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Just for Men Chemical Burns

Just for Men is a gray-hair coloring product manufactured by Combe Inc. that has been on the market since 1987. Unfortunately, some users have reported experiencing chemical burns after using the product. Hundreds of complaints have been reported to Consumer Affairs.

Investigators warn that some men reported chemical burns after using Just for Men for over a decade. Because body chemistry can change, it is important to do a skin-patch allergy test on the inside bend of your elbow at least 48 hours before you use this product.

The label on Just for Men warns about severe side effects, including:

“Rapidly spreading skin rash, dizziness, faintness, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, hives or swelling to eyes/face, blistering of skin or scalp weeping, seek immediate medical attention.”

What is a Chemical Burn?

Chemical burns occur when the skin is irritated and/or destroyed by exposure to toxic substances in a corrosive chemical. The reaction may occur suddenly or after a prolonged period of time (especially for people who work with chemicals).


  • Pain or itching where the skin has come in contact with chemical
  • Blisters (may be filled with fluid or blood)
  • Rash that spreads rapidly
  • Hives (itchy, painful welts that grow when irritated)
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Sloughing of dead skin

Treatment for a Chemical Burn

The first step is removing the chemical from the skin without spreading it to unharmed areas of skin or your eyes. Use cool running water to flush the burned skin for 15 minutes. Apply cool, wet compresses to relieve pain. Wrap the burned area with a sterile dressing or clean cloth. Protect the burned skin from pressure or friction from clothing.


Minor chemical burns usually heal without treatment and cause no long-term complications. However, more serious burns (2nd or 3rd-degree) can cause severe disfigurement and lead to life-threatening complications like infection and shock. Always seek emergency medical treatment for serious burns.