Jen Juneau
March 25, 2016 1:30 pm
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We’ve all heard of Old Spice, right? This classic brand of deodorant has seemingly stood the test of time — the brand has been worn by grandfathers, fathers, brothers (and our lady kin, too!) alike. When you think of men’s hygiene, Old Spice is most likely the first brand that comes to mind – especially thanks to those genius commercials with Isaiah Mustafa on the horse and in the hot tub and whatnot.

Well, sadly, it might be time for those beloved people in your life who use Old Spice deodorant to reevaluate their hygiene-product drawer, because folks are apparently reporting really intense reactions to it in the form of chemical burns. OUCH.

According to BuzzFeed, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Old Spice manufacturer Procter & Gamble by Rodney Colley from Virginia. Colley claims he’d never had any adverse side effects from other deodorants, and only began experience the rashes when he switched to Old Spice – and that the rash and accompanying burning became apparent immediately.

BuzzFeed also notes that although this isn’t the first time Procter & Gamble have produced deodorants that have led to negative side effects – the lawsuit names 13 different kinds – in a statement, a spokesperson for the company, Damon Jones, said Old Spice is safe to use.

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“We go to great lengths to ensure our products are safe to use, and tens of millions of men use this product with confidence and without incident every year,” Jones said in a statement, according to USA Today“A small number of men may experience irritation due to alcohol sensitivity, a common ingredient across virtually all deodorant products.”

But Colley isn’t among just a few folks to report the ill effects. According to USA Today, the corresponding lawsuit states, “In addition to blog complaints, YouTube features numerous videos also documenting armpit irritation, rash(es) and burning caused by Old Spice deodorant. Indeed, the problem is rampant, and rather than acknowledge the serious issue, Defendant is concealing it, in order to continue selling the product and reap windfall profits.

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The BuzzFeed article goes on to provide many examples of instances where men, women, and even children have suffered similar effects to Colley’s — notably, the same type of chemical burn (confirmed by doctors), oozing, redness, and general discomfort.

Jones’ statement also urges users to switch to an antiperspirant if they notice any negative reactions to Old Spice deodorant, since its formula is different than just straight deodorant. But aside from that, there’s no word on whether they’ll take the blame. So in the meantime, might be best just to switch to a different brand of underarm candy altogether. Better to be safe.

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