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Is Salicylic acid-based face wash safe to treat teenage acne?


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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At March 14, 2022
Reviewed AtSeptember 8, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My son is 17 years old. He has had acne issues for the past two years, mainly on the cheeks and chin. We have not tried any medication so far. I have attached a copy of the picture below. Is it safe to use 1 % Salicylic acid-based face wash and patch?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the query and reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). You can continue with the face wash. Along with that, start with an oral antibiotic like Doxycycline, 100 mg once daily at night for three weeks, and apply Adapalene (Retinoids) 1% gel on the pimples in minute amounts at night. Avoid sugars dairy products, picking pimples, staying in a cool area environment, and avoid oiling of scalp. Continue this for three weeks and revert. Regards.

Patient's Query


Thank you for the reply, doctor. I had bought Derma Co 1 % Salicylic acid-based face wash and acne spot patch. I tried one to see if he is developing any allergic reactions. He did not develop any allergies. Can I use the patch on active acne? How to treat the scars?


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Please do not use the patch as it can cause allergies. You can apply Aziderm (Azelaic acid) 10 % cream on the mark twice daily for three weeks.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney


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