Popular Acne Mask Recalled Over Fear It Could Damage Eyes

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Bad news for skin-thusiast (yes, it’s a word) everywhere: Neutrogena’s Red & Blue Light Acne Spot Treatment has been recalled over potential retinal damage (‘cause having pimples isn’t soul-crushing enough). 

The uber popular acne mask - which had claims of “targeting acne causing bacteria and reducing inflammation” - has been recalled due to reports it could cause mild loss of vision, among other eye issues, as a result of blue light exposure. 

A spokesperson for Neutrogena told The New York Times the recall was due to:

“reports of mild, transient visual adverse events, combined with a growing scientific discussion around the safety of blue light”.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Association issued a similar statement: 

"It has been identified that, for a small subset of potentially susceptible people (including people with certain eye-related disorders e.g. retinitis pigmentosa, ocular albinism, other congenital retinal disorders), repeated exposure may cause varying degrees of retinal damage that could be irreversible and could accelerate peripheral vision impairment or loss."

Translation: It can cause severe damage to your eyeballs. 

Neutrogena claim the risks are not too bad but customers are encouraged to seek a full refund from the place of purchase.

You can see more at the ACCC’s recall website here.

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