous cystic lesions, even the salicylic acid may not be enough to remove these. You may want to work with a dermatologist or even a plastic surgeon if you have significant scarring. ...Read more

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Salicylic acid vs tretinoin/retin a, which is better?

Retin a (tretinoin) if moderate: If you have very mild acne then salicylic acid may be adequate. For more moderate or any cystic component of acne, retina a is "stronger" and will be more likely to help acne resolve completely. Keep in mind retin a (tretinoin) needs to be a "pea" sized amount applied daily, can cause peeling and redness of skin initially. If redness and irritation are a problem, back off to every other day application. ...Read more

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I had a 30% salicylic acid chemical peel done last Tuesday and did not stop using my retin a (tretinoin) prior to the treatment. I got a MUCH deeper peel. Help!

That would occur: First stop the Retin A
There is really no curtailing the peel at this point possibly a hydrocort cream would give some comfort. Its important to speak to your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can I apply salicylic acid on mole?

Can I apply salicylic acid on mole?

No: Applying an irritant to a mole is not a good idea. If you wish to get rid of the mole, it should be removed surgically and the tissue submitted to a pathologist for examination. ...Read more

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Can allergy to salicylic acid cause eczema?

Can allergy to salicylic acid cause eczema?

No: Eczema is an allergic entity by itself. The salicylic acid can cause either allergic contact dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis as a reaction. Treatment is often similar but they are different diseases. ...Read more

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Can salicylic acid work in helping control acne?

Can salicylic acid work in helping control acne?

Yes: Salicylic acid has been used both in a variety of bases and mixed with other agents for the control of acne. It is drying and causes peeling of the skin. It should be used with the advice of your dermatologist to insure the proper product and dosage. ...Read more

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How to treat a chemical burn from salicylic acid?

How to treat a chemical burn from salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid: Stop using it. Call your doc for a substitute. Use tylenol, (acetaminophen) antihistamines (if needed) and cortisone creams. ...Read more

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I brought salicylic acid, can I use it on my mole?

I brought salicylic acid, can I use it on my mole?

No: Not a good idea to destroy a "mole" with a topical acid for two reasons :
1. The mole could be malignant and require a biopsy for proper diagnosis and treatment plan
2. Topical acids as salicylic can cause irritation if used inappropriately. ...Read more

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Is salicylic acid concealer bad for your under eyes?

Is salicylic acid concealer bad for your under eyes?

Recommended: Salicylic acid which has been proven to clear up acne while preventing future breakouts is recommended as a concealer. ...Read more

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My skin has stubborn red burn marks from salicylic acid?

My skin has stubborn red burn marks from salicylic acid?

Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and many chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it using gentle means. ...Read more

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Can I use salicylic acid together with a clindamycin gel?

Can I use salicylic acid together with a clindamycin gel?

No: I wouldn't put them on the same spot. The clindamycin is for infection. Salicylic acid is for muscle soreness. If you need to use them on the same spot, it would be better to wait and use tham after the infection is gone. Otherwise space them apart as far as is possible. They will both absorb alright, but you don't want one to block the absorption of the other ...Read more

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How effective is salicylic acid to treat acne and blemishes?

How effective is salicylic acid to treat acne and blemishes?

Careful: Can help, but may cause irritation. I would say no. Try benzoyl peroxide instead. Dermabrasion for scars and blemishes. ...Read more

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What do clobetasol propionate & salicylic acid ointment treat?

What do clobetasol propionate & salicylic acid ointment treat?

Steroid and acid: Clobetasol is a high potency steroid for certain rashes and psoriasis. Salicylic Acid is used to take off dead skin also used for dry skin disorders. ...Read more

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Will 2% salicylic acid and vegetable oil help rid me of my psoriasis?

Will 2% salicylic acid and vegetable oil help rid me of my psoriasis?

No: No it will not. See a dermatologist and start a treatment that will really help, not that concoction. ...Read more

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What's a good acne facial scrub that doesn't contain 'salicylic acid'?

What's a good acne facial scrub that doesn't contain 'salicylic acid'?

Try this instead: Use no facial scrub. Use 5% topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. None of these are pleasant, but they're your friends until your disease remits on its own. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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