A WOMAN revealed a horrific sunburn she received after applying sunscreen, prompting people to double-check a key indicator that could affect the product’s efficacy.
Before using sunscreen, the TikTok user advised people to check the expiration date.
“Don’t be stupid, check the expiration date on your sunscreen,” Morgan Vacala wrote alongside the video on the social media platform.
While displaying a painful burn on her forehead, she wrote in a text overlay, “I’ll never forget the look on the doctors face.”
People used the comments section to find out more about the heartbreaking story.
“WHEN WILL IT EXPIRE?” One person commented, “I’m an adult who didn’t realize.”
“My forehead will tell you that it does indeed expire,” Morgan replied.
“It happened to me as a kid,” said another. That is why, every year, I purchase new sunscreen. “What a pain!”
The FDA claims that as sunscreen sits, it loses its effectiveness.
“To ensure that your sunscreen provides the sun protection promised on the label,” the FDA advises, “do not use sunscreen products that have passed their expiration date (if there is one), or that have no expiration date and were not purchased within the last three years.”
“Expired sunscreens should be thrown out because there’s no guarantee that they’ll stay safe and effective.”
Morgan followed up with a video detailing the events of the day she received her severe burn.
“A year ago today, I was standing in this exact spot without a hat on, wearing expired sunscreen,” she said as she stood in the pool.
She panned the camera to a group of friends, who chanted, “Don’t buy Banana Boat!” in a lighthearted manner.
Morgan also shared a third video of her recovery after sustaining a severe burn to her forehead.
“It took about 2-3 weeks for everything to heal completely.” I spent my childhood boating and swimming. She wrote in a text overlay, “Never had a problem burning like this.”
The company that manages the Banana Boat brand, Edgwell Personal Care, did not immediately respond to the US Sun’s request for comment.