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What is “Just For Men”?
“Just For Men” hair coloring was originally released in 1987 by Combe, Inc. The product is advertised as a hair, beard, and mustache dye for covering up gray hair. There are many products in the Just For Men line to darken gray hair, from beard and mustache coloring kits to hair and side burns. Some are even designed to add accents of gray to hair.
In recent years, growing numbers of men have reported severe chemical burns and other allergic reactions after using “Just For Men.”
Just For Men problems / side effects:
• Allergic reactions
• Skin burns
• Skin swelling
• Severe itching
• Blisters and weeping sores
• Trouble breathing due to throat swelling
Just For Men Allergic Reactions
Hundreds of men have reported adverse reactions. Many have reported using Just For Men for years without incident, but then they suddenly suffered severe chemical burns and facial swelling. Many of the “Just For Men” problems emerged long after the men used the product.
While some have speculated that the company changed the formulation of Just For Men, Combe officials have publicly denied changing their popular formula. If Combe is to be believed, sudden allergic reactions among men could possibly be linked to changes in a person’s body chemistry.
What is p-phenylenediamine?
“Just For Men” hair dyes contain p-Phenylenediamine, an organic compound considered to be one of the world’s most prevalent allergens. People are exposed to p-phenylenediamine (PPD) primarily through permanent hair dyes which rely on chemical reactions (oxidaton) to fix the color. PPD reacts with hydrogen peroxide to permanently bind the color to the hair. PPD is part of a class of chemicals called aromatic amines, which are found in the plastic and chemical industries as byproducts of manufacturing. PPD is also used in the manufacture of rubber and certain polymers such as Kevlar. It also acts as a developing agent in photography.
PPD was declared Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society in 2006. It has also been suspected of causing cancer.
PPD and Cancer
Aromatic amines in hair dyes such as PPD have long been suspected of being carcinogenic. They are linked to increased incidence of bladder cancers, though studies examining cancer risk of PPD have found conflicting results. the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) states that it is unable to classify the carcinogenicity of p-phenylenediamine.
Hair Dye Allergies on the Rise – NIH
The National Institutes of Health noted in 2007 that allergic reactions to hair dye were on the rise, apparently because more and more people were dying their hair. Allergic reactions became such a serious problem in the 20th century that PPD was banned from hair dyes in Germany, France, and Sweden. In the U.S., where corporations are more likely to call the shots on chemicals, it’s buyer (and user) beware!