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Triclosan In Skincare: Good or Bad?

    Triclosan is a synthetic chemical with antimicrobial properties which destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms like bacteria or fungi. That sounds like a good thing? Well…. it used to be but then things went the wrong way…

    When triclosan was first introduced in the early 70’s for use in hospitals, it actually was a good thing, as it is crucial to keep medical instruments sterile. However, over the last decade, with the rapid increase in the use of triclosan in products, the chemical is becoming severely OVERUSED…

    So, where can Triclosan be found? This chemical is used in a wide variety of household products including soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, deodorant, personal care products, dish detergent, first-aid, kitchenware, toys, and even workout clothing! 

    That’s a long list when the original intent of Triclosan was just meant to be for the hospital room…

    There is good reason to believe that the overuse of products with triclosan has contributed to bacterial resistance in the same way we are cautioned against the use of antibiotics.  So basically, it is becoming useless, is almost everywhere, and on top we have negative health impact …Read on and you will understand the effect it has on your entire body.

    The biggest issue is that Triclosan is a known endocrine disruptor and a suspected carcinogen. 

    And it can bioaccumulate in your fat cells for long periods of time, and is now detectable in human breast milk, blood, and urine samples. So you collect and store more and more Triclosan in your body over time.

    The use of triclosan is linked to the following effects on human health:

    • Abnormal endocrine system/thyroid hormone function
    • Weakening of the immune system.
    • Children exposed to antibacterial products at an early age have an increased chance of developing allergies, asthma and eczema.
    • Uncontrolled cell growth.
    • Developmental and reproductive toxicity.
    • Irritating to eyes and skin
    • Toxic to aquatic organisms and the environment as it does not easily degrade

    What’s your thought here? Should you continue to expose yourself to chemicals that can harm your health and make your life really miserable? If you are anything like the Damiva family, the answer is no and the action is to switch to 100% all natural skin and femcare products, and avoid all products with triclosan. 

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