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FDA Reports Triclosan, Antibacterial Soap May Have Risks

Antibacterial Soap Is No Better Than Regular, May Be Unhealthy

If you're a big believer in antibacterial cleansers, the clearer skin you're seeing may just be from the placebo effect — and it could also be bad for your health. In light of recent health and safety questions about triclosan, the ingredient that gives most cleansers their antimicrobial properties, the FDA is now concerned it may be an endocrine disruptor. This news comes on the heels of a new study that finds a potential link between phthalates in cosmetics and hormone changes.

On top of that, the agency "does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water." So if you're using an antibacterial cleanser, you're probably better off sticking with a gentle soap. If you're concerned, you might consider switching — at least until the FDA's safety review comes through, which should take about a year.

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