Salicylic acid Australia, also known as Chlorhexidine-Iodine (CI) is an alpha hydroxy acid and it is used in the treatment of a wide range of skin problems. These problems include acne, dry skin, hyperpigmentation (over-secretion of melanin) and other skin conditions. It is also used for treating burns, cuts and other skin injuries. Salicylic Acid, which is derived from salicylic acid, is available as a prescription drug called Clearasil (for severe burns), and can also be purchased under various trade names such as Clearasil Adult Care, Acnezine, and Proactiv.
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The salicylic acid molecule is similar to that of Vitamin A, but much smaller. Salicylic Acid is one of the major ingredients of most acne fighting creams, lotions, and other topical skin treatments. Although it is considered relatively safe, there have been reports of irritation from prolonged or repeated use.
It is generally considered less effective in the treatment of mild than moderate acne, and it may take up to three months before the first full effect is felt. If you are suffering with an aggressive form of acne, it could take several months or even years for any visible benefits to become apparent. When salicylic acid is used in its purest form, it tends to give off a toxic gas. However, when this gas is mixed with oxygen, it can help heal or treat most types of skin infections.