July 19, 2021 – A class-action lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company’s OGX hair care products cause significant hair loss.
Products are sold at major national retailers including Target, Ulta, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. Products named in the lawsuit include Johnson & Johnson shampoos, conditioners and some hair oils.
Plaintiff, Larissa Whipple, an Illinois woman, cited the fact that the DMDM was a hydantoin. Dmdm Hydantoin A preservative and antimicrobial agent that is sometimes found in hair care products. It is considered a “formaldehyde donor”, meaning it releases a small amount of formaldehyde over time to keep the product fresh.
But these formaldehyde donors have been linked to allergies, rashes, hair loss and cancer. The National Toxicology Program for Health and Human Services said Formaldehyde causes cancer.
The lawsuit claims the company may have violated consumer protection laws by advertising products containing this ingredient to people who want healthy hair.
“Johnson and Johnson have made several irrational misrepresentations … the products ‘deeply nourish’, ‘gently cleanse’ and ‘fix the hair.’ However, the product’s formula contains an ingredient, or a combination of ingredients, which has caused plaintiff and thousands of customers to experience hair loss and / or scalp irritation, ” The lawsuit Says.
Johnson and Johnson say all of their ingredients have been carefully selected and listed on the products label. None of their new products contain DMDM Hydantoin and the company says it has not released any new hair products with this ingredient in several years.
“We select ingredients carefully to ensure the safety and performance of our products,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement to WebMD. “Some of our existing products contain a small amount of DMDM hydantoin, which is used to prevent the mold from growing when the product is in the shower. Every preservative used in our products must clear our rigorous safety assessment process.”
In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson announced that they would remove DMDM hydantoin and other similar ingredients from their products by 2015. However, the lawsuit says it is a “broken promise.”