Harmful Chemicals in Deodorants
Harmful Chemicals in Synthetic Deodorants and
Part of our daily hygiene is putting on deodorants
or antiperspirants to keep us fresh-smelling all
day. After all, we don’t want to embarrass ourselves
especially when we’re stuck in an elevator full
of people, right? But what do you really put on
your skin every day? Remember that our skin is the
largest organ in our body and whatever we absorb
through our skin goes directly to our bloodstream.
So check your deodorants or
antiperspirants and find out whether
or not it contains these toxic chemicals that are
known to cause health problems in many people. There
are many types
of deodorants that do not contain harmful chemicals.
Many people that want to avoid chemicals in
their deodorant also wish to use a a
natural face wash and
chemical free shampoo as well. We highly
recommend Fundamental Face Wash and Fundamental
Shampoo, as they are truly chemical free.
Danger of Aluminum in Deodorants
Read the fine print at the back of your deodorant;
does it contain words such as aluminum chlorohydrate,
aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly, or any
aluminum compound? Then this means that you better
find another deodorant. Aluminum
can be absorbed into our bloodstream and
has been linked to Alzheimer's
Disease and dementia.
According to studies, people with Alzheimer's disease
have high concentrations of aluminum in their brain
Aluminum is placed in deodorants because they
block the ducts in our sweat glands.
This prevents us from perspiring. A study from Reading
University shows that breast cancer cells are found
in tissues that are close to the underarms and the
cysts that develop in these areas have aluminum
content that is 25 times higher than normal.
Danger of Talc in Deodorants
Asbestiform fibers present in talc
make this substance a carcinogen. The International
Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talc
with asbestiform fibers as causing cancer. Although
not all talc have this kind of fiber, talc is not
regulated when it is used in cosmetics. That is
why we should be wary about products that have talc
Danger of Propylene Glycol in Deodorants
Propylene Glycol is usually
included in deodorants because it hastens the penetration
into the skin of other substances. Some say that
people develop allergies to
propylene glycol but
these allergies are not usually linked to propylene
glycol because the reactions are delayed. Propylene
glycol is also considered a neurotoxin
because it can damage the liver and the kidneys.
EPA has not yet linked it to cancer.
Parabens are preservatives included in synthetic
deodorants and antiperspirants. Parabens come in
different names, such as methyl, ethyl, propyl,
benzyl and butyl parabens. These substances come
from toluene which is derived from petrochemicals.
Toluene has been known to disrupt reproductive
function. Parabens also act like estrogen
which is suspected to hasten the growth
of cancerous cells in the body.
Skin can get irritated when it comes into contact
with silica. Crystalline quartz might also be included
in silica and this is a carcinogen, too.
Although this substance is derived from a vegetable,
it is mixed in with ethylene oxide, which
can cause cancer in humans.
Chemical deodorants use triclosan to gain antibacterial
properties. Since odors come from bacteria, triclosan
is included to combat them. However, triclosan is
a pesticide classified by the FDA. It may kill both
good and bad bacteria in the body. Triclosan may
have carcinogenic or cancer-causing properties