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These Five Aerosol Spray Sunscreens Were Recalled After Traces of Carcinogens Were Found

In the summertime it’s easy to grab the nearest SPF providing lotion, spray or stick and run out of the house without a second thought — but consumers will want to check their medicine cabinets to make sure that their sunscreens are up to snuff by making sure they don’t include ones that were recently voluntarily recalled by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) on Wednesday.

Per the company, five aerosol sunscreens from Neutrogena and Aveeno were recalled “out of an abundance of caution” after trace amounts of Benzene were found in some samples. They are the following:

  • NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen
  • NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
  • NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen
  • NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen
  • AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen

According to Johnson & Johnson, Benzene, while not an ingredient in any of their products, was detected in samples of some of the above sunscreens.

“Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure,” per a release from J&J. “Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. Benzene can be absorbed, to varying degrees by inhalation, through the skin, and orally. Based on exposure modeling and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) framework, daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”

Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the danger of Benzene exposure can depend on the amount a person is exposed to and the conditions (amount, length of time) they were exposed to it, as well as the individual’s health conditions.

“Benzene works by causing cells not to work correctly,” Per the CDC. “For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Also, it can damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells.”

For those who have one of the above spray sunscreens in their home, J&J advises consumer stop using the products immediately and discard them. They also say that any consumers with concerns or questions can contact JJCI Consumer Care Center for more information and anyone who might have experienced an adverse reaction can report it to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

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