FDA warns Amazon towards promoting pores and skin tag and mole removing merchandise


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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to three companies for selling unapproved skin tag and mole removal products. The companies—Amazon, Ariella Naturals and Justified Laboratories—are in violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), according to a statement, which says « there are no FDA-approved over-the-counter drugs for the removal of moles and skin tags. » The warning letters warned companies that failure to remedy violations could result in legal action.

« It is the duty of the FDA to protect public health from harmful products not approved for the US market, » an FDA attorney said in the statement. “The agency’s rigorous oversight helps identify public health threats and prevent these products from reaching our communities. This includes instances where online retailers like Amazon are involved in the interstate sale of unapproved pharmaceuticals. The products in question have not been evaluated by the FDA for their safety or effectiveness.

In a consumer warning, the FDA said the products could potentially cause a variety of health problems, including infection requiring antibiotics, skin damage and scarring. « In fact, the FDA has received reports of people who have developed permanent skin lesions and infections after using products marketed as mole removers or skin tags, » according to the warning.

The sale of such products could also delay the treatment of serious health conditions. « Self-diagnosis and treatment of moles could lead to a delay [skin] cancer diagnosis and treatment, and even cancer progression,” the statement read. « Moles should be evaluated by a medical professional. »

Plus, in addition to identifying cancerous or precancerous spots, a board-certified dermatologist can minimize scarring, control any blood loss, and help reduce the risk of infection when removing a spot on your skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD).

The bottom line is that removing skin tags or moles is not a DIY project, and treating it as such can lead to minor issues at best and harmful health complications at worst. When you notice a new spot on your skin, your best bet is to schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider as soon as possible to learn the best course of action.

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