Is Your Deodorant Bad For You?

woman-deodorantJust about everyone uses a deodorant or antiperspirant to protect against underarm odor and wet sweaty armpits.

For many people the use of these products do not present any problems. For others deodorants or antiperspirants may cause some adverse reactions.

There is a difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant although some products are a combination of the two.

A deodorant will block odor by killing the bacteria that causes the odor. A deodorant does not prevent the wetness associated with sweating. The antiperspirant prevents the wetness from perspiration from happening.

Many deodorants and antiperspirants contain chemicals which may be harmful to some people.

The most common of these chemicals is aluminum which is used to help temporaly block the sweat glands. Aluminum is present in a great many beauty products. Other chemicals which may be present in deodorant or antiperspirants include propylene glycol which is petroleum based and is used to soften a product. Phthalates are used to create a better product consistency and parabens are a synthetic preservative used in some deodorants and antiperspirants. Although it is not used in most deodorants or antiperspirants.

Deodorant-PicSilica may, if present, cause skin irritation. Triclosan is considered a pesticide. Talc may also be included in deodorants and antiperspirants.

There are some claims that the use of deodorants and antiperspirants containing these chemicals may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, kidney problems, bone disorders or certain types of cancers. Other researchers dispute these claims.

If you are experiencing a rash or other irritations that you suspect is caused by your deodorant or antiperspirant read the label on the product. If suspected harmful chemicals are present you may want to change to a different brand of deodorant or antiperspirant. You may want to look for a deodorant or antiperspirant that is free of aluminum.

There are many natural and organic deodorants available on the market which are made from all natural ingredients and essential oils. You can avoid all potentially harmful chemicals if you switch to one of these chemical free alternatives.