J&J Recalls 5 Sunscreens Over Carcinogenic Ingredients

Johnson & Johnson announced in July that it recalled five aerosol sunscreen products. The reason behind this effort involves samples that contained low benzene levels.

Benzene is a chemical that is a known carcinogen. It’s linked to several blood cancers, such as leukemia. 

The recall from J&J involves four Neutrogena products.

  • Beach Defense
  • Cool Dry Sport
  • Invisible Daily Defense
  • Ultra Sheer

Aveeno Protect and Refresh sunscreen is the fifth item on the list. Although the healthcare giant stated that using the products wouldn’t be expected to cause adverse effects, the voluntary recall was happening to be cautious.

As an alternative, you can consider products from brands like Wondercide or MyChelle Dermaceuticals.

Benzene Isn’t Part of the Manufacturing Process

Since benzene isn’t directly added to these sunscreens and sunblocks, Johnson & Johnson immediately evaluated its supply chain after the testing results returned. That process included looking at the raw materials that go into its products.


The investigation into how benzene got into the five products is still ongoing. 

If you’re using a cream from one of those brands, the item is not on the recall list. It only applies to the aerosol containers.

You can find benzene in gasoline. It’s also used as a solvent for waxes and rubber. It’s a highly flammable product that can cause several cancers with repeated and long-term exposure.

Its effects vary based on how it enters the body. You can ingest or inhale it, but the skin can also absorb it. People experience dizziness and an irregular heartbeat most often.

If you have any of the products on the recall list, you’re encouraged to throw the items away. You can call 1 (800) 458-1673 to request a full refund.