Kylie’s New Walnut Face Scrub Gets Backlash As It May Damage Skin
ICYMI, Kylie Jenner just made news that she’ll be dropping her new skincare line, Kylie Skin tomorrow, on May 22nd. The skincare line will debut eight products which includes, face wash, toner, face scrub, serum, moisturiser, eye cream, makeup removing wipes and a travel bag.
All packaged in a cute, minimalist bubblegum pink colour, the items seemed like a steal for fans all around the world. That is — until Kylie got called out for her Walnut Face Scrub. No seriously, Twitter literally just bombed the youngest self-made billionaire!
do NOT pay this billionaire your hard earned money so you can tear up your precious faces with tiny bits of walnut. DO NOT
— beth mccoll (@imteddybless) May 14, 2019
While Kylie sells it off as her “secret to a fresh face”, beauty junkies weren’t having any of it. Some even associated Kylie’s Walnut Face Scrub to the controversial, walnut-infused Apricot Scrub by St.Ives.
Omg not WALNUT Kylie the girls have been dragging St. Ives for 10 years now lol read the ROOM https://t.co/GlTFO2XMpC
— Jasmine Sha-Ree Sanders (@JasMoneyRecords) May 14, 2019
So, what’s so wrong about Kylie’s walnut face scrub? One of the Twitter user brought up a text from the St.Ives lawsuit which states, “walnut shell powder creates microscopic tears in the top layer of the skin.”
Did we learn nothing from the St. Ives lawsuit?! pic.twitter.com/I2yxWlunXa
— Katie (@WizzKhaleesi) May 12, 2019
Back in 2016, St.Ives was sued in a class-action lawsuit headed by Kaylee Browning and Sarah Basile. They claimed the Apricot Scrub was “unfit to be sold or used as a facial scrub”. There were also some dermatologists that claimed the walnut powder in the scrub was too abrasive for the face.
According to Dr. Janelle Vega, co-founder of Bia Life, she tells Bustle that the more round a particle is, the more gentle it will be for the skin. For products that contain walnut shells, the particles may be more abrasive, especially for sensitive skin.
“Walnut scrubs can be abrasive especially if you have sensitive skin or open areas because the edges can be jagged — unlike some scrubs that are sugar based that have a more rounded edge.”
Well that may be the case for St.Ives, but could it be the same too for Kylie Skin? Aestheticians weighed in their thoughts, saying sensitivity and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation will be experienced soon enough with continuous usage.
The self gratifying results from walnut scrubs are really short lived. Your skin may look great now, but the sensitivity & post inflammatory hyperpigmentation will come eventually with consistent usage. https://t.co/cri3TouPlp
— Makeup For WOC (@MakeupForWOC) May 14, 2019
Another tweeted, “Walnut will cause micro tears in your skin, using it everyday will result in couperose skin (broken capillaries).” Oh the nightmare!
Licensed Esthetician here, You should not be exfoliating everyday!!!!! 1x a week MAX!! And Walnut will cause micro tears in your skin, using it everyday will result in couperose skin (broken capillaries) pic.twitter.com/tV8iiitG3X
— Bri💋🍯 (@TheBeautyByBri1) May 14, 2019
Even Beauty Industry watchdog Estée Laundry had a say to the product by referring it as “a fancier version of the #StIves scrub” and “AbrasiveAF.”
Well, with all those skeptical tweets, there are still some who are pretty excited for Kylie’s launch of her new skincare line.
— C (@KyliesBitchx) May 10, 2019
I need this new skin set 🤩💗🧖🏻♀️💦
— BA (@Bedouryy) May 13, 2019
— lullaby (@isabellafurler) May 10, 2019
Well, we all don’t have the same skin. Just like how some swear by St.Ives scrub ( (Gigi Hadid called it her fave in 2018, won Allure Readers’ Choice awards in both 2017 and 2018), some may actually end up loving Kylie’s walnut scrub too! Guess we’ll just have to wait for May 22nd when the items officially launches to see who loves it and who does not.