Salicylic Acid USP

Salicylic Acid USP

INCI Name: Salicylic Acid USP
CAS Numbers: 69-72-7


In addition to being an important active metabolite of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), which acts in part as a prodrug to salicylic acid, it is probably best known for its use in anti-acne treatments. Salicylic acid is used as a food preservative and as bactericidal and antiseptic.


Used in a great number of cosmetic applications for acne and oily skin as a chemical exfoliant. It works as a keratolytic, bacteriocide and comedolytic agent. It is in many skin care products and dandruff shampoos.


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