WASHINGTON — Newly published research reaffirms that the use of antibacterial wash products in the home environment does not contribute to antibiotic or antibacterial resistance, confirming previous research that showcased similar findings, according to a press release.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Microbiology Research, compared the use of over-the-counter antibacterial liquid hand and body cleansers and antibacterial bar soaps — containing the germ-killing ingredients triclosan and triclocarban — against the use of non-antibacterial cleansers, the release stated.
According to the release, lead author Dr. Eugene Cole says the study discounts claims that the use of antibacterial wash products have contributed to the selection and spread of drug-resistant bacteria on human skin.
"There was no statistically significant difference in antibiotic resistance of Staphylococcus isolates obtained from the skin of regular antibacterial wash product users in comparison with non-antibacterial product users," said Dr. Cole, professor of environmental health sciences of Brigham Young University''s (BYU) Department of Health Science.
"There was also a definitive lack of antibiotic and antibacterial cross resistance among those bacteria," Cole added.
The research was supported by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the Personal Care Products Council, the release noted.
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