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Triclosan - and Antibacterial Soaps

Started 1345136696.5 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1345604311.793 by ellabell28

My husband was involved with a medical study about 20 years ago with antibacterial soaps. I didn't pay too much attention at the time. When BBW switched all of their soaps to antibac ones, he told me not to buy them. He said there were a lot of unknowns that could be a cause for concern. So I stopped. I wasn't happy, because I liked the soaps! I even called the main company and asked if they could keep some in the "regular" formula! Our house is antibacterial free as much as possible. We constantly wash our hands with regular soap. Now more research has come out. Read about it and make your own decision. If you're out and about and you have no other choice, I would say hand sanitizers are great. But don't rely on them. JMHO of course! Smile

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sueeich1345137116.147105 PostsRegistered 8/10/2005

I don't use antibacterial soaps in our house either except at the kitchen sink. It seems like everything these days is "antibacterial" and I don't feel like we're doing ourselves any favors except for setting us all up for antibiotic resistance. It is very difficult to find non-antibacterial soap anymore. Lately I've been purchasing the Nature's Gate brand of hand soap and body wash. You can find the brand at the health food store, but the cheapest place to buy is Vitacost. Love Bath and Body Works scents, too, but don't like the antibacterial ingredients.

zebragirl3­181345137285.88300 PostsRegistered 1/12/2010

I work in a hospital and we use antibac/hand sanitizer constantly... we are told it is as good as soap and water (any soap) for santitizing the hands, except for C-diff, for which they recommend a water/soap wash. Not being disagreeable, just saying that the antibac stuff definitely does kill germs. I have read though, that so does regular soap and water, so I think that both are acceptable.

smokymtngal1345137321.892721 PostsRegistered 12/8/2007

I try never to use anything with triclosan in it. Sadly, that rules out most of the soaps at Bath and Body Works. The only soaps I buy are in their aromatherapy line. I love the Orange Ginger (energy) and the Eucalyptus Spearmint (stress relief). We were told not to use any antibacterial soap because of our septic system. Triclosan kills the beneficial bacteria needed to keep the system working efficiently.

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blondegirl1345137384.211770 PostsRegistered 7/21/2006

we have turned into a society of germaphobes, which ignoring that most recent study, is a problem. you need to be exposed to and build up an immunity to some things. Obviously, in hospitals that is a different situation though they sure seem to have issues not passing along staph infections no matter what.

JeanLouise­Finch1345137468.768978 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011

I'm right there, too....never liked the idea of A/B soaps and then everything started to turn A/B. I try as best as I can to be A/B free, too, but it can be a challenge. I don't like the hand sanitizers much either. All of that stuff just encourages the growth of stronger strains of bacterias. Plain soap and water (or wet wipes when needs be) are what we should be using.

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sillybugs1345138762.66763 PostsRegistered 8/8/2009

My DD and all of her friends like to "collect" and share those cute little hand sanitizers. I no longer permit her to buy the ones containing triclosan. I keep the type with just alcohol in my purse for when we are out and about and must wash our hands. Also, be aware, Triclosan is also in other toiletry items such as toothpaste.

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smokymtngal1345139168.732721 PostsRegistered 12/8/2007
On 8/16/2012 sillybugs said:

My DD and all of her friends like to "collect" and share those cute little hand sanitizers. I no longer permit her to buy the ones containing triclosan. I keep the type with just alcohol in my purse for when we are out and about and must wash our hands. Also, be aware, Triclosan is also in other toiletry items such as toothpaste.

A few years ago I tried some of the Patricia Wexler products and was shocked to see that triclosan was listed as an ingredient in her face wash.

goldenretr­iever1345143545.965230 PostsRegistered 10/21/2006At the lake...in the water...chasing birds...

Thanks for the info. I've never used them & have no intention of ever starting.

Lakeside, with a KONG toy in my mouth.

Shelbelle1345147093.9932876 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Triclosan is possibly harmful to us.

redtabby1345147607.0733512 PostsRegistered 8/18/2005

Agree, no triclosan in our house, either. I was surprised to see it listed in an ingredient in Isomers deodorant, no way would I use that product. The hand sanitizer that I use is just alcohol, I have it for those times I do not have access to soap and water, like after putting gas in the car.

Shelbelle1345148604.2432876 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Most hand sanitizers also contain moisturizers like Vit E or aloe,

Abby Grace1345153047.431133 PostsRegistered 6/12/2011

I try to stay away from that antibac stuff too. Once in a blue moon, if I'm at a park or somewhere on vacation I will use it in a pinch, but we use regular soap & water most of the time.

LuvsLabs1345156675.5572227 PostsRegistered 7/2/2012

I quit using AB soaps a long time ago when I heard they can affect your immune system. Regular soap and water works just as well. I do keep one in my purse in case we are out and decide to eat somewhere. Some places' bathrooms are so disgusting I would'nt wash my hands in them. Before AB soaps came along everyone used regular soap and water and it seemed to work well then so why wouldn't it work just as well now? If you want to carry one in your purse Gold Bond is a great one and it has moisturizers in it. It goes on like handcream and doesn't smell like alcohol.

willdob31345157869.758891 PostsRegistered 10/31/2010

I won't buy or use antibacterial products either. Bad stuff. We learned about it in college years ago.

nycbiggurl1345159227.877627 PostsRegistered 5/29/2010

I hate those hand sanitizers. They are creating more problems than they are helping. They were originally designed for health care workers and people that work with small children. People abuse antibacterial products. The general public use them in place of washing their hands and it is not a substitute. They do kill germs but they don't clean any dirt off your hands.

I am in the science field, trained as a microbiologist and we all hate anything antibacterial on the market for the public to buy. They are creating super bugs. Triclosan isn't even used much anymore as bacteria have become immune to it. They active ingredient in antibacterial products has been changed at least three times since triclosan.

tommysgirl1345163727.247708 PostsRegistered 10/20/2004

No need for antibacterial soap. Exposure to chemicals to clean your hands is unneccessary at home. Plain soap and water will do just fine!!

Jendoo1345164105.537593 PostsRegistered 3/17/2008

I don't buy A/B soaps anymore either. My husband's a doctor and he asked me not to buy them so I don't. I wish that B&BW never started using triclosan, I miss them.

laurachipp­ewa1345164294.51363 PostsRegistered 7/2/2006

Wait--whats wrong with Triclosan?? Its in my Clean & Clear face wash.....

Irshgrl312­011345164807.613271 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006

I do use antibacterial soaps on my body at the request of my infectious disease doctor. I took a drug a couple of years ago called Humira (for Crohns disease) and it did such a number on my immune system that I am still feeling the effects of it even 3 yrs later. I didn't use antibacterial soap before but I started when my immune system was so compromised at his request and it has helped me immensely. If my immune system was normal to good, I would use regular soap though and I am sure I will go back to that sometime within the next year or so.

glmama1345170443.20318381 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006
Although I've heard about the Triclosan issue, I'm embarrassed to say I don't know much about it. Could someone kindly post a link to some good info? We use regular hand soap at home, not anti-bac stuff. However, I do keep one from BJs in my car for after I pump gas.

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

blahblahva­mpemerblah1345174397.5375989 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I haven't allowed triclosan in the house in ages, and I was disheartened when so many of the dish soaps, hand soaps...whatever else started containing the stuff.

Soap and water works just fine.

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. ~John Burroughs

beach-mom1345217472.28940 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007Mid-Atlantic
On 8/16/2012 glmama said: Although I've heard about the Triclosan issue, I'm embarrassed to say I don't know much about it. Could someone kindly post a link to some good info? We use regular hand soap at home, not anti-bac stuff. However, I do keep one from BJs in my car for after I pump gas.


HERE is some of the latest research. THIS is another earlier article.

Tissyannie1345218394.6176563 PostsRegistered 6/26/2010

I buy and use the Bath and Body Works anti-bacterial soaps year round. I love the different scents they offer, and have not had any issues.

I always get enough at the end of the season clearance prices.

I don't feel that I am abusing anything, just like to keep germs at bay.

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chgogirl1345262322.772154 PostsRegistered 8/5/2007

I do not use anything with Triclcosan. When Dial came out iwth antibacterial soap, my then boyfreind washed his face with it and ended up in a doctor's office. His doctor said antibacterial soaps killed the normal flora (the good bacteria that inhabit in our skin) on our skin and made way for the bad bacteria to grow.

Later I read another article about the bad thing of Triclosan in toothpaste. So I do not use Colgate Total in which Ticlosan is one of the active ingredients.

glmama1345502825.94318381 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006
Beach-mom--Tyanks very much for the direction and links.:)

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

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