A walk down the personal care products aisle at the grocery store will give you a variety of hand cleaners and soaps to choose from, and many people choose their hand soaps based on their favorite scent or brand that they like. But, do those soap products really kill the germs and bacteria, or is it all about the marketing of the products?
When you start to understand the health consequences of the ingredients in hand sanitizers and antibacterial products, you will be shocked to see that most of the ingredients are quite dangerous to your health. Many people use hand sanitizer throughout the day to protect their health, but the truth is that the use of these products is actually dangerous to your health.
These products are filled with harmful chemicals such as Alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Triclosan, and more. When you rub these chemicals on your skin they are absorbed into the body. Our skin is the biggest organ we have. Even though you might not notice any negative health benefits immediately when you use the product, the long-term use can be dangerous for your health.
Here is what you need to know about some of the ingredients that are commonly added to hand soap and sanitizers:
° Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent that accumulates in our bodies and is found in “anti-bacterial” products such as toothpaste and whitening products, soaps, antiperspirants/deodorants, shaving products, etc. In addition to cosmetics, Triclosan is also used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds, as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odors in other household products that are sometimes advertized as “anti-bacterial.” But, the truth is that Triclosan is actually quite pointless, because it can lead to bacterial resistance. Even if the ingredient helps to kill bacteria right away, continued use can cause bacteria strains to develop a resistance to antibiotics, which creates “super bugs.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified Triclosan in the urine of 75 percent people tested. There is evidence it may interfere with hormone function as it can pass through the skin. It impacts thyroid function and thyroid homeostasis. Sticking with plain soap and water is the best method. The FDA found no evidence that antibacterial washes containing Triclosan are any more effective at protecting against bacteria.
° Parabens are usually added to every type of hand sanitizer, and many other beauty products such as shampoo, hand soap, body wash, eye makeup, lotions, moisturizers, deodorants, etc. These parabens are added to prevent the growth of microbes in personal care products, but they have been associated with the development of cancer, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and endocrine disruption. Parabens are distinct with a similar molecular structure. Be aware of ingredients with “paraben” in their name, such as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben. A recent study found higher levels of one paraben, n-propylparaben, in the axilla quadrant of the breast (the area nearest the underarm).
° Fragrances are put in hand sanitizers and antibacterial hand soap to make them smell good, but just because something smells good doesn’t mean that it is good for your health. Don’t be misled by the smell, because the scent is created by loading the product with toxic chemicals. Fragrances are considered proprietary, which means that their recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to disclose fragrance chemicals in the list of ingredients. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. My advice, just avoid ANYTHING with the word “fragrance” to be on the safe side.The Environmental Working Group found that fragrances are associated with a number of health problems, including reproductive issues, respiratory disease, dermatitis, and allergies.
Most people don’t realize that they are damaging their health when they use these products, because they feel just fine after washing their hands. The biggest health problems start to develop after consistently using the products for a while, such as having the products in your home and using them every day.
By using chemical-filled hand soaps and sanitizers, you are contributing to the growing concern about antibiotic resistance. When the bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, it becomes more difficult to treat people who are sick with bacterial infections.
Another big problem is the endocrine disruption that can occur, which can cause hormone imbalances that lead to a number of health problems. Additionally, the endocrine disruptors can actually boost the growth and development of cancers cells within the body.
When the bubonic plague was happening, doctors at the time didn’t have big bottles of hand sanitizers to clean their hands throughout the day. Sanitation was very different at the time, but the doctors were able to ward off the illness with natural methods instead.
In fact, the doctors wore long masks that were shaped similar to the beak of a bird, and those masks contained herbs that protected the doctor. Each time the doctor inhaled, they were getting the aromatic benefits of the herbs in the mask.
If you want to improve your health, then you need to skip the bottle of regular hand sanitizer and use a natural product instead. Focus on a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, in order to support the natural immune functions within your body, which will make it easier for you to fight off potential infections and illnesses.
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Barr, L., Metaxas, G., Harbach, C. A. J., Savoy, L. A., & Darbre, P. D. (2012). Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum. J Appl Toxicol, 32(3), 219–232