Hidden Chemicals in Personal Care Products: Triclosan

Do Antibacterial Products Cause More Harm Than Good?

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Tricolsan is a preservative and anti-bacterial agent and one of the hidden chemicals in personal care. For instance, it is widely used in antiperspirants, deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers. Also, it used as an anti-bacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptic.  

Found in:

  • antiperspirant
  • deodorant
  • hand sanitizer
  • laundry detergent
  • antiseptic
  • toothpaste

What to look out for

Triclosan (TSC) and triclocarban (TCC)

Risks:

Endocrine Disruption: Evidence suggests that Triclosan is in fact an endocrine disruptor which impacts thyroid function and thyroid homeostasis.

Triclosan-resistant bacteria: There is also mounting evidence that suggests the use of Triclosan promoting bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic medications as well as antibacterial products. According to a 2010 study by the European Commissions Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, their results actually determined that low concentrations of triclosan encourage the growth of antimicrobial drug-resistant bacteria.

Bioaccumulation / Environmental Toxicity: Triclosan additionally accumulates in fatty tissue. It has also been found in human milk samples and the umbilical cord blood of infants. In fact, triclosan and triclocarban are more likely to kill algae, crustaceans, and fish. Knowing this, the extensive use of triclosan end up in sewage systems and non-agricultural settings. In other words, these actions have resulted to harmful environmental exposure.

The Food and Drug Administration has found no evidence that Triclosan protects you against bacteria. Regular soap and water is most recommended. 

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