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Patient Buzz Series: Benzoyl Peroxide and Benzene

A laboratory’s recent claim that it detected the carcinogen benzene in certain acne treatments made news recently. The lab, Valisure, filed a petition with the FDA asking for a recall of the products involved. Chemists quoted in an Allure article said the issue is not one of contamination but potentially one of decomposition. The lab says it detected benzene when the benzoyl peroxide products were exposed to high temperatures. Dermatologist Dr. Caren Campbell requests more data, and dermatologist Dr. Marisa Garshick questions whether the lab conditions reflect real-life usage.

From new products to questions of product safety, be sure to keep up to date on the dermatology news that your patients may ask you about in office visits. Here are some of the latest skin, hair and nail articles in the consumer press:

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Meta Description: Popular dermatology news stories in the consumer press from March 2024.