Neutrogena recalls light therapy masks for risk of eye damage07/19/2019
Neutrogena has recalled its popular Light Therapy Acne Mask citing a “theoretical risk of eye injury”
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“For a small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions, as well as for users taking medications which could enhance ocular photosensitivity, there is a theoretical risk of eye injury,” the brand wrote in a statement.
The mask, which is designed to fight breakouts, uses blue light therapy to target acne-causing bacteria and red light therapy to reduce inflammation.
It became a popular selfie mask that beauty enthusiasts on Instagram, as well as celebrities, have raved about.
Neutrogena said that it had announced the recall out of an abundance of caution, and the brand said it believes the product to be safe when used once per day as directed.
“Reports of visual effects associated with the use of the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask are rare, generally mild and transient,” the brand wrote in a statement.
“For a small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions, as well as for users taking medications which could enhance ocular photosensitivity, there is a theoretical risk of eye injury.”
Neutrogena has also advised on their website to stop using and contact a healthcare professional if any visual discomfort is experienced. Users can call their Consumer Care line regarding a refund if you already have the mask.
ABC News reached out to Neutrogena, but the company said it had no comment beyond its statement.
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