In our health conscience society, we are all looking for better ways to protect our health. When it comes to the deodorant or antiperspirant you use, it may be a bit confusing to know which products are safe. The truth is, very few of the over the counter deodorants or antiperspirants are totally safe, especially after prolonged use. In fact, they might not only be dangerous, these products may actually be causing your sweat issues to become worse.
We clearly like to smell good though because sales of deodorants and antiperspirants in the United States alone are over a $3 billion industry, with more than 90% of us using such products on a daily basis. Unfortunately, what you might consider part of your daily hygiene routine may have severe health consequences down the line. The vast majority of these products contain harmful ingredients and many of us aren’t even aware.
When shopping for deodorants and antiperspirants check the labels and if you see any of these ingredients, think twice:
- Parabens, with common names like methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl are very common ingredients found in deodorants and antiperspirants as well as everyday cosmetic products. Look for products that say “paraben free”. Paraben has been used in products for 70 years and have recently been linked to breast cancer. Parabens can mimic estrogen, which can be linked to cancer, and disturb the body’s hormonal balance.
- Silica is a known as a skin irritant, leading to cancer, allergic reactions and immunotoxicity. Silica is often contaminated with crystalline quartz which is also capable of causing cancer.
- Aluminum, aluminum chloralhydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex and gly products can act as a plug to your pores which work to prevent the flow of sweat. Aluminum compounds can also be absorbed into the skin, and like parabens, are linked to breast cancer due to their ability to act like estrogen.
- Talc – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), warns consumers that if Talc contains asbestos fibers, it is considered a carcinogen. Unfortunately, the quantity of asbestiform fibers is not regulated in cosmetic products. Asbestos in talc has been linked to cancer
- Triclosan is another ingredient to watch out for as it can irritate your skin, cause contact dermatitis and cancer. You have both good and bad bacteria in your body but triclosan doesn’t know the difference, killing both. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers triclosan as a pesticide, and IARC has triclosan listed as a possible carcinogen.
- Propylene glycol is another commonly found ingredient in deodorants and antiperspirants with health hazards that may include allergic reactions and kidney or liver damage. Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin, which has been linked to kidney and liver damage.
- Steareth-n, though produced from vegetables, has also been linked to cancer. In the making of deodorants and antiperspirants, it is combined with ethylene oxide, which is a known carcinogen.
- Fragrances make us smell good, right? True, but they can also cause skin irritation, allergies, toxicity, and are harmful to the environment. Check out some heathy fragrances here!
Most popular deodorants on the shelves today are likely to contain at least one of these harmful ingredients. No one should put their health at risk to smell good. There are plenty of solutions that can work for you that are safe and made with all-natural ingredients. You could even make your own deodorant at home with recipes easily found on the internet.
If you care about your health and don’t have the time or interest to make your own products, or if you’re confused by product labeling, (sometimes “all-natural” doesn’t mean what you think) check out Mid-Michigan Soaps for quality organic products for home and body.