17 July 2019 - Deborah Wilkes
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has recalled its Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask worldwide due to concerns about eye damage. The company told OTCToolbox the product would not be reintroduced because it was "underperforming commercially".
Commenting on the recall, J&J said there was a "theoretical risk of eye injury" for a "small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions as well as for users taking medications that could enhance ocular photosensitivity".
"Reports of visual effects associated with use of the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask are rare, generally mild and transient," commented J&J.
The company added that it was recalling the product "out of an abundance of caution".
The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask was intended for home treatment of mild to moderate acne on the face. The reusable device delivered a combination of red and blue light via light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
J&J claimed that using the mask for 10 minutes a day would lead to clearer skin within a month.