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How is salicylic acid used to treat skin?

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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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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