Salicylic Acid Solution


Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that exfoliates skin and can improve its texture and color. Salicylic acid works by softening keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry scaly skin making it easier to remove. Salicylic acid peels are suitable for most skin types and are generally well-tolerated, though skin irritation, itching, swelling, and sun sensitivity are possible. The higher the concentration and the longer the application duration, the greater the intensity and peeling effect. For these reasons, Salicylic Acid Chemical Peels are best administered under professional supervision by a healthcare practitioner. Multiple applications may be recommended for treating acne and acne scarring.1, 2



How Supplied

Patients that would benefit from the administration of this preparation may be prescribed this compounded preparation as determined by a prescriber. Common formulations prepared at Galleria Medical Pharmacy include but are not limited to:

Salicylic Acid 10% Solution

Salicylic Acid 20% Solution

As per FDA regulations, compounds prepared by a pharmacy are not intended for office use (e.g., office stock of a drug that is administered to multiple patients). As such, this preparation requires a prescription, which is then administered to the specified patient by a healthcare practitioner at their practice.


Store this medication at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) and away from heat, moisture and light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Throw away any unused medicine after the beyond use date. Do not flush unused medications or pour down a sink or drain.


  1. Zander E, Weisman S. Treatment of acne vulgaris with salicylic acid pads. Clin Ther. Mar-Apr 1992;14(2):247-53.
  2. Tasleem Arif. Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2015; 8: 455–461.

Compounding Pharmacy Statement

This preparation is compounded with drug components whose suppliers are registered with the FDA. While Galleria Medical Pharmacy adheres to USP <795> guidelines and applicable state and federal regulations to meet the required quality standards, the statements made regarding this preparation have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety or clinical effectiveness. As such, this preparation is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For inquiries concerning this preparation, please contact (504) 267-9876.