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Are there risks when using a moisturizer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The potential risks with using a moisturizer depend on the ingredients they contain. The most common adverse reaction to moisturizers is a stinging or burning sensation. Ingredients such as lactic acid, urea, PCA, benzoic acid, and sorbic acid have been known to induce skin reactions in some individuals.

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