FDA: Popular over-the-counter acne products can cause dangerous side effects – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that some over-the-counter acne products may cause allergic reactions. While rare, federal officials say some reactions may be severe, even deadly, causing swelling of the face, breathing problems, throat tightness, low blood pressure, fainting or collapse.

Some users also reported hives and itching, swollen eyes and swollen lips. None of the people who reported reactions died, but some were hospitalized, USA Today reports.

The FDA says it’s received 131 reports of serious allergic reactions from common acne treatments over the last 44 years. Most people who had reactions saw symptoms within 24 hours of using the treatment. And 44 percent of people had to be hospitalized. Most of the problems emerged within 24 hours of first using the treatment.

According to the FDA, the products linked to reactions contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and are sold under brand names including Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear.

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

The serious reactions included in this warning are different from the less harmful irritations already included in product Drug Facts labels, which include burning, dryness, itching, peeling, redness, and slight swelling where the product is applied, FDA officials say.

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

Consumers should make a habit of checking whether a topical acne product contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid by looking at the Active Ingredients section of the Drug Facts label on the product package.

Anyone experiencing a severe reaction should see medical attention right away, and stop using the products, she says.

FDA: Popular over-the-counter acne products can cause dangerous side effects – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

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