Sunscreen Recall

What You Need to Know


In July 2021, we voluntarily recalled all lots of Aveeno® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen products from the markets in which they are sold. We made this decision as internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of these aerosol sunscreen products. 

This action was taken out of an abundance of caution. Daily exposure to benzene in these sunscreen products at the levels detected in internal testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. 

The health and safety of the people who use our products is our top priority. We removed all recalled products from the shelf and have taken corrective actions based upon the findings of our investigation. 

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.

For a list of all lots impacted by this voluntary recall of specific aerosol sunscreens, click here.

Consumer Guidance

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.

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.