Woman says expired sunscreen burned her face in viral TikTok

A woman’s TikTok has gone viral after she said expired sunscreen burned her face.

In a May 25 video, Morgan Vacala (@morganvacala) said she sustained a second-degree burn on her forehead after using expired sunscreen.

@morganvacala Don’t be stupid, check the expiry date on your sunscreen. #sunpoisoning #burn #fyp #burnsurvivor #imdumb #seconddegreeburn #burns ♬ Original sound – POVs

The video, which had 5 million views as of Tuesday, shows photos of Vacala’s progress in healing from the burn. “Yup, that’s me,” reads the popular audio file that accompanies the video. “You’re probably wondering how I got into this situation.”

“I will never forget the doctor’s facial expression,” Vacala wrote in a text overlay.

In a subsequent video, Vacala said the incident happened in May 2021 when she was using expired Banana Boat sunscreen. She also said the burn took two to three weeks to heal.

“I grew up boating and always in the pool. Never had an issue that stings like this,” Vacala wrote in a text overlay in a follow-up video released June 2.

Some commenters said the video made them aware of the shelf life of sunscreen.

“You just saved my family from severe burns,” wrote one user. “Day 2 of holiday and just grabbed the beach bag and they’re all gone.”

According to the Food and Drug Administration, sunscreen should not be used after the stated expiration date. When there’s no expiration date, the FDA says sunscreen lasts up to three years after purchase.

Several users said they had similar experiences with Banana Boat sunscreen, even though it wasn’t expired.

“I had a reaction to Banana Boat. It felt like fire ants had stung me all over and it hadn’t expired yet. The doctor thought the BB preservative was the problem,” wrote one user.

Another commenter said: “Banana Boat is (the) worst. I don’t know a single person who can use it without burning.”

The Daily Dot contacted both Banana Boat and its parent company Edgewell via email but heard nothing prior to publication. On its website, Banana Boat says its sunscreens stay effective for three years from the date of manufacture, which can be found on the bottom of the product or label.

Vacala did not respond to Daily Dot’s requests for comment via TikTok comment and Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: June 7, 2022 at 3:27 pm CDT

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