One of the first things we all do in the morning is apply deodorant to keep us smelling fresh throughout the day however this ritual could have serious underlying health hazards. Popular deodorants often contain harmful chemicals that you should avoid applying to your skin daily.
Here are the top 7 most harmful toxins that are found in most commercial deodorants:
Parabens are a common ingredient in deodorant and other hygiene products. Look for the words methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl. A study from 2004 concluded parabens have been linked to breast cancer. These chemicals are known to mimic estrogen and disturb the natural hormonal balance in the body. High levels of estrogen or chemicals which mimic the hormone play a role in the formation of breast cancer as well as accelerated growth of tumors.
Often products will come with a ‘paraben free’ listing as the negative effects are becoming known however there are other harmful chemicals which should be avoided as well.
Silica is a known as a skin irritant and sometimes can be contaminated with a carcinogenic compound called crystalline quartz. This can potentially cause cancer and should be avoided.
- Aluminum compounds
This ingredient is used to plug the sweat ducts in order to prevent you from sweating and therefore stopping body odor from forming. The skin will absorb these compounds and can lead to health issues. Much like the parabens, aluminum compounds can mimic estrogen which can encourage growth of breast cancer cells. Study’s show strong correlations that these compounds promote Alzheimer’s disease.
Some talc contains asbestiform fibers which are considered carcinogenic. This is not currently regulated in cosmetics so the quantities in deodorants are unclear.
This is a compound which can cause contact dermatitis and skin irritations. Triclosan kills bacteria which is why it is used in deodorant – bacteria is what causes the odor. However this mean it kills off healthy bacteria as well. Aside from that Triclosan is classified by the FDA as a pesticide and possible carcinogen.
This is a compound derived from vegetables. The labeling can differ as the ‘n’ stands for a number so it may ready ‘steareth-1’. This compound is reacted with a known carcinogen – ethylene oxide.
- Propylene Glycol
This may cause delayed allergic reactions and is considered a neurotoxin. This toxin can cause liver damage, and kidney problems.
At this stage there is little information about the long term uses of these chemicals however they all have carcinogenic impacts or other health concerns. It is best to avoid these ingredients and use safer alternatives. There are plenty of natural deodorants available that won’t have negative effects on your health. Have a look through the Skin Deep database which gives safety ratings based on various toxicity databases. This website has a wealth of information, approximately 70,000 products for you to review.
Alternatively you can make your own natural deodorant at home and that way you know exactly what is going on your skin. DIY deodorant uses coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot or cornstarch to form the paste. It’s frugal, effective, and best of all natural and healthy. To find the DIY deodorant recipe, follow this link.
Alternatively here are some popular natural products available on Amazon;