A couple of months earlier, FDA issued a warning that popular acne products sold over-the-counter under brand names such as Proactiv and Neutrogena can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. The FDA advised consumers to stop using their topical acne products and seek emergency medical help if they experience hypersensitivity reactions such as throat tightness, difficulty in breathing, feeling faint or swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue.
According to the agency, non-prescription acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are of concern. It added that non-prescription products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and marketed under brands such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno and Clean & Clear, as well as store brands, were of concern. The agency said it has received 131 reports of such hypersensitivity reactions from consumers or manufacturers, most of these were received since 2012.
The manufacturers are engaged in glamorous marketing campaigns of their products, without naming the key ingredients or precaution on the labels or packages. “There is currently no mention of the possibility of these very severe allergic reactions on the product labels," Mona Khurana, a medical officer at FDA said in a statement.
Reasons for developing acne: Following are the main factors leading to the formation of blemishes :
1)Hormonal activity (primarily from androgens, male hormones); 2 Inflammation; 3)Overproduction of oil by the sebaceous (oil) gland; 4)Irregular or excessive shedding of dead skin cells; 5) Buildup of bacteria in the pores, leading to inflammation; and 6) Sensitive reactions to makeup, irritating skin-care ingredients, allergies or medicines.
Acne problem occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated. Associated with increased oil production is a change in the manner in which the skin cells mature, predisposing them to clog the follicular pore. The clog can appear as a “whitehead” if it is covered by a thin layer of skin, or “blackhead” if exposed to the air – the darker exposed portion of the plug is called a “blackhead”. Pimples or tender red bumps on the face are another form of mild acne. Blackheads are oxidized oil, not dirt.
Due to excessive use of chemical mixed products, or environmental pollution or lack of balanced diet, more and more people, especially in young age, are facing embarrassing problems of acne.
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HERBALLY RADIANT has been warning its customers that many commonly marketed cosmetic products, which tend to clog pores, may cause and worsen acne, such as those containing iodides, bromides, or oral or injected steroids (Orasone, Prednicen-M, Liquid Pred), or the steroids that are taken for muscle building.
In any case, it is far safer and more skin friendly to use genuine natural products which contain USDA certified organic ingredients; these should be clearly indicated on the labels.