For the majority, underarm deodorants or antiperspirants are part of the daily routine, usually right after shower. Some can’t just leave the house without spreading or spraying some under their arm. Understandably, who would want a smelly, stinky ‘pit?
Actually sweat is odorless. The horrible stench is caused by the bacteria reacting with perspiration, in relation to the person’s lifestyle and other environmental factors.
So many people resort to antiperspirants or deodorants to mask the possible stink of sweaty armpits and replaced with a fresh, sweet scent.
However, there are so many claims of underarm deodorants being a health hazard, and may cause cancer. On the contrary, other research show no correlation of these hygienic products to cancer.
Nevertheless there is still prevalence of the negative claims. So on the safe side, it is best to know the deodorant/anti-perspirant ingredients that are deemed harmful and why.
These compounds act as temporary plug on the sweat ducts, stopping the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. According to some studies, they may be absorbed by the skin which promotes growth of cancer cells when left on the skin near the breast.
Parabens are very common preservatives in most cosmetic products and in your deodorant as well. But these ingredients have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen, just like the aluminum compounds and contribute to the development of breast cancer.
Silica is a known skin irritant that can cause allergies or immune toxicity.
An antibacterial pesticide according to FDA and a carcinogen by EPA. It can irritate your skin causing contact dermatitis and also capable of causing cancer.
Health hazards of this petroleum-based compound are delayed allergic reactions, possible kidney and liver damage because it is considered a neurotoxin.
The debate whether deodorant products are harmful or not continues on. Many are still convinced that there is no link or conclusive evidence that they can cause breast cancer when used regularly.
For the most part, deodorants are considered safe to use just like other chemical compounds present in soap, shower gel, perfumes, shampoos and moisturizers. Needless to say, you should not apply it on broken skin or on wound.
For those who want to go all natural, you can follow ‘natural’ underarm deodorants. There are recipes online on how to make your own effective and toxin-free underarm care products.