"27% of sunscreen samples tested contained benzene [a known carcinogen," according to analyses by Valisure.
Benzene is a known carcinogen considered hematoxic that has been linked to blood cancers including leukemia.
Almost 300 sunscreen products sold routinely over the counter, including common and popular brand names were tested. It is unclear how benzene made its way into the products, however it is not listed as an ingredient on the label which makes determining products to choose much more difficult. Valisure has petitioned the FDA to have these products recalled.
For a full list of products tested follow this link.
Please note that there is no consistency across brand names or product types (i.e., lotion, spray, cream, etc.). In other words, not all Neutrogena products tested for example contained benzene, only certain types.
It is also important to note that this issue could be from the manufacturing process and only have impacted certain batches from these sunscreen types.
Please consider balancing the risks of excess UV exposure and the need for sun protection. Remember to avoid peak hours of UV exposure, seek shade and remember the role of sun protective clothing in your routine.