On Friday, Johnson & Johnson announced it will cease production on two lines of skin-lightening products from Neutrogena and Clean & Clear that are popular overseas. The move comes in the wake of a recent resurgence in the Black Lives Matter movement, a time of reckoning for many brands and companies with racially insensitive ties.
Neutrogena Fine Fairness and Clear Fairness by Clean & Clear included products advertised as dark-spot reducers to consumers in Asia and the Middle East. (The products in question were not distributed in the U.S.) “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 company said in a statement, via The New York Times. “This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin.” Per the Times, Johnson & Johnson says these products will stop being produced, shipped, or linked to. However, they will remain on shelves physically until stock runs out.
While the removal of skin lightening products from Johnson & Johnson is a step forward, it’s far from the only corporation to sell such products. J&J is the only brand to remove skin lightening products, with other brands hopefully following suit.