A new report from the University of Michigan School of Public Health suggests that children who are exposed to antibacterial soaps in large quantities may suffer more from allergies if the soaps contain Triclosan. The same study also linked overexposure to Bisphenol A with a negative impact on the adult immune system.
Triclosan is a chemical compound typically used in soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags and medical devices. Bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in many plastics. Both chemicals are considered “endocrine-disrupting compounds” (EDCs), which can cause harm by mimicking or affecting hormones.
According to Erin Rees Clayton, research investigator at the School of Public Health and first author on the paper. “