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How does salicylic acid treat acne and when should I use it?

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You'll see salicylic acid in many over-the-counter and prescription products that treat acne. It penetrates pores and reduces blackheads and whiteheads with less irritation than what you might get from alpha-hydroxy acids. Like AHAs, salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, which can reduce signs of aging.

You shouldn't use salicylic acid if you are allergic to aspirin or other products with salicylates. If you're pregnant or nursing, ask your doctor before you use any product with salicylic acid. Stop using the product if you itch or get hives. Also be aware of symptoms of rare but serious allergic reactions -- throat tightness, trouble breathing, feeling faint, or swelling of your face or tongue. Get help right away if you have these problems.

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. , 1999. Biofactors

Blatt, T. , 1999. European Journal of Geriatrics

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. , August 16, 2011. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kaczvinsky, J. , September, 2009. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

Blatt T. , April 1999. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. , 1999. Biofactors

Blatt, T. , 1999. European Journal of Geriatrics

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. , August 16, 2011. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kaczvinsky, J. , September, 2009. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology

Blatt T. , April 1999. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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