Salicylic Acid

What is it?  Where can you find it?  What’s it for?

I am not a doctor, so any information here is designed to inform not replace any medical advice you’ve been given.

We are in a world where we now have prescription strength medications.  Before, our ancestors relied on herbs to heal us.  Although, I think we shouldn’t just pop a pill because it’s easier, these products are there for a reason. 

Salicylic acid is found naturally in many fruits, vegetables and nuts.  It can be found in meat and dairy but in insignificant amounts.


You can find salicylic acid in:

Acne medication: Here, it strips away dirt, dead skin cells and excess sebum from the skin AND pores.

Dandruff shampoo: Removes dead skin and excess oils from the scalp.

Canine ear cleaning solutions: Sloughs off ear wax, dirt and excess moisture.

Aspirin: Thins blood and helps thin clots and remove build up.

Of course, like anything in this world, too much of anything is a bad thing.  If you use too much acne medication, you can dry out your skin and cause peeling and a rash.  Your scalp can become raw and painful. Same with your dog’s ear canals.  Aspirin can cause your blood to be too thin that it has trouble clotting, plus salicylic acid can eat away at your stomach lining and cause an ulcer.  

The best thing you can do is always follow your doctor’s instructions or the advice on the bottle.  No one wants to be sued, so you are safe within those parameters.

There are alternatives.  If these products aren’t working well enough, then you can go to your doctor and seek a stronger solution.  Teenagers may benefit better with benzoyl peroxide for acne.  Other people prefer acetometephine for pain relief.  Be careful, too much too often can lead to liver damages.  Other people prefer ibuprofen.  Too much of this too often can cause kidney failure.  If these seem too harsh, you can ease it back to a more natural approach.


Acne: You can make a mix of olive oil and crushed berries.  Rub it on your face and other acne prone areas. Allow to sit on your skin for 20 minutes.  If you feel a tingling on your skin before that, wash it off. You can do this twice a week.

Dandruff: Tea tree oil added to your current shampoo will help.  Or you can whip up some coconut oil and tea tree oil. Add it to your scalp and allow it to soak in for 20 minutes.  Wash regularly.  Do this 2-3 times a week.

Canine Ears: A mix of olive oil and tea tree oil will not only remove the excess debris in your dog’s ears, but it will also prevent infection.  Dog’s with floppy ears are prone to years infections due to the dark, warm, moist environment.

Aspirin: For pain relief, try White Willow Bark.  Not only will it eliminate the pain, the other components in white willow bark will not give you an ulcer. For cleaning your blood, eat plenty of fresh produce, especially, tomatoes, berries and almonds.  


Remember, your doctor knows what’s best for you.

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