Benzene, a Known Carcinogen, Was Found in 78 Batches of These Popular Sunscreen and After-Sun Products

Heads up before you prep your skin for the beach this holiday weekend. An independent laboratory is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a recall after detecting benzene, a known human carcinogen, in 78 batches of sunscreen and after-sun products.

In a “citizen petition” filed May 24, Valisure LLC said it analyzed 294 unique batches of sunscreen and after-sun products from 69 brands. (Note: a “batch” is different than a “product” as a whole—samples were taken from specific bottles of products, and contamination doesn’t necessarily mean all products of the same kind contain benzene.)