Photos of a bad reaction to EOS lip bam seems to be everwhere. Los Angeles resident Rachel Cronin claims that EOS lip balm caused her to develop ” boils and blisters on and around her lips. The photos are vivid and Cronin has hired legendary attorney Mark Geragos and filed a class action suit against EOS. The number of people in the suit is not yet known, but there are many reports of similar reactions o the EOS Facebook pages.
Causes of EOS Problems
There is no clear cause of the bad reaction. Dr Marie Jhin, a San Fransisco based dermatologist, was quoed in the Huffington Post pointing to the vitamin E ( tocopherol) in the lip balm. While vitamin E is an effective antioxidant its also a well known skin sensitizer. More than 10 years ago vitamin E enriched was the culprit in skin problems with a deoderant. Other doctors point to the numerous “natural” ingredients like coconut oil and beeswax. Natural ingredients sound healthier than long chemical names, but these organic products can trigger reactions in sensitive skin.
What Happens Next?
As this case ( like Wen) winds its way through the courts you can take a few steps to protect your lips and your wallet. If you have had a reaction to EOS or any other product, you should report the problem to both the manufacturer and the FDA. You can file a report online or by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088. You will need to provide your name and contact information, the name of the product and manufacturer, where and when it was published and describe the problem and the care you needed. Don’t throw away the product because the label will help the FDA research the problem. Posting on Faacebook may make you feel better, but reporting it to the FDA is the way way to get action. And be sure to go back to the store where it was purchased and get a refund.
Preventing Bad Reactions
Spots and splotches from any skin or hair care product could be due to a problem with the basic formulation, contamination during maufacturing, or an adulterated usually safe ingredient. At this point all we know with EOS is that a problem exists. Stop using it and substitute simpler formulations like vaseline or Aquaphor. These are primarily petroleum jelly- not very sexy, but can boast a long boring safety record.
Needed and Unneeded Regulations
The reactions to products like Wen have spurred Senator Diane Feinstein to inroduce the Personal Product Safety Care Act to protect the consumer. The best recommendation would require that cosmetic companies report bad reactions to the FDA. But the rest of the bill contains pretty heavy handed requirements that include a facility registration fee based on sales.???? The beauty industry is one of the of the few sectors that stay strong in bad economic times The last thing we all need are new burdensome regulations that would have a chilling effect on the dynamic indie beauty scene.