Triclosan – What Consumers Should Know

Have you ever wondered what chemicals are being used in your cosmetics even in your health hygiene especially soap for your skin and toothpaste for your great smile? If you haven’t, then you should start reading the ingredients that are being used in some of your favorite cosmetics since some of them are toxic and dangerous to your health.

toothpastesOne of the most popular ingredients that are used in most cosmetic products which one should be aware of is Triclosan. Simply put, Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that is used for its antibacterial properties in products such as detergents, deodorants, lotions, anti-microbial creams and many other cosmetics. The safety of Triclosan has been in question especially when it comes to human and environmental health.

According to the experts, Triclosan is a chlorophenol – a class of chemical substances that are suspected of causing cancer in people. Here’s what is known about phenol ingredients. For starters, when they are applied externally they can result in a variety of skin irritations that can at times deactivate physical nerve endings temporarily with little or no pain to the host. Once consumed, phenol compounds have been known to cause convulsions, cold sweats, coma and even death depending on the amount that was ingested. All these symptoms can be caused by Triclosan.

In terms of cosmetic soaps and toothpaste that contain Triclosan, there is ongoing research that is examining how this phenol chemical substance impacts microbes biologically. The research was as a result of the emergence of resistant strains of bacteria. Scientists are arguing that Triclosan in cosmetic soaps is facilitating the survival and development of new and more resistant strains of bacteria. To be able to understand how this comes about you need to dig a little deeper into the biology of resistance.

When one uses a cosmetic soap that contains Triclosan, the phenol compound kills the majority of the microbes that are present and then leaves a few bacteria which may have a special trait that can enable them to survive the destructive effects of Triclosan. What happens next is that the remaining microbes are now free to grow and pass on their special resistant trait to other microbes enabling them to survive. Once this happens, the microbes will eventually become robustly resistant to the substance in question and can even spread their level of resistance to other micro-organisms using a genetic method known as the transposon.
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The relationship between Triclosan and antibiotic level of resistance has been confirmed in the lab, inconclusive results have been recorded in the general population. It is believed that tests with longer trial periods are required before microbial resistance to Triclosan can be fully observed in humans.

Triclosan has not been completely assessed for all health hazards. However, it definitely falls into the category of chemicals that have detrimental side effects. The question now remains, following all the information you have received, would you like it added to products that you use on every day most basic?

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One Reply to “Triclosan – What Consumers Should Know”

  1. Wow. We always use products such as toothpaste and soap. Didn’t know what these chemicals are but we just use it because we know them they are safe and use it by most of us.

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