Johnson & Johnson Is Ceasing Production of Skin-Care Products Used for Skin Lightening in Asia and Middle East
The company behind Johnson's, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and others has just vowed to stop selling two skin care products for skin lightening overseas. On June 19, following the recent Black Lives Matter uprising, Johnson & Johnson announced that it would discontinue production of two different lines from Asian and Middle Eastern markets that were used for skin lightening lines.
The specific collections are Neutrogenas Fine Fairness, which was available in Asia and the Middle East, and Clean & Clear's Clear Fairness, which was exclusively available in India. According to a company representative, neither of these two product lines is sold in the United States and makes up "a very small part of our global skin health product portfolio".
Although the products were labeled and marketed as dark spot reducers, some users were known for their skin lightening properties. Because the use of skin lightening products (regardless of whether it's skin whitening or otherwise) can mean that darker skin tones are inherently bad, the company ceases production for both collections.
"Conversations over the past few weeks have shown that some product names or claims about our Neutrogena Dark Spot Reduction and Clean & Clear Fairness or White products are as good as your own unique skin tone," the company explains. "It was never our intention - healthy skin is beautiful skin."
Johnson & Johnson claims to update its websites to remove all purchase links for these two product lines. In the meantime, the inventory remains for a short time. "For a short time, products may still appear on a limited number of shelves in the store while inventory is in progress," said a company representative. "We will no longer produce or ship the product line."
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