The Food and Drug Administration has washed its hands of the antibacterial products, saying there is no scientific evidence that they are better than plain soap and water.
With a new ban on antibacterial soap, the US government is finally acknowledging that it’s not just ineffective, it’s also dangerous.
Plenty of marketing for antibacterial hand washes and body washes, however, the problem was there wasn’t ever really any science there. For years, researchers have been trying to convince consumers that soap and water does just as good a job as antibacterial products when it comes to protecting you from disease. Worse, some of the antibacterial chemicals have proven ill effects: They contribute to the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, cause health problems by destroying helpful bacteria that live on our bodies, and have the potential to disrupt our hormones and after they flow down our drains, they cause environmental damage to animals and plants.
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
All Helios Health & Beauty brands are FREE from triclosan and triclocarban.
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NZ Herald – Hand wash does more harm than good warn scientists
…As well as triclosan, the authors led by Erica Hartmann of the University of Oregon listed other common anti-bacterial chemicals including triclocarban, and methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and butylparaben.
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