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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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 »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

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 »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

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 »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

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 »


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 wee...  Read Full »

What is the soft, white, non-itchy lump in my penile shaft?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years sexually active gay male with one partner. Four weeks ago, I got a soft white color lump in my penile shaft, which was not itchy or painful. Three days ago, I got another one with the same features. I am worried about warts. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the picture. It looks like a flat genital wart (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Usually, the wart will have a rough surface with multiple finger-like projections. Sometimes it is difficult to appreciate finer details in pictures, making dermoscopy...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for skin damaged due to poor circulation.

Query: Hi doctor, I have dealt with leg swelling fairly constant for the last 10 years. The bottom of my legs including my ankles and feet are swollen every day. They have turned very dark. The discoloration was happening for about the last five years and has gotten worse over time. Basically, it will not ...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern. It seems that you are having stasis dermatitis. It is a common inflammatory skin disease in middle-aged and elderly patient. Stasis dermatitis occurs more commonly on the lower extremities. It is usually the earliest cutaneous manifes...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of the scars on my face?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acne and a lot of scarring on my face from a breakout that occurred last month, which is hyperpigmentation, and it is lowering my self-confidence. I am trying very hard to find a treatment that is effective and works quickly. I have attached photos for your reference.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have more dark marks from acne. We call them PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). This takes time to fade off. Once there is scarring, the most effective treatment for scars is a...  Read Full »

Why do I have bumps on my cheeks that are increasing in number?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had bumps on my cheeks for a few days that are increasing in number. I use Cetaphil face wash and lotion. They are very gross, and I would like to get rid of them. Kindly advise.   Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have keratosis pilaris. You require topical salicylic acid and retinoids like Tretinoin 0.025 % gel. Kindly share a picture for better guidance. Even comedonal acne mimics keratosis pilaris. I suggest you the below skin care tips: ...  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 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 »

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