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Salicylic Acid use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 18, 2023.

Drugs containing Salicylic Acid: Dermarest Psoriasis Skin Treatment, Compound W, Kerasal, Coraz, Salicylic Acid Cleansing Bar, SLT, Acnex, Ionil Plus, Pernox Lemon, Mosco Corn & Callus Remover, Show all 236 »Wart Remover, Mediplast, Hydrisalic, Salex, Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Dandruff Shampoo, CeraVe SA Renewing, P & S, UltraSal-ER, Salicate, Whitfields Ointment, Cleanse & Treat Plus, Dr Scholl's OneStep Callus Removers, Dr Scholl's Callus Removers, Neutrogena Acne Wash Oil Free, Gets-It Corn and Callus Remover, Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner, Clearasil Acne Fighting, Salkera, Psoriasin Medicated Wash, Tinamed Plantar, Salvax, Freezone Corn Remover, Akurza, Scalpicin Scalp Relief, Duofilm, Freezone, Rayasal, Bensal HP, Meted, Emersal, Cleanse & Treat, BeyondClear, Inova 4/1, Inova 8/2, Guanendrux, X-Seb T Pearl, X-Seb T Plus, Sebutone, Ala Seb T, Pazol XS, Avidoxy DK, Scalacort DK, Metdray, Nendrux, X-Seb Plus, Let Me Clarify Gel, Panscol, Dr Scholl's Clear Away Wart Remover, Off-Eazy, Dr Scholl's Corn Removers, Maximum Strength Wart Remover, Gordofilm, Dr Scholl's OneStep Corn Removers, Salactic Film, Dr Scholl's Corn/Callus Remover, Mosco-Cain, Dr Scholl's Corn Removers Small, Dr Scholl's Corn Removers Ultra-Thin, Sal-Plant Gel, Dr Scholl's Corn Removers Extra Thick, Trans-Ver-Sal, Sal-Acid Plasters, DHS Salicylic Acid 3%, Acnomel Acne Mask, Ionil Shampoo, Wart-Off Treatment, Bioelements Active Astringent, Wart Away, Stri-Dex, Neutrogena Healthy Scalp, Stri-Dex Sensitive Skin, Xalix, Fostex, Stridex Body Focus, Stri-Dex Clear Gel, Stri-Dex Face Wash, Stri-Dex Dual Textured, Duoplant, Stri-Dex Super Scrub, Sebucare, X-Seb, Propa P.H., Propa PH Maximum Strength, Propa PH Foaming Face Wash, Oxy Clean Medicated, Oxy Clean Maximum Strength, Oxy Nightwatch Maximum Strength, Salac, Clear Away Wart Removal System, ACNE FIGHTING FOUNDATION, Propa PH Acne Mask, ACNE FIGHTING ROLL ON GEL, Propa PH Skin Cleanser Normal/Sensitive, Acne Lab Foam Cleanser, Sebasorb, Adasept Acne, Acne Off Acne Treatment, Neostrata Astringent Acne Treatment, Acne Off Acne Treatment Facial, Derma Controle: Nettoyant Moussant, Acne Solution, Derma Controle: Normalisant, ACNE SOLUTIONS CLARIFYING, Derma Controle: Purifiante, ACNE SOLUTIONS CLEANSING BAR FOR FACE AND BODY, Trans-Plantar, Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam, Freezeone One Step, Acne Solution Clearing Concealer Acne Medication All Skin Types, Acnisal, Keralyt Shampoo, Clinique Acne Solutions Oil Control Cleansing Mask, Bazuka Extra Strength, Verrugon Complete, Wartex, Yat Tip Xiao Corn and Callus Removing Plaster, Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub, Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Body Wash, Clean & Clear Concealing Treatment, Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask, Clear Logix Deep Cleansing Acne Treatment, Clear Logix Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser, Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Corrective Concealer Light Tint, Clear Logix Sensitive Skin Astringent, Yes To Tomatoes Daily Repair Treatment, Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser, Clearasil Ice Wash, Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask, Clearasil Overnight Defense, Clinique Acne Solutions Quick Clearing, Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Treatment, YS Solution Ac Care, YS Solution Ac Control Skin Regular Mild, Clear Logix Acne Spot Treatment, YS Solution Intensive AC Care, Clear Logix Oil Fighting Daily Wash, Clear Logix Oily Skin Astringent, Clearasil 3-In-1 Cleanser, Clearasil Stayclear Deep Clean Astringent, Aliclen, Stri-Dex Maximum Strength, Clearasil Stayclear Deep Clean Pad, Stridex Naturally Clear, Clinique Acne Solutions Body Treatment, Clinique Acne Solutions Concealing, Selsun Blue Deep Cleansing, Biore Blemish Undercover Agent, Selsun Blue Naturals Island Breeze, Phisoderm Acne Mask, Selsun Blue Naturals Itchy Dry Scalp, Neutrogena Soothing Astringent, Herbal Essences Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Acnevir Facial Wash, Neutrogena T/Gel Conditioner, Clearasil Total Control Daily, Clearasil Total Control Deep Pore Cleanser, Clearasil Blackhead Clearing Pads, T/Gel, Oxy Triple Action, Propa pH Acne Med Cleansing, Phisoderm Acne Therapy, Stridex Maximum Strength, Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Antidandruff, Dr Scholl's Zino Soft Corn Remover, Neutrogena Clear Pore Treatment, Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Absorbing, Psoriasin Therapeutic Shampoo & Body Wash, Clean & Clear Dual Action, Oxy Balance Deep Pore Cleansing, Gentle, Oxy Balance Deep Pore Cleansing, Maximum, Thera-Sal, Oxy Balance Daily Cleaning, Normal Skin, H2O Acne Spot Treatment, Neutrogena T/Sal, Phytum Antipelliculaire Shampooing Purifiant, Dermarest Psoriasis Overnight Treatment, KeralytGel, Dermarest Psoriasis Shampoo Plus Conditioner, Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer, Oxy Daily Cleansing, Oxy Face Scrub Chill Factor, Oxy Face Scrub, Salitop, Terasic, Salex Cream, DermalZone, Clear Up Prep, Durasal, Dr Scholl's Corn/Callous Remover, Salycim, Oxy Balance Deep Pore Cleanser, Propa pH Acne Med Maximum Strength, Occlusal-HP, Keralyt Scalp, Acnevir, Denorex Extra Strength, Salacyn, Acne and Blemish Target, Acne & Oil Control, Acne Astringent Toner Pads, Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel, Acne Cleansing Pads, Acne Cleansing Wipes, Virasal, Versiclear, Exoderm, Draxace, Draxace Cleanser, Drixece, Sebex, Fostex Medicated Cleansing Cream, Sebulex Shampoo and Conditioner, Sebulex Shampoo, Pernox Lotion, Pernox Regular, Fostex Medicated Cleaning Bar, Sastid Soap, Sebulex, Pernox Scrub Cleanser, Pernox, Fostex Medicated, SAStid, Ala Seb, Carb-O-Sal5, Salvax Duo Plus, Salvax Duo

Salicylic Acid Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

No information is available on the clinical use of salicylic acid on the skin during breastfeeding. Because it is unlikely to be appreciably absorbed or appear in breastmilk, it is considered safe to use during breastfeeding.[1] Avoid application to areas of the body that might come in direct contact with the infant's skin or where the drug might be ingested by the infant via licking.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Lee KC, Korgavkar K, Dufresne RG Jr, et al. Safety of cosmetic dermatologic procedures during pregnancy. Dermatol Surg. 2013;39:1573–86. [PubMed: 24164677]

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Salicylic Acid

CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Dermatologic Agents

Anti-Infective Agents

Antifungal Agents

Keratolytic Agents

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