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Academy response to benzene petition on benzoyl peroxide products

ROSEMONT (March 8, 2024) — The American Academy of Dermatology Association is aware of a recent petition filed with the FDA describing formation of benzene in products containing benzoyl peroxide that are exposed to elevated temperatures. The American Academy of Dermatology Association and its members are committed to the health and safety of the public and is reviewing the petition and awaiting more information from the FDA to determine next steps. If you are concerned about using acne products containing benzoyl peroxide, opt for other options such as topical retinoids, salicylic acid, or azelaic acid, or speak with a board-certified dermatologist. – Terrence A. Cronin Jr., MD, FAAD, President of the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

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Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy, and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 20,800 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care because skin, hair, and nail conditions can have a serious impact on your health and well-being. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow @AADskin on Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest, and YouTube and @AADskin1 on Instagram.