What is it?
Triclosan is a preservative, disinfectant, and antibacterial agent used in a variety of cosmetic and consumer products. It is also incorporated into special footwear insoles called “odor-eaters” because it is claimed that this chemical can suppress the odor produced by foot organisms.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Triclosan is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Triclosan should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it. Check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or contact the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

You should avoid any of the antibacterial or deodorant soaps, cleansers, and underarm deodorants, or other products listed below. Your dermatologist can assist you in choosing soaps and antiperspirants that are free of Triclosan. If industrial cleansers are used in your workplace, check the labels for this agent.

  • Anti-fungal in certain carpets
  • Anti-odor insoles and hose
  • Commercial laundry products
  • Disposable paper products
  • Laundry products
  • Hospital cleansers
  • Children’s toys
  • Textile
    • Kitchen
    • Table goods
    • Clothing
  • Pet shampoo (antibacterial or deodorizing)
  • Dishwashing liquid soap
  • Skin care products/cosmetics
    • Antiperspirants/deodorants
    • Acne treatments
    • First-aid antiseptics
    • Hair sprays, gels, tonics, and lotions
    • First aid products
    • Make-up/lip gloss
    • Lotions/creams
    • Powders/sprays
    • Shampoos/conditioners
    • Shaving products
    • Soaps/cleansers
    • Bath additives
    • Antibacterial soaps (bar and liquid)
    • Toothpaste/mouthwash
Other names for Triclosan:
  • 2,4,4’-triclor’-2-hydroxydiphenyl ether
  • 5-Chlor-2-(2,4-diclorophenoxyl) phenol
  • CH-3635
  • Irgasan CH3635
  • Irgasan DP 300
  • Ster-Zac
  • Tricholo-2’-hydroxy diphenyl ether
  • BRN 2057142
  • HSDB 7194
  • Microban
  • Lexol 300
  • Cloxifenolum
  • Biofresh
  • Triclosanum
  • Caswell No. 186A
  • CCRIS 9253
  • EINECS 222-182-2
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Bithionol (thiobis-dichlorphenol)
  • Bromochlorosalicylanide (BCSA) (Multifungin)
  • Buclosamide (Jadit)
  • Chloro-2-phenolphenol (Dowacide 32)
  • Dibromosalicylanilde (DBS) (Dibromsalan)Lexol 300
  • Fenticlor (thiobischlorophenol)
  • Tetrchlorosalicylanilide (TCSA)
  • Trichlorocarbanilide (TCC) triclocarban


How safe is it?

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