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Popular Facial Scrub Product Faces Lawsuit Over Damaged Skin

By Duna Bil , Jan 05, 2017 12:42 PM EST

St. Ives apricot is a popular facial scrub product that has a loyal following over the years. However, recently, two ladies are suing the product over false claims and skin damage. 

The plaintiffs, Kaylee Browning and Sarah Basille filed a lawsuit against the Netherlands-based beauty company after they realized that the walnut ingredient in the product causes tiny tears on the skin. 

The St. Ives apricot product is distributed by Unilever, which owns 400  companies including skin care brands Dove and Dermagolica. 

The consumer goods giant have been marketing St. Ives apricot scrub for decades but is now potentially facing a class-action status suit. 

A lot of the scrub users are concerned since they have been using the product for a long time. However, according to dermatologist Debra Jaliman based in New York, it is possible not all users experience a negative reaction towards the product. 

It is a different story with the plaintiffs. They claim that the popular facial scrub product has caused micro abrasion on their skins due to the irritating walnut shell ingredient, and that blackheads persists despite the promise of the scrub to diminish it, the People reports. 

They further claim that Unilever have been falsely advertising the product despite the obvious negative effects of the product.  

Scrubs are popular among beauty-conscious people who like to take care of their skin. The product exfoliates by sloughing off dead skin cells, resulting in a deep-clean feel. The product also have been around for nearly three decades. 

The plaintiffs want Unilever to stop falsely advertising St. Ives Apricot scrub. They are also asking Unilever to shoulder all court cost, attorney fees, and personal damages, the WMUR reports. 

Unilever is not the only giant company sued for this week. Earlier, another tech company also obtained class-action suit. 

Due to the recent issue surrounding the popular facial scrub product, sales are expected to plummet although dermatologists say that it's okay to continue using it if the consumer have no negative experience with it.  

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