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.

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Acne products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide have risk
Many over-the-counter and prescription acne medication use the active ingredients that may put some at risk -- Neutrogena products often use these ingredients. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Neutrogena)
OXY bar soap treats and prevents body acne breakouts with salicylic acid. (Photo by Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
Proactiv also has some products with Salicylic Acid as an active ingredient. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)

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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