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What are common side effects of topical creams/lotions for acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The most common side effect of creams and lotions for acne is sensitivity or allergy to the ingredients. If these topical acne treatments are used correctly, they shouldn't cause much of a problem. But some people overuse them, thinking that more is better. However, the opposite is true. Using these medicines improperly can make skin red and scaly, and it can peel and crack. Healthy skin should not be too dry or too oily. It may take a period of trial and error to find the perfect program for your type of skin. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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