A WOMAN has shared an urgent warning to check your sunscreen bottles after claiming she suffered a horrific burn.
The TikTok user showed her followers an unsightly wound and urged them to check the expiration date.
Morgan Vacala posted a video on the social media app with the caption, “Don’t be stupid, check your sunscreen’s expiration date.”
She wrote in a text overlay, “I will never forget the look on the doctor’s face,” while showing an obvious wound on her forehead.
People used the comments to get more information about what caused the reported injury.
“IT EXPIRES??? I’m a grown adult and didn’t realize it,” one person commented.
Morgan replied, “My forehead will tell you it does indeed expire.”
Another person said: “Happened to me too when I was a kid. That’s why I keep buying new sunscreen every year. Ouch!”
Apparently, sunscreen loses its effectiveness when it sits, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
“To ensure your sunscreen provides the sun protection promised on its label, the FDA recommends not using sunscreen products that have passed their expiration date (if any) or that have no expiration date and have not been purchased within the past three years,” reads it on the FDA website.
“Expired sunscreen should be discarded as there is no guarantee it will remain safe and fully effective.”
Morgan posted a follow-up video explaining what allegedly happened the day she burned herself.
“A year ago today I was standing in this exact spot with no hat and expired sunscreen,” she said while standing in a pool.
She panned the camera to a group of friends who humorously chanted, “Don’t buy a banana boat!”
Morgan posted a third video of the reported healing process.
“It took about 2-3 weeks to fully heal. I grew up boating and always in the pool. I’ve never had an issue so burning,” she wrote in a text overlay.
Caption above a final photo in the video read, “Hats are my new best friend.”
The TikTok videos have been viewed millions of times.
The US Sun reached out to Edgewell Personal Care, the company that manages the Banana Boat brand, for comment, but they didn’t immediately respond.
Banana Boat’s website states that the average SPF product will remain effective for three years from the date of manufacture.
The company added that the date can be found on the bottom of bottles or at the bottom of labels.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/5522052/woman-expired-sunscreen-burn-tiktok/ Urgent warning to check sunscreen bottles for crucial signs you’re not protected after woman reveals horror ‘burn’