Acne products pose dangerous allergy risk, FDA warns

June 25, 2014 8:46 PM

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If you use an over-the-counter cream, lotion, or face wash to treat pimples, the US Food and Drug Administration wants you to be aware that these products can cause rare but life-threatening allergic reactions. Acne medications containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, the FDA warned, have been linked to hypersensitivity reactions such as throat tightness, difficulty breathing, feelings of faintness, and swollen eyes, face, lips, and tongue.

Consumers should immediately stop using a product if they develop these symptoms or hives or itching, the agency recommended.

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