How en When to use Salicylic Acid? (Acnevir) - Doctor Explains

Welcome back to How To Medicate and welcome to this video where we will cover everything you need to know about Salicylic Acid. This video is part of a video series on your skin. We will cover all kinds of skin related problems and drugs. So for more skin related videos check out this playlist:

Generic name: Salicylic Acid.
Brand names: Acnevir.
Available as an ointment, cream and gel.

How to use it?
Ointment: Apply a thin layer and cover it with bandages, foil or tape.
Cream or gel: put the part of skin you want to treat 5 minutes into warm water. Dry your skin and than rub in the gel or cream. Afterwards cover it with foil or bandages.

After applying salicylic acid you should always wash your hands and make sure this medicine does not come into contact with your eyes, nose, mouth or any wounds you might have.

Duration of treatment?
The duration of the treatment depends on the indication for use. Usually it is a few weeks.

When to use it?
Ointment and cream are used for skin-related problems like: severe itching and other skin related problems.

What is the correct dosage?
Always use the dosage and frequency prescribed by your own doctor.

What are the side-effects?
Common (1-10%): Itching
Uncommon (0,1 – 1%): hypersensitive reaction, headache, dizziness, confusion and nausea.

It is safe to use with alcohol (in moderation), eat any type of food and drive your car while using this drug. However, salicylic acid can have interactions with other drugs. Therefore always ask your prescribing physician if Salicylic Acid is safe for you.

Pregnancy and Lactation:
Salicylic can be dangerous when pregnant or breast feeding. So if you are pregnant or breastfeeding discuss this very clearly with your prescribing doctor.

- Disclaimer: this video and the comments are meant purely informational! This is not medical advice! If you are looking for medical advice always contact your own doctor. -

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Meddeb Emna
Meddeb Emna:
I start use salicylic acid ( sesderma salises ) the first time my face was okey the second day my face turned red , i washed quickly with water then with micelar water
Daily Dose of Medicine
Daily Dose of Medicine:
Salicylic acid is highly anti-inflammatory and works miracles on calming down red, inflamed and 'angry'  and it's also perfect for anyone that suffers with breakouts due to its potent -fighting properties that make it an ingredient in many of the best  treatments.
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Elna Gladson:
Can we steam face even if we use this regularly ?
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I'm a 16 year old who lifts and I'm a according to my doctor a little "under" 5'8 and I don't really see my dad because of divorce but I'm sure he's between 5'6-5'5 and my mother us between 5'5-5'4 and my eldest brother is 5'6 so I actually fear that I'm going to be short in adult hood by remaining 5'7. I do in fact lift weights and according to this site by subtracting a couple of cm from my parents hights plus my hieght will be my future height which is apparently 5'8 a little below average. I don't know how active that is though. Help?