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Salicylic acid is an active ingredient in some
acne treatments. When you apply it to your skin, it
dries up whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It also causes the top layer of
your skin to peel.
Products that contain salicylic acid may cause
tingling and a mild redness of the skin. Use them less often if you notice that
your skin becomes very red or very dry.
You'll find salicylic acid
mainly in pads that you rub on your skin. Brand names include Stridex and
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerEllen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofJune 30, 2016
Current as of:
June 30, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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