Johnson & Johnson on Friday announced its decision to stop selling skin whitening creams after coming under social pressure amid the global movement sparked by protests calling out racial inequality.
According to a spokeswoman, it will stop selling Clean & Clear Fairness line of products sold in India, and earlier in the month, it was reported it would also pull its Neutrogena Fine Fairness line, available in Asia and the Middle East.
“Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our dark spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone,” Johnson & Johnson said. “This was never our intention – healthy skin is beautiful skin.”
These products will no longer be in production or shipped but the company said it might still appear on shelves for a while as stocks are depleted.