Salicylic acid is an active ingredient in some
nonprescription 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
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerEllen K. Roh, MD – Dermatology