Benzene sunscreen claims

Sunscreen is supposed to prevent skin cancer, not cause it. Disturbingly, numerous popular sunscreen brands have recently been found to contain benzene, a very harmful chemical. Frequent exposure to benzene can lead to the development of leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma, as it is a confirmed human carcinogen, according to multiple reputable health organizations. The researchers of the independent pharmacy Valisure discovered benzene lurking in 78 of the 300 samples of sunscreen tested, which is worrying. According to medical experts, there is no safe level of benzene in sunscreen, so if you have been using one of the products on this page, we strongly advise you to stop doing so. However, in the regrettable event that you already developed acute myeloid leukemia due to using hazardous sunscreen, we encourage you to reach out to our attorneys, as they can efficiently help you recover compensation for your distress.

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Benzene sunscreen dangers and how it causes cancer

Firstly, it is essential to mention that benzene is not one of the ingredients in sunscreen. The issue of benzene in sunscreen is related to manufacturing contamination, not to sunscreen formulations, as this is how the chemical ended up in the products. When it is at room temperature, benzene is a colorless or light-yellow liquid that has a sweet odor and is highly flammable.

It is a toxic chemical used to make products such as plastic, rubber, and pesticides, but wildfires and volcano eruptions create it naturally.

Both the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Environmental Protection Agency classify benzene as a human carcinogen, as exposure can cause various types of cancer. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the sunscreen on the market, deems benzene as a class 1 solvent, meaning that exposure to it must be avoided as much as possible because it is a health hazard. Needless to say, the agency also states that the chemical should not be used in the manufacturing of drug substances or drug products.

When a person applies sunscreen with benzene to their skin, the harmful chemical is absorbed by their body and inevitably enters the bloodstream, which can carry it to any organ and tissue. According to a 2021 study, benzene is believed by researchers to trigger the onset of cancer by producing chronic inflammation and suppressing the immune system (source: Occupational and Environmental Medicine). Nevertheless, if sunscreen containing benzene proves to be a widespread problem, the accumulation of benzene in the body can result in a significant chronic exposure, which places individuals who regularly use these products at high risk for cancer.

Eligibility criteria for toxic sunscreen claims

Everyone who has been using sunscreen with benzene and came to struggle with acute myeloid leukemia should get in touch with our legal team, as we have the necessary experience to obtain compensation for you. Nonetheless, some eligibility requirements must be met by a person who intends to file a benzene sunscreen claim, which are the following:

  • they must have an acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis
  • they must have used a benzene aerosol sunscreen over the course of 5 years or more

It is important to note that, in order to qualify, you must have used the benzene aerosol sunscreen for 50 days or longer during each year. This is because only long-term exposure to benzene has a definitive connection with cancer.

If you meet these requirements, you become entitled to compensation from the company whose harmful sunscreen you have been using, which our knowledgeable attorneys, who have a strong scientific background, will help you obtain. Do not hesitate to contact us, even if you have doubts that you meet the eligibility criteria, as these cases are complex and unique, and you may actually qualify.

Aerosol sunscreen sprays brands found to contain benzene

Fortunately, not every brand of sunscreen on the market is contaminated with benzene, so you can find safe, non-toxic alternatives if you have been using one or more of the products below. It is paramount to cease using sunscreen if you have been applying one of these products.

However, what is also extremely important is to continue using some type of sunscreen, preferably with a high SPF, as medical experts strongly advocate for regular sunscreen use, informing consumers that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as two of the safest and most effective active ingredients in these products.

  • Neutrogena
  • Sun Bum
  • CVS Health
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • Raw Elements
  • SunBurnt
  • Goodsense
  • Banana Boat
  • TopCare Everyday
  • EltaMD
  • Live Better by CVS Health
  • Ethical Zinc
  • Babyganics
  • Walgreens
  • Coppertone
  • Max Block
  • Solimo
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Equate
  • Up & Up

With our Benzene Sunscreen Replacement Initiative, anyone who used toxic sunscreen can now receive safe, non-toxic replacement sunscreen. Those that developed diseases will be prioritized. Please fill out the form to apply.

Liability for sunscreen companies containing benzene

People who filed a lawsuit against one or more of the manufacturers whose sunscreen was found to contain benzene by the Valisure study will receive financial compensation if the companies are found liable for acting negligently, recklessly, or intentionally. Acting intentionally means that the sunscreen manufacturers had prior knowledge of the benzene in their products, but chose to ignore the issue out of convenience or to save money, as testing for toxic agents is not very cheap. Consequently, the expected causes of action against major companies such as Johnson & Johnson include the following strict liability, product liability, and negligence claims:

  • defective design
  • manufacturing defect
  • failure to warn
  • improper warning labels
  • consumer fraud
  • deceptive trade practices
  • negligence per se
  • gross negligence
  • fraudulent concealment
  • fraudulent misrepresentation
  • negligent misrepresentation
  • breach of implied warranties

Voluntary recall for sunscreen containing benzene

On July 14, 2021, the major companies Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno, and Neutrogena announced their recall of five aerosol sunscreen products because laboratory testing had found low concentrations of benzene.

The chemical poses a health threat even in small concentrations, especially when it comes to sunscreen, as people apply it regularly, some even more than once a day.

Consequently, they would regularly be exposed to benzene. For this reason, the three manufacturers acted ethically, although the recalled products are now the subject of multiple sunscreen lawsuits because the manufacturers were still negligent. These are the benzene sunscreen products that the companies have recalled:

  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen

On September 30, Coppertone also voluntarily recalled several lots of five aerosol sunscreen products made between January 10 and June 15. Some of the lots that contain benzene are the following:

  • Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF 50 aerosol sunscreen (5 oz)
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50 aerosol sunscreen (5 oz)
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50 aerosol sunscreen (5 oz)
  • Coppertone Sport Mineral SPF 50 aerosol sunscreen (5 oz)
  • Coppertone Sport Spray SPF 50 aerosol sunscreen, travel size (1.6 oz)

The companies continue to investigate how the chemical ended up in their products, but Johnson & Johnson said that the amount found in their sunscreen is unlikely to cause negative health consequences. Valisure, on the other hand, filed a citizen petition with the help of the Food and Drug Administration, urging a recall of 40 contaminated batches of sunscreen, including all samples that had a benzene level of at least 0.1 ppm. According to the testing of the pharmacy, several of the products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson had concentrations of benzene considerably above the safe and acceptable limit set up by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

In the Valisure statement, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Yale University Dr. Christopher Bunick, M.D. and Ph.D. said that "it is critical that regulatory agencies address benzene contamination in sunscreens and all topical medications at the manufacturing and final product level so that all individuals feel safe using sunscreen products."

Indeed, health agencies need to attend to the issue of benzene in sunscreen as urgently as possible, as there is currently no safe exposure limit for benzene and the 2 ppm concentration limit only applies in special circumstances, which exempt sunscreen manufacturing.

A timeline of studies, recalls, and lawsuits concerning benzene sunscreen

While the issue of benzene in sunscreen is relatively new, a lot has been happening with regard to it over recent months, including recalls coming from major companies and lawsuits filed by outraged consumers. The following is a timeline highlighting the most important events with regard to benzene sunscreen.

In addition to seeking legal assistance, which our benzene sunscreen recall attorneys can help with, consumers should also try to get a refund for their recalled sunscreen by calling the Consumer Care Center of Johnson & Johnson at 800.458.1673. Nevertheless, it is crucial to not sign anything releasing the company from liability.

We file benzene sunscreen recall claims

If you have been using one of the sunscreens mentioned on this page and developed acute myeloid leukemia with exposure to benzene, you should not postpone contacting our law firm, as you are most likely entitled to file a claim. By filing a claim with the responsible company, you will eventually obtain the compensation that will help you afford better healthcare and treatment. Furthermore, by filing a benzene sunscreen claim, the responsible manufacturers will be held liable for their negligence and hopefully be discouraged from acting this way in the future.

All you have to do if you decide to file a benzene sunscreen claim is to give our legal team a phone call, explain your situation in detail, answer our questions, and send us your medical records stating your diagnosis. Our lawyers will carefully review your case, and if they deem you eligible, they will promptly begin working on your claim. After submission, you will benefit from the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering.