There’s a lot of interest around using natural home remedies for Eczema at the moment.
This article will discuss a common home remedy (that you might not have heard about) and whether it is effective or not.
Is Salicylic Acid Good for Eczema?
Salicylic acid is often combined with other ingredients like glycolic acid or lactic acid to improve its effectiveness against eczema.
The most common way to use salicylic acid for eczema is topically as a spot treatment or all over the body depending on the severity of your eczema.
It’s important to consult with your dermatologist before using this product, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies to aspirin or other salicylates.
How to Use Salicylic Acid Good for Eczema
Here are the steps on how to use salicylic acid good for eczema:
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
Apply a thin layer of salicylic acid cream over the affected areas.
Let the cream absorb into your skin for at least 10 minutes before applying a moisturizer.
Use the cream twice daily for three weeks, then once daily for another three weeks to maintain results.
If you experience redness or irritation after using salicylic acid, reduce application frequency until symptoms subside.
Always apply sunscreen when using topical salicylic acid products, as they increase your skin’s sensitivity to UV light (even if you’re not sunburned).
Avoid applying topical salicylic acid products near your eyes, mouth or other sensitive areas (such as genitalia).
Don’t use any other exfoliating products on the same area as salicylic acid unless directed by your doctor.
Over-exfoliating can cause irritation and redness in some people (especially those with sensitive skin).
Benefits of Using Salicylic Acid for Eczema
The following are the benefits of using salicylic acid for eczema:
1) Salicylic acid helps remove dead skin from the surface of the skin.
2) Salicylic acid helps prevent new lesions from forming on your skin by reducing inflammation at the site of existing lesions.
3) Salicylic acid helps relieve dryness caused by eczema by increasing moisture levels in your stratum corneum (outermost layer of your skin).
4) Salicylic acid helps reduce itching caused by eczema by breaking down proteins found within the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Salicylic acid has proven to be an effective treatment for certain skin conditions.
Specifically, it has proven great at getting rid of keratosis pilaris, an uncomfortable skin condition that causes red bumps to appear on the upper arms and neck area.
So, is salicylic acid good for eczema?
Yes, if you suffer from keratosis pilaris or another specific skin condition such as seborrheic dermatitis.