Hand sanitizer often has a form of alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, as an active ingredient and works as an antiseptic. Other ingredients could include water, fragrance, glycerin and an antibiotic compound called triclosan or triclocarban.
Triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Using hand sanitizers may actually lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against bad bacteria. The FDA says research shows triclosan may lead to hormonal disruptions and cause bacteria to adapt to its antimicrobial properties, which create more antibiotic-resistant strains. Animal studies have shown that the compound could change the way hormones work in the body, raising concerns and warranting further investigation to better understand how they might affect humans.
Personally I never knew the research behind the ingredients of “normal” hand sanitizers, but intuitively I always hated the way my hands felt after I used them. I made this formula for my sister Tessa, because she always used to use hand sanitizers and I knew that the ones she had were no bueno.
Researchers at University of Michigan School of Public Health found that triclosan may negatively affect human immune function. Compromising the immune system can make people more susceptible to allergies, and more vulnerable to the toxic chemical Bisphenol A, which is found in plastics. In the study, children and teens with higher levels of triclosan were more likely to be diagnosed with hay fever and other allergies. Also sucks the natural oils and moisture out of your hands, which could lead to super dry hands as a symptom.
If your hand sanitizer is scented, then it’s likely loaded with toxic chemicals. Companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients that make up their secret scents, and therefore generally are made from dozens of chemicals. Take a look at our very own all natural, organic hand sanitizer.
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