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Generic name: salicylic acid topical [SAL-i-SIL-ik-AS-id-TOP-ik-al]
The brand names are: Acnevir, Bensal HP, cerave SA, cerave SA Renewing, Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Facial Scrub… Display all 65 brands
Classification of drugs: topical acne agents, topical keratolytics

What is Salex?

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent) that causes the shedding of the skin's outer layer.

The drug Salex (for your skin) is used for treating acne, dandruff, seborrhea, and psoriasis, as well as to eliminate calluses, corns, and warts.Salex can be used for other purposes that are not covered in this guide.

Side effects of Salex

Salex may cause an uncommon but serious allergic reaction or severe skin irritation. These reactions could occur only several minutes after applying the medication and may last for a few days or more afterward.

Stop taking Salex and seek emergency medical assistance if you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergy, which include an allergic reaction that causes hives, itching and breathing difficulties, and feeling lightheaded and swelling of your face, mouth, lips, tongue, or throat.

Also, stop taking Salex and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Extremely headache that causes the ringing of your ears; trouble with hearing; issues with thinking;
  • Extreme stomach discomfort, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • Feeling lightheaded, like you're about to be sucked out.
  • Breath shortness
  • Dryness, severe burning, or irritation to the skin

Common adverse side effects of Salex could include:

  • Mild inflammation of the skin, rash, or peeling
  • Modifications in the appearance of the affected skin (usually the skin is whitened).

It's not a comprehensive list of the possible consequences, but other effects may occur. See your physician for medical advice regarding the effect. If you have any concerns, report the reaction to FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.


Salex may cause an uncommon but severe allergic reaction or allergic skin irritation. Stop using this medication immediately and seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like itching, hives, difficulty breathing, feeling lightheaded, or swelling in your mouth, lips, face, or throat.

Before you take this drug

It is best not to take Salex in case you have an allergy to it.Utilizing Salex in the case of a teenager or child who has influenza manifestations and chickenpox can lead to the death of a person or cause a disease known as Reye's syndrome.

Consult a pharmacist or doctor to determine if this medication is suitable for use if you are:

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

Consult a physician before taking this medicine if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

How to take Salex?

Salex is available in a variety of varieties, including liquid gel, gel cream, ointment soap, foam cloth pads, and skin patches.Follow exactly the instructions on the label or as recommended by your physician.Do not chew it. The topical medication is intended for use only on the skin.

Salex can trigger an extremely rare and severe allergic reaction or skin irritation. Apply a small amount of the medication as a "test dose" to 1 or 2 small areas on your skin each day for three days consecutively. If you don't experience an allergic reaction to the medication, then you can begin to use the entire dose on the fourth day.

You may have shaken the medicine prior to using it. Follow the directions on the label of the product.Don't use Salex for treating any illness that hasn't been evaluated by your physician.The symptoms you experience may not get better for a few days. Consult your physician if symptoms don't improve or if they worsen.

Keep this medicine in its original bottle at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.Make sure the foam container is kept away from flames that are open or at high temperatures. The canister might explode if it becomes too hot. Avoid burning or puncturing an empty aerosol container.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Salex is used in situations where it is required. If you're on a schedule for dosing, you should skip missed doses.Take two doses at one at the same time.

What will happen if I take excessively?

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 Salex to wounds that are open or to sunburned or windburned skin. Dry or irritated skin.Rinse thoroughly with water if the medicine is ingested into your mouth or eyes.This medication may be flammable. Be careful not to use it near extreme temperatures or open flames. Cleanse your hands prior to using a hair styling device (such as an iron for straightening or curling). The high heat can cause the medication to burn and cause skin burns. Don't smoke until the gel is completely dry on the skin.

Beware of other medications that affect the areas that you treat with Salex unless your physician advises you to.

Interaction with other drugs

Skin care products aren't likely to be influenced by other medicines you take; however, many medications can interact. Inform your doctor about all of your current medications that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies.