When it comes to body odor, you can point a finger to the bacterial colony growing on your skin. The antibacterial property of triclosan therefore makes it an indispensable ingredient in antiperspirants and deodorants that fight body odor. Since it kills bacteria, it’s also added into hand sanitizers and facial cleansers to prevent pimples and infection. In addition to its cosmetic uses, triclosan is found in a wide range of household products including laundry detergent and wet tissue. Even paint, clothing, linen, and a variety of products touted to be “anti-bacterial” have it.
Despite its obvious health benefits, this toxic beauty ingredient is absorbed into the skin. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tested more than 2,500 people aged six years and older for traces of triclosan in the urine. They found it in almost 75 percent of the test subjects. Experts believe that it messes up your hormones.
Triclosan is also suspected of causing antibiotic resistance, a medical phenomenon that isn’t to be taken lightly. It forces doctors to prescribe stronger (and more expensive) antibiotics to their patients, as well as pharmaceutical companies to develop new antibiotics without further research into their side effects and adverse reactions. This was enough reason for the Canadian Medical Association to ban all antibacterial products containing triclosan and impose concentration limits on cosmetics and mouthwash. Even then, there are too many beauty products that have this ingredient that it ends up accumulating in the body.