06/11/2014 05:37 GMT | Updated 23/11/2014 06:59 GMT

Does Antibacterial Hand Gel Do More Harm Than Good?

If you’re one of those people who smother their hands with antibacterial sanitiser the minute you step off of public transport, listen up.

Regularly using hand sanitiser may be doing you more harm than good.

In the above video, Tara Long explains how triclosan, the active ingredient in many sanitisers, can kill a lot of the good bacteria on your hands.

New research also shows that sanitiser can cause your skin to absorb more bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical used in the production of almost all plastics.

“Studies have linked high amounts of BPA to hormone disorders, heart disease, cancer, infertility and even diabetes,” Long says.

So what can we do about it?

According to Long we should limit the amount of hand sanitiser we use.

Back to soap and water it is then…


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