Is Antibacterial Soap Bad For You?
Human toxicity —truth or fiction
For decades antibacterial soap and the multitude of other consumer products containing Triclosan enjoyed the reputation of being a miracle chemical in the fight against bacterial infection. It was thought to pose little risk or toxicity to humans. However, it’s safety has come into question. Researchers have found that the risks to humans are numerous. Some of the more serious reasons why using it in soaps or other products are:
Triclosan can potentially effect hormonal activity.
Immune hypersensitivity disorders like allergies and asthma can be exacerbated
Triclosan could weaken cardiac and skeletal muscles
The studies performed to lead to these conclusions involve high doses. But that doesn’t mean antibacterial soap is bad for you.
That is, if used sparing. It should be a cause for alarm if you are an athlete, or a person who must use antibacterial soap as a matter of daily protection because over use may lead to a host of health concerns. And that means, if that’s the case, your antibacterial soap is bad for you. The fact is that Triclosan is easily detected in blood, urine, and breast milk/ Repeated use means that Triclosan is penetrating your skin. If you are using it and exposed on a daily basis, it is important to consider if the cumulative effect is worth the effort.
When used indiscriminately, Triclosan may ultimately cause more health problems than it solves.