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Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a custom-made pharmacy medication in the family of medications known as keratolytic agents. As a powerful topical agent, salicylic acid is often used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions that may involve overgrowth of skin cells or scaling. Some of the various issues that salicylic acid is used for are as follows: warts, calluses, ichthyoses, dandruff, corns, and psoriasis.

Salicylic acid may be especially effective for acne as it unblocks pores, reduces swelling and minimizes redness, thus facilitating shrinkage of pimples.

Salicylic acid is celebrated in the skin care improvement industry for its lipophillic properties. Salicylic acid can permeate pores, unclog them, and provide for excellent deep, intensive cleaning, as well as exfoliation.

NOTE: Salicylic acid is not for use on warts on the face, warts with hair growth, genital warts, wart of the nose or mouth, nor moles, or birthmarks


Your compounding pharmacist can compound salicylic acid into many convenient forms of delivery such as lotions, pads, patches liquids, wipes, gels, ointments, and shampoos for application to the skin or scalp. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have any questions on the uses and types of compounded products. Salicylic acid comes in varying concentrations, some which may require a prescription. Depending on your condition, your doctor may advise use as often as several times per day, or as few as only a couple times per week. Only your doctor can decide what usage will be most effective or safe for you. Follow your doctor's directions exactly as instructed.

NOTE: Never use salicylic acid on large areas of the body or areas of skin that are infected or swollen.

NOTE: Never use abrasive soaps, any topical products that have alcoholic content, or other topical medications on the area that is being treated with salicylic acid.

NOTE: If you suffer from chronically dry skin, salicylic acid is probably not the best choice for your treatment or desired outcome. Talk to your doctor for advice on alternative options.

WARNING: Salicylic acid is a powerful topical agent and you should take precaution to make sure that you never get it in your mouth, eyes, or nose. If you accidentally get any salicylic acid in your mouth, eyes, or nose, flush with water immediately for at least 15 minutes and call your doctor.


Side effects may occur with the use of this medication. Watch for possible side effects and see your doctor if any worsen or persist. Common side effects seen with salicylic acid are as follows:

  • Skin Irritation
  • Stinging (in area where applied)

Severe Side Effects:

Some users may experience severe side effects that require immediate medical attention. Watch for side effects and monitor them. If you feel that you are experiencing anything that is severe, get medical attention immediately. A partial list of severe side effects is provided below, but please note this list is not in any way comprehensive. Always get medical treatment immediately if any side effect feels severe, whether it is listed below or not; anything that feels severe warrants immediate medical treatment.

  • Extreme Tiredness
  • Unusual or Extreme Weakness
  • Headache
  • Accelerated Breathing
  • Ringing in Ears
  • Buzzing in Ears
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness

Emergency Medical Attention:

Some side effects may require emergency medical attention. If you experience any of the following, stop using salicylic acid and get emergency medical attention immediately:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Tightness in Throat
  • Swelling (eyes, face, lips, tongue)
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Feeling Faint


All patients considering salicylic acid should consult with their doctor before using. Your doctor will decide, based on your health status and other considerations, if salicylic acid will be safe for your use and effective for your treatment.

Salicylic acid may be contraindicated for many conditions, issues, etc. Ask your doctor to discuss all possible contraindications.

Salicylic acid is contraindicated for the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Hypersensitivity to Salicylic Acid, its Ingredients or Contents
  • "It is rare to find health professionals who are so willing to educate the patient on what they need to know."

    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA