Is there a safe benzene limit in personal care products such as sunscreen?

Alarmingly, there is no safe limit concerning the presence of benzene in sunscreen and other personal care products, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The 2 parts per million limit applies only in special circumstances.

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The 2 ppb limit applies in special situations, which excludes sunscreen manufacturing

Since benzene has nothing to do with sunscreen or the manufacturing of this product, there has not been a safe limit set by the Food and Drug Administration. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, the agency established a temporary limit of 2 parts per million (ppm) in hand sanitizers, but this limit does not apply to personal care products such as sunscreen. "Detection of benzene is not a commonly performed test on sunscreens as they are brought to the market," explains Dr. Zeichner, Associate Professor of Dermatology and the Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

However, other sources claim that the 2 ppm limit has been set by the Food and Drug Administration for sunscreen as well. Regardless of whether there is a limit of benzene in sunscreen that is currently effective, you should avoid using products found to contain this chemical at all costs, as benzene is a carcinogen and no amount of it in your body is actually safe. If you had the misfortune of developing acute myeloid leukemia due to using tainted sunscreen, you should reach out to our attorneys, as they specialize in toxic exposure and will help you recover compensation from the responsible company.

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With over 25 years of professional experience, our lawyers, whose main area of practice is toxic exposure, will gladly help you obtain financial compensation from the sunscreen manufacturer whose product injured you. If you wish to start the legal process and file a claim, all you have to do is give our staff a phone call, thoroughly describe your situation, and provide us with your medical records and other basic documents. We will carefully review your case, and you will eventually know whether you qualify for compensation.

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