Sunscreen With Chemicals: Who’s Affected?
- Several popular sunscreens contain the cancer-causing chemical benzene, according to a recent report.
- Other brands claiming that their products are mineral sunscreens may actually contain chemicals.
- If you purchased a sunscreen that contains unwanted chemicals, you may qualify for a free lawsuit claim review.
- See if you qualify by filling out the free form on this page.
Consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing mineral sunscreen and other types of sunblock that purportedly do not contain harmful chemicals.
However, some sunscreen products have come under scrutiny for allegedly misleading consumers into thinking they contain only mineral-based active ingredients when they actually contain chemicals that may pose a health risk.
Other popular sunscreens have been shown by independent laboratory testing to alleged contain high levels of benzene, a chemical that the World Health Organization has declared as carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to humans.
The laboratory noted that many sunscreen products it tested do not contain detectable levels of benzene, indicating that the use of the chemical is not required for the manufacture of sunscreen products and therefore should not be used.
Class action lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturers of several popular sunscreen mineral brands, including Coppertone, Blue Lizard, and CVS Clear Zinc sunblock.
Do You Qualify?
Did you purchase mineral sunscreen or sunscreen products that contain benzene or a sunscreen that claimed to be “mineral” but contained chemical active ingredients? If so, you may have purchased a product that was allegedly falsely advertised.
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Does Your Sunscreen Contain Benzene?
On May 24, 2021, an independent laboratory called Valisure sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the federal agency to remove nearly more than six dozen sun care products found to contain benzene, which is a known human carcinogen.
The FDA recognizes the danger of benzene to human health and notes that it should not be used to manufacture drug products unless it is absolutely necessary to produce a therapeutic product. Even then, the levels of benzene must be limited to 2 parts per million.
The sun care products in which high levels of benzene were detected were from several popular brands, including Neutrogena, Sun Bum, CVS Health, and Fruit of the Earth.
According to Valisure’s letter, some of the sunblock products tested contained higher levels of benzene than the FDA itself has deemed safe. Valisure urged the FDA to release guidance on the allowable daily exposure to benzene and the laboratory also demanded a recall of products that contain the harmful chemical.
Sunscreen False Advertising Class Action Lawsuits
Several mineral sunscreen manufacturers are facing false advertising class action lawsuits alleging they mislead consumers into thinking the products do not contain chemical active ingredients.
In May 2021, the maker of Blue Lizard brand sunscreen was hit with a sunscreen class action lawsuit alleging the company’s mineral sunscreen products contain potentially harmful chemical-based active ingredients. Some Blue Lizard mineral sunscreen products contain octinoxate, which may potentially cause health problems. Studies have shown that octinoxate can be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause reproductive issues in animals that were tested, according to the sunscreen class action lawsuit.
CVS and Fruit of the Earth are also facing a class action lawsuit alleging their mineral sunscreen products contain hidden chemicals. The plaintiffs say the companies obtained an unfair advantage in the competitive sunscreen market by passing off CVS Health Clear Zinc sunblock products as containing only zinc mineral active ingredients when they actually contain cheaper and less desirable chemical active ingredients.
A Coppertone class action lawsuit alleges that the Coppertone Sport Face Mineral-Based Sunscreen Lotion contains only 9.7% mineral-based active ingredients when another mineral sunscreen will contain up to 24% titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and no chemical ingredients.
Join a Free Sunscreen False Advertising Lawsuit Investigation
If you purchased sunscreen or sunblock in the last four years, you may have a legal claim.
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