Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Popular Acne Products

Skin Care Products

In a recent investigation conducted by the independent laboratory Valisure, alarming levels of benzene, a chemical known for its carcinogenic properties, have been identified in several acne treatment products. This discovery encompasses products from renowned brands such as Estee Lauder’s Clinique, Target’s Up & Up, Reckitt Benckiser’s Clearasil, as well as other products including Proactiv, PanOxyl, Walgreens’ acne soap bar, and Walmart’s Equate Beauty acne cream.

Details of the Discovery

Valisure’s rigorous testing identified benzene in various acne treatment solutions, including those from Proactiv, PanOxyl, and retail brands like Walgreens and Walmart’s Equate Beauty acne cream. The laboratory reported that these products could contain benzene at levels much higher than what the FDA considers conditionally restricted, raising alarms about potential health risks.

Manufacturers’ and Regulatory Responses

In response to the findings, some of the implicated companies have defended the safety of their products. Reckitt Benckiser and Estee Lauder have both issued statements reassuring the public of the safety of their Clearasil and Clinique products, respectively, when used as directed. However, the broader implications for consumer health and safety remain a concern, and calls for FDA action are growing louder.

The occurrence of benzene in consumer products is not unprecedented, with previous instances involving sunscreens, hand sanitizers, and dry shampoos leading to recalls by major corporations like Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. However, the situation with acne treatment products is notably distinct, as the benzene is believed to originate from the benzoyl peroxide ingredient itself, rather than being an impurity from contaminated ingredients.

Valisure’s co-founder and president, David Light, emphasizes the gravity of their findings, indicating that some products contained benzene levels exceeding the FDA’s conditional concentration limits by over 800 times.

The Importance of Being Informed and Proactive

As we navigate an ever-expanding marketplace, the responsibility for health and safety is a shared one. Consumers must arm themselves with knowledge, making informed decisions about their purchases and use of products. Simultaneously, authorities must enforce standards and respond swiftly to emerging health risks. This collaborative approach ensures that we can protect our health while maintaining trust in the products designed to improve our well-being.

Take Action Now

If you believe you have been affected by the use of benzene-contaminated acne treatment products, do not hesitate to reach out for legal assistance. Our team is concerned about the impact of these findings on public health. We are here to offer legal support and representation to those who have been adversely affected. Protecting your health and securing justice is our top priority.

Contact Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers

The recent findings of carcinogenic benzene in acne treatment products from trusted brands have raised significant health concerns. At Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, we possess the knowledge to navigate the legal challenges presented by exposure to harmful chemicals like benzene. 

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered due to benzene in acne treatments, we’re here to provide comprehensive legal support. To discuss your situation in detail and explore how we can help, contact us for a free, detailed consultation. Call (617) 777-7777 or use our online form. We’re committed to advocating for those affected by benzene exposure, ensuring they receive the justice and compensation they are entitled to.


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