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Choosing a Deodorant

Early Egyptians were the first to use “deodorants” as they would use perfumed oil to guise their odor. Today we have so many different deodorants to choose from it can be overwhelming.

A deodorant and an anti-perspirant are not the same thing, but they are often found together in products geared for underarm use. A deodorant gets rid of smell and often contains fragrance, while an anti-perspirant decreases sweat.

Deodorant ingredients can cause problems in those with allergies. Fragrance allergy is one of the most common types of allergy to skin care products. Preservatives such as parabens can cause allergy as well. Parabens have been controversial lately, therefore many “organic” or “natural” preservatives have been added to skin care products. These natural ingredients are much more likely than parabens to cause a skin rash. Vitamin E is a well known cause of allergy in deodorant products. In fact, years ago the company Mennen had a Vitamin E containing deodorant that had to be discontinued due to the high incidences of rashes from it. Other ingredients shown to cause allergic reactions include lichen-acid and d-usnic acid.

Antiperspirant ingredients function by reducing sweating. In many cases an aluminum compound is used. These aluminum salts lodge in the sweat duct to prevent sweat from extruding from the duct. There have been many reports that this may cause long term harm, however, no convincing studies have been performed. However, it is prudent to avoid aluminum if possible. Finding an effective aluminum free deodorant is not easy, as is discussed in the article found by clicking this link.

It is certain that aluminum and allergen free deodorants are preferable; however, effective ones are difficult if not impossible to find. Please comment and share your findings. Have you found an acceptable option?