Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Products That May Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

Keeping your body and your home clean can help minimize spread of bacteria.  But with the popularity and regular use of antibacterial soaps and other such products, you may cause more harm than good.

Bacteria killing ingredients, such as soaps with triclosan, or lip glosses, household cleaners, sponges, deodorants and shampoos just to name a few, fill store shelves.  Unfortunately, the constant use of these triclosan products, or similar chemicals, can produce stronger, more resistant bacteria.

Triclosan is one of the most common antibacterial chemicals used in hand cleaners, household products, personal care, cosmetics and other products.  The dangers of triclosan are surfacing and reported in recent studies.  Epidemiologist Allison Aiello from University of Michigan School of Public Health concludes "Triclosan has a specific inhibitory target in bacteria similar to some antibiotics."  This means with constant use, bacteria that are exposed to triclosan products for long periods of time can cause mutations, making the bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Triclosan dangers are not limited to our bodies, but it is also showing up in 60 percent of America's streams and rivers, as reported by Rolf Halden, from the Center for Water and Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sensitive Skin Care Products

Specially if you have sensitive skin, it's best to go the traditional route of washing your bodies with safer, non-irritating, non-antibacterial products.  Avoid triclosan dangers and lift dirt, oil and microbes with safe sensitive skin care products and rinse with water.  Avoid triclosan containing products and when you need antibiotics for serious infections, you won't increase the risk of being exposed to resistant bacteria.

Triclosan & SLS free natural toothpaste
Cleure offers sensitive skin care products that are free of triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate or other irritating ingredients.  

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