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What should I know before using topical salicylic acid?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have impaired kidney function or impaired liver function, you should avoid prolonged use of topical salicylic acid over large areas of skin. 

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, topical salicylic acid may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

You should not use topical salicylic acid if you are breastfeeding.

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