Years ago I wrote a guest columnist piece for my local newspaper in Colorado about American's growing obsession for anti-bacterial cleansers. Just today I read a post on this topic entitled Antibacterial Soaps: Unnecessary Risks. The author ends the post with the following caution:
While the research on the negative effects of antibacterial soaps is far from definitive, the evidence that they are no better at preventing illness than regular soap is... Exfoliation is the best way to rid your skin of bacteria... Most importantly, until more is known about antimicrobial chemicals, avoid them if you are pregnant or have an infant. If triclosan and triclocarban are dangerous to humans, the smaller the body, the greater the harm they can cause.
3 days ago