The FDA issued its final rule recently on over-the-counter antibacterial soaps. The press release also stated advertisers will no longer be allowed to market using terminology declaring soap to combat germs and bacteria. This is big news as so many parents and other individuals have become accustomed to these products as a safety net for healthier lives. In this blog we uncover a few hidden facts you should know and why there's controversy around chemicals found in antibacterial soap products.
In many cases advertisers utilize words and phrases that help sell products. This couldn’t be more true than when it comes to certain household items found on today’s shelves. Things we take for granted, like bottled water and soap are items that are often overlooked when it comes to safety. We just assume they wouldn't be allowed to sell something that is deemed, well, bad.
The article distributed by the Federal Drug Administration, discusses data found from long-term exposure. Certain ingredients found in these anti-bacterial products risk illnesses such as thyroid problems and hormone imbalances. Chemicals such as triclosan and triclocarban are commonly found in this type of soap. These soaps which claim to prevent human illness and reduce infections are a filter to what they are really capable of producing.
The agency also found that there were 19 different chemicals added to varying brands. So in all actuality the soaps containing these toxic chemicals thought to be protecting you, aren’t doing so at all.
The only true way to prevent illness and the spread of disease and germs is by washing hands with regular soap and water for up to 20 seconds. Natural products offering organic ingredients are just as effective and don't cause reactions.
People who are prone to have sensitive skin, should avoid these anti-bacterial washes as well. Although many of the ingredients found in these soaps are safe, they could cause adverse effects. This is particularly true with someone who has allergies and can have a reaction.
While the obvious is stated, there’s no real benefit to using anti-bacterial soaps and hand washes, we do know one thing is for certain.
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For more information visit: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm517478.htm