Common Acne Fighting Ingredients Placed on FDA Watch List
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is putting the two main active ingredients in many over-the-counter acne medications, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, on its watch list.
Both of these ingredients help to fight acne by cleaning clogged pores and eliminating dead cells on the surface of the skin.
Details of the Adverse Event Report
- The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) lists topical acne nonprescription medicine containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
- These ingredients carry a risk of hypersensitivity and anaphylactic reactions – both of which can be result in death.
- The FDA is still investigating the possible detrimental effects of these medications
FDA Watch List Facts
- An item on a watch list for a potential safety risk is not necessarily deemed dangerous and that they have not yet determined a causal relationship between the medications and the potential risks.
- Doctors should not stop prescribing it and patients should not stop taking the medications with these ingredients present.
- Possible potential future actions that the FDA could take if a risk is deemed present include: changing the product labels, requiring a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), doing further research to understand and categorize the risk.
- Patients should contact their health providers if they have questions.