Benzene Found in Popular Sunscreens: What to Know

Just before Memorial Day, online pharmacy and lab Valisure announced that its testing had found benzene, a known carcinogen, in batches of 78 widely available sunscreen and after-sun products. The company has petitioned the FDA to recall these products, which include batches from Neutrogena, Banana Boat, CVS Health, and other top brands. More than three quarters of the products are sprays.

It’s important to note that benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreen, and Valisure’s petition suggests that the findings are a result of contamination somewhere in the manufacturing process.