Salicylic Acid for Calluses and Corns
Mild salicylic acid preparations are available as nonprescription liquids, foams, gels, and plaster patches for home treatment of calluses and corns. Liquids and gels usually contain 6% to 17% salicylic acid, foams contain 6% salicylic acid, and plasters contain 40% salicylic acid.
How It Works
Salicylic acid softens the dead skin so that a callus or corn can be rubbed off.
Why It Is Used
Salicylic acid is used to treat calluses and corns. Nonprescription preparations are inexpensive and cause minimal or no pain.
Salicylic acid should not be used if:
How Well It Works
Using nonprescription salicylic acid is effective but is also a relatively slow process.
Salicylic acid can irritate, damage, or burn healthy skin surrounding the callus or corn. As a preventive measure, cover the surrounding skin with a doughnut-shaped pad or bandage when applying salicylic acid. If you experience discomfort with salicylic acid treatment, try applying it less often.
In rare cases, salicylic acid treatment causes scarring.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
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