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  • We all know hand sanitizer is bad for you.

  • But a new study finds it can actually increase the amount of BPA in your system! Yet another reason to stop using it altogether!

  • Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews - and there's been a lot of talk over the past few years about hand sanitizer, and why it can actually be dangerous for you.

  • Dnews actually did an episode on it just last year.

  • The basic idea is that triclosan, the active ingredient in hand sanitizer, kills off all of your good bacteria, making it easier for antibiotic resistant strains to flourish.

  • But that's not the only reason it's bad. A new study published this week in PLOS One, finds that using hand sanitizer can also increase your skin's absorption of BPA.

  • BPA stands for Bisphenol A, and it's a chemical used in the production of almost all hard plastics, including containers used for most foods and beverages.

  • Essentially, it imitates our hormones, in a way that disrupts our body's natural endocrine system.

  • Studies have linked high amounts of BPA to hormone disorders, heart disease, cancer, infertility, and even diabetes.

  • In a nutshell, it's bad. And according to this new study, hand sanitizer makes it even worse.

  • Most commonly used hand sanitizers contain chemicals that enhance the penetration of lipophilic compounds into your skin.

  • BPA is one of those compounds.

  • So researchers from the University of Missouri looked specifically at thermal receipt paper, which contains very high quantities of BPA to see if hand sanitizer increased the absorption of those chemicals.

  • Turns out, it does. A lot.

  • They found that using hand sanitizer before touching receipt paper, increases the absorption of BPA up to 100 fold.

  • What's more, is that all of that extra BPA lingers on your hands.

  • So if you were to eat food directly afterwards, you'd be getting a double dose of BPA absorption - first from your hands, and then from your mouth.

  • And those specific levels of BPA have been proven to increase the risk of disease in adults, and developmental abnormalities in children.

  • So what can we do about this?

  • Well, unfortunately, no safe alternatives to BPA have been identified for use in thermal paper.

  • So until those technologies are developed, the best thing you can really do is just stop using hand sanitizer unless you really, really need it.

  • And definitely don't use it before ordering take-out food because that's not good.

  • What do you guys think? Have you sworn off hand sanitizer altogether?

  • Let us know how you feel in the comments below - and as always, thank you guys for watching!

We all know hand sanitizer is bad for you.

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Why You Should Stop Using Hand Sanitizer!

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