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Johnson and Johnson Issue Voluntary Recall on Sunscreens

Many of you know by now that Valisure Pharmacy found Benzene in some of the sun protection and after sun products that we know and love. If you haven’t read up on that finding, check out my article on the topic filled with resources. Please check that article for all links related to the original Valisure findings.

As a refresher, Benzene is a carcinogen meaning it is known to cause cancer when it comes in contact with humans. Valisure Pharmacy tested 294 sun protection and after sun care products from 69 different brands, and they found benzene in 27% of those products (78 total products).

Which Products Have Been Recalled?

The products affected by the recall are aerosol products from Aveeno and Neutrogena.

  • 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

Johnson & Johnson recommends that you stop using these products if you have them and properly dispose of them.

You can contact JJCI Consumer Care Center 24/7 with questions or to request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673. Contact your doctor or health care provider if you’ve had any health issues related to these products. You should also be able to arrange for a refund for the affected products wherever you purchased them.

For more information, check out the Johnson and Johnson article.

Remember to keep using sun protection in whatever form you choose. Though the recent news has definitely made some of us more hesitant and mistrustful toward sun protection products, there are many safe options still available. See the below resources section for that list as well as other resources and my full article on this topic.


Numerous Sunscreens Found to Contains the Carcinogen Benzene – Albinism Up Close

Valisure Detects Benzene in Sunscreen – Valisure Pharmacy

Valisure Attachment A: Product list of items where benzene was not detected – Valisure Pharmacy

I have Albinism and am legally blind. I have a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I'm currently pursuing my passion of writing through this blog and for the Albinism InSight magazine.

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