One of the most popular facial scrubs has been hit with a lawsuit that claims the product can do real harm to your skin. Lawsuit reports that St. Ives Apricot Scrub is at the center of a suit that claims a key ingredient — walnut shells — can cause skin damage.
The lawsuit, which seeks $5 million in damages, takes issue with the product’s “dermatologist tested” label, claiming that St. Ives still doesn’t disclose that the product isnc’t recommended by dermatologists. Also included in the suit is the scrub’s claim to be non-comedogenic, or not pore-clogging; the suit claims that the scrub contains ingredients that do clog pores. The American Academy of Dermatology warns against scrubbing your skin or using harsh products; the group urges people to contact their dermatologist to figure out the best way to exfoliate for their skin types.
On St. Ives’ website, the company lists walnut shells as “one of the natural exfoliants we use to keep skin soft and glowing,” and notes that the walnuts they use are “milled into a fine powder so they have specifically rounded edges, which means a softer scrub.”
We’ll have to follow the case closely as St. Ive’s takes one of the spots of America’s favorite go to brand when it comes to beauty products such as lotion, face wash and make-up removers.