salicylic acid

sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid | \ ˌsa-lə-ˈsi-lik- How to pronounce salicylic acid (audio) \

Definition of salicylic acid

: a crystalline phenolic acid C7H6O3 that is used medicinally especially as a skin exfoliant and in the form of salts and other derivatives as an analgesic and antipyretic — compare aspirin

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Recent Examples on the Web Silva adds that the polyglycerides significantly slow the salicylic acid's delivery to the skin, therefore providing a gentler approach to distributing this intensive acid on sensitive skin types. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 10 Jan. 2022 Skipping moisturizer or using harsh, zit-zapping ingredients like salicylic acid will only exacerbate dryness and contribute to the vicious cycle. Lisa Desantis,, 20 Dec. 2021 Contains gentle ingredients like salicylic acid and colloidal oatmeal. Erica Van Blommestein,, 10 Apr. 2021 For folks with body acne, finding an exfoliant with salicylic acid is key, says Dr. Elbuluk. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 9 Nov. 2021 Scale softeners are usually made with salicylic acid, a gentle exfoliator that helps soften psoriasis patches so other medicines can more easily sink in and work better. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Lactic acid and salicylic acid jointly tackle congestion, dullness, and fine lines, aided by exfoliating papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes. Rachel Nussbaum,, 26 Oct. 2021 Its star ingredient, 2 percent salicylic acid (a type of beta hydroxy acid), removes excess oil and dissolves dead skin cells and blackheads clogging your pores. Sarah Han, Allure, 28 July 2021 Avoid harsh active ingredients, adds Dr. Engelman, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic or lactic acid, beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid, and retinols. Jessie Van Amburg,, 30 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of salicylic acid

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salicylic acid

French salicylique, from salicyle, the group HOC6H4CO, from salicine salicin + -yle -yl

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salicylic acid

sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid | \ ˌsal-ə-ˌsil-ik- How to pronounce salicylic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of salicylic acid

: a crystalline phenolic acid C7H6O3 that is the ortho form of hydroxybenzoic acid and is used especially in making pharmaceuticals and dyes, as an antiseptic and disinfectant especially in treating skin diseases, as a keratolytic agent for skin exfoliation, and in the form of salts and other derivatives as an analgesic and antipyretic and in the treatment of rheumatism — see aspirin

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