The potential dangers of antiperspirants
Why do antiperspirants get a bad rap? Are they really dangerous? Does it really matter?
Antiperspirants (commercial ones) are designed to ANTI - PERSPIRE. That is, stop your body from doing what it does. Think about it. Sweat from under the arms, amidst many very sensitive lymph nodes, release cooling sweat, toxins form the body, and a natural and important function of the body. It’s pretty simple.
But, with that, sometimes with heat of the body and temperatures outside, turn certain bacterias into a stinky concoction. Thus the smell. We don’t naturally release bad odors—it’s the build up of sweat and bacteria‚ along with varying sweat glands natural (slight) odors…
You can keep it dry and clean by washing under the arms, keeping them dry. But somewhere along the way, companies developed chemicals that literally shut down that system. You can use safer, natural, and simple methods—such as baking sodas, and other “grandmothers” solutions, and many work very well… but it tends to be easier for today’s consumer to just buy what’s out there. When’s the last time you really read into the ingredients of what’s out there? Most do not…
As written by the Huffington Post:
The active ingredient found in antiperspirants is aluminium chloride, a salt compound that works by blocking the sweat duct and stopping secretions coming out of the sweat gland," dermatologist Dr Rodney Sinclair told the Huffington Post Australia.
"It can come in various modifications with aluminium chloride hexahydrate being a more potent form. The higher the concentration of aluminium, the stronger the antiperspirant is."
An antiperspirant or deodorant can also contain parabens -- a form of preservative that can be shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body's cells.
For years, theories and studies have hypothesised that exposure to either parabens or aluminium chloride can lead to an increased cancer risk.
"It is believed that these components may affect the hormones -- in women, particularly -- and therefore may increase the risk of breast cancer by affecting the hormone balance," Professor Guy Elsick, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Sydney, told Huffpost Australia.
"Part of this comes down to the fact that a large majority of breast cancer lesions are found in the upper quadrant, near the armpit. As a result, some researchers have tried to correlate cancer risk with deodorant use as a potential risk factor.”*
Just like with everything else, it makes sense to exercise common sense when it comes to hygiene. Just like you wouldn’t eat dangerous chemicals on purpose, or apply dangerous poisons to your body—you should at least consider what you are putting ON your body.
Consider natural, simple, and pure stuff to put on your body. It works, and also reduces the risk of health problems by not putting anything dangerous on your skin!