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Which Sunscreens Are Being Recalled Due to the Benzene Cancer Risk?

September 20, 2021

According to a recent news article, a large recall affecting dozens of popular sunscreen brands has safety experts investigating how benzene, a known carcinogen, ended up in certain sunscreen sprays and lotions.

Back in July 2021, Johnson & Johnson recalled several of the company's sunscreens products due to benzene contamination. The company initiated a recall of its Aveeno and Neutrogena suncare products after the company was told that its products contained high levels of benzene.  

Benzene is a dangerous chemical compound that can immediately harm an individual's health and influence their risk of developing cancer. Health experts are concerned that benzene-contaminated sunscreens can cause substantial harm to users as the benzene is absorbed over time.

Several months ago, Valisure, a pharmaceutical analytical company, conducted independent testing of dozens of popular sunscreen products. The company then published the results of their study and reported that over 50 sunscreen products were contaminated with benzene. According to the study, benzene contamination is a very common health danger. Valisure's study showed that some popular sunscreens contained almost three times the FDA-approved limit of benzene.  

Which Sunscreen Products Contain Benzene?

According to CNN, there could be as many as 11,000 sunscreens sold on the market. Therefore, it is difficult to know which sunscreen products contain hazardous chemicals. However, the following is a list of sunscreens that have been found to contain benzene according to Valisure:

  • Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • Babyganics Kid's Sunscreen Continuous Spray, SPF 50
  • Banana Boat Kids' Max Protect & Play Sunscreen, SPF 100
  • Banana Boat Kids' Sport Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 50
  • Banana Boat Protective Dry Oil Clear Sunscreen Spray with Coconut Oil, SPF 15
  • Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50+
  • Banana Boat Ultra Defense Ultra Mist Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • Banana Boat Ultra Mist Deep Tanning Oil Continuous Clear, Spray SPF4
  • Banana Boat Ultra Sport Clear Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • Coppertone Whipped Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 50
  • CVS Health 70 Beach Guard Sun Sunscreen, SPF 70 (Lotion)
  • CVS Health After-sun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel
  • CVS Health After-sun Aloe Vera Soothing Spray
  • CVS Health Sheer Mist Spray Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 70
  • CVS Health Sport Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100+
  • CVS Health Ulta Sheer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • CVS Health Lotion Ultra Sheer Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 45
  • EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum Full-Body Sunscreen Spray, SPF 45
  • Equate Lotion Kids Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • Ethical Zinc Natural Clear Zinc Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  • Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel
  • Goodsense Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen Lotion Spray, SPF 60
  • Live Better by CVS Health Body Mineral Spray Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • Max Block Sport Sunscreen Lotion Water Resistance Blue, 30 SPF
  • Max Block Sunscreen Lotion 4 Fl Oz Broad Spectrum Water Resistant, SPF 30
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Oil-Free Body Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Body Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Water-Resistant Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 and SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 60+
  • Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Face Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 30 Spray
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 45 Lotion
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant Sunscreen, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
  • Raw Elements Eco Formula Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 (both tin and tube)
  • Solimo Sheer Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55
  • Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down Aloe Vera Spray
  • Sun Bum Cool Down Gel
  • Sun Bum Oxy Free Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
  • SunBurnt Advanced After-Sun Gel
  • TopCare Everyday Lotion Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70
  • TopCare Everyday Lotion Ultimate Sheer Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 55 and SPF 70
  • Up & Up Clear Aloe Vera Gel
  • Walgreens After Sun Gel
  • Walgreens Sport Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • Walgreens Sunscreen Sport, SPF 50

FDA officials are overhauling its guidelines for sunscreen production in the United States. Two ingredients PABA and tromaline aline salicylate, are considered unsafe and are no longer in use. Health officials are gathering more data to determine if other ingredients are hazardous.

One active ingredient in sunscreen is known as oxybenzone. Experts are concerned that oxybenzone can be absorbed into the body and negatively affect the endocrine system.  

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