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Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is used as a topical treatment for acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. It works by exfoliating the skin, reducing inflammation, and unclogging pores. It is also used as an ingredient in some over-the-counter wart removers.
Common side effects of salicylic acid include skin irritation, redness, dryness, and peeling. It can also cause contact dermatitis in some people.
Brand names associated with salicylic acid include:  ▸ Stridex ▸ Clearasil ▸ Oxy ▸ Neutrogena ▸ AmLactin ▸ Aveeno ▸ Clean & Clear ▸ Proactiv
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