Dangers of Triclosan

Triclosan is a chemical that can be found in many household products such as cosmetics, creams, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, tooth paste, and more. Since it is such a common ingredient many would assume it’s safe. It is not. Triclosan is not only wreaking havoc on the population, but the environment as well. Triclosan is a chemical used on skin and home cleaning. It has even been found in urine and breast milk because it is so common. Higher percentages are found in middle age people and even higher are those who use the products more often. Even though it is used largely in hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps, this chemical has been linked to causing a rise in allergies and asthma, and damaging the immune system by making it harder to fight off germs (Triclosan). A study was done on rats and frogs and it was found that this chemical can disrupt the thyroid hormone and gene expression which contributes to developing breast cancer.

Avoiding the products with triclosan isn’t enough to keep this chemical out of your system. People can be exposed through their food, water, or even house hold dust (Triclosan). Devastating the water supply through the drains and sewage, triclosan has spread, killing aquatic life and plants. When triclosan combines with the chlorine in water or even UV Light it can change into other dangerous chemicals such as dioxins, chloroform, and methyl triclosan (Triclosan).

Minnesota has made the chemical triclosan illegal in any cleaning products and the FDA is now asking corporations to provide proof that their products are safe. Johnson and Johnson began to fade triclosan out of their products with the goal of eliminating it completely by the end of 2015. Things you can do to protect yourself and loved ones is to check your products. Make sure you know exactly what is on your own skin and minimize your exposure. If you have any questions on triclosan free products or about the chemical in general feel free to contact the office (207)282.9797 or by email (precisionbiddeford@gmail.com).

Triclosan. (2013). Retrieved November 23, 2015, from http://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/antibacterials/triclosan

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