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burn from salicylic acid used on face?
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Brandywine_9 posted:
I dont have insurance or money. I am in my early 30s and i have moles that are beginning to become more raised and apparent(ones that i have had most of my life and were usually more like freckles) and also more age spots. I had some corn and callus remover and since it was salicylic acid(17%) i dabbed a bit on these spots. Of course they hardened over with the film, i left on for about 15 mins and it was burning as i expected it to a little. I washed it off but it is difficult to remove. When i woke up this morning all the spots are red, one is more of a small lesion kind of purple/brown spot and still irritated. I applied a little ice and hydrocortisone cream along with a little vitamin E oil. Im not sure if this is permanent damage or how long it may take to heal. Bad decision on my part, was just a quick desperate thought. I have also been using Palmers fade cream on these spots for a short time.
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Mary Ruth Buchness, MD responded:
Dear Brandywine_9,
You'll probably be OK. You did the right thing applying the ice and hydrocortisone. If the spots are on your face, they have probably healed by now. The redness can take a few months to go away. Let us know if your home chemical peel worked on the spots!
You're better off sticking with the Palmers in the future-it doesn't work fast, but it's safe. You may need to use it twice daily for 6 months. Good luck.


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