Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Aerosol Sunscreen Products Due to the Presence of Benzene

Welcome to the heat of August! Summer is winding down, and people are still enjoying sunbathing activities with family and friends. People can recognize that utilizing sunscreen can protect them from the sun’s damaging consequences, yet at what cost? Do you trust the ingredients that you are willingly put on your body?

On JULY 14, 2021 Johnson & Johnson announced the voluntary recall of five of their products, the products included Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen. Internal testing of the products exposed levels of benzene in some samples of the products. Benzene is categorized as a human carcinogen; this substance could potentially cause cancer depending on the level of exposure. It is evident that, applying and using sunscreen is vital for public health and safety. There are serious consequences as a result of excessive sun exposure including Melanoma and other types of diseases caused by excessive sun exposure. It is essential, that individuals should continue to take appropriate caution and protocols when getting sun exposure. However, consumers should continue to use alternative sunscreens that do not have the presence of Benzene in them.  Consumers using these aerosol sunscreen products are cautioned to stop using the contaminated products immediately and discard of the affected products.

Sunscreen products impacted by the aerosol products recall are specifically:

  • NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen,
  • NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen,
  • NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen,
  • NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen, and
  • AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen.

If you or someone you love have been affected by one of these products feel free to contact our NY office at (631) 543-3663 if you have any questions or concerns about the use of these products. Consumers may also contact the Johnson and Johnson Consumer Care Center 24/7 with questions or to request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673. It is also recommended that consumers should contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any adverse health problems related to using these aerosol sunscreen products.




Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® Aerosol Sunscreen Products Due to the Presence of Benzene | Johnson & Johnson. (2021). Retrieved 2 August 2021, from