Dangerous Cosmetic Products Can Cause Serious Injuries

Jeff Varcadipane

November 22, 2022

Dangerous Cosmetic Products Can Cause Serious Injuries

The cosmetic industry is a multi-billion dollar chain of commerce that relies on consumers to purchase and use products directly on their skin – often multiple times per day. Although most products are carefully vetted through a series of safety and quality checks, this is not always the case. While the FDA states that it is the company’s legal responsibility to ensure the safety of its products, sometimes, they fail to do so. 

In some instances, products are misbranded, omitting important information from their labels and marketing. In other scenarios, a company might be eager to go to market with a product that has not been properly tested. 

If you suffered an injury due to a dangerous cosmetic product – or any type of product, you have legal rights. Discuss your situation with a New Jersey injury lawyer today. 

Common Products that Cause Injuries

Unfortunately, dangerous cosmetic products can cause serious injuries to those we are unaware of their impact. Several of the products released that have resulted in harmful injuries include:

  • Skin Tag and Mole Removers – One of the lesser-known cosmetic products on the market, skin tag and mole removers are designed to be an at-home remedy for those who are looking to remove blemishes from their skin. The FDA recently sent warning letters to several companies that were selling this category of products because they have been found to cause permanent skin damage, such as scarring or discoloration. In addition, moles and skin tags can indicate a serious condition, such as skin cancer, so the FDA strongly advises steering away from these products. 
  • Talcum Powder – One of the more popular of the Johnson & Johnson skincare product lines, talcum powder is applied directly to the skin in order to give it a smooth feeling. Unfortunately, research has found that the use of talcum powder has been directly linked to Ovarian cancer.
  • Hair Relaxers and Hair Permanents – These hair care products use chemicals to straighten or change the style of hair. In a recent study that attempted to identify the most dangerous cosmetic products, hair relaxers and permanents were at the top of the list. These products are meant to aid as beauty treatments, but when found and handled by young children who are unaware of the risks they pose, they can cause serious injuries. When using this product, critical injuries occur when the product is applied incorrectly to bare skin. This can result in severe chemical burns that require hospitalization. 
  • Artificial Eyelashes – Many women apply artificial attachments to their eyelashes to give them additional length. Unfortunately, this can result in serious injury. Some cases have been reported of women being hospitalized for injuries due to product defects. Specifically, painful abrasions on the cornea or other areas of the eye when tiny, sharp fragments of the artificial eyelashes and glue shed and end up causing ocular injuries. 

Call an Experienced New Jersey Product Liability Attorney Today

If you believe that you have been harmed by a cosmetic product that you have used, it is advisable to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your potential rights to legal compensation. Call Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, without delay at (866) 643-1026 to schedule your free initial consultation. You can also contact us online.

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