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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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FredieGirl FredieGirl 7 years
So glad to see this posting. I could go on about research that has been conducted on this chemical as I follow it closely with our regulatory bodies who are worried about the hazards to us and our environment. There are several of us working to get this chemical out of consumer products and it is not thought to be an endocrine disruptor, it is a PROVEN endocrine disruptor. It also produces the cancerous carcinogen dioxin when it washes into the water supply and is exposed to the suns UV-rays. Studies have shown over and over that this chemical only kills 99.6% of germs while just soap and water kills 99.4%! It is also true that not all bacteria is killed off and the ones that aren't actually proliferate and become stronger making new strains harder to control. Yes, please everyone stop using chemicals to achieve what was given to us in perfect and effective form in nature! I have partnered with several spa partners for earth week to hold a triclosan drop off event because many consumers are concerned about this chemical. I encourage others who are in a position to do something like this to please use earth day week to do so!
dinghy dinghy 7 years
Besides, by using anti-bacterial soap all the time, aren't you helping bacteria in general get more resistant?
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Don't use it myself, not a germaphobe. I think we overdo everything now-a-days!
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