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Why is this medication prescribed?
Topical salicylic acid is used to help clear and prevent pimples and skin blemishes in people who have acne. Topical salicylic acid treats acne by reducing swelling and redness and unplugging blocked skin pores to allow pimples to shrink. It treats other skin conditions by softening and loosening dry, scaly, or thickened skin so that it falls off or can be removed easily.
How should this medicine be used?
What special precautions should I follow? : Before using topical salicylic acid, Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to salicylic acid, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in salicylic acid products. Ask your pharmacist or check the package label for a list of the ingredients.
What side effects can this medication cause? : Topical salicylic acid may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms are severe or do not go away :
If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using salicylic acid and call your doctor immediately