The FDA has recently decided that antibacterial consumer soaps are to be taken off the market. While antibiotics have, in the past, often been encouraged to prevent illnesses, the antibacterial agents in these soaps can actually do more harm than good. As such, here are 10 reasons why antibacterial soaps are being banned.
1) Antibiotic Resistance
In the modern world, high use of antibiotics has had negative effects despite helping people recover from illnesses. Since antibiotics kill off the bacteria which are not naturally resistant to them, they leave behind the ones that are resistant, which contributes to the overall bacterial population becoming more resistant to various antibacterial substances. Additionally, the chemical triclosan, which is present in many antimicrobial soaps, can cause mutations in the bacteria which makes them less susceptible to antibiotics. Since many different antibiotics are prescribed and present in cleaning products, their overuse is part of the rise of superbugs, which are resistant to most known antibiotics. Therefore, in cases where it is crucial to kill off bacteria, it may be more difficult to do so.
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