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U.S. Lab Reports Presence Of Cancer-Causing Chemical In Clinique And Clearasil Acne Treatments

U.S. Lab Reports Presence Of  Cancer-Causing Chemical In Clinique And Clearasil Acne Treatments
Certain acne treatments, such as Clinique by Estee Lauder, Up & Up by Target, and Clearasil by Reckitt Benckiser, have high concentrations of the carcinogen benzene, according to independent U.S. laboratory Valisure.
The lab in New Haven, Connecticut, Valisure said on Wednesday that it has also submitted a petition to the FDA, requesting that the agency recall the items, launch an inquiry, and update industry guidelines.
Shares of Estee Lauder dropped 2%. Among other products, Valisure found benzene in Proactiv, PanOxyl, the acne soap bar at Walgreens, and the Equate Beauty acne cream at Walmart.

According to Valisure, benzoyl peroxide acne treatment treatments available over-the-counter and on prescription may contain "unacceptably high levels" of benzoene.
The results "reflect unrealistic scenarios rather than real-world conditions," according to a statement from Reckitt, who also stated that all Clearasil products were safe "when used and stored as directed on their labels."
Clinique utilises benzoyl peroxide in one product, according to Estee Lauder, and it "is safe for use as intended."
There were no  comments on the issue from Target and Walmart
Valisure's petition has not yet received a response from the FDA.
Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson have recalled items after the carcinogen was discovered in a number of consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, dry shampoo, and sunscreens.
However, according to Valisure, the finding of benzene in the acne treatment items was "substantially different" from the previous instances.
"The benzene we found in sunscreens and other consumer products were impurities that came from contaminated ingredients; however, the benzene in benzoyl peroxide products is coming from the benzoyl peroxide itself," said Valisure Co-Founder and President David Light.
Tests conducted by Valisure revealed that certain products could create benzene concentrations up to 800 times higher than the FDA's conditionally limited limit.
The development was first reported earlier in the day by Bloomberg News.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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