Salicylic Acid

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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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 »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

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 »

How to treat the chronic skin condition right above my left ankle?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old male. I have this skin condition right above my left ankle and its been there for almost 15 years. I have tried to get it treated a few times but, it just did not go away. Sometimes, it is itchy but at others it is fine. The last time I saw a dermatologist, she p...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see dry, raised, hyperpigmented, scaly lesions. This is lichen simplex chronicus (LSC) and is usually itchy. The ointment with Betamethasone and Salicylic acid ...  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 »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

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 ...  Read Full »

What treatment will you suggest for recurring acne?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from acne for a week. I used Clindamycin gel, but it is not effective. I have attached my photos. My acne goes and comes. Also, tell me which face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen to use? Kindly suggest treatment for my acne.  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachments removed to protect patient identity). I recommend you use Salicylic acid face wash twice daily and apply Benzoyl peroxide 2.5 percent gel twice daily on the affected areas. Along with this, take a course of a...  Read Full »

What causes sudden clusters of pimples?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up today with three pimples on my left temples. It is not hurting, but just scary to look at. I am due for my periods. Can it be because of that? I do get pimples, but never in bundles. Seeing three of them popping up all at once, is freaking me out.  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be a premenstrual flare of acne. I suggest you wash your face twice daily. Use Saslic DS (Salicylic acid topical) face wash in the morning, and Acnedap plus (Dapsone) gel at night. Hope it helps. If you have any other question, please do not hesitate to c...  Read Full »

Would you please suggest a good treatment for the wart in my testicle?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed some wart-like thing in my testicle. It has been present for more than eight months now, but still, it is intact. The worrying part is it is not disappearing, and it is spread across the testicles. From a young age, I have constantly been facing the issue of warts in ...  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern, and I will help you with it.I have seen the attached image (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity), which looks like warts. Have you ever done a biopsy of your lesion?As around 50 percent of warts are associated with HPV (Hum...  Read Full »

Why do I have multiple itchy lesions all over my body?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 72 years male, who weighs 66 kg and I am 166 cm tall. I have multiple itchy lesions all over my body which responses temporarily to oral steroids. RAST test showed I am allergic to dogs and cats. My dermatologist diagnosed it as type 3 hypersensitivity (IgG mediated), and I am no...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query. It seems you have developed either allergic contact dermatitis or tinea corporis. Please sent pictures of the lesions, for a better understanding. Revert with more information to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-o...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options to remove acne and acne spots?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a heavy acne problem all of a sudden. I have been following a face wash routine with Cetaphil and then keep washing my face with water and applying sunscreen. Then in the evening, I wash my face with water and apply aloe vera, and at night I wash my face and apply benzoyl peroxid...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne in women can occur due to underlying hormonal imbalance. I always rule out the hormonal imbalance in female patients with acne as most doctors treat acne and do not address the underlying issue, which is why acne keeps recurring. So do you get your periods regul...  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 »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

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 »

What causes dark bluish-black patches on the palm of hands?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is six years old. I have two questions for two patches on his body. 1) For three years, we have seen this patch on his left-hand palm, which appeared dark bluish-black than it is today as it appears in the photo attached, but of the same size, as seen today and then gradually in...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Both of these could be fixed drug eruptions. It generally occurs when someone is allergic to a particular drug, and it occurs at a fixed place whenever the same drugs are taken and ...  Read Full »

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