3 Ways to Treat a Salicylic-Acid Burn

Salicylic acid is often used in the treatment of acne and other skin conditions to exfoliate the face. Concentrations of acid used in medications can vary greatly, from as little as 2 percent to as much as 35 percent. When a medication is used too vigorously or frequently, or if a single treatment is applied for too long, burning can result. Cutting back on the use of the exfoliant or eliminating its use altogether can remedy mild burning and irritation.

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Salicylic acid is often used in the treatment of acne and other skin conditions to exfoliate the face. Concentrations of acid used in medications can vary greatly, from as little as 2 percent to as much as 35 percent. When a medication is used too vigorously or frequently, or if a single treatment is applied for too long, burning can result. Cutting back on the use of the exfoliant or eliminating its use altogether can remedy mild burning and irritation.

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