Johnson & Johnson is recalling their Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator in Canada and Australia. The product has also been removed from sale in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.
The Health Canada recall notice only states that the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.” However, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) sheds more light on the situation.
According to TGA’s statement, “potential adverse events that may be associated with use of this device are eye pain, eye discomfort, eye irritation, tearing, blinding, blurring of vision, seeing spots/flashes and other changes in vision (for example vision colour).”
People with certain eye-related disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa or ocular albinism are also at risk for varying degrees of irreversible retinal damage or accelerated peripheral vision impairment or loss.
In the U.S., while the product has not been formally recalled by the FDA, Neutrogena has released a statement on its website, saying that there is a theoretical risk of eye injury. The U.K. site features the same statement.
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