This week, 21 year-old beauty mogul, Kylie Jenner, announced her skincare line called “Kylie Skin,” dropping May 22. Unfortunately, critics are expressing their opinions before it’s release, specifically her Walnut Face Scrub product. While she is known for her cosmetics empire, many aren’t happy with her choice of putting out a harmful scrub.
According to dermatology professionals, the scrub is highly abrasive on the skin and can cause short to long-term damage. In a recent article with Hello Giggles, Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson spoke on the harmful affects of using the scrub. “The issue is the size and consistency of the particle that is being generated from either source. If large or jagged [walnut] particles are used, microtears or abrasions can occur to the skin, resulting in injury.”
This latest controversy also has a huge connection to St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub lawsuit, conducted in 2016. In short, the product had the same negative effect of being too rough on the skin that caused microtears that lead to irritation and inflammation, it was a segway to pigmentation, premature aging, and so on.
While Kylie’s expansion of her beauty empire is great business, this walnut scrub backlash might set a guard up with people when trying her skin products in the near future.