The hair dye has been reported to cause severe allergic reactions and chemical burns in those who are only trying to cover up pesky gray hairs.
The hair dye, manufactured by Combe Inc., has been on the market for over 30 years but as of late, some people have reported disastrous results.
Marketed primarily to middle-aged men to cover up gray hairs, Just For Men is an at-home hair, mustache, and beard coloring treatment. It is sold across the country in drugstores or hair care aisles in various marketplace settings.
Why are people looking to file Just For Men lawsuits?
A number of product liability lawyers have begun investigating the possibility of filing Just For Men lawsuits against Combe Inc. for failing to adequately warn consumers about the potential risks and negative side effects of Just For Men. The pain is not just a minor annoyance; chemical burns and allergic reactions are excruciatingly painful, especially on the face where the skin is more sensitive.
One of the chemicals used in Just For Men associated with the health risk is called p-Phenyleneiamine (PPD). It is used as a darkening agent to achieve the desired effect of coloring one’s hair. The American Contact Dermatitis Society suggests that PPD causes an allergic reaction in at least 5-7% of users.
Other hair dye chemicals that are often used in both men and women’s hair dye are:
Many dark brown or black hair dyes typically have a higher concentration of PPD. If you are sensitive or allergic, you should avoid using a dye that contains PPD. Those who are allergic have typically had reactions to other substances such as temporary tattoos and anesthetics (benzocaine or procaine). However, many people don’t realize they are sensitive or allergic until it’s too late.
Just For Men allergic reaction, signs and symptoms
There is a difference between skin sensitivity and allergies when it comes to PPD or hair dye ingredients. Sensitivity usually comes in the form of burning, stinging, red or dry skin. But when it comes to allergies, the symptoms are even more dramatic and potentially life-threatening.
Some hair dye allergy side effects reported have been:
- Anaphylactic shock*
- Blisters, welts, or sores that ‘weep’
- Facial swelling
- Rapidly spreading skin rash (contact dermatitis)
- Severe burning or stinging on the face, neck or scalp
- Skin discoloration
- Swollen eyelids, hands, feet, or lips
Signs or symptoms of anaphylactic shock include:
- Burning, stinging, swelling rashes on the skin
- Swollen tongue or throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting
*If you or someone you know is suffering from conditions that mirror anaphylactic shock, please seek emergency services as soon as possible.
What the consumers say:
ConsumerAffairs.com is a website devoted to reviewing products on the market. There have been over 700 complaints about Just For Men outlining the various reactions people have had. The product holds a 1/5 star rating as of June 2018.
Sean of Brockton, Mass. is one of the users who posted pictures and details of his horrendous encounter with Just For Men on the Consumer Affairs website. In it, he wrote,
“I applied the beard dye as detailed in the directions. I had a burning sensation as well, and after rinsing it off, I thought I was fine. The next day, my face and neck had swollen up horribly. The following morning my skin had begun to weep as well, and I went to the ER. I was admitted immediately, as it looked horrible. They were concerned about my throat swelling shut. I am nearly 50 and do not have any allergies that I know of. Whatever is in this stuff is harsh.”
He also added that Benadryl and steroids were prescribed to remedy his situation.
A number of users on Consumer Affairs say they have used the product for a long time but only recently have they been experiencing an allergic reaction.
Consumer Affairs reporter Daryl Nelson reached out to Combe Inc. and spoke with a representative named Camille. She stressed the importance of using the allergy patch test on the body before applying the product to their face or head but also indicated the product formula has not changed for over seven years.
Just a Google image search of “Just For Men allergy” brings up pictures of those with deformed facial features from the severe allergy.