Let me quickly put your mind at rest. No, it’s not.
The internet is awash with unfounded claims of anti perspirant/deodorants contributing to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Antiperspirants deal with sweat and deodorant is the pleasant scent that wafts to your nose when the product is used. Both are usually used in a product.
It is claimed that ingredients that are aluminum-based compounds like Aluminum zirconium tetrachorohydrex glycine are the main culprits. The claims state that the aluminum compounds “prevent the body from purging toxins, which, when trapped, find their way into the lymph nodes, where they concentrate and contribute to the cellular changes that lead to cancer.” Hogwash. This is why.
4 Reasons Why Your Antiperspirant Isn’t Killing You
- Straight off the bat, your liver and kidneys, not your sweat glands — are mainly responsible for filtering any toxins from your blood. According to Donald Smith, professor of environmental toxicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, “sweating eliminates less than 1 percent of toxic metals like mercury — your body gets rid of these substances primarily through urine or feces.”
- If you are worried that the amount of aluminum absorbed by your skin will eventually destroy your kidneys. Think again. “Unless you eat your stick or spray it into your mouth, your body can’t absorb that much aluminum,” says nephrologist Leslie Spry, MD.
- Aluminum zirconium tetrachorohydrex glycine actually interacts with the pores, reacting with moisture and creating tiny gelatinous plugs that reduce sweating. It’s these plugs that keep you odor free. The Beauty Brains explain that, “if you stop using an antiperspirant it takes a few days for the sweat glands to clear themselves of all these plugs, which is why the sweat-reduction effect can last last for a few days – even if you shower!
- There is no legitimate research whatsoever supporting this claim and as you know; I’m all about the science. So the next time you reach for your antiperspirant, fear not. Just apply on clean skin, feel dry and smell good. Repeat as needed.
I hope I have cleared the air (pun intended) but if you’d prefer to go natural, you could try an aluminum-free antiperspirant alternative – just be sure that the resulting aromas and wet spots are pleasant. While sweat itself is odorless, when bacteria on the skin and hair “feed” on proteins and fatty acids in sweat, the unpleasant smell known as BO (Bad Odor) is made.
Will you stick to your antiperspirant? Let me know in the comments!