Aveeno and Neutrogena Spray Sunscreens Recalled Due to Low Levels of Benzene, a Carcinogen
Johnson & Johnson says it is issuing the recall 'out of an abundance of caution.' Coppertone has also recalled sunscreens that contain benzene.
Update: On Sept. 30, 2021, Coppertone recalled certain lots of its Pure & Simple SPF 50 Spray, Sport Mineral SPF 50 Spray, and Sport SPF 50 Spray (travel size) because it found that these products contain benzene. See the full list of recalled sunscreens.
Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of five Aveeno and Neutrogena aerosol sunscreen products after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some product samples.
People are regularly exposed to benzene via air pollution, cigarette smoke, and certain products, such as glue and paint. Benzene is considered a carcinogen, and long-term exposure can have effects throughout the human body. In the shorter term, breathing in benzene can cause dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms.
Products recalled: Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen, and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen.
The problem: Low levels of benzene were detected.
The fix: If you have these sunscreens, stop using them and throw them away.
How to contact the manufacturer: Call Johnson & Johnson at 800-458-1673 to request a refund or ask any questions. You can also request a refund using the company’s online form.