Let’s go over some common ingredients found in conventional deodorants.
Aluminum is the primary ingredient included in deodorants used to “block” the sweat glands. It can pose serious health risks, like Alzheimer’s Disease and breast cancer. Since aluminum’s main function is to “block” your sweat glands, what happens to all of that sweat? With your underarms being closely knit with your lymph nodes, this accumulation of toxic load from the sweat that isn’t being perspired is potentially causing a mayhem underneath that pit of yours. No build-up is ever good for the body and long-term buildup can lead to cell mutation.
Propylene glycol is a petroleum based substance that is used to create a soft and sleek consistency. It acts as a penetration enhancer, so if paired with harmful chemicals, it can increase their absorption. There have been reports on its potential toxicity, linking it to issues such as: cancer, reproductive complications, developmental abnormalities, neurotoxicity, and endocrine complications.
Propylene Glycol can also cause allergic reactions in the skin.
Phthalates, also hiding under the ingredient listed as “fragrance”, are plasticizing chemicals often used in deodorants for their consistency and ability to help dissolve other ingredients. Phthalates have been linked to several health issues and are considered to be endocrine disrupting and can cause a variety of complications including: infertility, decreased sperm count, cancers (breast, prostate, ovarian) liver/kidney/lung damage, endometriosis, asthma, and allergies.
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