Triclosan is a synthetic antibacterial and antifungal compound used in trades including cosmetics, personal care products, and household goods. Triclosan benefits a range of fields due to its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. It has also found purpose in medical and healthcare settings.
In cosmetics, triclosan has been used as a preservative and antimicrobial agent. It helps thwart the growth of bacteria and fungi in various cosmetic products, extending their shelf life. Triclosan's antibacterial features have been especially valuable in products like antibacterial soaps or sanitizers, products that people rely on to impart cleanliness.
One of the ‘pros’ of using triclosan in cosmetics is its antimicrobial action. However, there have been concerns regarding the use of triclosan in cosmetics, one major concern being its potential effect on human health and the environment. Studies have posited that triclosan might contribute to antibiotic resistance, potentially reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics in treating infections.
There have also been concerns about its potential disruption of human hormonal activity.
Additionally, concerns exist regarding its presence in water systems, where it can accrue and potentially harm aquatic life.
Due to these concerns, regulatory authorities, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have taken actions to limit or otherwise regulate the use of triclosan in select products.
Natural antimicrobial agents, such as essential oils (e.g., tea tree, oregano, thyme, and lavender oil), grapefruit seed extract, or plant extracts with antimicrobial properties, are being used as alternatives that also offer antimicrobial benefits while offering a more environmentally sound and likely safer option for consumers.
Heal Yes! does NOT use triclosan in any formulas.