Antibacterial Soaps are Bad
Posted on September 3, 2007 Comments (1)
Consumer Antibacterial Soaps: Effective or Just Risky? by Allison E. Aiello, Elaine L. Larson, and Stuart B. Levy
Results. Soaps containing triclosan within the range of concentrations commonly used in the community setting (0.1%ndash0.45% wt/vol) were no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms and reducing bacterial levels on the hands. Several laboratory studies demonstrated evidence of triclosan-adapted cross-resistance to antibiotics among different species of bacteria.
Conclusions. The lack of an additional health benefit associated with the use of triclosan-containing consumer soaps over regular soap, coupled with laboratory data demonstrating a potential risk of selecting for drug resistance, warrants further evaluation by governmental regulators regarding antibacterial product claims and advertising. Further studies of this issue are encouraged.
The article is not open access unfortunately but this summary was actually pretty good. Via Antibacterial soap: Just Risky