Sunscreen Recall

Johnson & Johnson announced a sunscreen recall after both independent and internal testing indicated that some Aveeno and Neutrogena brand products were contaminated with benzene, a known human carcinogen. CVS has also ended sales of two store-brand sun-care products found to contain cancer-causing benzene.

Contact a Sunscreen Lawsuit Attorney Today

Our defective product lawyers believe any consumer who developed cancer or other benzene-relate ailments after using a recalled sunscreen product may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages, including:

  • Medical bills,
  • Lost wages,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • And more.

To learn if you qualify to file a Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuit, please fill out our online form or call (888) 994-5118 to contact our office directly.

What’s Affected by the Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Recall?

On July 14, Johnson & Johnson announced a sunscreen recall for the following aerosol product after internal testing detected “low levels” of benzene in some samples:

  • 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

The recall came just weeks after the online pharmacy Valisure announced its independent testing had detected benzene in a number of sunscreen and sun-care products sold by Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers, including:

  • Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Weightless, SPF 100+
  • Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Weightless, SPF 70
  • Sun Bum Cool Down Gel
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Oil-Free Body Spray, SPF 100
  • CVS Health After-Sun Aloe Vera Soothing Spray
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Body Spray, SPF 50
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 60+
  • Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh

According to Valisure, 27% of the sunscreen samples it tested contained detectable levels of benzene, and several contained almost three times the concentration limit set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) of 2 parts per million.

On July 15th, CVS announced it would no longer sell two store-brand sun-care products — CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera and CVS After Sun Aloe Vera Spray – because of benzene concerns.

Benzene and Your Health: What You Need to Know.

Benzene is a chemical used to make plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers. It’s also used to manufacture some types of lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.

Outdoor air contains low levels of benzene from tobacco smoke, gas stations, motor vehicle exhaust, and industrial emissions. Indoor air generally has higher levels, usually from glues, paints, furniture wax, and detergents that contain benzene. The air around hazardous waste sites or gas stations can contain higher levels of benzene than air in other areas. Benzene has also been known to contaminate water sources after leaking from underground tanks or hazardous waste sites.

People working in industries that make or use benzene may be exposed to the highest level.

Research has shown that there’s no safe level of benzene exposure. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the World Health Organization all classify benzene as a known human carcinogen due to its strong association with various blood cancers, including:

  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia

In addition to cancer, benzene exposure can cause bone marrow to produce inadequate numbers of red blood cells, leading to aplastic anemia. The chemical can also damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells. Benzene exposure has also been linked to neurological symptoms and excessive bleeding.

The FDA currently designates benzene as a “class 1” solvent that should not be used in drug production as a result of its high toxicity levels. However, the agency’s current allowable limit of 2ppm concentration does not include sunscreen manufacturing.

Benzene in sunscreen is particularly concerning, as multiple studies have shown high levels of sunscreen product chemicals present in the blood following application to the skin.

Filing a Sunscreen Lawsuit

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free lawsuit reviews to consumers who may have developed cancer or other health issues associated with benzene in sunscreen, including:

  • Neurological Problems
  • Anemia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Immune System Damage
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Other blood cancers

to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation, please contact our Sunscreen Recall Lawyers at (888) 994-5118.

  1. Johnson & Johnson (July 2021) “Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® Aerosol Sunscreen Products Due to the Presence of Benzene.”
  2. Valisure (May 2021) “Valisure Detects Benzene in Sunscreen”
  3. Bloomberg (July 2021) “CVS Pulls Sun-Care Products After Carcinogen Benzene Found”
  4. CDC (April 2018) “Facts About Benzene”,float%20on%20top%20of%20water.
  5. JAMA (May 2019) “Effect of Sunscreen Application Under Maximal Use Conditions on Plasma Concentration of Sunscreen Active Ingredients”
Last Modified: July 23, 2021

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