Consumers using certain Neutrogena aerosol spray and lotion sunscreens should consider discontinuing their use immediately due to several recalls. According to recent studies, many Neutrogena sunscreen products may contain traces of benzene, a human carcinogen. Depending on the level of exposure, benzene has the potential to cause cancer.
New studies suggest that sunscreens like Neutrogena which use the ingredient octocrylene may also contain benzophenone. Benzophenone is now believed to be a possible carcinogen and is also suspected of negatively affecting estrogen levels in women.
What is Benzene and is it Dangerous?
Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical that is found in products like cigarettes, gasoline and other industrial emissions. It is also used in the production of plastics, resins and other synthetic fibers and rubbers. While a limited level of exposure to this chemical is not considered dangerous, recent studies have linked prolonged exposure to certain cancers such as leukemia.
Benzene in Neutrogena Sunscreens
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According to scientific studies, prolonged exposure can be linked to leukemia and other cancers. Sunscreens come in direct contact with skin over long periods of time. For this reason, a link has been detected between Neutrogena Sunscreen products and leukemia. Because benzene is not an ingredient intentionally included in Neutrogena products, Johnson & Johnson is investigating the potential source of this contamination and any additional future impacts it may cause.
Which Neutrogena Sunscreens Have Been Contaminated with Benzene?
At least four different Neutrogena sunscreen products contain benzene levels of 2ppm or higher. These products include:
- Neutrogena Beach Defense
- Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
- Neutrogena Invisible Daily
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
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According to Valisure, over 50 different sunscreens were tested and showed benzene levels of 1ppm or higher.
Neutrogena Sunscreens and Cancer
In high doses, benzene causes cells to work improperly and can even decrease the production of white blood cells. This impacts the functioning of the immune system. As a result, long-term exposure to some Neutrogena sunscreens may result in the following symptoms:
- Anemia due to damaged bone marrow and a decrease in red blood cells
- Compromised immune system
- Leukemia and other cancers
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Leukemia is a cancer that compromises blood-forming tissues like bone marrow, and impacts the production of red and white blood cells. When white blood cell production decreases, the body’s immune system is compromised. This often results in symptoms such as:
- Continuous fatigue and muscle weakness
- Frequent and life-threatening infections
- Easy bleeding and/or bruising
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, exposure to Neutrogena sunscreen products has been linked to the following cancers:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Is There a Recall on Neutrogena Sunscreens?
Johnson & Johnson has recalled several Neutrogena sunscreen products due to the potential risk for cancer. It is expected that many other brands will recall sunscreens containing certain levels of benzene. Researchers recommend consumers immediately dispose of these Neutrogena products.
Have You Used a Neutrogena Sunscreen Product Containing Benzene?
If you have purchased or used Neutrogena sunscreen products contaminated with benzene, it is recommended that you discontinue your use immediately and discard these products. If symptoms from exposure occur, speak to a medical professional immediately .
You may want to consider filing a lawsuit for cancer caused by Neutrogena sunscreen if you have been diagnosed. A benzene exposure lawyer in New Orleans can review your case and tell you if you have a valid claim.
A New Orleans Morris Bart attorney may be able to help you seek compensation if you have been impacted by benzene exposure due to Neutrogena sunscreen products. An attorney can help answer any questions you may have and recommend next steps during a complimentary consultation. As a contingency fee firm, we do not collect payment unless a settlement is reached in your case. To speak with a Morris Bart attorney for free today, call (504) 613-4771.
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