Soaps are used every day. We use them to protect from bacteria and germs, but did you know that some of the soaps we use are full of different chemicals that can make us sick?
Some recent studies show that numerous cosmetic products contain the chemical called triclosan that exhibits cancer-promoting effects both in vitro and in vivo.
Kyung-Chul Choi and colleagues from Chungbuk National University and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology made a research in which they looked at triclosan and how it affects the hormonal system. Triclosan is a well- known hormone-disruptor. It has been already shown to mimic the feminizing hormone estrogen, which in turn alters the normal production and expression of other hormones like testosterone.
Triclosan affects the endocrine system and causes abnormal cellular growths. Triclosan can also cause breast cancer.
“Although the doses of EDCs were somewhat high, we did this to simulate the effects of daily exposure, as well as body accumulation due to long-term exposure, simultaneously in animal experiments,”
Octylphenol increases growth bringing on impacts of triclosan
Another antibacterial substance was also found. It’s called octylphenol and displays comparative disease advancing impacts. Octylphenol worked in conjunction with triclosan to enhance the development and spread of growth cells, in that way delineating the colossal risks connected with these pervasive chemicals.
“Studies have increasingly linked triclosan and its chemical cousin triclocarban, to a range of adverse health and environmental effects, from skin irritation, endocrine disruption, bacterial and compounded antibiotic resistance, to the contamination of water and its negative impact on fragile aquatic ecosystems,” explains Beyond Pesticides.
Beyond Pesticides and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have already been bringing issues to light about the perils of triclosan for some time now, highlighting its status as a known endocrine-disturbing synthetic (EDC) and pushing for its expulsion from individual consideration items. Still, many products use it and we have to be really careful.
So which products contain triclosan?
Many major manufacturers have quietly begun reformulating their products without triclosan, because of media pressure. Product formulations may change without notice. Here, we’re presenting you some products formulated with, or used to be formulated with triclosan, but this is not the complete list. Always try to look for triclosan in the products you use. Some retail outlets may still carry older formulations. Look out for labels that cay: “antimicrobial protection.” Some antibacterial soaps may use triclosan’s cousin, triclocarban, in place of triclosan.”