We use soap every day and believe that it’s the best way to protect ourselves from germs and bacteria. However, there’s a recent study that reveals how antibacterial soap are actually harmful. The soap are full of chemicals which is bad for our health. According to the study, it even has the potential to cause breast cancer.
The dangerous chemical that also presented in many cosmetic product that can increase the risk of cancer called triclosan. This chemical has a cancer promoting effect in both vivo and vitro.
Kyung-Chul Choi a researcher from Chungbuk National University with his colleagues from The Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology conducted a study to see how triclosan affect the hormonal system. In the previous research, triclosan is known to imitate the feminizing hormone estrogen. The chemical modify the production and expression of other hormones like testosterone.
Triclosan trigger abnormal cellular growth because it affect the endocrine system. The abnormal growth of the cells can lead to cancer. Therefore, triclosan is known as a breast cancer cause.
This is not a new issue actually. Shopper bunches like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Beyond Pesticides has a lot of concern about the risk of triclosan since a long time ago. They have brought the issue to the light and try to emphasize how triclosan is a known Endocrine-Disturbing Synthetic (EDC) and try to eliminate the usage of the chemical from many individual products. However, there are still many business use the chemical as a part of their products. Therefore, we as a consumer need to be extra vigilant when purchasing any cosmetic or antibacterial products.
List of Products That Contain Triclosan
Due to its huge disadvantage to health, there’s an immense pressure for the manufacturer to stop using triclosan as an ingredient in their products. So many companies has start to reformulate their product and eliminate the use of triclosan. Formulation of the product may change without any notice.
Below, you can see some product that contain triclosan in their product or was used the chemical for formulate the products.
Dial® Liquid handsoap and bodywash; Tea Tree Therapy™ Liquid Soap; Dermalogica® Skin Purifying Wipes;Clearasil® Daily Face Wash; DermaKleen™ Antibacterial Lotion Soap; CVS Antibacterial Soap, Ajax Antibacterial Dishsoap, Gels and Foaming Sanitizers, Ultra Concentrated Dawn Antibacterial Dishsoap, Bath and Body Works Antibacterial Hand Soaps, Kimcare Antibacterial Clear Soap.
Mavala Lip Base; Garden Botanika® Powder Foundation; Movate® Skin Litening Cream HQ; Paul Mitchell Detangler Comb, Babor Volume Mascara, Revlon ColorStay LipSHINE Lipcolor Plus Gloss, Bath and Body Works Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotions, Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk, Phytomer Hydracontinue Instant Moisture Cream.
Breeze™ Daily Mouthwash; Colgate Total®; Reach® Antibacterial Toothbrus
DeCleor Deodorant Stick; Arm and Hammer® Essentials Natural Deodorant; Epoch® Deodorant with Citrisomes ;Queen Helene® Tea Trea Oil Deodorant and Aloe Deodorant.
Nexcare™ First Aid, Skin Crack Care; SyDERMA® Skin Protectant plus First Aid Antiseptic; Healwell Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint; Solarcaine® First Aid Medicated Spray; : Universal Cervical Collar with Microban.
Other Personal Care Products:
Murad Acne Complex® Kit, ®; Scunci Microban Comb, Sportslick Pocket Slick; Diabet-x™ Cream.
Hobart Semi-Automatic Slicer; Farberware® Microban Cutting Boards; Chix® Food Service Wipes with Microban; Franklin Machine Products FMP Ice Cream Scoop SZ 20 Microban; Compact Web Foot® Wet Mop Heads.
Office and School Products:
Clauss® cutting instruments, Ticonderoga® Pencils with Microban Protection, Avery® Touchgaurd View Binders, Costco® products, Sharp® printing calculators C-line® products. Westcott® scissors.
undergarments, Biofresh® socks, tops and bottoms.
Other: Miller Paint Acro Pure Interior Paint; Bionare® Cool Mist Humidifier; Deciguard AB® Antimicrobial Ear Plugs; Bauer® Re-Akt hockey helmet and 7500 hockey helment; Holmes Foot Buddy™ HMH120U Antimicrobial Foot Buddy Foot Warmer, EHC AMRail Escalator Handrails, Blue Mountain Wall Coverings, California Paints®, Davis Paint® Perfection, Hirschfield’s Paint®,O’Leary Paint®, Dupont™ Air Filters, Winix Dehumidifiers, J Cloth® towels, BioEars earplugs, Petmate® LeBistro feeders and waterers,select Quickie cleaning products, Kimberly Clark® WYPALL X80 Towels, Canopy® kitchen towels, ALUF Plastics®, Infantino cart covers and baby carriers, Oreck XL®, Niasa Biquichamp® mortar grout and sealant, ProAdvanced Products, Bissell Healthy Home Vacuum™, NuTone® Central Vacuum systems, Rival® Seal-A-Meal® Vacuum Food Sealer, Resilite Sports Products, Rubbermaid® Coolers, Stufitts sports gear, Venture Products® fitness mats, CleenFreek SportsHygiene Yoga Mat, Custom Building Products, DAP®Kwik Seal Plus®, Laticrete.
Please remember that this should not be considered as a complete list. You need to check the product label to identify whether there’s triclosan in the product ingredient.
To avoid using the product that contain triclosan, look for labels that state “antimicrobial protection”. Some product may use triclocarban in place of triclosan.