If you haven’t heard by now, the American FDA is pulling certain soap products off the shelves that contain antibacterial ingredients. In a recent ruling, the FDA banned 19 specifically named ingredients to be removed by 2017. Those ingredients under question included triclosan, which is linked to allergies in children, and triclocarban, which causes an increase in hormone levels and low birth weights.
There is an estimated 2,000 products in the US have been affected by the anti bacterial soap ban. These products usually contain triclosan and/or triclocarban, but some manufacturers have already removed these ingredients when news of the FDA investigation and potential ban were imminent. According to the FDA, they don’t plan to stop at just soap as they’ve asked manufacturers of hand-sanitizers to provide evidence the benefit of the product outweigh any potential risk.
Currently, the FDA said there is no evidence the anti-bacterial products kill germs better than traditional soap and water and support the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations that washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce germs.
Are you washing your hands correctly? There’s a science to washing hands. First, lather with soap on the back, front, between your fingers and under your nails, continue while singing (probably to yourself) one verse of Happy Birthday; then rinse and dry thoroughly.
Do you have questions about the anti bacterial soap ban or the ingredients in your skin care products? Contact Vivia Center for a FREE personalized consultation and learn more about protecting your skin.