Is antibacterial soap a do or a don't?

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Antibacterial soaps are no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap might even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents, making it harder to kill these germs in the future. In 2016 the Food and Drug Administration issued a rule under which over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products containing the majority of the antibacterial active ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban, can no longer be marketed to consumers. These products include liquid, foam, and gel hand soaps, bar soaps and body washes.

Oct. 13, 2016