Salicylic Acid Frequently Asked Questions:
Does salicylic acid cause acne, hair loss, hives, cancer, bleach hair, or bleach skin?
The answer is absolutely No!
Does salicylic acid help to remove warts, corns, calluses, and acne?
How long does this take to work on psoriasis?
Though this can vary from person to person, the usual amount of time is a few days to a week before seeing a difference.
Can salicylic acid cause itching, redness, and other irritations?
Yes, it can for some people if they possess an allergy to the ingredients or as part of the treatment regiment.
Can salicylic acid cure ringworm, remove tattoos, genital warts, skin tags, and acne scars?
Unfortunately, this product cannot do this.
Can salicylic acid be used on the face?
Yes it can, but it depends upon the concentration of this ingredient. The normal range is 2 to 3 percent for safe usage.
When formulating our ZincKit Cream for the treatment of Psoriasis, Eczema, and Seborrheic Dermatitis
, it was determined that one of the most essential ingredients that needed to be used was Salicylic Acid
Why would we use this product?
The obvious reason is that it works safely and effectively to shed dry skin cells which is very important in the treatment of psoriasis
. The ability to removed dead skin cells more quickly than psoriasis can create them, is a most specific reasons as to why this ingredient was chosen.
Salicylic acid, which is an extract from white willow bark, has roots dating back to ancient Greece. There are accounts claiming that Hippocrates, the Father of western medicine, used a willow bark compound to treat aches and pains. Though the actual compound from the white willow bark, Salicylic Acid, was derived and named back in 1763, its isolation and name has been attributed to a German chemist named Johann Andreas Buchner
in 1828. In 1829 a few European chemists and pharmacists were able to take this sugary extract and through oxidation were able to convert this product into Salicylic Acid.
Why is this of significance?
Well, it shows that the beneficial properties of this natural extract has been recognized and used for centuries for various healing procedures.
Salicylic Acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) and is classified as a keratolytic or an exfoliating ingredient. Exfoliation is extremely important in order to help maintain healthy skin growth and appearance. Of course natural exfoliation occurs on a daily basis in our everyday lives. It does get increased somewhat when washing, showering, wearing clothing and in numerous other ways. In the case of psoriasis, however, the need to exfoliate has to be much more accelerated. This is why Salicylic Acid is so important. The more that plaque buildup can be lessened, the greater the opportunity to reduce the psoriasis.
Salicylic Acid is actually a very popular ingredient that may be found in numbers of products that we use on a regular basis. For example, if anybody has aspirin in their medicine cabinet, when reading the ingredient listing, you will notice the formulation contains acetylsalicylic acid which is a derivative of salicylic acid. This ingredient can also be found in many lotions, skin creams, anti-wrinkle creams, and exfoliating products. Salicylic acid when used as a medication, as it helps to remove the outer layer of the skin, it can work quite effectively to treat and help to dissolve warts, acne, ringworm, ichthyosis, dandruff, corns, calluses, and psoriasis. As you can see salicylic acid when combined with other extracts and ingredients can be extremely helpful to repair and treat damaged or flawed skin and skin conditions.
We all know that the term “acid” is usually associated with a product that can produce harmful, and possible burning results. This is definitely not the case with salicylic acid. It is a natural extract from willow bark and has been used for centuries to reduce fevers and a multitude of skin irritations. In addition, it is almost always sold as an over-the-counter product since it normally very safe to use.
In the early 20th
century salicylic acid began to be used in various skincare creams used topically on the skin for many treatment needs. It was not until sometime in the mid-1900’s that the Federal Drug Administration approved the usage of this ingredient for treating psoriasis. Once it was determined that the removal of dead cell buildups on the skin greatly lessened the activity associated with psoriasis with the usage of salicylic acid, there was no question that this need3ed to be approved. Not only when formulated with other moisturizing ingredients does it aid with psoriasis, it also can be used to treat acne, blemishes, skin warts, calluses, severe dandruff, and so many other skin conditions.
As with almost any other product, there can be side effects if used improperly. Since salicylic acid has the capability to exfoliate dead skin cell, break down some fatty deposits and lipids, used in very high concentrations burning and irritation can result. Though, through regular usage, people have found that quite often they are left with some red blotchy skin. The reason for the redness is that it is the creation of new skin cells replacing those that have been exfoliated. When used in skin peel procedures there may be slight burning in addition to the redness and red blotches when treating psoriasis. In almost all cases these skin conditions dissipate or disappear in a few days or less. For the most part, however, users of Salicylic Acid formulated products do not realize any of these side effects. This is normally a very safe treatment to use.
There are always precautionary steps that should be acknowledged when using almost any treatment product. There is no difference with a salicylic acid based product, either. Prior to using this type of treatment, it is important to realize that if you have any allergies to anti-inflammatory, nonsteroidal drugs, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, such as; aspirin, naproxen, ibuprophen for example, it is not advisable to use this type of product. Additionally, if you have certain medical issues associated with diabetes, vascular disease, poor circulation, or skin infections, this type of treatment should only be attempted with a doctor’s approval. When using a Salicylic Acid Peel, it is highly recommended that a person stay out of the sun and harmful UV rays.
To sum up, Salicylic Acid as a psoriasis treatment
is highly effective as it lifts off dead scaly skin cells removing psoriasis scales more quickly than they can be produced. Though there is no known cure for psoriasis, a salicylic acid based product offers a safe and effective treatment.