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Recommended products with salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate the skin.  It can be helpful for acne treatments but it can be very drying for the skin with low efficacy.  My favorite product is Neutrogena’s acne facial wash for patients with oily skin.

What are the ideal percentages of salicylic acid, and for what scenarios/skin types/etc.?

It is usually 2%

Is salicylic acid safe to use every day? 

Very drying so would not use on the face every day.  Can be good for scalp conditions such as psoriasis of the scalp and use T-sal by Neutrogena 

Do you need to use a moisturizer with salicylic acid?

Absolutely! Use an oil free moisturizer such as Elta MD pm or CeraVe pm

What are the potential side effects of using salicylic acid and how can one avoid them?

Dry, dry, dry and irritating.  Recommend to use a few times a week in conjunction with an oil free moisturizer and serum. From the Cerave line if your skin is on the dryer side but still acne prone try CeraVe SA cleanser with ceramides to balance the drying effect of the salicylic acid. 

For a facial cleanser with salicylic acid try Neutrogena salicylic acid wash.  Salicylic acids are beta hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate the skin transcend the oil in the skin and remove cells that block the pores.

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