Acne - Charlotte, NC

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Allergic reaction to acne products

Sale of over the counter acne products total billions of dollars every year, and every year there are people who use a non-prescription acne product and develop a serious allergic reaction. Reports from the FDA state that these products contained either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, and that one of both of these acne-fighting ingredients may have caused the allergic reaction. It is also possible that other ingredients could have been a cause for the reaction. This is why it is important to visit a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment of your skin care issues. To protect your health, dermatologists recommend that you seek immediate medical care if your experience any of the following symptoms regardless of the type of product you are using:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness or swelling in your throat
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Swollen eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • Hives or intense itching

These symptoms can indicate that you are experiencing a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

When to see a dermatologist

As we mentioned above, it is important, and you will find it helpful to see a dermatologist if you:

  1. Plan to use an over the counter acne product for the first time.
  2. You are worried about having a possible allergic reaction.
  3. Have previously had a serious allergic reaction to a medicine or product.

When you meet with your dermatologist, be sure to express your concerns. Your dermatologist can help you determine all the best options for treating acne. During the appointment, you will also receive instruction as to how you can self-test acne products at home. This is crucial to determine how your skin and your body will react. If you notice any abnormal reaction on your skin, you could possibly develop an allergic reaction.

Serious allergic reaction is rare

The reality is that very rarely does someone develop a serious allergic reaction to over the counter acne medications, but we want you to be aware of the symptoms, and do not take them lightly. If you have been using non-prescription acne products, and you have never developed a skin reaction, it is unlikely that you will develop a severe reaction.

Treatment for acne in Charlotte, NC

If you are finding it difficult to live with your acne condition, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide the most effective treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.

Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your acne condition.

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