Gonorrhea may soon become untreatable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the Neisseria gonorrhea bacteria may be developing resistance to the only two antibiotics left that can cure the sexually transmitted disease. The drugs, azithromycin and ceftriaxone, are used in combination to treat gonorrhea, a strategy experts hope will prolong the period during which these critical drugs will work.  Source:https://www.statnews.com/2016/07/14/gonorrhea-antibiotic-resistant-untreatable/.



No one wants gonorrhea…and if diagnosed would likely hurry to get their prescription filled.  That’s why it puzzles me that some maker/marketers will go to great lengths to hide, apologize or brag about the lack of PRESERVATIVES in their formulas.  Because that’s what preservatives do; keep the bugs/microbes at bay.  Bacteria, fungi, and yeast might be natural, but I don’t want to rub them on my skin.  I’ve seen the term “nasty synthetic preservatives”- many times on social media and it has me shaking my head.  It makes me shudder to think of slathering unpreserved  products around my eyes because the eye area has more stringent limits when it comes to microbial count.

I don’t get bragging about not using preservatives- as if that’s a selling point or advantage.  You wouldn’t swim in a pool without chlorine would you?  It’s like a taxi company shouting “ride with us, we have no seat belts”, or try our unrefrigerated ham-squirming with maggots.  Many makers are looking for a gentle natural preservative.  I don’t think they exist.  It’s like asking for a kinder gentler cancer. Trying to get around this means tweaking new preservative  combinations or eliminating bug food in the formula and it adds up in terms of time and the costs of testing.  Start by educating the consumer about the need for preservatives in water based products.  I don’t apologize for using an effective preservative in my products.  One may know what the customer wants, but it’s best to give them what they need.  Safety comes before ideology.

There are a lot of variables that go into the selection of preservatives.  Antimicrobials by their very nature are toxic to microbes, whether their target is bacteria, fungi, or yeast.  If they are non-toxic, then they will not do their job. You can either make safe products within the constraints of available chemistry that has a long history of successful use, or you can use an ineffective preservative and hope that your customers don’t get an infection resulting in a recall.  Here’s an example of one company that tried to tiptoe through the all natural tulips.  It didn’t work out so well for them.  http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i23/Close-Scrutiny-Cosmetic-Preservatives-Continues.html

Bacteria via a sexually transmitted disease or from underpreserved eye cream can be bad for your health.