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 just stop using it altogether.
There’s been a lot of talk over the past few years about hand sanitizer and why it can actually be dangerous for you. The basic idea is that triclosan, the active ingredient in hand sanitizer kills off all of your good bacteria, making it easier for antibiotic resistance trains to flourish, but that’s not the only reason it’s bad. A new study published this week in plus one finds that using hand sanitizer can also increase your skin’s absorption of BPA. BPA stands for BICE phenol 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 VPA to hormone disorders, heart disease, cancer, infertility, and even diabetes in a nutshell, it’s bad.

And according to this new study hand sanitizer, it makes it even worse. Most commonly used hand sanitizers contain chemicals that enhance the penetration of lipophilic compounds in 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 essentially 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 it? 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