So, you are getting ready to go to work and you brush your teeth, get dressed, and leave the house. On reaching your office, you realize to your horror that you forgot to apply your deodorant! The nervous sweat begins making matters even worse and you realize you’re moments away from bad BO or worse, pit stains! For some people, going without deodorant feels like they are walking around naked.
Deodorants have become staples among most people’s hygiene routines. Just like body wash, lipstick, shaving cream, shampoo, and toothpaste, many deodorants have chemicals that are a challenge to pronounce, making it difficult to determine whether they are toxic or not. Let’s dig in and set some things straight.
Oral VS Topical Toxins
Depending on what ingredients were used to make your bottle of deodorant, you may be exposing yourself to  toxins unknowingly. When you consume toxins orally, your digestive system and liver break them down before they can enter your bloodstream. However, applying a toxic product on your skin, the toxins may end up in your bloodstream without being metabolized becoming a risk to your health.
The Dirty Truth
There are numerous ingredients that manufacturers add to deodorants to make them more effective. However, these ingredients do more harm to your body than good. Some of them  include:
Many manufacturers use various parabens as preservatives in personal care products such as deodorant. Parabens are believed to interfere with how our bodies produce and regulate certain hormones such as estrogen.
We have estrogen-sensitive tissues in our breasts. Health professionals worry that putting parabens in your underarms, which are close to the breast tissues daily could encourage the growth of breast cancer cells. The risk is for both men and women who use deodorants containing parabens. Parabens are also known to cause hormonal imbalance, organ toxicity, and birth defects.
According to the FDA, Triclosan is classified as a pesticide. The EPA classifies this ingredient as probable carcinogenic. Triclosan is an antibacterial that is linked to skin irritation, antibiotic resistance, thyroid problems, and allergies.
People use Triclosan as an insecticide to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination. Many manufacturers add this substance to deodorants to help kill bacteria. However, if you combine triclosan with water, it can create chloroform, a carcinogenic gas.
Also, triclosan has shown effects on hormone regulation alteration. It may also make bacteria resistant to antibiotics in humans. You don’t want to be prescribed antibiotics when sick only to realize that an ingredient in your deodorant is making bacteria in your body resistant to the medication.
This is the active ingredient in antifreeze. However, it is also used in softening products, and you will find it among the ingredients in your deodorant. When metabolized in the liver, propylene glycol can damage your heart and the central nervous system.
Many deodorants come with synthetic fragrances. If you look through the list of your deodorant’s ingredients, you will notice the words parfum or fragrance. However, these are only used to mask other chemicals including phthalates.
Phthalates are plasticizers in deodorants, children’s toys, lotions, and fragrances. They are known to increase the risks of birth defects in women who have shown high levels of phthalates in their urine or blood, ADHD, asthma, obesity, breast cancer, altered reproductive development, and autism. Phthalates are also linked with male fertility problems.
This is a big one, and possibly one you have heard before as its extremely popular for use in deodorants! This ingredient comes with various health risks. Aluminum is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Doctors have noticed aluminum alongside parabens in breast issues of patients diagnosed with cancer. Although further studies are needed to prove that this chemical poses a risk of breast cancer, it is better to be safe than sorry by avoiding deodorants with aluminum as one of its ingredients.
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