“You’re putting something on your face, on your neck, on your wrists,” she said on “GMA.” “Those are sensitive parts of the body, so, to have active ingredients that could endanger your life is a very serious health risk.”
The magazine exposes counterfeit perfumes in its January issue.
Dermatologist Jeannette Graf, of Great Neck, N.Y., told ABC that a real perfume doesn’t cause a reaction, but she’s seeing more cases of contact dermatitis and skin inflammations brought on by the counterfeits.
“They will invariably say that they felt different as soon as they put it on. They felt burning. They saw redness. It felt uncomfortable, it didn’t smell right. And that’s almost immediate,” Graf said.
Graf believes that the spike in cases is the result of fake perfumes being sold on the street and on the Internet.
“People have access to things … they would not have necessarily had before,” Graf told ABC.
An ABC News undercover investigation documented shelves upon shelves of fragrances that experts said contain the telltale signs of counterfeits.
“We see it happening every day. I mean, whether it’s vendors [selling] out of their trunk at athletic events, whether it’s kiosk-type people at flea markets, sometimes, they actually get into the shopping centers,” Elaine Marshall, North Carolina’s Secretary of State said.