Salicylic acid is the key ingredient in most anti-acne products that are commercially available. It works by increasing the moisture in the skin and causes skin cells to stick together. Thus it is used to treat warts as it is easier to shed the skin. Its side effects are hives, itching, peeling skin, and tingling sensation.
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I have acne and marks on my face despite using a cleanser and a salicylic acid serum. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have acne and marks on my face. I have been using a cleanser and a salicylic acid serum for a long time but without any results. Please help. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry, medicines alone will not work permanently. Wake up early and go for a morning walk regularly till good sweating occurs. Take plenty of water daily. Avoid oily spicy, non-veg foods for a few months. Take more salads and fruits. Take neem leaf juice... Read Full »
I have severe acne problem. It is increasing by the day. can you suggest some medicines?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. I am facing severe acne problem. I am currently using Doxy-1 L-DR Forte Capsule two times a day since 20 days and Persol-plus gel at night and Ahaglow-S face wash. Also, Aziderm cream 20 % and Cetaphil as a moisturizer. But it is painful and with pus. Sometimes, ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the medications you are on are right. I agree with your treating doctor. Peeling is a procedure where fruit-concentrated extracts are used, such as Glycolic acid and many other (Salicylic acid) which help reduce the activity of the sebaceous glands and in turn red... Read Full »
I am having permanent rashes on the sides of my neck. What are they?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had three scabs or sores on my body for a few months now and they did not heal. They are on my foot, back and hip. They are purple and red with a white dry patch over the top. They are extremely itchy. I also have a permanent rash on either side of my neck and outside my elbows.... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and concern. Over the neck, it seems that you have Poikiloderma of Civatte (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Poikiloderma of Civatte refers to redness associated with a mottled pigmentation seen on the sides of the neck, more com... Read Full »
How to treat flaky skin and burning sensation in the scalp?
Query: Hi doctor,I have a skin disease on the scalp. The skin becomes flaky and falling. Occasionally, I have a burning sensation at a particular place on the scalp. Please suggest. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Flaking on the scalp occurs due to seborrheic dermatitis or scalp psoriasis. Please share a photo to assess the condition and to suggest a treatment. Read Full »
My burn-like mark keeps increasing in size. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I have a small formation in my leg which developed approximately before three years. I have attached the images for your reference. It is brown in color, somewhat similar to a burn. It itches sometimes and it is very dry in nature. This formation was initially around 2 cm, but now has inc... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and well understand your concern. You are having lichen simplex chronicus (LSC). It arises because of repetitive scratching or rubbing. I could see thickening of the skin with variable flakes. ... Read Full »
What caused a small lump inside my earlobe that I have had for eight weeks?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a small pea-sized lump inside my earlobe. It has been there for more than eight weeks. Initially, it hurt a little but now the pain had gone. However, if squeezed very hard, it hurts. I can roll the lump with my thumb and index finger. It is not visible but is palpable on both side... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I saw the picture you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). In the circled area of the image, I do not see any visible lump as you have mentioned. There is a mild discoloration of the skin compared to the s... Read Full »
My brother has something on his leg since two years. What are they?
Query: Hello doctor, My brother is so worried about some wounds on his leg. I am not sure what they are. They have been in his leg for two years and did not go away. He told me that it did not hurt. I am attaching a picture. What are they, and will surgery help? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the images attached to you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like plantar warts. It will not go off by itself. They are best dealt with radio cautery, which is a simple office-based surgery with a cautery machine or by las... Read Full »
Please suggest a medicine for fungal infection of the toe.
Query: Hello doctor, There is a fungal infection between my toes. My doctor advised me to apply a Bifonazole cream. But, it is not showing any result. My wife having the same problem last month, applied Salactin paint and it got cured in just four days. So, can I apply the same cream too? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have digital intertrigo. Continue the application of antifungal cream which you have. Also, Salactin paint (a combination of Salicylic acid and Lactic acid) can be applied at bedtime. Still, if there is no response, then visit a dermatologist so that ... Read Full »
Is salicylic acid treatment necessary for nodular cystic acne?
Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old boy with severe acne, nodular cystic acne, and acne vulgaris. I tried everything, but nothing really worked. So, two months back, I finally decided to visit a dermatologist. The dermatologist prescribed me Isotretinoin capsules or Sotret of 20 mg. So, it was working... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is a wonderful medicine for acne. The typical course of Isotretinoin ranges from three to four months, depending on the acne response to the medicine. The dose of Isotretinoin depends on your weight. Isotretinoin shrinks the oil-producing glands and normali... Read Full »
Is it safe to use 1 % Salicylic acid-based face wash for my 17-year-old son with acne?
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? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, 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 wee... Read Full »