July 15, 2021 -- Consumers should halt utilizing definite brands of spray-on sunscreen products made by Johnson & Johnson. The institution has issued a voluntarily callback aft uncovering debased levels of benzene, a known cancer-causing agent, successful immoderate samples.
Benzene is not an constituent of sunscreen, and should not beryllium contiguous successful these products. The levels detected were debased and would not beryllium expected to person an adverse effect connected health, but the institution says it is recalling the products anyhow “out of an abundance of caution.”
The sunscreen products that person been recalled are:
- NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen,
- NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen,
- NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defence aerosol sunscreen,
- NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen, and
- AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen.
These products were distributed nationwide done a assortment of retail stores. Consumers should halt utilizing these products and propulsion them away, the institution said.
Johnson & Johnson has launched an probe into however benzene got into these products.
One of the company’s different spray sunscreen products, Neutrogena Wet Skin, was not included successful the recall.
Several weeks ago, benzene was recovered successful 78 widely-used sunscreen products successful tests conducted by the online pharmacy and laboratory Valisure Most of the products were aerosol sprays, and the institution called connected the FDA to callback them all.
That petition suggested that the uncovering of benzene was the effect of contamination determination successful the manufacturing process.
"This isn't a sunscreen issue, it's a manufacturing issue," said Adam Friedman, MD, prof and main of dermatology astatine George Washington University. "We don't privation those things to beryllium blurred."
There is simply a hazard that radical instrumentality distant the incorrect connection from these findings.
"People already person ambivalence astir sunscreen, and this is conscionable going to marque that worse," Friedman said successful an interrogation astatine the time.
He pointed retired that benzene is contiguous successful car exhaust, second-hand smoke, and elsewhere. Inhalation vulnerability has been the superior absorption of toxicology investigations, arsenic has vulnerability from things specified arsenic contaminated drinking h2o – not via topical application. "We don't cognize however efficaciously [benzene] gets done the skin, if it gets absorbed systemically, and however that past behaves downstream," helium noted.
On the different hand, ultraviolet radiation is simply a well-established carcinogen. Avoiding an effectual preventive measurement specified arsenic sunscreen could beryllium much harmful than vulnerability to hint amounts of benzene, helium said.