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Can I find salicylic acid in OTC moisturizers and makeup?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You can find salicylic acid in over-the-counter moisturizers and makeup. This ingredient is also available in soaps, lotions, and creams. Salicylic acid helps to unclog pores and break down whiteheads and blackheads. Salicylic acid may cause skin irritation, so talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions) or pharmacist about the benefits and side effects of salicylic acid.

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