23 Feb 2012

1.  Generic Name or Active Ingredient:

     Salicylic acid cream


2.  Uses:

     Available as a cream to clear and prevent acne and skin blemishes.


3.  How This Medicine Works:

Topical salicylic acid treats acne by reducing swelling and redness as well as unclogs blocked skin pores to allow pimples to shrink.


4.  Do Not Use This Medicine If:

·         You are allergic to salicylic acid.


5.  Before You Start To Apply This Medicine:

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to any other medications.

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are or plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

·         Consult a doctor before using this medicine in children.


6.    Applying With Other Medication:

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, herbal preparations or supplements as they may interfere with this medicine.


7.  How To Apply This Medicine:

Follow the directions on your medication label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. (National Call Centre)


a)    How to apply

·         The skin may become dry or irritated at the beginning of your treatment. To prevent this, you may apply the product less often at first, and then gradually begin to apply the product more often after your skin has adjusted to the medication.

·         Only apply topical salicylic acid to the areas of skin that are affected by your skin condition

b)   How long to apply

·         Salicylic acid may take several weeks or longer for you to feel the full benefit of the medication.


c)    If you forget to apply

Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine. Do not double the dose.

8.  While Using This Medicine:


a)    Things you should do:

·         Be careful not to get topical salicylic acid in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you accidentally get topical salicylic acid in your eyes, nose, or mouth, flush the area with water for 15 minutes.


b)   Things you must NOT do:

·         Do not apply topical salicylic acid to skin that is broken, red, swollen, irritated, or infected.

·         Do not apply topical salicylic acid to large skin areas unless directed by your pharmacist or doctor.

·         Do not cover the skin where topical salicylic acid is applied with a bandage or dressing.


In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention.


9.  Side Effects:

All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any side effects which are severe or persistent.

      Possible side effects:
  • Skin irritation
  • Stinging in the area where you applied topical salicylic acid

10. Storage and disposal:

·         Store at room temperature and in a dry place.

·         Keep away from direct sunlight.

·         Keep out of reach of children.

·         Do not use after the expiry date has passed.

·         Return any unused or expired medication to the nearest pharmacy.