Rosacea Treatments - Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is applied topically to treat various skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, dandruff and warts, calluses and corns located on the hands or feet. It should never be used to treat birthmarks, warts with hair growing from them, facial warts or genital warts. Salicylic acid applied to areas of acne help to reduce redness, swelling and opening blocked pores. Applied in stronger does, it helps other skin conditions by softening rough skin and loosening the thickened patches of warts, calluses and corns to allow them to be removed more easily.

The effect of this medication on pregnant or nursing women is not known. Salicylic acid is absorbed through the skin and thus may cross over into the mother's milk, although there have been no reported cases of problems involving nursing babies.

Possible complications with Salicylic acid include: the risk of blood vessel disease especially in elderly patients and those with diabetes, inflammation, skin irritation, increased risk of infection if applied to broken skin, and stinging of the skin.

Salicylic acid is marketed in the U.S. under the names Antinea, Asepxia, Buf-Puf, Calicylic Crème, Clearasil, Clear Away, Clear by Design, Compound W, Duofilm, Duoplant, Durasal, Freezone, Gordofilm, Hydrisalic, Ionax, Ionil, Keralyt, Keratex, Lactisol, Listerex, Mediplast, Noxzema Anti-Acne, Occlusal, Off-Ezy Topical Solution, Oxy Clean, Paplex, Pepto-Bismol, Proactiv India , Propa pH, P&S, Salac, Salacid, Salacyn, Sal-Acid Plaster, Salactic, Sal-Clens, Salex, Saligel, Salonil, Sal-Plant, Salvax, Sebucare, Stri-Dex, Trans-Plantar, Trans-Ver-Sal, Verukan, Viranol, Virasal, Wart-Off and X-Seb.

Salicylic acid is marketed in Canada under the names Compound W, Cuplex, Occlusal, Oxy Clean, Oxy, Salac, Tersac, and Trans-Ver-Sal.

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