Cosmetics giant Johnson & Johnson – the parent company of Neutrogena and Clean & Clear –has announced it will stop selling skin-lightening creams amidst the anti-racism protests which are taking place across the globe.
The specific product lines Johnson & Johnson is discontinuing is the Neutrogena Fine Fairness and Clear Fairness by Clean & Clear. The products weren’t sold in the USA, but were being sold in Asia and the Middle East.
In a statement from the beauty brand, Johnson & Johnson announced its decision to discontinue the lines.
“Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our Neutrogena and Clean & Clear dark-spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone,” the cosmetics company said.
“This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin.”
Johnson & Johnson also added that while products would be removed from online, there is a chance the lines may be available in stores “for a short while” due to stock still being available.
However, the company clarified that they “will no longer produce or ship the product line”.
Along with this announcement, another company which is also owned by Johnson & Johnson, Band-Aid, also revealed they would begin to start offering more bandages in different skin tones.
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“We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, collaborators and community in the fight against racism, violence and injustice,” the brand announced in an Instagram post. “We are committed to launching a range of bandages in light, medium and deep shades of Brown and Black skin tones that embrace the beauty of diverse skin.
“We are dedicated to inclusivity and providing the best healing solutions, better representing you.”
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