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If You Bought These Sunscreens, Throw Them Out Now, Company Says

A big recall of popular sunscreens is cause for concern.
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Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. just announced a voluntary recall of five popular sunscreen products, due to "low levels of benzene in some samples of the products…..Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure." Says the company in a statement: "Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products…While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products." If you bought any, you "should stop using these specific products and appropriately discard them." Read on to see which sunscreens are affected—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

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NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen

NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen

This "sunscreen spray formula is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and is great for use on large areas of skin, especially hard-to-reach places. The lightweight spray formula is easy to apply and absorbs quickly." If you bought it, toss it.

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NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen

NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen

This sunscreen is "designed to be sweat and water resistant, this powerful sport sunscreen features Micromesh Technology and helps create a breathable barrier that allows sweat to pass through and evaporate, while providing durable sun protection against skin-aging UVA and skin-burning UVB rays."  If you bought it, toss it.

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NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen

NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen

This product's "unique formula layers invisibly under and over makeup with an amazing, lightweight feel. This multi-tasking face mist with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and antioxidants doesn't just fight against sun damage, it also fights against environmental aggressors such as cold, ozone and pollution." If you bought it, toss it.

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NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen

NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen

"This lightweight & sheer sunscreen is fast-absorbing with Dry-Touch technology for a non-greasy, matte finish and is formulated with Helioplex for superior sun protection for your skin," says the company. If you bought it, toss it.

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AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen

AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen

"With a refreshing and weightless formula and a non-greasy feel, the invisible sunscreen spray also provides broad spectrum SPF 60 protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays," says the company. If you bought it, toss it.

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What to Do If You Want a Refund

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"Consumers may contact the JJCI Consumer Care Center 24/7 with questions or to request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673," says the company. "Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any questions, concerns or have experienced any problems related to using these aerosol sunscreen products. JJCI is also notifying its distributors and retailers by letter and is arranging for returns of all recalled products."

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If You Have Any Adverse Reactions

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"Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax," says J&J.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more
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