(1997; 132 pages) [French] [Spanish]
Ointment or paste, 1-6%
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic agent. It is readily absorbed following topical application and is excreted slowly in the urine.
Treatment of hyperkeratotic conditions, including corns, ichthyosis, xerosis, psoriasis and pityriasis (tinea) versicolor.
Dosage and administration
All doses are suitable for adults and children over 2 years.
Corns and pityriasis (tinea) versicolor:
Initially a thin layer of the 2% ointment or paste is applied daily. The concentration is progressively increased to a maximum of 6%, and applications are continued until a satisfactory remission is obtained.
Ichthyosis and xerosis:
Treatment is usually started with the 1% ointment or paste applied daily. The concentration is gradually increased to a maximum of 5%, and treatment is continued for as long as lesions persist.
A thin layer of the 1% or 2% ointment is applied daily until the lesions have resolved.
Age under 2 years.
Salicylic acid should not be applied to broken or inflamed skin.
Allergic contact dermatitis has rarely been reported.
Treatment of large areas can result in systemic salicylism, particularly in young children.
Preparations should be stored in well-closed containers.