Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on the antibacterial soap debateIn recent studies performed by the Food and Drug Administration, it is suggested that antibacterial soap may not be more effective than regular soap and water. In addition, many antibacterial soaps could potentially contain harmful ingredients that could outweigh any of the benefits of antibacterial soap.

Board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joel Schlessinger is wary of antibacterial soaps.

“The problem is that many soaps actually contain antibiotics, which can lead to bacterial resistance,” Dr. Schlessinger said. “This is a very big deal.”

Some studies have found that antibacterial soaps may be contributing to antibiotic resistance, creating a much more powerful and dangerous strain of bacteria.

“This leaves us in a difficult position,” Dr. Schlessinger said. “We have a limited palate of products and germs that aren’t even coming close to being conquered. “

Other cleaning options also have their downfalls, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

“While soap and water remain a reasonable option, the problem with them is the amount of time it takes to result in a thorough cleanse,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Generally, the rule of thumb is to sing the song ‘Happy Birthday’ twice, but how many individuals will sing that once, let alone twice?”

Other options include alcohol-based gels and sanitizers, but Dr. Joel Schlessinger is hesitant with using only these options for cleansing.

“These products aren’t as broad spectrum as other products,” said Dr. Schlessinger. “They can be very harsh on the skin due to the necessary alcohol content of 70% and they don’t provide coverage against the very important C difficile bacteria.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends regular soap, water and the CLn family of products.

CLn is a gentle and soothing family of products designed for skin prone to infection.

“CLN, which contains bleach, is one of the few antibacterial agents that doesn’t lead to the worsening of our antibiotic crisis in America,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “Bleach is a natural antibacterial that leads to eradication of germs and bacteria without the worsening of antibiotic resistance.”

“I am sticking with regular soap and water and CLn for my patients and myself!”

Visit LovelySkin.com today to purchase your CLn products and protect yourself and your family from antibacterial soaps.

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 10:28 pm
Filed Under Category: Dermatology, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, Skin Care, Skin Care Myths
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