FDA Reports Links Acne Products To Allergic Reactions
The Food and Drug Administration reported this Wednesday that some of the most popular acne treatments sold over the counter can cause allergic reactions. The possibly allergenic products contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, and have been sold under names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Ambi, Aveeno, Clean & Clear or Oxy according to the FDA release.
The FDA said that it has received a total of 131 reports in the last 45 years from consumers of the above mentioned gels, lotions, solutions, cleaning pads, toners or face scrubs. Of the reports over 40 percent caused serious reactions that included throat tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, low blood pressure, or even fainting. Other reactions such as hives, itchiness, swollen eyes or lips have been reported. No consumer has yet deceased or ever been hospitalized due to the adverse reaction according to the same report.
FDA officer Mona Khurana said via an official statement that these sometimes serious reactions are not listed on the warning labels of most acne products. She said that consumers must be aware of the possibility of such complications as well as what to do in case something like this happens.
Khurana declared that new users should only use a small amount of cream on a limited surface and wait for any form of reaction before general use.