Have you ever considered why your Deodorants and antiperspirants are toxic? The theories range from cancer-causing aluminum, fragrances filled with neurotoxins and pesticides. But what is really inside of your deodorant and antiperspirants? What effects do they actually have on your body?
1.) Aluminum in deodorants and antiperspirants
If you have ever actually read the label on your deodorants and antiperspirants, you may not be as surprised. According to Web-MD, antiperspirants contain an aluminum-based agent that can subsequently block the armpit ducts in order to prevent perspiration.
2.) The ill effects of aluminum and health concerns
Studies suggest that the aluminum in deodorant and antiperspirant may be linked to the following illnesses. Their is no scientific evidence to support these finding.
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Neurological Disorders
3.) Types of Aluminum Deodorants and antiperspirants can contain
The amount of chemicals used in deodorants and antiperspirants is vast, including several different forms of aluminum, such as:
- Aluminum Chlorohydrate
- Aluminum-Zirconium compound
- Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex-gly
- Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex-gly
According to Wikipedia, there are many possible ill effects of aluminum. Such as Aluminum toxicity, breast cancer, Renal dysfunction and skin irritation. Despite concerns, the FDA doesn’t feel that there is any scientific evidence concluding that the body absorbs enough aluminum for deodorants and antiperspirants to pose a real health risk.
4.) The fragrances in deodorants and antiperspirants contain neurotoxins
A relatively unknown fact about the fragrances used in our personal care products is that the FDA does not require fragrance companies to disclose the ingredients of their synthetic fragrances. That of which, can contain more unknown chemicals that you are likely to imagine.
According to care2, A healthy living website, studies have shown that a great deal of the ingredients in everyday fragrances are, in fact, neurotoxins and may have an ill effect on the nervous system and brain.
5.) Hormone distributors known as Phthalates
Hormone distributors known as Phthalates are found in the production of products. The products include personal care items such as deodorants to flooring and toy manufacturing. They suggest that there have been no linked ill effects on the human body by using personal care products containing these chemicals. But do you really want to apply chemicals to your body every day that are also used in the production of flooring?
6.) Propylene Glycol
Of the many chemicals that are found in everyday deodorants and antiperspirants, Propylene Glycol, may be the scariest. It is a clear and odorless liquid with a slightly sweet taste. Sounds familiar? That’s because Propylene Glycol is closely related to Ethylene Glycol, better known as anti-freeze, according to Wikipedia. According to research it does not appear to be harmful, but many still consider it a toxin. The FDA classifies Propylene Glycol as generally safe, despite beliefs that it could be harmful. Their is currently no proof that it is toxic to our bodies, but why use something that isn’t guaranteed safe rather than just generally safe?
Many consumers are concerned that deodorants and antiperspirants contain pesticides. Triclosan is classified as a pesticide by the FDA. Triclosan is also used in personal care products as an anti-bacterial agent. The FDA feels that is not hazardous to humans. The FDA does recognize that many studies regarding the use of Triclosan have taken place since the last time it was evaluated by the FDA for safety.
8.) Different types of Parabens
Parabens are another term for preservatives used in many cosmetic items. They have been named in many scientific studies as possible contributors to both breast cancer and the mimicking of estrogen within the body. When looking for Parabens on the ingredient list, there are several different types:
- Benzyl paraben
9.) Parabens acting as estrogen
Parabens used as preservative agents in deodorants and antiperspirants have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen within the body. According to the FDA, they are aware that parabens can mimic similar activity to estrogen, but studies suggest that parabens have a much smaller estrogenic activity than that of estrogen produced by the body.
10.) Possibly related to causing breast cancer
It is a possibility that Deodorants and antiperspirants may increase the risk of breast cancer. Both from the absorption of aluminum and parabens. The majority of breast cancer develops in the top area of the breast closest to that of which we apply deodorants and antiperspirants. The same such studies also suggest that when applied, the aluminum absorbs into the skin, most frequently when small nicks occur during the shaving process. These studies suggest that the chemicals absorbed into the body may then interact with DNA, causing cancerous changes in cells. The absorption of these chemicals may also lead to interference with the body’s estrogen, another suggested relation to breast cancer. Studies have also shown that traces of parabens have been found in breast tumors, but there is still no proof that parabens cause breast cancer.
11.) FDA monitoring
Yet another reason to stop using commercialized deodorants and antiperspirants, is that cosmetic products are not subject to FDA approval. The assumption that if it’s in stores, it must be FDA approved and safe for our bodies is a myth. The FDA may only pull these items from the market with hard scientific evidence suggesting that they are harmful. Deodorant is not a monitored cosmetic. while antiperspirants are considered an over the counter drug and are subject to approval by the FDA.
12.) More Chemicals
Furthermore, on the ongoing list of chemicals, we are exposing our bodies by using deodorant is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used to help protect the deodorant and antiperspirants from contamination over time. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas often used in the production of fertilizer and plywood. The FDA suggests that formaldehyde is safe as long as it isn’t in excessive quantities. But once again why would you want to put something on your body religiously, every single day that may or may not be safe?