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Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid

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Salicylic acid: A substance obtained from plants (white willow bark and wintergreen leaves) and also synthesized which is versatile and possesses bacteriostatic, fungicidal, and keratolytic actions.

Salicylic acid is used as a food preservative and as an antiseptic in toothpaste*

It is a peeling agent in ointments, creams, gels, and shampoos applied to reduce the scaling of the skin or scalp in psoriasis*

It is the active ingredient in many skin products for the treatment of acne since it causes skin cells to slough off more readily, preventing them from clogging up the pores*

Salicylic acid reacts with acetic acid to acetylsalicylic acid, better known as aspirin*

Salicylic acid is also chemically known as orthohydroxybenzoic acid.

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