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Doctor insights on: Salicylic Acid Skin Tags

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Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

Skin tags (acrochordons) are soft outpouchings of skin that may be caused by skin friction. They may grown under the arms or breasts & on neck, ...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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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?

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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Can I use a cream with salicylic acid in the morning and a cleanser with salicylic acid at night? Would it be too much for my skin?

Can I use a cream with salicylic acid in the morning and a cleanser with salicylic acid at night? Would it be too much for my skin?

Depends: Most of these are low percentage products that have minimal direct effect. At most you would expect some drying. With these or any other skin product you test them over time. If you are excessively or reddened you cut back on the duration or frequency you apply them. If regularly scheduled applications have no side effects, this can be a good basic skin plan. ...Read more

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What happens if I am severely allergic to salicylic acid (on the skin) am I allergic to aspirin?

What happens if I am severely allergic to salicylic acid (on the skin) am I allergic to aspirin?

Not Necessarily: You could have had a contact dermatitis from the salicylic acid and still be able to take aspirin. You may need to have an aspirin challenge under the supervision of a physician to see if you react or not. You might also want to have a patch test that includes salicylic acid to verify for sure if that caused the reactions. ...Read more

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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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For better facial skin, should I wash with water only or use a face wash with ingredients like salicylic acid?

For better facial skin, should I wash with water only or use a face wash with ingredients like salicylic acid?

Water's fine: Warm water and if dirty, mild soap is all you usually need. Salicylic acid and its derivatives are keratolytics (agents which cut through skin cells and can thin the skin, reduce the size of calluses and the like). Skin normally sheds on its own--half of household dust is human skin! ...Read more

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I'm using coaltar (salicylic acid) for dandruff. How long will it take for my dandruff and hardened scalp skin to go away? Using it from 2 weeks.

I'm using coaltar (salicylic acid) for dandruff. How long will it take for my dandruff and hardened scalp skin to go away? Using it from 2 weeks.

Let's get serious: Coal tar and salicylic acid are two different medications. If it's not working, it's time to explore possibly adding a Rx, or reviewing the diagnosis. Read up on seborrheic dermatitis and so forth -- an antifungal may be the next step, or it might be one of the less common illnesses. ...Read more

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I had corn on my finger, I put corn bandage (Salicylic acid). Later it became soft, I removed it. Later new skin developed, now the corns are back!

I had corn on my finger, I put corn bandage (Salicylic acid). Later it became soft, I removed it. Later new skin developed, now the corns are back!

Recurrent corn: First of all, think about why did the corn form on your finger. Very likely there was a lot of stress on that part of your finger. Result is the corn formation. If you are still getting a lot of stress on that finger part, then you will get another corn despite your removing it earlier. ...Read more

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Is peeling/chafing of the skin a good thing when using 2% salicylic acid astringent on face? Should it be doing this?

Is peeling/chafing of the skin a good thing when using 2% salicylic acid astringent on face? Should it be doing this?

Doesn't sound right: Salicylic acid is a drying agent. Your findings could mean that you're drying the skin of the face too much. Lessen the potency of the formulation or try another product altogether. ...Read more

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Is dermarest for psoriasis safe to use on penis for skin wondering because of salicylic acid it contain would it cause problems?

Is dermarest for psoriasis safe to use on penis for skin wondering because of salicylic acid it contain would it cause problems?

No: Salicylic acid on any mucous membrane is not a good idea especially for the tip of the penis. Even used on the shaft, it may accidentally reach the area. This would be my guess until a dermatologist with experience on this issue states otherwise. ...Read more

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Would that be okay to use face wash containing salicylic acid in it for whiteheads prone skin?

Would that be okay to use face wash containing salicylic acid in it for whiteheads prone skin?

Yes: Facial products containing salicylic acid are over-the-counter and sold in stores everywhere. They are often used to treat acne. Once a day face-washing with a salicylic acid product is ok, but washing too often or scrubbing too vigorously may lead to irritated, reddened facial skin. Acne is a hormonal problem that leads to certain bacteria growing in oil glands. Acne is not caused by dirty skin. ...Read more

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Would you suggest to use both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide on your skin?

Would you suggest to use both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide on your skin?

Probably: If your skin is not getting irritated or too dry then you should be able to use both products without a problem. ...Read more

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Very dry skin, itchy etc. Should I buy the cerave salicylic acid + vit d for extremely dry skin or normal cerave body lotion??

Cream better: Cerave cream is better than the lotion. Also keep showers short and only use soap in private parts. If you have any red scaly areas see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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My inner thighs and outer skin of my vagina are very itchy it has now wounds due to scratching, is it ok to use salicylic acid? Thanks:)

My inner thighs and outer skin of my vagina are very itchy it has now wounds due to scratching, is it ok to use salicylic acid? Thanks:)

No not ok: Please do not use any kind of acid on your vagina. That is not a good idea. It sounds like you may have a yeast infection. Try an over the counter yeast cream. If not improved see a doctor for testing. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid at the same time? Will this hurt skin? I have a salicylic acid toner & benzoyl peroxide mask?

Is it ok to use benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid at the same time? Will this hurt skin? I have a salicylic acid toner & benzoyl peroxide mask?

Use both at: Start with using mask in the evening only for a week. Then add the toner in the morning. Don't use both products at the same time of day. If your skin becomes irritated use only one of the products. ...Read more

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I used a retinol cream two nights ago, and the next day I used a 4% salicylic acid and 2.5% bp cream on my face. I've been using all these products for a while with no reactions, however I've been sick and taking cold medicine, and noticed my skin is more

I used a retinol cream two nights ago, and the next day I used a 4% salicylic acid and 2.5% bp cream on my face. I've been using all these products for a while with no reactions, however I've been sick and taking cold medicine, and noticed my skin is more

Question cut off: Although the end of your question was cut of, I'm going to take a guess that you're wondering if the change in your skin has anything to do with your cold medicine. The answer is NO. However, if I'm off the mark, please resubmit your question more succinctly so that we can review all the pertinent information. ...Read more

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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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I have acne. I have fair-medium skin. I have been using a salicylic acid toner every night but my skin burns & stings really bad. What should I use?

Dermatology: Stop the salicylic acid and just use baby soap and water. Consult your prescribing physician. If you are self treating- stop and see a professional physician, preferably a dermatologist. ...Read more