We all use antibacterial soaps at some point of our lives, and many use them regularly. They are believed to fight germs and bacteria, but they are loaded with harmful chemicals, many of which lead to cancer. Namely, recent research has found that triclosan, a dangerous chemical ingredient which supports cancer cells, are dominant in beauty care products, including antibacterial soaps.
The effects of this harmful chemical on the hormonal system have been found in a research conducted in South Korea at the National University and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology. The lead researcher was Kyung-Chul Choi who worked together with a team of colleagues from Chungbuk.
They have found that it is a hormone disruptor, which imitates estrogen and has detrimental adverse effects on the function and production of other hormones, such as testosterone.
Moreover, triclosan has been found to cause breast cancer, since it negatively affects the endocrine system and leads to an abnormal cellular formation.
Animal tests were carried out by the researchers and it was discovered that the EDCs were very high in both daily and long-term exposure. Furthermore, research has shown that octyl phenol is also another antibacterial ingredient which leads to abnormal cellular growth.
Therefore, the combination of these two ingredients promotes abnormal cell growth.
Many studies have linked triclosan and triclocarban directly to numerous health conditions and ailments, like skin irritations, antibiotic and bacteria resistance, endocrine disruptions, and many others.
Groups like Beyond Pesticides and Environmental Working Group (EWG are only some of the numerous that have tried to warn people of the detrimental effects of triclosan.
They attempt to reveal the fact that it is an endocrine-disturbing synthetic (EDC) ingredient, so they have even signed petitions to the FDA to ban its use in the production of soaps, as well as other cosmetic products.
This pressure has made numerous manufacturers avoid triclosan in the production of their products.
Yet, numerous products that we use daily still contain this dangerous chemical, and here is a list of some of them, as well as the ones which include triclocarban:
Oral Care Products: Reach®; Antibacterial Toothbrush, Colgate Total®; Breeze™ Daily Mouthwash;
Cosmetics Products: Mavala Lip Base; Movate® Skin Litening Cream HQ; Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk, Garden Botanika® Powder Foundation; Revlon ColorStay LipSHINE Lipcolor Plus Gloss, Paul Mitchell Detangler Comb, Babor Volume Mascara, Phytomer Hydracontinue Instant Moisture Cream, Bath and Body Works Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotions.
First Aid Products: Healwell Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint, Universal Cervical Collar with Microban, SyDERMA® Skin Protectant plus First Aid Antiseptic; Solarcaine® First Aid Medicated Spray; Nexcare™ First Aid, Skin Crack Care.
Deodorant Products: Queen Helene®; DeCleor Deodorant Stick; Deodorant with Citrisomes, Tea Trea Oil Deodorant and Aloe Deodorant Arm and Hammer® Essentials Natural Deodorant; Epoch®.
More Personal Care Products: Scunci Microban Comb, Pocket Slick, Sportslick, Murad Acne Complex® Kit, ®; Diabet-x™ Cream.