Just For Men is a popular hair dye product that’s been linked to a growing number of serious reports and complaints about severe allergic reactions and chemical burns that users are experiencing after using the product. Some users even had to be hospitalized due to severe burns.
Over 600 users have issued complaints on Consumer Affairs as of 2016. This number continues to grow even after nationwide newspapers like the News Tribune covered the uncharacteristically large number of complaints back in 2012. Despite these complains and ample news coverage, Combe Incorporated, the manufacturer of Just For Men hair dye, hasn’t removed the products from shelves or made any improvements to the dye’s formula to decrease adverse reactions.
The Facts About Just For Men Chemical Burns
For most users, adverse skin reactions and chemical burns appear within hours or within 1-2 days after using Just For Men hair dye. For others, the reactions and symptoms appear after a delayed period of time. There have even been reports about adverse skin conditions appearing after years of regularly using the dye and then discontinuing usage.
The severity of symptoms varies between users and can either appear gradually or almost immediately after applying the dye to the skin. These are the most common symptoms experienced:
- Skin inflammation
- Skin hives (itchy welts that are painful and often increase in size over time)
- Face, scalp, or eye swelling
- Open, weepy sores on the scalp
- Painful, burning rash
- Fluid-filled blisters that are slow to heal
- Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing
- Tight chest
It’s important to note that the above list isn’t all of the symptoms that can appear. Allergic reactions can present with a wide variety of symptoms in general.
Despite the large number of complaints and reports, Combe Inc. states that the chemical formula in their products has never changed in over seven years and is safe. The hair dye contains a chemical known as p-Phenylenediamine which is a well-known allergen. According to the North American Dermatitis Society, at least 5-7% of people tend to experience allergic reactions to the chemical.
The Combe Inc. spokesperson also stated that Just For Men dye users should do allergy tests before every single use due to the fact that “body chemistry can change at any one given time.” The spokesperson refers to a simple skin patch test that requires placing a tiny amount of color developer/color base formula on a clean area of skin on the inside of your elbow. If no skin reaction appears after 48 hours of the test, the dye should be able to be safely used.
While self-tests like this can obviously be useful for determining how a user’s skin might react to harsh chemicals, after 600+ complaints and adverse reports, it also seems obvious that Combe Inc. could be doing more to help users from these negative symptoms altogether. They could also be doing more to let its customers know about the dangerous chemicals in Just For Men products.
Getting Help from a Milwaukee, WI Just For Men Chemical Burn Lawyer
If you or someone you love has experienced serious chemical burns or allergic reactions from using Just For Men dye products, you may be able to file a lawsuit against Combe Inc. and receive financial compensation to help pay for any medical bills. By filing lawsuits against Combe Inc., we help send a message to the company stating that consumer health and safety must be the corporation’s #1 priority.
600+ user complaints and injury reports is not a satisfactory number. Furthermore, users shouldn’t be expected to take an allergy test every time before using a product that’s advertised as completely safe. If the chemicals in the product are that dangerous, the company should do more to make the dye safer. If it cannot be made safer, then the company should revaluate how it markets the product to consumers.
For more information about Just For Men lawsuits in Wisconsin, contact Urban & Taylor S.C. Our law office can pair you with a Milwaukee, WI Just For Men chemical burn lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Together, we can ensure that drugstores stock their shelves with safe products. You can read more about other product liability lawsuits on our website.