Triclosan - Why is it bad?

Triclosan, AKA Microban is another chemical used as a preservative in skin care products just like parabens. If you use any brands that have antibacterial properties, it’s most likely triclosan is in the mix.

You can find it in antibacterial soaps and hand-sanitizers. It may seem like a great chemical but the bad side to Triclosan is that they kill both good and bad bacteria. The FDA has no evidence that “triclosan in OTC (over-the-counter) consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes provide any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.”

In discovering this, there is also no evidence suggesting that Triclosan causes the growth of “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. The bad side effects of Triclosan include disruption of your natural hormonal balance, a weakened immune system and a build up in fat cells where it can be detected in breast milk, blood, and urine.

People who are aware of the dangers use alternatives such as essential oils, like thyme, rosemary, lavender, and citrus.

Others may use Benzethonium Chloride which is a synthetic antibacterial but worryingly is linked to health risks.