1. Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum is the ingredient that plugs your sweat glands. However, more importantly, it has been found to interfere with estrogen levels and are linked to breast cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
Parabens are a preservative found in many cosmetics. They imitate estrogen in the body. Scientists know that estrogen plays a large role in breast cancer and research continues on whether parabens are a risk factor for breast cancer.
3. Propylene and Butylene Glycol
Petroleum-based product that is used to prevent deodorant from drying out. When this chemical is paired with other chemical additives, it can be extremely dangerous. However, the EPA warning against skin contact to prevent a number of problems. These problems include neurotoxicity, skin rashes, kidney damage, liver damage, and headaches. Even in small concentrations (2 percent or less), propylene glycol provokes skin irritation in those with sensitive skin. Moreover, some manufacturers have made deodorants with 50 percent propylene glycol content. Believe it or not, you’re likely to find this in many “natural” deodorants.
Triclosan is classified as a pesticide according to the FDA. Although the FDA uses are not regulated under pesticide law, EPA considered these exposures in the aggregate risk assessment. In deodorants, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent and preservative, and reacts with tap water to create chloroform gas, a potential carcinogen. This chemical can also possess endocrine disrupting properties that has shown up in human breast milk and blood. It is known to disrupt hormone production and thyroid function.
Usually listed with a number (like steareth-15), these additives come from a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients more mild. The process (known as ethoxylation) produces carcinogenic 1,4-dioxanes during manufacturing. Stereaths are an additive in cosmetics that are developed during the manufacturing process. They are directly linked to a known carcinogen called dioxane.
Silica is added to deodorant to help absorb wetness. However, it is a skin irritant and may be contaminated with crystalline quartz. Crystalline quartz is a known carcinogen. We’ve all seen those little silica-gel packets that say “Do not eat” on them, so why would we want to rub into onto our skin? Silica may also be known as silicon dioxide and is used as an absorbent so that skin doesn’t feel oily after application. Crystalline silica is listed by OSHA as a known carcinogen if breathed in. It may also irritate skin leading to rashes. Although you may not be in as much danger from silica in deodorant knowing that it’s a toxin may just make you want to stay away from it the future.
Phthalates may be hiding in the ingredient list under “fragrance”. They help the deodorant be smooth and glide on easily. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and may mimic estrogen in the body. Phthalates are listed as a probable carcinogen as well. Linked to a higher risk of birth defects. May disrupt hormone receptors, increase the likelihood of cell mutation.
Talc, (talcum powder) is used in deodorants to absorb wetness. It is classified as a carcinogen. Talc is not regulated and may contain asbestos fibers as well. There is no way to know if the talc being used may be contaminated with asbestos and you’re breathing in harm as well as absorbing it through your skin. In the long run it may be best to avoid products that contain talc at all costs.
The term fragrance is not well-regulated and can include a variety of chemicals. They are synthetic with known detrimental health effects that are irritating to our respiratory systems that trigger allergies and aggrivate asthma, and some are carcinogenic
10. TEA and DEA
riethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are used in many cosmetic products. They are banned in Europe since they are known carcinogens. TEA can cause allergic reactions and DEA can cause kidney and liver damage.
Toxic Chemicals That Are HIDING in Your Deodorant
Do you really want metals, neurotoxins and other chemicals absorbing into your skin and body everyday??
Don't be fooled by some brands claiming to be "natural". Simply just look at their ingredients.
Although your favorite deodorant might protect you from a smelly social faux pas the truth of the matter is that your conventional deodorant may be doing more harm than good.
Each day, as we get ready to go to work, school, exercize, etc..., we put on our favorite perfumes, cologne, lotions & cosmetics and unknowingly subject ourselves to toxic chemicals. Over time, these toxic chemicals can cause cancers, tumors, bronchial issues and other health related problems.
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According to the National Cancer Society...
“Reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. Some scientists have also proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast.”
Since our skin is our largest organ, we need to take measures to ensure that what we put on it is as natural as possible.
Here are 10 harmful chemicals found in deodorant that can play a part in declining of our health.
Switching To Natural Deodorant
When you switch to a natural deodorant you might experience a good 2-4 week period where your body adjusts. The length of time it takes for this adjustment is personal and based on your body. Remember, you have been clogging your underarm sweat glands for (possibly) many years. The glands need to unclog. Once they are unclogged any build-up of toxins will need to be released.
You can either purchase a natural deodorant or make one yourself. But either way, you will need to allow your body a good month to acclimate itself.