Harvard Women's Health Watch
How clean should your skin be?
Soaps that strip away microbes arenít good, but it may be too soon to try products that add bacteria back. You may have noticed that antimicrobial skin cleansers have disappeared from the shelves. In September 2016, the FDA ruled that over-the-counter antiseptic soaps and wash products containing triclosan, triclocarban, or 17 other antimicrobial agents could no longer be marketed because their manufacturers didnít demonstrate that the ingredients were both safe and effective