A common hand soap chemical has been banned, but is triclosan really dangerous?

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Triclosan, an ingredient commonly found in antibacterial soap, was banned from consumer hygiene products in Minnesota, sparking a debate if the chemical poses hidden dangers.

According to the FDA, triclosan is in about 75 percent of antibacterial liquid soaps, and it can also be found in toothpaste and body wash. Yet, a recent study discredited the supposed hygienic benefits of the chemical.

“At this time, the agency does not have evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water,” explains the FDA.

More research is needed to determine if the soap substance is in fact dangerous, but studies on animals have suggested that triclosan can disturb the role of hormones in the body. Moreover, triclosan may enable antibiotic-resistant bacteria to develop in situations of overuse.

While the FDA continues to probe into the potentially harmful side effects of triclosan on the body, it remains to be seen if other states will follow Minnesota’s lead in banning the cleaning chemical.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

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