In light of the current global protests, seeking greater racial inclusivity and racial justice, Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will stop selling its skin lightening product line, Neutrogena Fine Fairness and Clear Fairness by Clean & Clear, in the Middle East and Asia.
"Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our Neutrogena and Clean & Clear dark-spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone," explained Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Neutrogena and Clean & Clear in an official statement.
Adding: "This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin."
Johnson & Johnson also added that while product line would be removed online, there would still be a chance that some of the products from the range would still be available in stores "for a short while" until stocks run out.
The news comes after Band-Aid (another company owned by Johnson & Johnson) announced that it would begin offering bandages in different skin-tones to promote racial inclusivity.
The Instagram post was accompanied by a detailed caption that read: "We hear you. We see you. We're listening to you. We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, collaborators and community in the fight against racism, violence and injustice. We are committed to taking actions to create tangible change for the Black community. We are committed to launching a range of bandages in light, medium and deep shades of Brown and Black skin tones that embrace the beauty of diverse skin. We are dedicated to inclusivity and providing the best healing solutions, better representing you. In addition, we will be making a donation to @blklivesmatter. We promise that this is just the first among many steps together in the fight against systemic racism. We can, we must and we will do better."