Whats the Scoop on Anti-Bacterial Soap?
So those of you who follow my blog posts know that I unusually only post when I see something alarming that needs to be addressed. Granted, my posts are just my opinion of course, but I feel like I usually have enough data or reasoning to prove my point. This post is no different, and I feel very strongly about this topic.
Every day, piercing clients come to see me for various reasons…a new piercing, jewelry switch out and mostly for…healing issues. I realize that Body Modification experts have their thoughts and feeling on aftercare. As a Certified Aromatherapist, I have the privilege of bringing in holistic knowledge to the aftercare discussion in hopes to further expand on what you already know and to offer a more natural solution.
When clients ask if they can just use a store brand anti-bacterial soap for aftercare, I try not to give “the face” but will usually freak out for a moment and say “please, no!” Many of you might not be aware that in 2013, the FDA issued a proposed rule requiring safety and efficacy data from manufacturers, consumers, and others if they wanted to continue marketing antibacterial products containing certain chemicals not found in plain soaps. Those ingredients are added to many consumer products with the intent of reducing or preventing bacterial infection. (FDA.gov, 2019) Triclosan is one main ingredient in everyone’s favorite go-to soap. As a holistic enthusiast I cannot willing let you use a product that “laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Some data shows this resistance may have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments, such as antibiotics.” And the real kicker? The EPA regulates the use of triclosan as a PESTICIDE!!!!
So how do we effectively clean our piercings and surrounding tissue, you ask? Well, honestly just the friction of rubbing your hands together with plain water will dislodge whatever pathogenic germ you have lingering but the addition of plain soap to the process offers a lubrication that helps make that process more effective. Am I saying never to use soap when cleaning your piercing? No, but I know a few here just read it that way. Let me clarify. My preferred soap recommendation has always been a mild, castile soap. Castile soap is pressed from Olive oil, is a gentle surfactant and all natural. You can generally find some at your local health food store. Recently, I have expanded our own line of all-natural aftercare here at the shop. You can always try our brand of castile soap which has been blended with essential oils to help keep pathogens away and nourish your skin in the meantime. Because of FDA regulations, I cannot make any claims that the essential oils in my products will do what they are supposed to do, but if you want to have a conversation with me about it, I am always happy to share what I know to believe is true.
Thanks again for reading. Enjoy the rest of your day!