Victoria’s Secret Class Action Lawsuits Filed Over Bra Rash and Scarring

At least three lawsuits have been filed against Victoria’s Secret seeking class action status for women who have suffered severe rashes, scarring and other skin reactions after wearing defective bras that were contaminated with formaldehyde.

According to numerous media reports, Victoria’s Secret has confirmed that reports have been received from a women who experienced severe reactions after wearing their Angels Secret Embrace, Very Sexy Extreme Me Push-Up and other bras. However, the company has denied that there is anything defective about the undergarments.

The Victoria’s Secret bra lawsuits allege that the severe reactions were caused by the presence of the industrial chemical formaldehyde, which is classified as a probably human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and can cause allergic reactions in some people.

The reported problems with the Victoria’s Secret bras have included the development of rashes, blisters, hives, welts and itching. In some severe cases, consumers have suffered permanent and disfiguring scarring to their breasts.

The first known Victoria’s Secret lawsuit over the contaminated bras was filed in May 2008 in Ohio, and at least two additional lawsuits have been filed recently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

The cases seek class action status to represent all individuals who wore the bras and suffered damages.

The Victoria’s Secret class action suits allege that consumers were not adequately warned about the presence of formaldehyde and the risk of allergic reactions. The cases also claim that Victoria’s Secret knew or should have known that the garments were defective, yet they have continued to sell the bras.

Victoria’s Secret has maintained that formaldehyde is not used during the manufacturing of their bras and undergarments.

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  1. Veronica Reply

    What lead me to thus site is I bought a bra by Wacoal… Me with removable straps and it’s the elastic that runs around the borders of the bra and the cup line that keeps the bra in place, from moving around or falling. I wore it ONE DAY and noticed the itchy sensation immediately in the exact areas of this elastic, plastic, gel like band. I knew it was the bra immediately. I stayed away from the bra for 2 weeks and the itching went away. I then wore it one more time. The itching returned stronger this time accompanied by 2 welts on my back at the bra line. I took it off and the next day the welts opened up releasing pus. That’s what lead me to this research. One of the posters mentioned that it’s formaldehyde that’s being utilized in these bras. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, a cancer causing agent. Topical creams that people are mentioning may relieve your symptoms but formaldehyde is a toxic substance. You must take steps to detox your body especially if you’ve been wearing the garments a while and just discovered this information. I wore these bras twice in my entire lifetime, and 5 days later I still have a noticeable welt on my back that still itches like crazy. I’m currently using an oral detoxificamt and exercising to sweat these toxins out of my system. Today visible bumps that were itchy appeared as I was exercising but I believe it’s because these toxins are leaving through my sweat and is very itchy as it leaves the body and it only itches around my chest area…. No where else. It’s disgraceful that this information is virtually unknown and lawsuits began in 2008 and yet these bras are proliferating the market in 2015!!!!

  2. Lisa Reply

    My $50.00 Victoria’s Secret bra gave me a severe,painful rash.

  3. Lisa Reply

    i dug out an old Victoria Secret bra while my regular was in the wash. I wore it a few times and oh my god, I remembered why I stopped wearing it. I am in agony with an itchy rash on my breasts. It is so unbearable. I took the lining off of it and it feels like a lately material. It’s made in China and it’s practically brand new, I’ve never washed it.
    It is such a terrible itch I cannot stand it.

  4. kaloveslinks Reply

    Washed newly bought panty and they have a STRONG CHEMICAL SMELL!!

  5. Tina Reply

    Victoria Secreta BBV, 3 Bras and a horrible rash. 2015 the issue continues to be ignored by VS

  6. coastalgal Reply

    I have worn VS bras for years with no problems, but I purchased a couple of Body by Victoria Perfect Shape bras a couple of months ago and have had severe problems since. I don’t have a visible rash but my breasts itch terribly and hurt. My nipples are so painful that I can’t hardly stand to have anything touch them. Went looking for answers on the internet and found this site. After reading this I truly think these new bras are the cause of my problems.

  7. Laney Reply

    I recently purchased VS bras almost 3 weeks ago, and almost instantly had a severe rash consume my breasts! It’s so painful, I’m forced to ice my breasts from the burning sensation this rash causes. It is a horrible NEED to scratch the rash and no itch cream seems to help eliminate the itch! Wearing bras are exrtremley painful at this point and its now interferring with my job duties as I work for a Fire Department. Is there anyone out there that has had any luck contacting VS directly regarding a refund or any help about this issue?? I have never had a rash like this or so severe in my life!

  8. Minazchi Reply

    I had purchased this orange push up bra and I used it for a few days all of a sudden I felt a burning sensation n something in the bra was burning my skin . I can’t believe this.

  9. Tess Reply

    I have the problem of bra leaking oil just yesterday. These were Victoria’s Secret bra. I stored all my bras in a nice box. Yesterday I pulled one out and put it on OMG in about two minute there was some liquid leaking out ! First it was leak then it was like gushing. So horrible I thought something had happened to inside my body. What a freaky incident. It was oil like liquid all over my chest. When I took it off it was dripping. It is just a mess. I called the customer service today. The first representative didn’t know anything about these bras. She then put me on hold and came back saying yes there are some complaint on this Very Sexy Bra that are push up and the filler is mineral oil filled. They can leak and drip they discontinue making it. She then transferred me to claim and complaint department. I said I have about 9 of these bras. I don’t want it. The lady then asked how many is leaking. She then offered me a gift card for the one that leak. I ask can I just mail them all to your company? She said you have to go to the store and see if they will take it. It is a defective bras and first thing she ask me can you look at the tag and tell me where it was made. It was made in China. She took down all the information and give me $9.99 for each bras. I paid for it like $40.00. They said that all they can do. She was being a bit sassy with me. I just said ok then tell me what other bras that have liquid inside. She said the only one now is Faburous bra which is filler with liquid cream. I would stay away from all these liquid filled. It a major mess and who know what chemical they dilute it with. Some of this chemical could cause cancer. So terrible. Very upsetting situation. I’m glad I didn’t wear it and went to work or out. It would have been an embarrassing moment for sure.

  10. DLR Reply

    I have a painful blister/sore about the size of a half dollar on my back after wearing a beautiful strapless bra I bought at VS PINK. It is tye dye color pink/purple. I have been enduring this pain for over two weeks now I am not healing. I have to work 10 hr days can not go bra less I am a painter & I wear white shirts. I am HURTING.

  11. GM Scarpa Reply

    Got physically sick from wearing a VS Demi bra yesterday. First notice a strong chemical odor coming from the bra after exercising, then soon after I had irritated eyes, nose, throat and breathing difficulty. Then the massive headache hit. I took it off, washed the area and went to bed. This morning I woke up with a slight headache. Soon after the severe stomach cramping started and diarrhea. I was walking my dog and had to hold on to my boyfriend, they pain doubled me over. I know that was not from something I ate, because I skipped dinner due to feeling ill. I know have bumps on both breast.
    Wondering if it is formaldihyde (I’ve been reading stories) or the foam padding?? Either way, VS bras are toxic! Buyer beware.

  12. Amanda Reply

    My vs pink bra burst and an oily substance leaked out causing skin redness and irritation:(

  13. Windy Reply

    I started with a rash on the side of my left breast approximately 6 weeks ago. It then appeared on my right breast in the same exact area as the left. Now I have a rash on my chest both breast and ribs. The rash is itchy and burning and painful. I went to a dermatologist and almost $500 later nothing the dermatologist has prescribed has helped. I have missed work and sleep. Out of despiration I was on the Internet trying to figure out what could be causing my symptoms. Low and behold I came across website after website about the victoria secret bra rash. I had just purchased a new VS bra about the same time mystery rash started. It was a style I had never worn before. I hadn’t connected the dots but as I read all the discriptions of the other “victoms” and see the pictures I am convinced this is exactly what is causing my rash! I have ANOTHER appointment scheduled with my dermatologist and I am going armed with this information hoping that there is something that will give me some relief. If there is anybody out there that has successfully gotten rid of this rash I would greatly appreciate the info!!!!!

  14. Brenda Reply

    Today I noticed my top was all wet and then realized it was oily! I was pretty freaked out and the only thing I could think of was that something was leaking from my body as I had done nothing to get oil on me. It was scary until I saw that it was my bra leaking. I own about 20 of these bras. It is all I have worn for years. I had just recently bragged to my daughter how great these bras hold up so of course that would happen now! My mother died of breast cancer and I just got a call from my doctor that my mammogram must be repeated due to something seen not normal. So of course I am very worried the oil could be toxic or cancer causing! Boo Victoria’s secret! We cut one of my bras open and were able to see the oil packet inside. Really uncalled for! Why can’t they just use padding?

  15. Marleen Reply

    Victoria secret bra ..leaked oil all over my chest and body severe rash wheezing and headache …

  16. Giovanna Reply

    I just recently connected all my on and off rashes to my Victoria secret bras only , I stop wearing them and I heal after 4-6 weeks I put one on and it’s a big crazy rash . Switched bras to a different company and its fine , thus can’t be right and not fair that I had to go through this after researching I found this and I can’t believe how many women are going through this , do not fair and spending all that money . What did everyone do about this

  17. Theres Reply

    I have the same issue of these vs BRAS ,i have been wearing these Bras for a long time with Gel and they are expensive they itch under the breast , which makes me uncomfortable, i try to put vaseline it doesnt work , 2nd the bras are bursting out and i see clear gel leaking on my blouse ,i got scared ,and i went to google on line to see if any comments on these Bras, whether they give cancer because i am scared ,i have no peace every time i am scratching like crazy. I decide to see my Doctor and check if i have any infection.

  18. Alison Reply

    Very sexy push up bra exploded while shopping yesterday – leaking oil everywhere and ruined my clothes. Now have a rash on my back. Had no idea what was happening at the time until I got home and realized it came from the bra

  19. Brittany Reply

    This has happen to me and my mother in law 3 times in 2016. Today was the 3rd time. All with the very sexy bras. Leaning on a friend and next thing we know my shirt is completely ruined with oil

  20. Daleta Reply

    I have many of the very sexy bras, couple weeks ago I wore one to work and I’m the middle of the day both cups had exploded and couple weeks later my breasts are both swollen and painful! Not to was it was from but all I can think of that happened to me is the bra situation! I’m really worried! Not sure the damage this has cause my health.

  21. Joycette Reply

    I have been saying this for years. People thought I just had sensitive skin, the bras broke me out really bad. I can not wear Victoria Secret bras.

  22. Di Reply

    2017… I just bought my first Victoria’s Secret bra and love the way it fits but two weeks of itching later and I find this site! The bra has to go! I can’t believe the company hasn’t taken this seriously considering how long it’s been a problem! Very upsetting!

  23. Di Reply

    2017… I just bought my first Victoria’s Secret bra and love the way it fits but two weeks of itching later and I find this site! The bra has to go! I can’t believe the company hasn’t taken this seriously considering how long it’s been a problem! Very upsetting!

  24. Adjua Reply

    I bought quite a few of the Victoria Secret bras with the gel-like lining around the circumference of the bra. I wore it a few times and notice that it burnt or scarred my skin to the point of leaving black lines going around my underarms where the bra. I stopped wearing the bras for a while and then tried it again and immediately noticed that my skin is burnt again. I decided to type in my concerns online and noticed that there was already a forum with women complaining of the same problems. I’d like to know if I can return these bras?

  25. Joycette Reply

    I thought it was Just Me. I have been telling people for years that I can not wear Victoria Secret Bras.

  26. Australia Reply

    I’ve been a customer of Victoria Secret for a very long time, this is the first time one of their products has caused a reaction. I bought two bras last week and a few other items, I shop there almost monthly. Immediately after putting the bra on I experienced a burning sensation/itch, I thought maybe the lace was the culprit but now a week later I have a dark reddish/brown rash exactly where the underwire was. I’m going to the hospital tomorrow to see if they can help.

  27. Cathy Reply

    A Very sexy push up bra leaked oil over all my silk shirt. I am so surprised. No idea what to do, soooo sad. Soaked with oil in the middle of my work day….

  28. Bo Reply

    Yesterday shortly after lunch I went to the restroom and notice there was a spot right on my boobs. I touched it, and it was not wet so it wasn’t water. Then I thought maybe it was from my lunch or something. Then towards the end of the day I notice that the right side was all soaked and I was like wth. Then I realized it was from the bra and my shirt was ruined/

  29. skylark116 Reply

    I have twenty VS bras sitting in a box airing out for two years…they still reek and a new one I bought this week smells like formalin, or something WORSE. My skin is irritated and itchy, with a few red marks. I called VS for the second time and all I was told was, “Look on the tag for fiber info. That’s all we can tell you. Otherwise send the bra back.” Nylon/Elastine is NOT the problem, there’s a chemical in the padding and I’m going to have it tested by an independent lab. Isn’t anyone else going to call VS? They told me”We’ve never gotten this complaint before.”

  30. Vera Reply

    I have only won Victoria secret bras as long as I can remember and sometimes I gave these itches and when I do, I stop using the bra and pick a new one . Now I am worried. Why has VS not stepped in to admit the problems, compensate the women and stop using the product that is causing this?

  31. teri Reply

    I have has the oil leaking onme as well. it happened before but i never put twi and two tigether. just this eveningI took my sweatshirt off only to find my other shirt totally stained – i was so scared. i thought i was dying or something. Then i found several sites discribing the oily inserts in the VS bras!!!! I am outraged, i will be calling customer service. This is disgraceful business practice. BOYCOTT ALL VS MERCHANDISE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM TO STOP!!!

  32. dawn Reply

    this is crazy because I think this is the bacteria found in me

  33. Claudia Reply

    Vs bras have burn’t my skin around the circumference of my chest and chemically burned my skin, scaring it brown for over a year. Also 3 of my bras leaked oil— brand new out of the packaging— I have about 10 bras. All contain oil— cost so much
    Vs offered me 20 for 2!

  34. Misty Reply

    I have been wearing Victoria Secret bras for a few years, Over a year ago I started getting cysts on my breasts, they would burst and have left scars. I stopped wearing them for awhile and switched over to fruit of the loom sports bras. I had started wearing Victoria secret bras again because they were on sale and thought I’d give out another try, holy behold I have another cyst on my right breast, in severe pain full of pus ready to burst, i would post a picture if i could, looks like I’ll be having another hole in my breast(scar). Just waiting for it to burst. Ugh, no more VS bras for me.

  35. kharol Reply

    i have the same allergy wearing VS bra. i was at work and its good that i was so busy that i can tolerate the itch. but when i got home took it off and threw it in the garbage. i had the allergic reaction wearing VS bra before but i thought it’s because i sweat too much. i stopped for few months then wore again and got same reaction. i have the scarred around my breast.

  36. Ericka Reply

    What a bummer…I have worn VS very sexy bras for many years and they are the only bra that fits my body correctly but, now, for the second time, I have had an oil sack leak out and ruin my clothes and scare me. When you see something that you cannot account for it is easy to wonder if something is going on physically with your body and that can be very scary! I Got online to make sure that the oil contained in the Bra was not toxic when I came across this and another site. The other site stated that one should not Bra was not toxic when I came across this and another site. The other site stated that one should be careful not to ”wear out” Their bra by getting rid of it after about a year. But, to that I have to say, when we spend as much as we do on their bras, why on earth wouldn’t they be something we should be able to wear then as long as we please?

  37. Maria Reply

    I bought some VS bra at the Trumbull Mall in CT , it’s also from the pink brand , I developed severe rash in both of my breast and end up in the doctor and was prescribed steroids for a week along with an anti fungus cream , I didn’t thought nothing of it and Yesterday I used one of the bras again and I got an rash again , ( note that for a week I didn’t wear any bra so I could heal ) . I did not contact the company or the store but if that is really harm so many of us , this king bra should be banned from the market . It’s unacceptable to pay a hight price for something that is harmful , I do have the proof I went to the doctor

  38. Lisa Reply

    I have what appears to be a bright red sunburn, extremely itchy, skin is getting harder exactly wear the bra touches the skin. I have not worn the bra a couple days and unfortunately it is still very red and extremely itchy.

  39. Tressa Reply

    I used to wear nothing but VS bras. Until I started to get hives and a burning, stinging rash, constantly. I stopped wearing bras all together. Until recently, I have 3 different VS styles of bras that I have been wearing for about 2 weeks now and I noticed a rash around my rib cage when my boyfriend scratched my back for me and it hurt really bad. I then noticed a red bump to the side of right breast. Over the past week, the red bump had gotten bigger and bigger and is extremely painful. Today it opened up and I had to drain and push out semi-hard, green infection that looked like cottage cheese. This is serious! I gave never had anything like this on my body. I am very concerned. Please get back to me asap. Thank you.

  40. Marie Reply

    You need to have at least 10 bras, and not wear the same bra for months at a time. A lot of women have the same bra they wear daily until it falls apart. Change your bra and wash it, then you won’t have problems.

  41. Valerie Reply

    I started noticing a rash under my breasts and pimple like bumps on my breasts. At first I thought it was from my laundry detergent so I switched my detergent. When I noticed the rash was getting worse and more bumps forming I stopped wearing bras for a month and the rash and bumps cleared up with some OT meds. So I figured it was nothing until I started wearing my bras again and the rash and bumps came back. So I decided to buy my bras from Walmart and have not had any issues with rashes or bumps.

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