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Salicylic acid topical

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 the 168 brands
Dosage formats: topical bar (1 percent) Topical cream (-6%), topical foam (6%) and topical gel (17%), 22%, 33% (6%),… List the 14 forms of dosage.
Classes of drugs: topical acne agents, topical keratolytics

What is Salicylic acid topical?

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic" (peeling agent), which causes the skin's outer layer to shed.

Topical salicylic acid (for your skin) is utilized in treating acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, as well as to eliminate calluses, corns, and warts.Salicylic acid topical can also be used for reasons not covered in this medication guide.

Side effects of Salicylic acid topical

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

Stop using salicylic acid topically and seek emergency medical assistance. If you experience symptoms that indicate an allergy, such as itching, hives, breathing difficulties, or feeling lightheaded and swelling of your face, mouth, lips, tongue, or throat,

Stop using salicylic acid topical and contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Extremely headache that causes hearing loss issues with hearing trouble with your thinking;
  • Extreme stomach discomfort, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • An euphoric feeling, similar to when you're about to pass out.
  • Breath shortness
  • Dryness, severe burning, or irritation to the skin

Common adverse effects of salicylic acid topicals include:

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

It's not a complete list of potential side consequences, but other effects may occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Salicylic acid applied topically may cause a rare but severe allergic reaction or severe inflammation of the skin. Stop using this medicine immediately and seek medical assistance if you suffer from symptoms like itching, hives, trouble breathing, feeling lightheaded, and swelling or redness of the lips, face, and tongue.

Before you take this drug

It is best not to apply salicylic acid creams in case you are allergic to them.

Salicylic acid applied topically to the case of a teenager or child suffering from symptoms of flu manifestations as well as chickenpox could cause an extremely fatal condition 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
  • Problems with blood circulation.

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

How to take Salicylic acid topical?

Salicylic acid topical is sold in a variety of forms, including gel, liquid cream, lotion soap, foam, ointment shampoo, pads for cloth, 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 to be used only on the skin.

Salicylic acid can trigger an uncommon but serious allergic reaction or extreme skin irritation. Apply a tiny amount of the medication as a "test dose" to one or two skin areas each day for three consecutive days. If you don't experience an allergic reaction to the medication, start using the entire dose on the fourth day.It may be necessary to shake the medication prior to use. Follow the instructions on the label.

Avoid using salicylic acid for topical treatment of any health issue that has not been evaluated by your doctor.The symptoms might not get better for a few days. Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve or if they become worse.Place the medicine in the 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 could explode if it is too hot. Avoid burning or puncturing an empty aerosol bottle.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Acne:

Topical salicylic acid pad 1%:
Cleanse the affected area.The cream should be applied 2-3 times per every day. If you notice dryness, decrease it to once or twice every day.

Usual Adult Dose for Dermatological Disorders:

Topical salicylic acid, 16.7 percent liquid:
Dry and wash the areas thoroughly. Apply enough cream to the warts at least twice a day.
Salicylic acid, 3% in topical soap:
Apply the lotion to affected areas every two weeks at a minimum. Lather the skin or scalp for 2 minutes, then rinse. Repeat if necessary.
Salicylic acid cream with 6% salicylic acid:
Apply the treatment to the affected area each day. Rehydrate the area at least 5 minutes prior to applying, if you can. Close the area after dark. Cleanse in the morning.
Salicylic acid topical 6% cream:
Apply to affected areas once each day. Rehydrate the area at least 5 minutes prior to applying, if you can. Close the area after dark. Cleanse in the morning.
Topical salicylic acid foam of 6%
Apply the treatment to the affected area each day at night. The area should be hydrated for at least 5 minutes prior to applying, if you can. Close the area following the application. Rinse off the area in the morning.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Acne:

Topical salicylic acid 1% pad:
Age 12 or older: Cleanse the affected area. Apply the cream two to three every day. If you notice dryness, decrease it to once every day.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Salicylic acid topical can be used in the event of need. If you're following a regular dosing regimen, do not miss any doses. Don't take two doses at once.

What will happen if I take excessively?

Get medical attention immediately, or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222, in the event that anyone has swallowed the medication accidentally.

What should be avoided?

Do not apply salicylic acid topically to wounds that are open or to sunburned or windburned skin. Dry or irritated skin.Rinse your mouth with water if this medication gets into your mouth or eyes.

This medication could be inflammable. Be careful not to use it near extreme temperatures or open flames. Wash your hands prior to using a hair styling device (such as an iron for straightening or curling). A high temperature could cause the medicine to burn and cause skin burns. Don't smoke until the gel has dried on the skin.

Do not use other medicines on the areas treated with salicylic acid unless your doctor instructs you to.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin-care products you take are unlikely to be influenced by any other medication you are taking; however, many medications can interact. Inform your doctor about all of your current medications, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.