Neutrogena Sunscreen Cancer: Who’s Affected?

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Did you purchase sunscreen from Neutrogena or Aveeno? Have those products been recalled?

On July 14, 2021, Johnson & Johnson announced the recall of five different sunscreen products under Neutrogena and Aveeno brands. According to the company, these products are contaminated with benzene — a dangerous carcinogen that has been linked to leukemia and other cancers.

The recall affects the following products:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh

Over a month before this recall announcement, a patient advocate company released testing data which allegedly found significant traces of benzene in Neutrogena products. These results prompted a class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida.


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Does Neutrogena Sunscreen Contain Carcinogenic Ingredients?

On July 14, 2021, Johnson & Johnson recalled several of its aerosol sunscreen products under Neutrogena and Aveeno brands after testing found benzene in the products. According to the FDA recall announcement, the following aerosol sunscreen products may be contaminated by benzene:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh

Benzene is a known carcinogen often found in petroleum. Early signs of benzene exposure can include headaches, tremors, dizziness, vomiting, convulsions, and even death. Long-term exposure to benzene can cause problems with bone marrow, including leukemia:


  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Aplastic anemia

According to the recall notice, benzene is not an ingredient in any of the recalled sunscreens. Instead, benzene may have contaminated the products during production.

Consumers who purchased the recalled sunscreens are encouraged to stop using the products and discard them. Johnson & Johnson is offering refunds to consumers.

Carcinogen Sunscreen Class Action Lawsuit

Although Johnson & Johnson recalled the affected lots, some consumers say this is too little too late. The company faces a class action lawsuit in Florida alleging violations of federal and state law by failing to disclose the presence of benzene.

This class action was prompted by a May 25 announcement from Valisure, a pharmaceutical patient advocacy company, which revealed that several sunscreens contained benzene. After testing 294 batches from 69 companies, Valisure found four lots contained high levels of benzene while numerous other lots contained lower but still significant traces of the carcinogen.

Neutrogena sunscreens are found at the top of the list provided by Valisure in its findings.


“Benzene is one of the most studied and concerning human carcinogens known to science,” Valisure founder and CEO David Light said in the announcement.

“The presence of this known human carcinogen in products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and that are regularly used by adults and children is very troubling.”

Shortly after this announcement on June 2 — more than a month before Johnson & Johnson announced its recall — consumers filed a Neutrogena sunscreen class action lawsuit. According to the lead plaintiff in the case, the presence of benzene was not disclosed on Neutrogena sunscreen labels or listed in the ingredient list. As a result, countless consumers allegedly exposed themselves and their families to the carcinogen.

The Neutrogena sunscreen cancer class action lawsuit maintains that the failure to disclose benzene in the products violates various state and federal laws. The plaintiff argues that, as a result, she and a Class of similarly situated consumers are owed restitution and other compensation.

Consumers and Johnson & Johnson are both calling for class action lawsuits filed over Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens to be combined into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).

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