Salicylic acid

Learn about salicylic acid.

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About salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a chemical that occurs naturally in the environment.

It may be used in a variety of consumer products as a(n):

Products that may contain salicylic acid include:

Salicylic acid can also be found in:

Safety of salicylic acid

Under Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan, we review and manage the potential risks that chemical substances can pose to Canadians and the environment. The first stage of the review process is a draft chemical risk assessment.

We have completed the draft assessment of salicylic acid and are proposing that it may pose a risk to your health when:

Salicylic acid in these products may cause:

What we're doing

Our assessment is not yet final. We are continuing to evaluate the potential risk posed by salicylic acid before we publish our final conclusion. This includes:

Currently, there are restrictions on the use of salicylic acid in:

If the proposed health effects are confirmed in the final assessment, we will consider:

What you can do

Consumers are reminded to:

If you are unsure if your product contains salicylic acid, contact the manufacturer to confirm.

If you are exposed to salicylic acid at work, talk to your employer and occupational health and safety (OHS) official about:

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