FDA sends warning to Amazon after regulators discover retail giant was illegally selling unapproved mole and skin treatments
- The FDA has warned Amazon and two other online retailers to sell unapproved skincare products
- There are no approved over-the-counter drugs that can remove a mole or other skin lesions, the FDA says
- It warns that some of these products can cause more damage to a person’s skin than a mole itself
- The products sold on Amazon were not mentioned in the FDA message, but the retail giant says they have since been removed
Amazon is one of three companies warned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about selling unapproved skin and mole removal products.
The retail giant, in addition to Ariella Naturals and Justified Laboratories, received a warning last week for selling products that the agency says have not been tested for safety or quality of effectiveness. It said the interstate sale of these products violates the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
The specific products sold that violate these laws were not specifically mentioned.
“Safety is a top priority at Amazon,” an Amazon spokesperson told DailyMail.com. ‘We require that all products offered in our store comply with applicable laws and regulations. The products in question have been examined and removed.’
The FDA has warned Amazon that over-the-counter skin care treatments sold on its website are not approved. The retail giant told DailyMail.com it has removed the products from its marketplace (file photo)
“As we age, we can develop new growths on our skin that we find unattractive. These lesions are areas of the skin that look abnormal and include moles, seborrheic keratoses (wart-like growths) and skin tags,” the FDA said in a statement.
“Removing them is not a do-it-yourself project and it can be dangerous to attempt. Go to a healthcare provider to have them assessed and removed if necessary.”
It notes that there are no over-the-counter treatments for removing moles or skin lesions approved by the agency.
This means that anything sold directly to consumers without the need for a prescription will do so without the green light from the regulations.
These can be creams, gels, ointments and other products that label themselves as skin healers.
The FDA warns that the use of these unapproved, untested products can lead to significant negative side effects.
“These risks include skin injury, infection requiring antibiotics, scarring and delayed diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer,” it writes.
“In fact, the FDA has received reports of people developing permanent skin lesions and infections after using products marketed as mole or skin spot removers.”
It also writes that many of these problems that people are trying to solve are relatively harmless.
The FDA warns that some of these treatments to remove moles and other lesions may cause more damage than the actual skin problem was (file photo)
Birthmarks and skin blemishes can be the sign of cancer or another problem, but they sometimes develop on their own.
If a person fears it is dangerous, or if it begins to bleed, is painful, or has other bizarre symptoms, the FDA advises people to seek medical attention rather than self-treating.
‘Do not treat the skin problem yourself. If you remove it or change its appearance, healthcare providers may have a harder time determining if it’s skin cancer and coming up with an effective treatment plan,” the agency writes.
“If a skin cancer isn’t completely removed, it can continue to grow and potentially spread to other parts of your body. Dermatologists and other skin specialists are trained to identify suspicious lesions, examine them and help patients choose the best treatment.’
It explains that many of these products use salicylic acid as an active ingredient, which can cause permanent damage when it clears a lesion. The FDA says the resulting damage could be worse than the original problem itself.