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How does salicylic acid prevent acne breakouts?

How does salicylic acid prevent acne breakouts?

Peels: Salicylic acid is kerarolyic. It peels the top layer of skin and loosens blackheads and whiteheads before they have a chance to form into inflammatory lesion such as pimples or cysts. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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Can I do salicylic acid peels at home to get rid of acne?

Can I do salicylic acid peels at home to get rid of acne?

Scientific Rx: Just use the stuff as a wash. This will clear mild acne in a few weeks. If it seems not to be working, your physician can add something that will work with it to clear you. Since you're female, it may be spironolactone, an antibiotic, or the oral contraceptive pill. Severe acne may require stronger Rx. Acne's unrelated to lifestyle; ignore "pop" advice. You're an adult now & need it gone. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat post-acne blemishes? I have them since four years. I have tried salicylic acid, chemical peels and sunscreens.

What is the best way to treat post-acne blemishes? I have them since four years. I have tried salicylic acid, chemical peels and sunscreens.

None will work: Your acne scars will be with you for the rest of your life unless you choose to have a dermatologist help you hide them and even this it's plus-minus. The "chemical peels" are scams & the other won't work either. Hollywood's chris pine (photo) had pretty good success having massive acne scarring largely reversed though he still hides it with beard stubble. Nobody says he doesn't look fine. ...Read more

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Very oily face, min.acne. Used BPO wash up to 10%, 2 times/day for 8 weeks and my face is still oily. Salicylic acid or other wash help oily face?

Very oily face, min.acne. Used BPO wash up to 10%, 2 times/day for 8 weeks and my face is still oily. Salicylic acid or other wash help oily face?

Try this: Retinoic acid instead of or in addition to. It's more likely to cause de-differentiation of your sebaceous glands. If you want to be rid of the acne, or if it's on your trunk as well, ask your physician whether a short course of oral medication occasionally might help -- tetracycline's one option, and you stay on the topical stuff. Truth is, "oily skin" isn't by itself a problem. Best wishes. ...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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Can you tell me if you stops salicylic acid does acne come back?

Can you tell me if you stops salicylic acid does acne come back?

Yes: Acne isn't curable, only manageable. It will eventually remit on its own, but there's no telling when. I was able to stop managing mine when I was 50. Be tough and keep it up. ...Read more

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Where can I buy over the counter Salicylic acid for acne? Thanks

Where can I buy over the counter Salicylic acid for acne? 

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See A Doctor Too: Topical Salicylic Acid for the treatment of Acne can be found over the counter as Neutrogena acne products, also Clean and Clear products. Each brand makes several types including face wash, moisturizers, and astringents so do read the labels to confirm ingredients. Successful Acne treatment typically requires long term management and best outcomes are achieved under regular care of a doctor. ...Read more

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I was wondering what's a good acne facial scrub/exfoliator that doesn't contain 'salicylic acid'?

Ideas: Salicylic acid is your best choice for a non-prescription medication if you want it in the form of a wash. Acne treatment is never pleasant or easy, and if you are sure you cannot tolerate salicylic acid, then your options include topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerable and/or a retinoic acid derivative, especially if you have many comedomes. If no success, get with your physician. ...Read more

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I have pyritasis alba and moderate to sever acne is it ok to use salicylic acid and sulphur topical products?

I have pyritasis alba and moderate to sever acne is it ok to use salicylic acid and sulphur topical products?

Need stronger stuff: Bad acne won't respond to salicylic acid, and sulfur isn't really for acne anyway. Get with your personal physician now. You're 19 and starting on your career & maybe even serious dating. Acne like yours is a major liability -- it can cause you to fail a job interview as evidence of poor self-care -- and you're going to need prescription-strength medicine to manage it. ...Read more

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I have mild acne and I use a salicylic acid wash and 10% benzolyl peroxide cream to treat it as well as a salicylic toner...is this to harsh?

I have mild  acne and I use a salicylic acid wash and 10% benzolyl peroxide cream to treat it as well as a salicylic toner...is this to harsh?

Acne treatments: Watch for overdrying; 10% benzoyl peroxide can also bleach hair, towels and facecloths. If your skin feels comfortable, and acne is controlled, topical therapy is the way to go. ...Read more

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Breaks face out Allergic to Salicylic Acid for face. What can I use for Acne and Dark Marks?

Breaks face out Allergic to Salicylic Acid for face. What can I use for Acne and Dark Marks?

See derm: You can try Proactive, but if that doesn't work see your dermatologist for prescription meds ...Read more

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What is better to use for adult acne that is beginning to scar, the salicylic acid peels or the glycolic acid?

What is better to use for adult acne that is beginning to scar, the salicylic acid peels or the glycolic acid?

Either: Either peopling agent depending on which is better tolerated accomplish the same peeling effect . Both vary in strength and the higher the strength the greater the peeling effect. This needs to be combined with dietary changes, oral zinc supplements, and topical antibiotic creams. ...Read more

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I have hormonal acne due to my age (47). I have tried Proactive, but its way too drying. Would a salicylic acid cream be better for me?

I have hormonal acne due to my age (47). I have tried Proactive, but its way too drying. Would a salicylic acid cream be better for me?

Acne Advice: 1. If you do not touch your face with your fingers you will have very little acne. It is difficult not to touch your face but if you have to then use your knuckles or back your hand, they are less likely to be dirty. 2. Change your pillow case every day. 3. Stop Proactiv and try these from PCA, you can buy them online. a) Gentle exfoliant b) Acne Gel c) Clearskin ...Read more

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Used acne med w/salicylic acid on face & it burned me really bad. It is oozing clear liquid & is raw and hurts a lot. What should i put on it?

Used acne med w/salicylic acid on face & it burned me really bad.  It is oozing clear liquid & is raw and hurts a lot. What should i put on it?

Remove thoroughly: Make sure it is completely removed and treat as a burn, with cool compresses and Neosporin. Increase your fluids. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. As it is on your face, have it reviewed by your MD and protect from any sun. All the best. ...Read more

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2 days of using 2% Salicylic acid wash on my face. Acne is getting worse. I heard that's normal while it cleans the pores then it will get better?

2 days of using 2% Salicylic acid wash on my face. Acne is getting worse. I heard that's normal while it cleans the pores then it will get better?

Reassurance : Yes, you heard actually right. You need to continue minimal as a week for using salicylic acid wash to clean the skin for some improving in developing new acne. It is not magic,! You have to keep doing this for months. ...Read more

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Can salicylic acid and ascorbic acid remove some grey pigments caused by wound? Are these two acids effective? P.s the wound is not not not acne.

Can salicylic acid and ascorbic acid remove some grey pigments caused by wound?  Are these two acids effective?
P.s the wound is not not not acne.

Skin lighteners: Both acids can work as skin lighteners. However,I would see a dermatologist because you may overshoot the mark with these drugs ...Read more

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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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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