You’re at the store buying soap. You have a choice between the plain, simple soap OR one that says “antibacterial” on the label. Seems like a no-brainer! We’d all buy the “antibacterial” soap because we all want our soap to be doing the best job possible.
However, there’s no evidence that specially marked “antibacterial” soap is any more effective at preventing disease than regular soap. Any soap, when scrubbed under warm water for twenty seconds, is antibacterial! Branding a soap as such is nothing more than a marketing ploy to convince customers to buy that company's soap.
Take it from a soap maker: SOAP IS SOAP...no fancy chemicals are necessary! This is why the FDA has decided to ban 19 chemicals that soap producers were using to make this alleged “antibacterial” soap. To make matters worse, the chemicals they were using are potentially harmful.
What are these chemicals?
The FDA banned 19 different chemicals, but the most commonly used are triclosan and triclocarbon. These are chemicals used in antiseptic soaps in hospitals - we’re talking some very strong stuff! Doctors in hospitals usually use soaps with these chemicals to wash before surgery… but should we be washing our hands with them every day? After an investigation, the FDA has determined that we should not. There has been some research to suggest that regular use of these chemicals could lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs, and the FDA is concerned about these chemicals’ ability to disrupt hormone cycles. While hospitals may need high concentrations of these chemicals in their soap to ensure sterilization, the FDA has banned their use in any over-the-counter soaps.
Soap is soap...not a "beauty" bar.
Relax! As long as you’re using real soap and warm water, your skin is getting clean without stripping it of good bacteria and needed oils. Read the label to make sure it says "soap" on it and not "beauty bar" which is usually loaded up with synthetic detergents and is not "soap" at all! These soap wanna-be's might contain harsh detergents and preservatives that may be harmful to your skin. Real soap is simply saponified fats that have reacted with an alkali (lye) to become soap...that's it! No preservatives needed in genuine soap.
Check out one of our past blogs, “How Does Soap Work?” for a mini chemistry lesson on the subject. Basically, soap molecules attach to oil, dirt and other particles, and then are washed away with water - no scary chemicals necessary! This is why we focus on natural soaps here at Tailored Touches. Moreover, you can always look into the ingredients we use or contact us with questions. In case you haven’t noticed, we love to talk soap...and make it!
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