Topic Overview

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
Noxzema pads.

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Ellen K. Roh, MD – Dermatology

Current as ofOctober 5, 2017