Medicated soaps are the special kind of soap that contain ingredients that help kill some certain germs/ bacteria, acne, pimples, eczema, black heads, clogged pores, pimples, body itching, bacterial or fungal infections.
Because of these goodies a pack of medicated soap offers, we are forced to buy any or every product on the market. This make the business to boom for the producers.
There’s always two sides to a coin remember.
The uncertainty of these kind of soap has prompted researches on them.
According to a post on US Food and Drug Administration, in 2013, the FDA issued a proposal demanding to get the safety and efficacy data from manufacturers, consumers and others if they wanted to still market.
Following this, the FDA is issued a final rule that OTC (over-the-counter) consumer antiseptic wash products like liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes which contain major antibacterial active ingredients such as triclosan and triclocarban will no longer be able to be marketed.
This is simply because they have not been able to provide a tangible prove that these soaps/ products were safe to use.
Or, even provide evidence that they are better than normal beauty soap in the prevention of illness and infections.
So why not just stick to the normal, than go for the antiseptic/ medicated soap that cost even more?
Considering these, more researches have been made here some of the reasons why you not dream of using medicated soaps but firstly lets know their types.
Types of Medicated Soaps
1. Anti-bacteria soap
7. Sensitive skin
9. Anti-itch soap
According to an interview on PUNCH “It does not protect one from germs. The problem is that soap, by definition, is alkaline, and because it is alkaline, it encourages the proliferation of bacteria on the skin.
The soap manufacturers, realising that they produce something that can increase bacteria dose on the skin, try to forestall that by putting an antiseptic in the soap and call it medicated soap.
These antiseptics do not differentiate between good and bad bacteria, so it just wipes out all the bacteria on the skin and leave it unprotected.
People should use what we call pH balanced cleansers. The local black soap is also good, but unfortunately, it has been adulterated by combining with it all kinds of chemicals to make it look like ‘oyinbo’ soap.