Johnson & Johnson has determined to cease promoting skin-whitening lotions common in Asia and the Center East, it says, after such merchandise have come below renewed criticism in latest weeks amid a world debate about racial inequality.
Johnson & Johnson will cease promoting its Clear & Clear Equity line of merchandise, bought in India, a spokeswoman instructed Reuters.
It was reported earlier this month that it will drop its Neutrogena Superb Equity line obtainable in Asia and the Center East.
“Conversations over the previous few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our darkish spot reducer merchandise characterize equity or white as higher than your individual distinctive pores and skin tone,” Johnson & Johnson mentioned.
“This was by no means our intention – wholesome pores and skin is gorgeous pores and skin.”
The healthcare firm mentioned it will now not produce or ship the merchandise however that they may nonetheless seem on retailer cabinets till shares run out.
Lotions that promise to lighten or brighten pores and skin are marketed primarily to girls by the world’s largest private care corporations together with Unilever, Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal below their respective manufacturers Honest & Beautiful, Olay and Garnier.
These corporations didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
About 6277 tonnes of pores and skin lightener have been bought worldwide final yr, in keeping with Euromonitor Worldwide, together with merchandise marketed as anti-ageing lotions focusing on darkish spots or freckles.