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The Use of Microbeads in Personal Care Products

Microbeads are tiny balls used in exfoliating face and body washes. In personal care products they act to gently scrub away dead skin in much the same way a sponge would. Recently, concerns have been raised about the environmental impact of polyethylene microbeads and Our Safety & Care Commitment means we continually evolve our policies and products to reflect not only the latest science and new regulations, but also consumer views and concerns. Our goal is to give consumers peace of mind that our products are gentle on people and gentle on the environment.

Our Position on Microbeads

In 2013, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies Inc. became one of the first companies to commit to removing polyethylene microbeads from its personal care products globally. Our goal is to remove microbeads from our products globally by the end of 2017, having met our 2015 commitment and now having alternatives available to our consumers. As always, our goal is to choose ingredients that are safe and environmentally sound and provide consumers with a great experience.