What You Need to Know
You may have noticed that AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen is not available where you shop in the United States. That’s because we have made the decision to voluntarily recall all lots of this aerosol sunscreen as internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the product.
What is Benzene?
Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures indoors and outdoors from multiple sources. Benzene can be absorbed, to varying degrees, by inhalation, through the skin, and orally.
Daily exposure to benzene in these sunscreen products at the levels detected in internal testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific sunscreen aerosol products.
This product was distributed nationwide through a variety of retail channels. For a list of all lots impacted by this voluntary recall of specific aerosol sunscreens, click here.
Consumers should stop using these specific aerosol products and appropriately discard them. Please follow your local disposal procedure for aerosol products. Information can be found through your local waste management services.
For more questions regarding the recall, please review our FAQs below or call our Consumer Care Center with questions regarding the recall by calling 1-800-458-1673.
Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any questions, concerns or have experienced any problems related to using these aerosol sunscreens. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
- Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.
Importance of Sunscreen
Sunscreen use is critical to public health. Melanoma incidences continue to increase worldwide, and the majority of cases are caused by excessive sun exposure. It is important that people everywhere continue to take appropriate sun protection measures, including the continued use of alternative sunscreen.