Acne: Treatment With Salicylic Acid - 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.
If you lived with acne as a teenager, you probably heard all sorts of advice
about why you developed acne and what you should do about it. “You eat too many
potato chips!” “You don’t wash your face enough!” “Cut down on the
The fact is that most of what you thought you knew about acne as a teen --
and much of what you may think you know about adult acne -- is probably a myth.
Here are some common acne myths.
Acne Myth 1: Adults don’t get acne.
Not true. Surveys have found...