Uh Oh, The FDA Found Out Something Pretty Scary About Acne Medications

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Figuring out the secret to clear skin is a near impossible task; the multitude of acne-busting products on the market is extremely daunting to say the least. And many of them share two types of acne medication that the FDA now says could cause a deadly allergic reactions in some people.

The two ingredients in questions–salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide–are found in popular acne-fighting skincare lines like those from Proactiv, Aveeno, Oxy, Neutrogena, and more. But health care officials are now warning people to be extra careful about monitoring how their skin reacts to different products because multiple have actually hospitalized with negative reactions to one or both of the products (the reports are unclear about what exactly triggers the bad reaction).

What you should know is this, if you’re using products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide and you experience any ” tightness of the throat, breathing problems, lightheadedness or swelling of the eyes, face or lips,” stop using those products immediately and consult your physician.

However, skin sensitivity as a result to the two active ingredients can be expected–reactions like dry skin or mild itching aren’t anything to get too upset about. If you’re unsure about a product, the FDA recommends you try dabbing a small amount of it on your face for three days in a row, and if none of the above symptoms occur, you should be good to go.

While there have only been 131 cases of a serious reaction in the past 44 years (and no one has died), it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to your face!

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