If you’ve ever used a commercial antiperspirant, you’ve most likely used a product containing aluminum. Aluminum is a naturally-occurring ingredient that is used to prevent sweat. While aluminum is naturally-occurring, it can be harmful to your body in high doses and can cause some serious health effects! Here are 4 areas of your body that are negatively affected by aluminum-based deodorants:
The reason conventional companies use aluminum in their products is to clog pores to prevent sweat and odor. The fault behind this logic is that sweat doesn’t cause body odor—bacteria does! Sweat itself is actually odorless. Sweating is a natural body function that detoxifies the body from harsh toxins and impurities that our skin absorbs every day. Using aluminum prevents this natural body process by clogging pores, which can lead to toxic build-ups, acne, and other dermatological problems.
2. Skin Irritation
Does your skin turn red after the use of aluminum-based deodorants? Does it itch, burn, or is sensitive to touch? If so, your skin may be having a negative reaction to the aluminum compounds. Many people are sensitive or allergic to aluminum-based products and don’t even know it. The use of aluminum can lead to skin irritations and allergic reactions, especially when used on broken skin. Women who shave their armpits are at greater risk of this happening. Applying a product containing aluminum to broken skin provides a direct path for the aluminum to enter the bloodstream.
3. The Central Nervous System
Aluminum is a neurotoxin that alters the function of the blood-brain barrier and can have a serious impact on your central nervous system as a whole. Though this type of chemical can be readily absorbed through your skin, your body is inefficient at expelling it, making it easy to build up aluminum over time. Scientists have found a correlation between neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease and high aluminum levels.
4. Breast Cancer
As deodorant is applied to the underarms and armpits are so close to the breasts, several scientists have suggested a possible connection between aluminum-based products and breast cancer. Research found that when the skin absorbs these aluminum compounds, they can cause changes in estrogen receptors of breast cells. As estrogen promotes the growth of cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells, these studies have suggested aluminum-based products as a risk factor for the development of breast cancer.
Ready to say goodbye to aluminum in your deodorant?
Are you interested in kicking the aluminum habit and switching to an aluminum free deodorant? Our selection of aluminum free natural deodorant sticks, roll-on deodorants, and deodorant sprays are designed to look, smell, and work like any other conventional deodorant on the market. Rather than plugging up your pores with aluminum, our natural deodorant formula fights odor-causing bacteria to stop the smell at the source and keep you smelling pHresh (while keeping your body safe) all day long. Need help making the switch? Call 888-556-5956 or fill out our contact form to get the conversation started.