In June 2014, the FDA warned that popular over-the-counter (OTC) acne products including Proactiv, Neutrogena, Aveeno and Clean & Clear may cause skin irritation and severe, potentially fatal hypersensitivity allergic reactions. Consumers who use any of these medications and begin itching or developing hives should discontinue use immediately and call their doctor. If you suffered an allergic reaction or other serious injury after using an acne product, and are interested in filing a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers, our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
According to the FDA Warning, the following topical OTC acne medications may cause hypersensitivity allergic reactions that can cause symptoms including swelling, throat tightness, difficulty breathing and fainting:
- Clean & Clear
- Store brands
These products are sold as gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing pads, toners and face scrubs. Allergic reactions may occur immediately after use or up to a day or longer after the product is applied. FDA is uncertain as to whether hypersensitivity is caused by active ingredients, inactive ingredients, or a combination of the two. Before using any acne product, the agency recommends that you apply a small amount to affected areas for a period of 3 days to make sure you don’t develop hypersensitivity. If no symptoms occurs, follow the directions listed on the medication’s label.