Is Antibacterial Soap Safe? Do We Need It?
I reported back in May that the FDA was going to take a closer look at triclosan, one of the more common ingredients in antibacterial soaps, body washes, and toothpaste. But while triclosan does provide a benefit in toothpaste, helping to prevent gingivitis, the FDA states that it "does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water." And since there are some concerns about triclosan, as animal studies show that it can alter hormone regulation (endocrine disruptor) and that it may help make bacteria resistant to antibiotics, the "FDA believes that there should be clearly demonstrated benefits to balance any potential risks."...Read Full Post