The corporation behind Johnson’s, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and more has just vowed to stop selling two lines of skin-care products used for skin-lightening overseas. On June 19, in the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter uprising, Johnson & Johnson said that it will cease production of two different lines from Asian and Middle Eastern markets that were used for skin-lightening lines.
The specific collections are Neutrogena’s Fine Fairness, which was available in Asia and the Middle East, and Clean & Clear’s Clear Fairness, which was available exclusively in India. According to a representative from the company, neither of these two product lines are sold in the United States and make up “a very small part of our global skin health product portfolio.”
Though the products were labeled and marketed as dark spot reducers, they were known by some users for their skin-lightening abilities. Because the use of skin-lightening products (whether they were intended to be skin lighteners or otherwise) can imply that darker skin tones are inherently bad, the company is ceasing production on both of those collections.
“Conversations over the past few weeks have highlighted that some product names or claims on our Neutrogena and Clean & Clear dark spot-reducer products represent fairness or white as better as your own unique skin tone,” the company states. “This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin.”
Johnson & Johnson states that it is updating its websites to remove any purchase links for these two product lines, meanwhile, the stock left in-store will remain for a brief period of time. “For a short while products may still appear on a limited number of in-store shelves as stock runs through,” a representative from the company says. “We will no longer produce or ship the product line.”