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Why Salicylic Acid is Contraindicated for People with Diabetes

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Corns and calluses are common foot conditions that can cause discomfort and pain, particularly for those with diabetes. They are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when the skin tries to protect itself against friction or pressure. They often form on feet and toes or hands and fingers. Salicylic acid, a widely used treatment for these conditions, may seem like a quick fix, but it's not suitable for individuals with diabetes. Understanding why salicylic acid is contraindicated for this group and exploring safer alternatives is crucial for managing foot health effectively.

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Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) commonly found in skincare and over-the-counter treatments for various dermatological conditions. Its keratolytic properties make it effective in exfoliating dead skin cells, softening hardened areas, and promoting skin renewal. In skincare, it's used to treat acne, psoriasis, and warts, among other conditions. Its ability to break down keratin, the protein that forms the structure of the skin, makes it a popular choice for treating corns and calluses.

Individuals with diabetes often experience neuropathy (nerve damage) and compromised blood circulation, particularly in the feet. These conditions increase the risk of foot ulcers, infections, and other complications. Salicylic acid, while effective in removing dead skin, can also penetrate healthy tissue, causing irritation and potentially leading to open wounds. For people with diabetes, even minor injuries can escalate into serious complications due to impaired wound healing and reduced immune function. Therefore, any treatment that poses a risk of injury or irritation to the feet should be avoided.


  1. Skin Irritation: Salicylic acid can cause skin irritation, redness, and burning sensations, which may go unnoticed by individuals with diabetic neuropathy.
  2. Chemical Burns: Prolonged or excessive use of salicylic acid can lead to chemical burns, particularly on sensitive diabetic skin.
  3. Delayed Healing: Salicylic acid may impede the natural healing process, increasing the risk of complications such as infections and ulcers.
  4. Systemic Absorption: There's a risk of systemic absorption of salicylic acid, especially in individuals with compromised circulation, potentially leading to salicylate toxicity.

If you have diabetes or poor blood flow, consult a podiatrist before self-treating a corn or callus. This is important because even a minor injury to your foot can lead to an infected open sore (ulcer). Non-medicated foot treatments such as files or pumice stones are also not a good idea. These aren’t sterile, and since they have the capability of abrading or breaking the skin, they could be an entryway for an infection that your foot isn’t ready to withstand. 

Fortunately, there are safer alternatives to salicylic acid for preventing and managing corns and calluses in individuals with diabetes:

  1. Check your feet for changes on a daily basis: Use a hand held mirror, or have a family member help. While corns and calluses usually cause noticeable discomfort, some patients may not notice them because of peripheral neuropathy. 
  2. Wash feet daily and dry in between the toes: Do not soak your feet, as this can dry out skin. 
  3. Apply moisturizers: Regular application of moisturizers can help keep the skin soft and supple, reducing the formation of corns and calluses. Look for a moisturizing lotion or cream with ammonium lactate, or urea. These ingredients will help gradually soften hard corns and calluses.
  4. Choose the right footwear: Avoid going barefoot, even in your home, to reduce the risk of injury. Wearing socks and shoes gives feet extra protection. A common cause of corns is a shoe that isn’t the right size and shape for your foot. To get the right fit, shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet may be slightly swollen.
  5. Consider Orthotic Inserts: Custom orthotic inserts can redistribute pressure on the feet, preventing the formation of corns and calluses in vulnerable areas.

Contact a podiatrist if your corn shows signs of infections, such as worsening pain, swelling, redness, pus or drainage.  Your healthcare provider can help to remove as much dead skin as possible and properly bandage the area to heal.

SkinIntegra’s Rapid Crack Repair Cream is a novel healing cream that was specifically formulated to address stubborn and painful foot corns and calluses in people with diabetes and mitigate the risk of an infection. Its patented composition is the result of research into all the components of a healthy skin barrier. For that reason, it includes the essential moisturizing and lipid ingredients naturally found in a healthy skin barrier such as urea, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid for moisturizers and essential fatty acids, natural oils and ceramides for lipids.

In a clinical study, 100% diabetic subjects with dry, cracked and callused skin showed improvement after just one day. 

Rapid Crack Repair Cream  is free of common skin irritants which can cause a reaction and slow the natural healing process in diabetic skin such as fragrances, dyes, parabens and other harsh preservatives, petroleum-based ingredients, and phthalates.

While salicylic acid may seem like a convenient solution for corns and calluses, it poses significant risks for individuals with diabetes. The potential for skin irritation, delayed healing, and systemic absorption make it unsuitable for this group. Instead, safer alternatives such as moisturizers and orthotic inserts should be considered for managing foot health in individuals with diabetes. Prioritizing foot care and choosing appropriate treatments can help prevent complications and maintain overall well-being for those living with diabetes.