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Antibacterial Soaps aren't squeaky clean

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:38pm
I learned a lot fromErinabout the toxins in skin care products. Read thispost. Now this just in fromRhonda.

Triclosan: It may not be a household word, but there is little to no chance that you haven’t come into direct contact with it in your home--while washing your hands, brushing your teeth or applying deodorant or face cream.

Now that cold season is in full effect, the "antibacterial" soaps in which triclosan is often found may seem like a great idea. But hold it right there:
Researchers warn that triclosan, a chemical used as an antimicrobial and preservative, acts as an
endocrine disruptor. Exposure to endocrine disruptors can lead to early puberty, serious reproductive issues and breast cancer. Triclosan's hormone-mimicking behavior could also be responsible forharming aquatic wildlife, since this chemical is washed into our waterways.

So why is triclosan inL’Oreal skin cream,Johnson & Johnson's Kids' Hand Soap,Ahava Aftershaveand countless other products used daily by men, women and children in the United States?Here...

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