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Acne products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide have risk

Acne Medications Causing Some Serious Reactions

To anyone who uses over-the-counter creams, lotions or face wash to treat acne: listen up, because you could be at risk.

The Food and Drug Administration has just announced on its website that a portion of acne products containing the ingredients benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid could trigger rare but potentially fatal allergic reactions.

Symptoms are said to include throat tightness, difficulty breathing, and facial swelling. These two ingredients can be found in the product lines of many of today's popular acne fighting brands, including Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Proactiv.

The agency says it's still unclear whether these reactions are being triggered by these active ingredients, inactive ingredients, or a combination of both.

However, according to FDA data, 131 cases of allergic reactions and cases related to hyper-sensitivity have been reported over the last 44 years. Analysis also reveals that 44 percent of these cases were hospitalized, though no fatalities have been reported.

This isn't the only beauty news making waves. In fact, just this month, Illinois became the first state to ban tiny plastic microbeads used in cosmetics like soap and face wash, following growing concern of marine damage caused by plastic waste.

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chuck June 30 2014 at 11:33 AM

what 1 out of 300 million so the libs want to ban it?

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Diane chuck June 30 2014 at 11:55 AM

Exactly! The question is: if the FDA were really doing their job and these are truly dangerous , why did the FDA approve them in the first place? Typical of the stupidity of libs!

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coopdabomb June 30 2014 at 1:25 PM

144 cases, not deaths in 44 years. You must be kidding. Our tax dollars at work

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bubblesbjm June 30 2014 at 2:34 PM

This article is a joke.... right? The FDA allows sawdust, tenderizers, preservatives, junk etc.... in our food to kill us .... and they are worried about acne??????

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drbobnsue June 30 2014 at 1:52 PM

I have dispensed hundreds or maybe thousands of products containing these ingredients and never once heard anyone using them complain other than for the effects they cause, such as localized redness and irritation which these may cause as part of their mechanism of action.. Seems like perhaps these products were misused or used on very large areas which they are specifically not designed for. 131 complaints over 44 years and probably 100's of millions of users makes me believe that these are extremely safe products when used properly.

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bigred8690 June 30 2014 at 5:05 PM

I've always had cystic acne and I have tried the salicylic acid and b.p. Trust me, just skip past that phase and go to a dermatologist and get Ziana, a combination of antibiotics and retinol. It works wonders and will also keep you looking young if you're one of those like me who still have acne at the age of 40-something.

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