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Doctor insights on: Salicylic Acid

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What does salicylic acid do for the skin, its for blackheads but would it help clear pimples?

What does salicylic acid do for the skin, its for blackheads but would it help clear pimples?

Yes: Topical salicylic acid in a wash or even used with a facial chemical peel by an aesthetician is a wonderful adjunct to your other topical medication regimen to help control acne pimples.

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Can I use 2 different salicylic acid products at the same time?

Can I use 2 different salicylic acid products at the same time?

Preferably not: Depending on the strength of the salicylic acid you are using. If you combine products and are using too much, this will cause a chemical burn and can potentially cause scarring.

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If I put salicylic acid (acne medication) on my head, will that kill all the lice and their eggs?

If I put salicylic acid (acne medication) on my head, will that kill all the lice and their eggs?

Not appropriate: Lice medication is over the counter and has multiple names. See your drugstore. If you are uncertain about the diagnosis see your doctor and she will prescribe medication for you with detailed instructions regarding your clothing, sheets, towels, and laundry in general as well as your household. It is infectious and contagious.

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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.

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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

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I used salicylic acid to my fungus inf. I notice it doesn't burn at all. It hurts when u apply but itch gone but look the same.?

I used salicylic acid to my fungus inf. I notice it doesn't burn at all. It hurts when u apply but itch gone but look the same.?

Try antifungal cream: Salacylic acid is a keratolytic (what a big word!). This means that it breaks down the skin that it's applied to. This is a nice treatment for warts or keratoses. However, for a fungal infection, the best treatment is to apply any of the athlete foot creams like Lamisil (terbinafine) or clotrimazole.

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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.

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I have acne marks (not scars) that aren't going away. Have'em since 4 years. Nothing (chemical peels, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, sunscreen) works?

I have acne marks (not scars) that aren't going away. Have'em since 4 years. Nothing (chemical peels, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, sunscreen) works?

Acne Scars: Ice pick and scallop (scooped out) type facial acne scars are permanent. Treatment modalities include but are not limited to mechanical dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and surgical scar revision. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to determine what would be best for you.

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For acne spot treatment which one is safer & better? Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?

For acne spot treatment which one is safer & better? Salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide?

Not for spots: Use them on a regular basis to prevent new lesions. If this isn't working, get with your physician. You also need to know that enjoying your own body is not a health problem. Wishing you the best.

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I have a big mark from salicylic acid. Is it a burn?

I have a big mark from salicylic acid. Is it a burn?

Could be: Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in wart removal solutions. It acts in a direct "burn" like toxic effect on the wart & if spilled over normal skin will have the same general effect. Depending on the strength of the solution & time on the skin, it could burn several layers of skin at a time.

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What are the side effect of salicylic acid?

What are the side effect of salicylic acid?

Dry irritated skin: Salicylic acid is an over-the-counter acne medication. It can cause excess dryness and some scaliness of the skin, but these side effects can be lessened with an oil-free moisturizer. It can also cause irritated skin, which improves if the salicylic acid is used less frequently. Salicylic acid is less irritating than benzoyl peroxide but is likely less effective than benzoyl peroxide against acne.

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I have icthyosis in my lower leg, which is not responding that much to treatment I take. Can I use salicylic acid for this. How can make a lotion with it?

I have icthyosis in my lower leg, which is not responding that much to treatment I take. Can I use salicylic acid for this. How can make a lotion with it?

Dermatologist: The treatment recommendation requires an evaluation and diagnosis - so it would be difficult to recommend a specific treatment without seeing and examining this problem.

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Does salicylic acid expire?

No: It's a small, simpe molecule that will last if stored normally.

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How can you use salicylic acid properly?

How can you use salicylic acid properly?

Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid is used for different things. It depends upon what you want to treat. Roman soldiers taped willow bark to their feet to remove callouses because it contains salicylic acid.

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How do I dilute 100% salicylic acid to 25%?

How do I dilute 100% salicylic acid to 25%?

You don't: But a compounding pharmacy could. Salicylic acid is, indeed, acidic. It is used for burning the skin. It's effects are delayed so even "trying a little bit" could be dangerous when it "seemed safe" but the burning occurs later.

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Salicylic acid andglycolic acid ok to use together?

Salicylic & Glycolic: You can use the products together. However the two products used together my cause increased dryness or irritation.