As COVID-19 cases continue to sweep across the world, demand for virus fighting hand sanitizers have also grown exponentially. Unfortunately, this demand has caused relaxed rules from the FDA which allowed more than 1500 new hand sanitizer brands to join the market.
With the United States now becoming the epicenter, we have made hand sanitizers our best friend in keeping us safe. Surprisingly, not all hand sanitizers are safe. In fact, they can be toxic.
Toxic Hand Sanitizers?
Yes, they can cause more harm than protection if they contain the following ingredients.
The FDA has recently warned against brands and recalled a few that tested positive for traces of methanol. Since methanol is absorbed through the skin and can result in toxic levels of this chemical, it can dehydrate the skin to result in dermatitis to the affected region of the skin. Absorption through the skin can be an issue for anyone, but young children especially, are at the highest risk. Methanol toxicity can also occur from ingesting through the lungs (i.e., inhaling the methanol fumes).
2. Silver Ions
Silver Ions have been known to be an ingredient contained in many hand sanitizers due to the fact that it quickly kills bacteria, fungi and viruses. Yet, high exposure to silver ions pose toxic effects like liver and kidney damage, irritation of the eyes, skin, respiratory, and intestinal tract, and changes in blood cells.
Know what's in your hand sanitizer and use one that contains enough alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses, and includes moisturizing ingredients like eucalyptus Oil to prevent your skin from getting too dry.
Eucalyptus Oil has been known to boost skin ceramide (fatty acid located within the membrane of cells found on the surface layer of your skin) production, water retention capacity, and skin barrier protection.