Our skin, surprisingly, absorbs a great deal of what we put on it. So, if we’re putting chemicals on our body, it will absorb those chemicals. Here are a few of the things you should be aware of that are found in conventional deodorant.
What’s in there for? Aluminum is an ingredient found in antiperspirants and works to completely stop perspiration.
What’s the problem? Aluminum has been linked to a number of health issues:
Bone Formation Disorders
It’s of particular importance of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Down’s Syndrome to steer clear of aluminum. Recent studies have shown that they are particularly sensitive to aluminum and absorb much more aluminum than others.
What’s it there for? Parabens are found in many personal care items and are used a preservative.
What’s the problem? The problem with parabens is that they mimic estrogen in your body. Not good. Parabens can throw off your body’s hormonal balance. This can cause an early onset of puberty, increase your risk of hormonal cancers, and even birth defects in your future children.
You may see parabens listed on the label as: methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben.
3. Propylene Glycol
What’s it there for? Propylene glycol is used to increase absorption and helps keep substances from drying out. Interesting tidbit: this substance was originally formulated to be used as an anti-freeze.
What’s the problem? Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and skin irritant. It could cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver.
Watch out! You often even see propylene glycol in “natural” deodorants found in the stores.
What’s it there for? Phthalates help consistency of personal care products.
What’s the problem? Phthalates increase the likelihood of cell mutation and disrupt hormone receptors which in turn increases the risk of birth defects.
What’s it there for? Triclosan is antimicrobial
—it kills bacteria, fungus, and other microbes.
What’s the problem? In addition to being classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the EPA, triclosan has been linked to a number of different problems including: disruption of the endocrine system
(particularly thyroid function), increased risk of cancer, and increased hay fever and allergy symptoms.
Because of this, some companies have begun to remove triclosan from their products, but you can still find it in many. The American Medical Association now recommends that triclosan and other antibacterial products not be used in the home as they may encourage bacterial resistance.