This past month the FDA made a big and bold announcement; they demanded that antibacterial soap manufacturers prove that their soap is both safe and more effective than simply washing with good old fashion soap. If it can’t be proven, antibacterial soaps and gels will be removed from the shelves.
The safety issue that the FDA has red flagged is centered on the main ingredient included in all antibacterial products called Triclosan. Already ahead of most states, Minnesota, recently signed a bill prohibiting the use of Tricolsan in skin care products beginning January of 2017.
To put it simply, recent research has proven that antibacterial soap does not live up to its hype and is possibly even harmful. Roughly 75% of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30% of bars use the chemical Triclosan. In addition to soap, many manufacturers have begun putting the chemical in wipes, hand gels, deodorants, toothpaste and an assortment of other common household items to destroy any and all bacteria on our planet.
Based on this ongoing research these are 7 reasons why it’s best to ditch antibacterial products and opt for All Natural Skin Care, like Siena Soap Products!
1. Antibacterial soaps are all hype; in fact they are no more effective than conventional soap and water.
Since the beginning of the use of Triclosan in our skin care products over 42 years ago; the FDA and many other independent studies have been trying to discover the health benefits of using Triclosan in soaps. Unfortunately, research has not been able to find a single benefit of Triclosan or for its use in antibacterial soaps and other skin care products!
“I suspect there are a lot of consumers who assume that by using an antibacterial soap product, they are protecting themselves from illness, and protecting their families,” announced Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the FDA’s drug center. “But we don’t have any evidence that is really the case over simple soap and water.”
Apparently after many years of research, no data exists to show any evidence that Triclosan reduces the transmission of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections. Also it is believed that because antibacterial soaps target bacteria specifically, they are not able to attack the ever-changing viruses that cause cold and flu season year after year.
2. Antibacterial soaps have the potential to create a strong and rebel like antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The FDA is concerned about a possible range of health risks associated with Triclosan and the bacterial resistance it has helped create. Between the heavy use of antibiotic medications and antibacterial products several “rebel” resistance bacteria have formed. This resistance created a subdivision within the bacteria population that allows specific bacteria to survive despite the use of any bacteria-killing chemicals. When chemicals are used frequently, all the other bacteria are killed except for this rebel group, allowing the rebel bacteria to take over and dominate. When this happens on a large scale we are left with a strong rebel bacteria that cannot be destroyed by any chemical or medication. This obviously could pose a great risk to our nation’s health.
This issue has taken the medical worlds by storm and is viewed as a large and dangerous problem. The World Heath Organization went on record saying this is a “threat to global health security.”
3. Triclosan in soap could act as endocrine disruptors.
Equally disturbing are long-term studies and research that are demonstrating how Triclosan can interfere with the body’s regulation of the thyroid hormone. It is thought to happen because Triclosan is able to mimic the way our bodies naturally produce our thyroid hormones. This is very alarming, as these studies believe that this can cause infertility, artificially advanced early puberty, obesity, and cancer.
The over all consensus of these studies demonstrates that it isn’t worth the risk given the minimal benefits of long-term Triclosan use.
4. Triclosan might lead to other health problems, too.
Scientists believe that with our reduced exposure of bacteria (which is essential for your immune system to fully develop and function properly) and with many children having continual exposure to Triclosan, our nation is at risk for acquiring a wide range of allergies. Triclosan seems to increase the chance of allergy issues with frequent use.
Additional studies have exposed that Triclosan can obstruct muscle contractions and muscle activity. This is believed to happen because Triclosan can penetrate the skin and go directly into the bloodstream much faster than most chemicals. A survey done in 2008 found that 75% of people tested had Triclosan in their urine.
5. Antibacterial/Triclosan soaps are bad for the environment.
Since Triclosan is such a widely used chemical in antibacterial soaps and skin care products, it often times gets flushed down the drain. A recent study found that even after treating the water at sewage plants, traces of Triclosan still exist and pollute our streams, rivers, and drinking water. Last year the University of Minnesota found high levels of Triclosan in the sediments of several lakes, harming the environment and trickling down the wild life chain.
In 2009 a high amount of bottlenose dolphins (that were surveyed off the coast of Florida and South Carolina) had alarming levels of Triclosan found in their blood.
6. Antibacterial soaps leave your skin dry and flaky.
Most “soaps” on the market are really detergents, stripping your skin of its naturally occurring oils. Unlike Siena Soap Bar’s, these detergent soaps do not replace any of the oils that have been stripped from your skin. This explains why you often get that dry and tightened feeling after showering with commercial detergent soaps. Additionally, many of these soaps are loaded with skin irritating and harmful chemicals, leaving your skin dry, itchy, and even flaky.
7. Handmade and All Natural soaps are so much more fun!
Siena Soap Company offers a large variety of soaps for all ages and genders. With over 20 different bars of handmade all natural soap to choose from, we’re confident that we have the perfect bar for everyone in your entire family!
Plus you can use all our products worry-free, knowing every ingredient that goes into our products is100% natural. Siena Soap Company’s bars are so natural that you can pronounce and recognize every single ingredient! When’s the last time you could say that?
Natural soap also means you will get the added benefit of actually moisturizing your skin with luxurious plant-based oils all while cleansing at the same time!
What Should You Do?
It’s so simple; a good old fashion hand wash with natural soap will do the trick! You don’t really even need to use hot water as long as you create friction by rubbing and scrubbing your hands, although it’s recommend that you wash your hands for 30 seconds to have a proper cleaning.
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As I sit back and reflect on Mother’s Day my heart is overwhelmed. I’m brought to tears of joy, thankfulness and love for my mom, business partner and friend. My mom is simply amazing and I cannot imagine life without her. After all, who else could put up with me, raise 5 kids, start this wonderful company, get their Master of Public Health from the U of M and be the Director of a crisis pregnancy center all while being married to her high school sweetheart for 35yrs and counting?!?! Yes, you guessed it, Super Woman ! ! !
Thank you Mom. Thank you for laying down your life for all of us day in and day out. Your unselfish love has been a pillar of strength for all of us and we wouldn’t be the people we are today without you. Thank you for all the long and hard hours you put in everyday. Thank you for being my business partner and Thank You for saying “Yes” to the call of motherhood.
Motherhood. That’s one complex word. Life has shown me there is no right path to motherhood. It can be a bumpy, long and difficult road. It can be a fast or unexcepted road. Motherhood can take on many different forms, yet each one is so unique and so beautiful.
Here is to Mom’s of every kind…
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you.
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you.
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you.
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you.
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you.
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you.
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you.
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you.
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience . We send you love and support.
To those who are single moms- we are here for you with love and support.
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst.
To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day.
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be.
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths.
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you.
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you.
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart.
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you This Mother’s Day, we walk with you.
Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
Much love to all you Warriors out there we call Mom,
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