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Bensal Topical Ointment (Salicylic acid)


Bensal Topical Ointment (Salicylic acid)

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  • Product Details


    Bensal HP (salicylic acid) is an ointment used to treat swelling and irritation on the skin caused by burns, dermatitis, fungal infections, and insect bites.

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    Chemical Name

    Salicylic acid

    Elimination half-life

    2 to 12 hours

    Dosage (Strength)



    No Known Risk



    Protein binding


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    Routes of administration



    Bensal HP ointment should only be used to the skin. Avoid getting it in your mouth, eyes, or nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

    Before applying Bensal HP ointment, clean the affected skin with saline or water and pat dry with a clean towel or cotton gauze. 

    The usual dose is to apply a generous amount of the ointment and spread evenly to the affected area(s) of the skin twice daily. 

    Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you apply the ointment. Do not cover the affected area(s) with an adhesive bandage unless your doctor has instructed you to do so.


    The active ingredient in Bensal HP is salicylic acid. 


    • Tell your doctor about any allergies you may have. Avoid using Bensal HP if you are allergic to salicylic acid or any of the other ingredients in Bensal HP.
    • Tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
    • Seek emergency care immediately if you experience trouble breathing, hives, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. These could be signs of a serious allergic reaction.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

    Side Effects

    Bensal HP can cause burning or warmth at the application site(s). Tell your doctor right away if you develop severe burning, skin irritation, or any other bothersome or persistent side effects.


    Bensal HP. Drugs.com.Last updated September 20, 2021. Accessed February 4, 2022.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Bensal Topical Ointment

    What is Bensal Topical Ointment used for?

    Bensal is mainly used to treat skin irritation and inflammation caused by conditions like eczema, insect bites, burns, and fungal infections. Its active ingredient, salicylic acid, helps exfoliate and reduce inflammation.

    Is Bensal good for acne?

    Bensal contains a lower concentration of salicylic acid than some acne treatments, so it might not be as effective for moderate to severe acne. However, it can help with mild acne and prevent breakouts.

    How often should I use Bensal?

    Apply Bensal 2 times daily unless your doctor advises differently. Don't use it more than recommended or for longer than prescribed.

    Where can I apply Bensal?

    Use Bensal only on the affected skin area. Avoid applying it to open wounds, sunburned areas, or broken skin.

    Are there any side effects of Bensal?

    Mild side effects like stinging, dryness, and redness are possible. Stop using Bensal and consult your doctor if you experience severe irritation, burning, or allergic reactions.

    Can I use Bensal while pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Talk to your doctor before using Bensal if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. The safety of salicylic acid in these situations is still being studied.

    Does Bensal interact with other medications?

    Tell your doctor about all medications you're taking, including over-the-counter products, as salicylic acid might interact with some medications.

    What if I accidentally swallow Bensal?

    Contact a poison control center or seek medical attention immediately if you or someone else swallows Bensal.

    How long does it take for Bensal to work?

    You may see improvement within a few days, but it can take up to 2 weeks for full effects. Be patient and follow the recommended usage.

    Can I buy Bensal over-the-counter?

    Bensal availability depends on your country or region. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for specific information about purchase and regulations.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13595

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