A recent study, carried out by researchers from the Universities of California and Colorado, highlights TRICLOSAN which is an antibacterial agent , suggesting it can hinder the process by which muscles, including the heart, receive signals from the brain. TRICLOSAN is just one ingredient in lipstick – along with hundreds of other beauty and household products. TRICLOSAN was originally developed as a surgical scrub for medical professionals but has been added to all kinds of products in recent years, from toothpastes to kitchen chopping boards and shoes, to kill bacteria and prevent odours.
In tests on mice, researchers found a 25 per cent reduction in heart function within 20 minutes of exposure, while swimming distances were reduced in a certain type of fish. Researcher Isaac Pessah suggests that the findings “provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health. For someone who is healthy, a 10 per cent drop in heart function may not have an effect, but if you have heart disease it could make a big difference,” he adds.
So is it safe?
The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association has been quick to squash the study findings – pointing out “ that tests on animals cannot be applied to humans” and that the doses used were higher than people would normally be exposed to.
So folks from the horse’s mouth, as it were, tests on animals cannot be applied to humans. So WHY OH WHY do manufacturers continue to experiment on animals ????????????