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My astringent active ingred. Is2.0% salicylic acid (acne medication) and my face wash is 0.25% triclosan (aniseptic) is that ok to use while pregnant?
Not necessarily: Soap is effective at removing and killing bacteria when an adequate amount of scrubbing or rubbing is used. You should rub your hand together at least as long as it takes to sing the abcs (abacavir) or the happy birthday song to ensure that you have adequately cleaned your hands. For most uses antibacterial chemicals like triclosan are not needed and may increase bacterial resistance to anti-infectives. ...Read more
Probably nothing: There are no reports of human poisoning from ingestion of triclosan. Triclosan is reportedly harmful to algae & causes reproductive & developmental abnormalities in certain fish. There is a report of liver & kidney injury in rats. If you use one of the many toothpastes containing triclosan then you are already swallowing a little of this broad-spectrum antibiotic. ...Read more
Triclosan & allergy: Triclosan was linked to increased risk for developing environmental allergies in a 2010 study. Using products containing triclosan seemed to make children more likely to develop problems like allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Other types of problems with triclosan such as contact dermatitis are possible but are rare. ...Read more
Triclosan: Use as per the manufacturers recommendations; unless otherwise instructed by your physician. At times, a physician's personal experience with a medication or product influences their instructions for how it should be used to obtain maximal benefit or least side-effects. This is called an "off-label" use recommendation. ...Read more
Depends: Triclosan works by interfering with a bacteria's ability to build cell membranes (basically the skin of the germ). At low concentrations triclosan is bacteriostatic meaning it prevents bacteria from increasing. At higher concentrations triclosan kills bacteria. The use of triclosan at low concentrations may permit the emergence of pathogenic germs resistant to its effects. ...Read more
Yes: Triclosan doe encourage resistance.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could you provide me with effects/alternatives of BHA/BHT, Triclosan, Pthalates, Benzene, or Phenols. As many as you can please?
University librarian: Dream question. These chemicals are largely endocrine disrupting toxicants that are known as xenoestrogens. In 400 character answers you won't get much, however you can find loads of information on the toxnet site maintained by the NIH and NLM parts of the USDHHS. Try using university toxicology sites and MSDS resources, general medical or scientific data bank searches with those keywords. ...Read more
Yes: Search the internet for specific triclosan-free soaps. Or you can even ask your doctor for specific handouts and recommendations where to find this information. Tru-test can also be used for information. ...Read more
I always used Colgate Total, but recently there has been news regarding triclosan linked to cancer. Do I have to switch? Is it safe?
Can't be certain: Carcinogens are constantly being identified...unfortunately the risky concentration/exposure can be hard to identify. Have you stopped eating meat off the grill? Do you only drink distilled water? I personally use a similar product, drink tap water and eat occasional grilled steaks- I think you are safe enough. Don't swallow the toothpaste! Stay well and don't worry too much. ...Read more
Triclosan: Triclosan is actually a registered pesticide that has anti-microbial actions against bacteria. It has been found to block throid function in bull frogs and rats. It is a component of some toothpastes used for gingivitis, mouthwashes and hand soaps. The fda is unsure if it is safe for human consumption and is re-studying this matter. 2% triclosan can help tp kill a bad-actor bacteria -mrsa on skin. ...Read more
Triclosan: According to the fda, there are no additional benefits to having triclosan in health, beauty and household products in preventing infection as compared to products that do not contain it. So far triclosan is not known to be harmful to humans but there are some animal studies that show harm. There is also a question of whether it may cause bacterial resistance. ...Read more
Is it safe to continue using endocrine-disrupting triclosan in toothpaste? Is benefit of using it worth the possibility it may cause CA?
Use your toothpaste: Please forgive my frankness. The "pop" claims about "endocrine disruption" haven't attracted the attention of mainstream science as they claims seem extremely weak to most of us. In fact, it's ironic to see a fearmonger with a junk-journal article complaining about this sort of thing while eating a tofu sandwich -- loaded with phytoestrogens. I'm sorry someone troubled you about this. ...Read more
I discovered that my soap contain Triclosan and i usually use it, befor eating food so when I eat some soap enter my body through food. Is this cause cancer?
Not to worry:
Washing your hands with soap will do you far more good than any theoretical harm from Triclosan in the soap. You may use a regular soap, those are just as effective.
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Triclosan: Triclosan is an antibiotic used in some toothpastes. Discuss all medications, including OTC toothpastes, with your Obstetrician. That said, unless your OB has a specific objection, any toothpaste from one of the major manufacturers should be both safe and effective. Remember that for an adult, a pea-sized portion of toothpaste is appropriate, no matter how big a dollop they use in commercials. ...Read more
Does triclosan cause odontogenic tumors, or would it not be in toothpaste if it did? I have an odontoma. Used face wash for yrs with triclosan. Likely?
Possible: Triclosan has been shown experimentally, and in lab animals to have an association with certain cancers, particularly breast cancer. This is because it is a xeroestrogen, a chemical that mimics the effects of estrogen. The most recent summary of evidence in humans, however, is inconclusive. Because odontoma are not generally estrogen-sensitive, it is unlikely that your tumor is related. ...Read more
Since bacteria cause acne, can facial soap with triclosan effectively prevent acne? Is triclosan safe for facial use?
Could using a face wash w/triclosan in it for many years cause nasal tumor(from accidental flushing of soap in nose etc)?would more ppl have if so?
Used face wash for approx10 years that had triclosan in it. Nervous about breast ca bc of this. Is ca likely? Wld be same risk from toothpaste w tric?
Triclosan: Im not "worried" about it but you should know I don't recommend it. We prescribe CloSys toothpaste with better properties. ...Read more
In light of new findings about triclosan, if it truly could cause breast cancer, wouldn't there be many more cases of breast cancer in the population?
Triclosan is an ingredient used in products like antibacterial soaps and toothpaste. It's been around for 40 years and may have side effects related to changing hormone patterns.
For the most part breast cancer is inherited in about 5% of patients and is probably caused or associated with viral entry into the breast duct wnt-1 gene in about 80% of patients via the mmtv virus. ...Read more
I use an acne face cleanser with the anti-bacterial ingredient Triclosan. I READ SMWHERE THAT ITS DANGER. Is this harmful for my face? Should I switch?
Triclosan: Triclosan is an anti-bacterial ingredient found in a variety of soaps. It is generally recognized that there is no increased benefit over plain soap and water for killing bacteria, and it's use is leading to bacterial resistance. There is a concern that Triclosan poses some health risks, and should be avoided. ...Read more
Should people, esp women, keep using face wash, toothpaste, etc that has triclosan? What about those who have used them for yrs? High risk for breast ca?
Triclosan isn't an essential ingredient in many products. While triclosan added to toothpaste has been shown to help prevent gingivitis, there's no evidence that antibacterial soaps and body washes containing triclosan provide any extra benefits, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
A small amount absorbs through the skin or mouth, and while it hasn't been proven, it is not desirable. ...Read more
For many yrs used face wash that had triclosan in it. Am i at more risk of nasal/throat cancer? Sometimes got in mouth and in nose from washing face.
Stop worrying: Trislosan is a widely-used, apparently harmless chemical that degrades after being discarded into a form of dioxan that is not one of the forms that has toxicity or is supposed to be linked to cancer. Any chemical can be "shown to be harmful for this-and-that" if used in artificial conditions in labs. I am sorry that anyone troubled you over this. ...Read more