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Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is formulations include moisturizers, soaps and shampoos to help remove and reduce the thickness of psoriatic scales. Salicylic acid may be combined with tar, anthralin, and topical corticosteroids.

How the treatment works

It does not treat the psoriasis, instead, it helps to remove the build-up of dead skin cells


  • Generally well tolerated
  • May improve the penetration of topical medications
  • Antiseptic properties help to reduce fungal or bacterial infections
  • Can be compounded with other medications for a combination treatment regimen


  • Prolonged contact with products containing higher concentrations(>3%) of salicylic acid can induce skin irritation or worsen existing lesions
  • Potential side-effects include burning, redness and peeling

Comments & Suggestions

  • Products must be used consistently to experience improvement

Comments & Suggestions

  • It is imperative that your doctor educates you about the potential risks of this medicine.
  • Side-effects must be reported to your doctor to help you manage the symptoms.
  • To monitor your progress, you must attend regularly scheduled clinic visits and do not miss any blood tests that are requisitioned by your doctor.
  • Make certain that you understand and follow the instructions for use.
  • To reduce the chance of liver damage, do not consume alcohol while on therapy.
  • Your doctor may ask you to take folic acid supplements to protect the liver.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking methotrexate.