Salicylic acid is used on the skin/scalp to treat psoriasis and other dry, scaly skin conditions. It belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin (salicylates). This medication should not be used in children younger than 2 years.Salicylic acid causes the skin to shed dead cells from its top layer by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that makes the cells clump together. This effect makes it easier to shed the skin cells, softens the top layer of skin, and decreases scaling and dryness.
How to use salicylic acid topical
Wet hair and scalp with water. Apply shampoo to scalp. Work the shampoo into a lather and then rinse off. Use as often as directed by your doctor. Once your condition has improved, your doctor may direct you to use this product only occasionally or to stop using it.
This medication should be used on the skin/scalp only. Be careful to avoid your eyes, nostrils, mouth, and genitals. If contact occurs, flush the area with cool water for 15 minutes. Be careful when applying this medication because it can irritate normal skin around the treated area.
Do not use large amounts, apply more often, or use for a longer time than directed. Your condition will not clear faster, but the chance for side effects may be increased.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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