United Kingdom based Nigerian Medical Doctor and Social Commentator, Harvey Olufunmilayo says antiseptics are bad for the skin, body and should be done away it.
He said this in a series of tweets on his official and verified twitter handle.
According to him, the idea that using antiseptic is somehow “superior” or “better” is a SCAM and a MYTH only used in marketing to defraud people.
He also described Dettol, a major maker of antiseptic statement that it can be used to treat pimples as an absolute lie.
He said, “NEVER add antiseptic to bath water. NEVER add antiseptic to bath water. Waste of time, Waste of money and it would ruin your skin.”
“There is NO evidence that adding “antiseptic” to bath water makes it safer for you to bath.”
“The idea that using antiseptic is somehow “superior” or “better” is a SCAM and a MYTH only used in marketing to defraud people.”
“You do NOT need/have to add antiseptic to your bath water. On our skins and inside the woman’s vagina are helpful protective bacteria called “normal flora” which are like foot soldiers that defend and protect our skins and the woman’s vagina from outside infections.”
“Antiseptic liquids kill and wipe away these protective footsoldiers. And what happens next- as you can imagine- is the skin starts having infections and the vagina starts to have bad odour, terrible discharge and severe itching.”
“This is why you notice that you become very dependent on the antiseptic soap/liquids and your skin can’t do without it.”
“Just the same way, ROUTINE use of antibiotics is bad for you- the routine use of antiseptic liquids/soaps is BAD FOR YOUR SKIN.”
Stop wasting your money. Stop adding antiseptic to bath water. A simple plain soap and water is perfect for you to have your bath.That’s the truth.”
“In fact if there’s any risk to routine use of antiseptic liquids- it is the fact that they kill the beneficial bacteria from your skin and allow very dangerous and potentially antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria to thrive. That’s why you keep getting repeated skin problems.”
“That’s why some of you notice that after using antiseptic liquid in bath water for a long time- the moment you try to stop it- your skin starts breaking out.”
“It’s because the antiseptic made your skin so dependent on it. That’s very very bad for your skin and for your health.”
“There’s also research suggesting that too long exposure of the skin especially in children may lead to having skin allergies and hay fever- because the lack of exposure to normal bacteria that antiseptic liquids routinely wipe out.”
“And these bacteria help develop immune system. Bottomline: RUN from antiseptic liquids, they are bad for your skin and they are bad for your body.”
“Except and unless a dermatologist particularly recommends it for you, run from them. Use plain simple soap and water to have your bath. That is 100% effective for cleaning your body.”
“What if there are germs in the water?, actually your body needs those germs to develop a stronger defence system. Your skin has its natural protective system that automatically fights it off.”
“The possibility of germs is NOT an excuse to routinely add antiseptic to bath water.”
“If you think the bath water may not be safe, boil a hot water till it’s really hot and add that to the rest of your bath water- or simply have a hot water bath- that is a safer, healthier, medically better option to bathing than a routine daily use of antiseptic in bath water.”
“Oh but dr olufunmilayo is in uk”
Please let’s be sensible, guys.
I lived and schooled for over 25years in Nigeria before travelling.
Let’s stop using silly excuses to propagate mediocrity.
There is NO medical doctor or specialist worth his onions that recommends such nonsense.
What if the water makes me itch?; If water makes you itch, and it does that all the time, an antiseptic is NOT the answer to that. You need to speak to a doctor and find out what exactly is causing it because there are many medical causes to itching.
I will advise you do that. Sometimes water makes you itch because you tend to itch easily. It is a psychological deception to assume an antiseptic soap or antiseptic in the bath water is the automatic answer to that. Again, let me be quite clear:
That is NOT the answer. You have been scammed/deceived. So are antiseptic liquids totally useless? Of course not.
They can be used to clean dirty wounds. They may be recommended ONLY by a DERMATOLOGIST for a SHORT PERIOD of time- if the expert thinks it may help.
But ROUTINE DAILY use of antiseptic in bath water is medically unsafe.
So please tell your parents. Tell your friends, tell your partners, tell your school teachers.
And everyone out there who is under the illusion that routine daily antiseptic in bath water is superior or better. It is a scam and a myth.