FDA warns against harmful chemicals in acne products

FDA warns against harmful chemicals in acne products

From the FDA Consumer Update, June 25, 2014...

“Certain acne treatments can, in rare instances, cause severe allergic reactions that are potentially life-threatening.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the use of certain acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation.

The acne products the FDA is warning about are sold over-the-counter (OTC) and applied to the skin (topical). Their serious allergic reactions differ from the less harmful irritations already included in the product labels, which include burning, dryness, itching, peeling, redness, and slight swelling where the product is applied.

"There is currently no mention of the possibility of these very severe allergic reactions on the product labels," Dr. Mona Khurana, a medical officer at the FDA, said. "It's important that consumers know about them, and that they know what to do if they occur."

Products of concern are marketed under different brand names such as...[names the brands - read mega-brands -check this link  http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm402441.htm.

They are available as gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing pads, toners and face scrubs.”

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