Not only do they NOT thoroughly kill germs, hand sanitizers could theoretically lead to antibacterial resistance.
1. DRY SKIN
The alcohols used in hand sanitizers include isopropyl, ethanol, and n-propanol. These are the drying alcohols. They irritate the skin, strip away it’s natural oils and acid mantle, dehydrate cells, and increase risk of contact dermatitis.
2. ACCELERATED AGING
All those drying effects can lead to increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as calluses, cracks, and flakiness. Over time, alcohols can disrupt the natural barrier function, reducing skin’s ability to protect itself, and leading to increased dehydration.
3. DAMAGED SKIN
Scientific studies have shown that alcohols can actually damage skin cells.
4. ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
Some hand sanitizers and most antimicrobial liquid hand soaps and dish detergents are made with triclosan. Last year Colgate pulled Triclosan out of its Total Toothpaste! This chemical has been found in animal studies to disrupt hormone function. It’s also connected to the rise of so-called “superbugs” —
bacteria and viruses that can resist antibiotics. In 2019 the CDC announced that the rise of superbugs (as a result of overuse of antibiotics) was a serious threat to human health, and had caused at least 35,000 deaths that year.
5. UNKNOWN CHEMICALS
Many hand sanitizers are made with chemical fragrances. Since manufacturers are not required to list fragrance ingredients on the label, you don’t know what you’re exposing yourself to. Many fragrances are irritating and have been linked to allergies and hormone disruption (a xenoestrogen!).
6. WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
We think we’re reducing our risk of getting sick when we use hand sanitizers, but they can actually weaken the immune system. Studies have shown that ultra-clean environments—particularly early in life—can contribute to reduced immune defenses later on.
7. THEY JUST DON’T WORK AS WELL
The FDA states that currently, there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps (and sanitizers) are any more effective than regular soap and warm water in helping to prevent the spread of germs. A 2000 study found that sanitizers do not significantly reduce the amount of bacteria on the hands, and may actually even increase it. Researchers added that the products strip the skin of its natural oils—and since those oils usually prevent bacteria from coming to the surface, the sanitizer can actually reduce the skin’s own defenses.
Now that you know the wool has been' pulled over our eyes' for many year, what's a GOOD, HEALTHY alternative that WORKS?
Colloidal Silver! Small microscopic silver particulates in a cream or gel suspension works NATURALLY for hours to kill MRSA, E Coli, Streptococcus, Candida albicans, and other pathogens. What is even more awesome? Colloid silver does NOT disrupt your skin's barrier, DOES NOT kill the good probiotics on your skin, and it is completely safe!
Benefits of colloidal silver:
- Antibacterial and antimicrobial effects.
Studies show that colloidal silver is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that may be able to fight and kill pathogens that make us sick. It can inhibit the growth of both aerobic (requiring oxygen) and anaerobic (not requiring oxygen) bacteria, according to research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
This colloidal silver benefit is exactly why it’s often used to relieve symptoms of minor pink eye and ear infections, which are conditions that are commonly caused by infectious bacteria.
- Skin soothing
Colloidal silver can be used on the skin to promote healing. It doesn't disrupt the barrier, or dry it out
Studies show that it can be used to soothe minor burns, thrush, periodontitis, ringworm, psoriasis, eczema and other irritations affecting the skin. Colloidal silver works to soothe minor skin conditions because of its potent anti-fungal properties and its ability to soothe the skin, while repairing tissue damage.
Silver-based gel products are available and help to provide antimicrobial coverage to minor wounds and skin irritations.
- Respiratory relief
A recent study published in Frontiers in Microbiology shows that colloidal silver may be used as a nasal rinse to improve symptoms of occasional sinusitis. When patients with sinus infections used colloidal silver for its antibacterial effects, they experienced improvements in symptoms and no major adverse effects.
Colloidal silver is also used as a nasal spray to soothe symptoms of minor and occasional respiratory woes, including the common cold.
How to use colloidal silver.
Colloidal silver is known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral activity. It comes in many forms, including topical solutions, nasal sprays, liquid solutions to be taken by mouth or used in the eyes, intra-vaginally for yeast infections, and in intravenous formulations.
There are a range of products made using nanoparticles of silver. The strength of a colloidal silver solution is said to depend on how much silver the product contains, and the size and shape of the silver particles. When a product contains a greater amount of silver nanoparticles, it’s thought to release more silver ions that work to fight bacteria and other harmful organisms in the body.
When you are shopping for colloidal silver, make sure that it’s made with true silver colloids and that it doesn’t contain any protein or other additives. Some products on the market today are actually ionic silver, which is less expensive, but won’t produce the same benefits as true colloidal silver.
Skinplicity carries the best colloidal silver products.
You will never miss the alcohol sanitizers... and your skin will thank you for keeping it healthy and soft.
Also available: Colloidal silver spray. Can be used topically and internally.
Try it for sinus and throat infections.