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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long do you have to keep salicylic acid on for?

Salicylic acid: It depends on the concentration and on what you are treating. The question does not provide sufficient specificity to answer. ...Read more

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Can I use trerinoin and salicylic acid at the same time?

Can I use trerinoin and salicylic acid at the same time?

No: May cause unwanted local skin reactions tretinoin should work well by its self. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have dr. Scholl's corn remover that comes with the salicylic acid and I used it, but all it did was make the corn white, what do I do now?

I have dr. Scholl's corn remover that comes with the salicylic acid and I used it, but all it did was make the corn white, what do I do now?

Stubborn corns: These can be pretty stubborn however, once the skin is white and soft, it can be gently pared with either a pumice stone or something that can remove that dead layer of skin gently. ...Read more

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Best salicylic acid body lotion?

Neutragen: There are many out on the market. I make my own that is mixed with a little glycolic acid too. However, as far as the market goes, I like neutragena's with the great fruit sense. ...Read more

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Salicylic acid, use of application?

Salicylic acid, use of application?

Softens keratin: In low concentration (1-2%) is softens keratin in skin. Good for some forms of acne. Higher conc. (20%) can be used as a chemical peel for cosmetic purposes. ...Read more

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Will salicylic acid remove an age spot?

It might lighten: Spot, but won't likely remove completely.

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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. ...Read more

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Can salicylic acid cause my skin to age quicker?

Can salicylic acid cause my skin to age quicker?

Not really.: Salicylic acid is a mild skin peeling agent that removes the top sun-damaged layers of the skin, allowing the healthier skin cells from within the hair follicles and sweat glands to resurface your skin as it heals after peel. More collagen and elastic fibers are produced, making your skin look more youthful and less wrinkled. ...Read more

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Can I use glycolic acid and salicylic acid at the same time?

Staged: You may want to consider alternating. I do not recommend performing simultaneously or mixing the two. You will possibly develop hypersensitive skin or excessively dry skin. ...Read more

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How can I help my damaged skin caused by overuse of salicylic acid heal?

How can I help my damaged skin caused by overuse of salicylic acid heal?

Skin recovery: If irritated from excessive Salicylic Acid, use moisturizing soap such as Dove-sensitive skin, or Aveeno (oatmeal). In addition, apply gentle lotion, such as Vanicream, or Aveeno (oatmeal) to area, on damp skin, about a week. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the use of salicylic acid cause my skin to age quicker?

What's the expert opinion, could the use of salicylic acid cause my skin to age quicker?

Salicylic acid: No, in fact it will remove dead skin and make your skin younger in appearance. It is used in a number of cosmetics for this purpose. ...Read more

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Does salicylic acid remove tattoos?

Does salicylic acid remove tattoos?

Tatto removal: No, saliylic acid does not remove tattoos. The lasers do by fractioning the ink particles into smaller pieces that can be removed by the bodies. The sa treatments do not penetrate deep enough and do not affect the ink at all. ...Read more

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How often should you use a 20% salicylic acid peel?

These peels can be: Done every 7-14 days, it depends on your skin's response. If you have significant dryness I would suggest decreasing to once a month. ...Read more