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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)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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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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 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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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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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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more