FDA Warns of Risk of Allergic Reactions from Active Ingredients in Certain Acne Treatment Products
ABC News reports that the FDA has warned of rare, but serious, allergic reactions to some active ingredients in over-the-counter acne treatments, including benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
In particular, the FDA issued a statement notifying that such topical, over-the-counter acne products containing these active ingredients can cause dangerous side effects, including life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. The FDA warns that these “serious allergic reactions differ from the less harmful irritations already included in the product Drug Facts labels, which include burning, dryness, itching, peeling, redness, and slight swelling where the product is applied.” The FDA reports that they have received 131 reports from both consumers and manufacturers between 1969 and January 2013 complaining of allergic and hypersensitivity-related adverse reactions to these types of products.
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