FDA Determines Antibacterial Soaps not effective and may actually do harm.
I’ve been telling my patients for years; “Never use antibacterial soaps.”
The “antibacterial” part is pure marketing hype meant to pique the obsessive weaknesses of us OCD-types and has no proven benefit over non-antibacterial soaps.
I cannot tell you how many new mother’s hands I’ve nursed back to health with the recommendation to avoid antibacterial soaps and contact with preservative-packed baby wipes.
The “antibacterial” chemicals in antibacterial soaps cause allergy, increase toxicity and could induce antibiotic resistance.
One day, when you really do need antibiotics, your antibacterial soaps may have nixed your chances for success because they contribute to antibiotic resistance in the organisms in and on your body.
The most important fact is that regular soap and water are plenty effective at killing bacteria—that is why our mothers taught us to wash our hands before we eat! Handwashing with soap (no antibiotic required) is the best way to remove bacteria and viruses from your hands.
You can now rest assured that the FDA agrees this is the case. They have recently banned the use of 19 specific chemicals that are commonly found in “antibacterial soap”.
This is music to my ears. It is about time that the American consumer is no-longer hoodwinked by the OCD-inducing handwashing marketing buzz “antibacterial soap is better.”
We can all rest assured that soap in general, the use of a surfactant, is a VERY effective way to remove not only dirt and grease, but bacteria and viruses as well.
Stay tuned for the release of my next-generation skin-friendly soaps from CherylLeeMD Sensitive Skin Care.
With organic Apple Cider Vinegar (which is naturally antibacterial—it has been shown to kill Staph. Aureus, MRSA, Candida and lots of other organisms) and skin-friendly polyhydroxy acids as well as skin-repairing ingredients, your skin will love you and you will love your skin!