Dangers of Antibacterial Soap
The FDA recently said that chemical ingredients in soaps and face washes are no more effective than soap and water, and could be dangerous to long term health.
75% of antibacterial soaps contain a harmful chemical called triclosan. This chemical used to only be used for medical purposes, like major surgery, and then was later used by manufacturers of face washes and soaps. Before now, the FDA had never evaluated the safety of this chemical.
Three Reasons Not to Use Soap with Antibacterial Agents:
- After 40 years of exclusive research, the FDA has provided multiple research and independent studies that have determined that there are no more benefits to these ingredients than using traditional soap. "I suspect there are a lot of consumers who assume that by using an antibacterial soap product, they are protecting themselves from illness, protecting their families," said Sandra Kweder, from the FDA. "But we don't have any evidence that that is really the case over simple soap and water."
- The continued use of these chemicals and antibacterial products leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Increased use of these ingredients in all facets of our society have lead to resistance in which the bacteria are able to mutate and replicate, leading to a stronger form of infection or disease. The World Health Organization (also known as the WHO), calls this the greatest threat to global security.
- These ingredients are harmful to a person’s health, because they contain endocrine disruptors. There have been several studies done with animals that prove that triclosan interrupts the body's natural rhythms, especially the thyroid which is the lead organ for controlling hormones. Hormonal thyroid problems from extensive use of chemical ingredients could lead to infertility, obesity and cancer.