Which skin products contain benzene?

Although benzene has recently been detected in antiperspirant and deodorant body spray, the independent laboratory Valisure found this highly toxic solvent in other consumer products over the last year, such as hand sanitizer, sunscreen, dry shampoo, and antifungal spray.

answered by Gary Anderson

Benzene in hand sanitizers

While no benzene exposure is safe, the maximum exposure limit is currently 0.1 ppm for people who work with it. However, consumers may develop leukemia even when exposed to a low benzene concentration. In March 2021, the independent laboratory and pharmacy Valisure analyzed 260 unique samples of hand sanitizer from 168 different brands. The researchers detected over 2 ppm benzene in 21 hand sanitizer samples and between 2 ppm and 0.1 ppm benzene in 23 other samples of this product. Some of the hand sanitizer brands the solvent was found in are the following:

  • Artnaturals
  • Star Wars Mandalorian
  • Body Prescriptions
  • Huangjisoo
  • PureLogic
  • Natural Wunderz
  • Born Basic
  • Puretize

Shortly after, the manufacturer Best Brands Consumer Products recalled two lots of Mandalorian Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 68%, available in green and blue, and Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 68% blue. The company also took these products off the market due to the presence of methanol, which is extremely poisonous.

Sunscreen, another product containing benzene

Furthermore, in May 2021, the same laboratory discovered benzene lurking in sunscreen. More specifically, researchers analyzed 294 unique samples of sunscreen from 69 different brands. They found a concentration of benzene between 2.78 ppm and 6.26 ppm in 14 samples from four brands and between 0.11 ppm and 1.99 ppm benzene in 26 other samples from eight brands. The sunscreen products contaminated with benzene included:

  • Banana Boat
  • CVS Health
  • Equate
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • Aveeno
  • Babyganics
  • Coppertone
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Neutrogena
  • Raw Elements
  • Sun Bum
  • Walgreens

It is important to note that, once they were informed about this issue, Johnson & Johnson recalled four Neutrogena and one Aveeno sunscreen products, whereas Coppertone took off the shelves five tainted sunscreen lots. Moreover, Edgewell Personal Care recalled their Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen in July 2022.

Dry shampoo, antifungal treatments, and deodorant with benzene

Benzene was also detected in two of Bayer's antifungal treatments. These products were also taken off the market. Even though the source of benzene contamination in antifungal treatments remains unknown, Valisure suspects that ethanol is a possible culprit. The products in which benzene was found are:

  • Lotrimin
  • Tinactin

The researchers at Valisure have also detected benzene in 32 dry shampoo products by Proctor & Gamble, all of which were eventually recalled. Among the dry shampoo of the manufacturer were:

  • Pantene Sultry Bronde All in One Luxury Mist
  • Waterless Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth
  • Pantene Gold Series Instant Nourishing Spray
  • Aussie Sleekend Warrior Dry Conditioner
  • Waterless Dry Conditioner Instant Moisture
  • Aussie Smooth Vibes Dry Conditioner
  • Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mint Dry Shampoo
  • Old Spice Fiji Dry Shampoo

Finally, the latest study by Valisure revealed the presence of benzene in antiperspirant and deodorant body spray. Out of the 108 unique samples of body spray analyzed, 59 were found to contain benzene. The highest concentration of benzene in these products was 17.7 ppm. If you developed leukemia after having used benzene deodorant or benzene sunscreen, we strongly encourage you to contact our specialized attorneys, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.

We offer legal assistance to consumers struggling with leukemia

For over 25 years, our law firm has been handling toxic exposure and defective product claims, so we have the necessary experience, knowledge, and resources to provide you with quality legal assistance. If you came to struggle with leukemia after having used benzene deodorant, do not hesitate to get in touch with our skilled attorneys, who will help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim. Because we know how overwhelming it can be to suffer from such a serious disease, we will strive to make the process as easy as possible for you.

We will request evidence of you having used a benzene deodorant and your medical records, which must state your leukemia diagnosis. Our attorneys will thoroughly review your case, and if we deem you eligible for compensation, they will promptly begin preparing your claim for submission. In the meantime, you can keep focusing on your health and treatment, as we will take care of the most complex aspects of the legal process on your behalf. Eventually, you will receive the financial compensation available for your diagnosis from the responsible manufacturers.

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