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How is salicylic acid used to treat skin?

Ben Kaminsky
Dermatology
Salicylic acid is used in topical acne preparations and treatments for psoriasis, dandruff, viral warts, and corns and calluses. Used topically, salicylic acid encourages the removal of dead skin cells.
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Arthur W. Perry, MD
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Salicylic acid, the ingredient in aspirin, is a beta hydroxy acid. It dissolves the upper layers of epidermis, thereby causing a smoothing of the skin. It is also useful in acne, since it helps clear debris from the pores.
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