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Generic Name: Salicylic acid topical [SAL-i-SIL-ik-AS-id-TOP-ik-al].
The Brand Names: Acnevir, Bensal HP, CeraVe SA, CeraVe SA Renewing, Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Facial Scrub, etc.
Classes of Drugs: Topical acne agents, topical keratolytics.

What is Keralyt?

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent) that causes the shedding of the skin's outer layer. Keralyt (for the skin) is used for treating acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, as well as to eliminate calluses, corns, and warts. Keralyt could be used for other purposes that are not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Keralyt

Keralyt could trigger an uncommon but severe allergic reaction to the skin or cause severe irritation. The reactions can occur within an hour after applying the medication and may last for a few days or more afterward. Do not use Keralyt and seek medical attention if you show indications that indicate an allergy, including an allergic reaction that causes hives, itching or burning sensations, difficulty breathing, feeling lightheaded, or a swollen tongue, face, lips, or throat.

Stop using Keralyt and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Extreme headache and hearing loss trouble with hearing; issues with thinking.
  • Extreme stomach discomfort, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're about to pass out.
  • Breath shortness.
  • Dryness, severe burning, or irritation to the skin.

Common side effects of Keralyt can be:

  • Small skin irritation, rash, or peeling.
  • Variations in the shade of affected skin (usually the skin is white).

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be present. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Keralyt could trigger an uncommon but severe allergic reaction or itching of the skin. Stop using this medicine immediately and seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like itching, hives, trouble breathing, feeling lightheaded, or swelling on your lips, face, or tongue.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use Keralyt if you have an allergy to it. Utilizing Keralyt in the case of a teenager or child suffering from flu symptoms and chickenpox could result in an extremely fatal condition known as Reye's syndrome. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for a recommendation on whether this medication is suitable for use if you are:

  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Diabetes.
  • Issues with blood circulation.

Consult a physician before taking this medication if you are nursing or pregnant.

How to take Keralyt?

Keralyt is available in a variety of different forms, like liquid cream, gel, lotion foam, ointment shampoo, soap cloth pads, and skin patches. Follow the instructions on the label exactly or as recommended by your physician. Do not chew it. The topical medication is intended for use only on the skin. Keralyt may cause a rare but serious allergic reaction to the skin or cause severe irritation. Apply a tiny amount of the drug as a "test dose" to one or two small areas of skin every day for three days. If you don't experience any reaction to the medicine, you can begin to use the entire dose after the 4th day.

You may have shaken the medicine prior to taking it. Follow the directions on the label. Do not take Keralyt for any illness that has not been examined by your physician. The symptoms you experience may be unaffected for a couple of days. Consult your doctor if symptoms do not improve or if they become worse. Place the medicine in the original bottle at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Make sure the foam container is kept away from flames or extreme temperatures. The canister could explode if it becomes too hot. Don't puncture or burn an empty aerosol container.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Keralyt is used when you need it. If you're on a schedule for dosing and miss a dose, you can skip it. Don't take two doses at the same time.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency treatment or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should be avoided?

Do not apply Keralyt to wounds that are open or to sunburned, windburned, dry, or irritated skin. Rinse thoroughly with water if the medicine is ingested into your mouth or eyes. This medication could be flammable. Avoid using near high temperatures or an open flame. Clean your hands before using an appliance for styling hair (such as a straightening or curling iron). The high heat can cause the medication to ignite and cause skin burns. Avoid smoking until the gel is completely dry on the skin. Beware of other medications that can affect the areas that you treat with Keralyt unless your physician recommends them.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin-care products you take aren't likely to affect any other medications that you are taking; however, certain drugs may interact. Discuss with your doctor all the medications you are currently taking, such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies.