The Risky Implications of Hair Product Recalls

February 12, 2012 in Hair Removal 101

Some people regret removing their hair and they try to grow it back using other shampoos and lotion. These people may want to reconsider their purchase.

The Food and Drug Administration forced a recall for specific brand of harmful regrowth products.

According to a press release on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, Perfect Image Solutions products could cause blood pressure to drop to dangerously low level. The unapproved lineup consists of regrowth topical lotions with high concentrations of chemicals such as minoxidil, azelaic acid, ketoconazale and salicylic acid.

Minoxidil is not a completely lethal chemical. In fact, oral minoxidil was originally used to treat patients with high blood pressure. When a person takes it in pill form, the minoxidil widens the small arteries in the body, causing the blood flow resistance to decrease.

Doctors actually stopped prescribing the drug for blood pressure when people discovered that hair regrowth is a side effect. In fact, it tended to cause hypertrichosis, a condition of excessive hair growth, among women. Now it is commonly used to treat male-pattern baldness. It also treats hair loss or hair thinning for women.

People are supposed to use minoxidil in small doses. Some of Perfect Image Solutions’ topical lotions contain 15 percent or 10 percent minoxidil. These highly concentrated dosage amounts could cause low blood pressure, heart palpitations and various other dangerous cardiac symptoms. In fact, the safest acceptable topical lotion strengths only consist of 2 percent and 5 percent minoxidil.

The azelaic acid in the medication is even more problematic. Technically, people are supposed to only use azelaic acid for a certain skin condition known as rosacea. According to, rosacea is a common red acne-like condition skin condition that affects many people worldwide.

It really is not safe for people to use azelaic acid as a hair regrowth solution, even if regrowth is a side effect of applying the chemical. In fact, azelaic acid could cause burning, stinging or itching skin during the first few weeks.

Although the stinging subsides as the body adjusts to the medication, people shouldn’t have to suffer the painful effects of azelaic acid if they really do not need to suffer. The FDA report on Perfect Image Solutions states that the azelaic in the topical lotions could make the skin more sensitive to sunburns. Thus, Perfect Image Solutions really shouldn’t have added such a chemical to a hair regrowth topical lotion.

Technically, our website gives advice on hair removal rather than regrowth. However, the unapproved use of skin care chemicals is dangerous and harmful to people who use it. Thus, readers of this blog should be cautious about any hair removal products that may seem suspicious or unsafe to use.

Although the products recommended on our hair removal website have not been recalled as of yet, keep a close eye on any future FDA warnings. Stay cautious about the possible side effects of certain medications and be sure that the chemical makeup of the lotion is supposed to be used for hair depilation. Users of hair removal creams deserve to reassure themselves that these drugs are safe to use.

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