Mario Badescu’s Healing Cream Adverse Reactions. Mario Badescu’s Healing Cream and Control Cream have been associated with a number of adverse reactions including:
- Inflammation of the skin
In some cases, reactions were the result of corticosteroid withdrawal once consumers stopped using the tainted creams.
Our firm is investigating claims against Mario Badescu for injuries individuals suffered as a result of using the company’s Healing Cream or Control Cream. Some people who have used these creams have not only alleged skin injuries, some of which have been permanent, such as scarring, but that Mario Badescu was aware, or should have been aware, that the creams contained steroid ingredients. At least one of these steroid ingredients is a prescription only medication. Allegations also include that Mario Badescu did not list these ingredients on the products’ labeling.
Mario Badescu Products Found to Contain Unlabeled Steroids
Allegations include that Mario Badescu’s Healing Cream and Control Cream contain the corticosteroids hydrocortisone and triamcinolone acetonide. Triamcinolone acetonide is only delivered as a prescription, typically for allergy-related skin conditions. According to testing conducted by the Korea Food and Drug Administration, Mario Badescu’s Healing Cream, also known as “magic cream” and advertised to minimize the appearance of acne scars, was found to contain both of these steroids.
Topical Steroid Use
Topical steroids are powerful medications that work by suppressing an inflammatory reaction to the skin and relieve—but do not cure—symptoms. These strong drugs are meant to be used on a limited, selective, and cautious basis with patients receiving clear explanations as to use and side effects. Also, different formulations of topical steroids are used for different purposes and different areas of the body, and may be prescribed in specific doses based on the severity of the disease and the patient’s age. For example, some of the body’s skin is thinner and may have folds, which increases absorption of the steroid; eyelid skin is thin and steroid use must be restricted and mild and should not be used for more than 14 days, especially in people over the age of 35 due to glaucoma risks. People in this age group who are using topical steroids in this area of their face must have their intraocular pressure (IOP) checked during treatment.
Steroids are also only meant to be used for a specific period of time to provide symptomatic relief and quantities used should be monitored by a healthcare provider. Overuse of topical steroids may lead to a broad array of localized adverse reactions and some individuals have alleged reactions that include spread of infection and secondary infections; depigmentation or hypopigmentation (loss of skin color); folliculitis (hair follicle inflammation); maceration (skin softening and break down); striae (bands, stripes, or lines on the skin); hypertrichosis (excess hair growth); miliaria (itchy rash); acne, acne rosacea, or acneiform eruptions (serious acne, cysts, or rosacea); contact, allergic, or perioral dermatitis, atrophy (thin skinning); and/or telangiectasia (widened blood vessels on the skin).
Some of these effects, such as infection, may be exacerbated with use of other medications, products, or behaviors and in some cases, these conditions appeared after just two-three days of use.
Topical Steroid Use May Lead To Non-Skin Reactions
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) note that topical steroids may lead to serious adverse reactions that are not always dermatologic in nature, including hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression, Cushing’s disease, femoral head osteonecrosis, and cataracts.
Mario Badescu Class Action Settlement
Mario Badescu advertised its facial products as being part of a botanically-based skin care line, but did not indicate that its Healing Cream and Control Cream also contained steroids. Consumers alleged being misled and having overpaid for the products.
A class action settlement has been established for individuals who purchased Mario Badescu’s Healing Cream and Control Cream since February 15, 2009. In 2013, Mario Badescu agreed to settle claims involving false advertising of specific facial products. The settlement only provides a maximum of two $45 certificates that may be used on other products sold by Mario Badescu or at Mario Badescu’s Manhattan spa. The class action does not cover people who purchased the Mario Badescu Healing or Control creams who suffered injuries.
Parker Waichman LLP is investigating individual lawsuits for people who bought these products and who also suffered skin or other injuries.