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

Methods. The PubMed database was searched for English-language articles, using relevant keyword combinations for articles published between 1980 and 2006. Twenty-seven studies were eventually identified as being relevant to the review.

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

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One Response to “Antibacterial Soaps are Bad”

  1. CuriousCat: Antibacterial Chemical Disrupts Hormone Activities
    December 9th, 2007 @ 9:45 am

    “A new UC Davis study shows that a common antibacterial chemical added to bath soaps can alter hormonal activity in rats and in human cells in the laboratory ”” and does so by a previously unreported mechanism…”

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