Finally, after 30 years of sitting on a ruling the FDA announced that unless manufacturers can prove that antibacterial soap is safe and more effective than using soap and water it will have to be removed from shelves by 2016.
For those of you wondering what is wrong with antibacterial products here are some facts, the ingredient in these antibacterial products, Triclosan can:
- They can create antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria - The World Health Organization calls it "a threat to global health security"
- Some studies have found that, in animals, triclosan appears to interfere with the body's regulation of thyroid hormone. If this is the case in humans, too, there are worries that it could lead to problems such as infertility, artificially-advanced early puberty, obesity and cancer.
- It may cause allergies
- It is harmful to the environment. It is still found after going through sewage plants and has been detected in streams and other bodies of water where it disrupts alga's ability to perform photosynthesis.
In my skin care practice and when I make my skin care products I never use any product or ingredient that may harm humans, animals, or the environment and many like myself have been fighting long and hard to get these harmful products off the shelves. So a small victory but a victory nonetheless.