Although antibacterial soaps are useful in some respects, there is a growing body of scientific literature that suggests they do more harm than good. As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on antibacterial soap manufacturers to provide additional information about their products in order to determine an official ruling.
Scientists found that common antibacterial compounds present in soap, including triclosan and triclocarban, may increase the risk of infections, change stomach bacteria and breed superbugs by causing bacteria to become more resistant to prescription antibiotics, according to an article by ARS Technica.
These antibacterial soaps have been under the watchful eyes of the FDA for many years, and have even been prohibited in some regions of the country. Not all bacteria are created equal, however. Humans are largely made of bacteria. Although antibacterial soaps do an excellent job of killing bad bacteria, they do an equally excellent job of killing good bacteria.
Washing their hands of the whole thing
To add insult to injury, there is evidence that antibacterial soaps don't actually clean hands any better than traditional soap and warm water.
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