What is it?
Salicylic acid (SAL) is a type of crystalline organic acid that is derived from the metabolism of salicin. On top of being an important active metabolite of aspirin, it is most likely best known for its use as a key ingredient in topical anti-acne, pimples and skin blemishing medicine.
How it works?
Topical salicylic-acid treats acne by minimising redness and swelling of the acne. It also unplug blocked skin pores to allow pimples to shrink. It treats other skin problems by softening thickened skin in order to falls off easily.
What to expect?
When you start using salicylic-acid for acne removal, your skin may become irritated or dry at the beginning. This is a normal condition for most acne treatments. In order to prevent dryness and irritation, you have to use the treatment less often at the beginning i.e. apply it in a small amount to one or two small affected areas of the skin for about 3 days.). After your skin has adjusted to the treatment, it is time to apply the treatment more often.
Topical SAL should only be used for external skin treatment, and should not be swallowed. Be cautious not to get it in your nose, mouth or eyes, If you do it accidentally, flush the area with water for about 15 minutes.
Do not use topical salicylic-acid to the red, swollen, broken,
irritated, or infected skin.
SAL is an active ingredient in most acne products. And the way we apply various treatment products to the infected area are different. The following shows how each treatment type applied to the infected surface.
Lotion, ointment or cream, lotion:
In order to remove any medicines from your hand, wash them
after applying it unless your hands are being treated.
Unless directed by your physician, do not use the following on the same affected spot as salicylic acid:
Salicylic-acid may cause a serious condition especially in children or if you have some diseases such as kidney or liver. To avoid any complications, talk to your doctor when you have vomiting, dizziness, nausea, loss of hearing etc.Home › Topical Treatments › Salicylic Acid