Using antiperspirants and deodorants has become a routine activity for most of us. We can't even imagine, how to go outside, without putting roll-on, spray or aerosol on the armpits.
Did you actually know that first deodorant was brought to the Western world in the end of 19th century? However it wasn't so widespread, as today, because people found it needless and even dangerous. The earliest variants of antiperspirants could decrease sweating, but didn't have ability to prevent bacteria growth.
In the course several years big companies involved anti-sweat technology, new formulas and delivery system to the society. And nowadays antiperspirants and deodorants represent essential part of our daily toilet.
By the way, your sweat doesn't smell by itself, as you thought. Odor appears, when sweat fluid meets bacteria, which live in the skin of your armpits and groin. These bacteria break down your sweat, producing stinky odor. Keep in the mind that deodorants are not the same with antiperspirants. Deodorants struggle against scent-produced bacteria and may contain perfumes to mask the odors. Antiperspirants, in turn, include components to plug sweat ducts and reduce sweat flow.
Several limited studies found that certain ingredients in the deodorants and antiperspirants may cause harm to your health. Though there is no evidence to prove these assumption, it's worth knowing potentially harmful substances and checking the labels on the products you buy:
Most of antiperspirants contain this chemical, which can block sweat glands and decrease secretion of sweat. Some investigations guess that skin absorbs aluminium components, causing alterations of the breast estrogen receptors and increasing risks of breast cancer.
High number of deodorants, soaps and shampoos have these preservatives in their compound. It was found that parabens may have slight estrogen-like effects and theoretically increase hazards of breast malignancy.
This powerful antimicrobial agent is commonly used in antiperspirants, deodorants, antibacterial soaps and anti-acne creams. But be aware that it can also cause antibiotic resistance of bacteria, thyroid disorders and allergy.
#4. Flavoring agents
We often choose deodorants, depending on its fragrance. It may be harmful, especially if you have sensitive skin, as aromatizers can cause allergy and skin irritation.
Chemical liquids are used in cosmetic products, toys and plastic products to make them more elastic. Several studies showed that long-term exposure to these chemicals can lead to reproductive abnormalities and hormonal fluctuations.
Sources: Cancer, Medbroadcast, WebMD, Articles.mercola, Draxe
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