Salicylic acid

What is Salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid is a keratolytics and this acid dissolve the inter cellular substance in the horny layer of skin.The epidermal cells swell , soften and then desquamate. Salicylic acid as 10-20% solution in alcohol or propylene glycol help in dissolving the corns.More effective when applied under occlusive dressing; Lower concentration (3-5%)are used in other conditions e.g.Whitefield ointment.

Questions and answers on "Salicylic acid"

I HAVE AN INFECTED TOE FROM A CORN-IS THERE SOMETHING I CAN USE AS A SOAK?

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Brief Answer:
Apply Salicylic acid.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Salicylic acid is keratolytic, it can help to soften the corn.Salicylic acid cans in form of plasters, pads , drops and plasters.

Since its red and swollen apply local antibiotics cream.If there is pus formation then thoroughly clean...

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best face wash for oily skin

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Brief Answer:
Salicylic acid based face washes reduces oil secretions

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.

For oily skin persons we recommend salicylic acid based face washes. These salicylic acid based face washes reduces the oil secretions by...

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I am suffering from Psoriasis and it is not acute one. Need your help to help me control the disease

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Brief Answer:
Management of psoriasis

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Hi
Thanks for being at healthcaremagic
I am Dr Asmeet Kaur Sawhney, a dermatologist.
In case your psoriasis is not acute and not severe it can be controlled with topical medicines.
In psoriatic patients I recommend them to use a combination...

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How to get rid of itchy, flakey scalp. Tried Coco-Scalp ointment, no success. Had this condition for many years and drives me nuts. Getting sore scalp from scratching. Am 84 yrs.old.

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Brief Answer:
I suggest switch over to potent topical steroid + salicylic acid lotion

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us at healthcaremagic

I have gone through your query and I have noted down your complaints.

I suggest a possibility of either Scalp Psoriasis Or Scalp Seborrheic...

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Sir,
i have lost hair recently due to fungal infection on scalp which was diagnosed by doctor(dermatologist) and he prescribed me to use salicylic acid ketoconazole shampoo and biotin tablets for 1 month, and after 1 month the results are good, i have restored my lost hair which were damaged recently by infection

could i use this shampoo(salicylic acid ketoconazole shampoo) twice a week regularly without stopping, if i use, will there be any side effects on scalp, please suggest some other alternative good shampoo if i should not use this one.

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Brief Answer:
Use a good conditioner along with the shampoo

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for posting your query on HCM.
Yes you can use salicylic acid and ketoconazle shampoo regularly but its better to restrict its use to once in a week when there is no active infection.
Use of such...

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I have a dark, thick, rough patch of skin on my ankle. At first i thought it was just dry skin but no lotions or creams help it at all. Every once in a while thick pieces of skin will peel off of it. It doesn't hurt or itch. What could this be?

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Brief Answer:
use a potent topical steroid and salicylic acid combinatiopn ointment

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

i am dr.kakkar(dermatologist). I have gone through your query abd i have reviewed the image.

Its a dry, red, scaly patch of eczema, probably psoriasis.

In...

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Hi doctor, i have one black scar in main knuckle in middle finger. I think mainly due to masturbation, it came. Any remedy for this.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Upload pictures

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for being at healthcaremagic
I would recommend you to upload the photographs of the affected area so that I can have a clearer picture of the condition and can guide you accordingly.
Regards
Dr Asmeet

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I just want to know is this acne or what. She is 13 year old. Can you advice and what the treatment for that. It has been for a quiet a long time now. Thanks.

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Brief Answer:
Acne vulgaris, salicylic acid facewash and adapelene gel

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for being at HealthcareMagic,

I have reviewed the attached photographs and it looks like acne vulgaris.
If I're her treating doctor I would recommend her to use a salicylic acid facewash twice daily...

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i am a nursing mother and have lot of dandruff (white flakes on scalp) which fall as well when i brush my hair. what can be done for getting rid of this and is safe for me and my baby.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Coal tar+salicylic acid shampoo and steroid+salicylic acid lotion

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I have gone through your query and I have also reviewed the Image.
You seem to have seborrheic dermatitis of scalp which presents as scalp scaling as well as...

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I'm 62 and early this spring my face has become excessively oily.Don't know what the cause is or what to do about it.

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Brief Answer:
Salicylic acid based face wash twice in a day

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome to HCM

Seasonal changes do cause the face to become oily, a rise in heat and humidity during spring and summer can cause skin’s oil production levels to increase.
I would suggest you to use a salicylic acid...

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Recent questions on  Salicylic acid

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hi am male, 32. got uneven skin tone that followed skin allergy. abot 3 years ago i scratched my self on the face, both forarms, my nec and that left a permanent black discoloration on my skin. seen by two different dermatologists and put on salicylic acid plus betemethasone preparations, mineral oil soap, cutivate cream with little improvement. can you help!

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Good morning, yes I had a pimple used what I normally use. Cleaned face with clearskin, then put clear skin emergency on it with 2.0 salicylic acid in it. It got red, bleed and burst now I have a burn ring on my face. What the best way to treat. I can t miss work

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I have excessisve cracking on my heals and is painful to walk most days. 4 months ago, my foot doctor recommended a regimen of the following but condition is not improving. nightly: Aquaphor ointment apply to heals and sleep with socks 2xweekly:...

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I have developed dark areas (of hair?) above and below my lips. They seem like shadows, not actual hairs. I do not like the way they look--should I cover them with makeup or buy the miniature electric shavers for fine hair on women? Perhaps they...

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Good evening doctor, am 39 yr old female, I hv scalp psoriasis and in body...I was prescribed CSAC6 ointment + dipnate...the lessions however don't show any improvement though...it seems reddish elevated and sometimes painful.... Request you to...

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I'm pretty sure i have molluscum contagiosum on my penis. i've started to use salicylic acid on it as of yesterday. to early to tell if it is working but i have noticed that around the papules my skin is darkening where the salicylic acid was applied. will this dissapear after i am done using it?

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I have had diarrhea for 13 hours now. After 5 hours of having it I took bismuth subsalicylate (262 mg) and every two hours I take 2 tablets. However my stomach has had no relief what so ever and my diarrhea is flakey with a musky liquid. I go anywhere from 2-4 times an hour. what should I do?

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