Acne treatments side effects – take care

The US Government warning that you should know about

When you decide what product to use to treat your acne you should be very much aware that many of the products have active ingredients which can cause irritation and sometime actual damage to the skin.

This is an unedited extract from the FDA web site published in June 2014.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the use of certain acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. An active ingredient is the component that makes the medicine effective against the illness or condition it is treating.

The acne products the FDA is warning about are sold over-the-counter (OTC) and applied to the skin (topical). Their 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.

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

FDA has issued a Drug Safety Communication (DSC) to inform both consumers and health care professionals of the potential dangers of these products.

Acne products with potential side effects

Products of concern are marketed under different brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear.

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

SKINETICA works in a completely different way form products with these active ingredients and has been tested to be safe and not cause irritation