There has been recent talk that antiperspirants (a spray which reduces sweat), and deodorants (a spray that masks bad odours) are harmful and should not be used for their links to breast cancer. Since the spray is absorbed through the skin, some scientists believe using these sprays on an area close to the breasts could cause long-term damage. So are antiperspirants safe to used on a daily basis?
Ingredients in antiperspirants
Antiperspirants or deodorants contain aluminium based compounds. Continual use of these sprays act as a plug which decreases bad odours or helps to stop sweating altogether. Since the breasts are in close vicinity to this area, research shows that the skin absorbs the solution and could cause hormonal changes, particularly that of producing oestrogen. Oestrogen is known for it’s ability to accelerate breast cancer cells, which could be caused by continual use of antiperspirants. Since we go hours wearing deodorants before washing them off, the solution accumulates and absorbs into the skin.
Alternatives to antiperspirants
If you’re looking for a natural antiperspirant, there are many options which work just as well without the toxins, (and without the side effects).
– Mineral Salts
These products are safe to use since they contain ammonium which helps break down bacteria, while decreasing the amount of protein in sweat.
Natural powders such as corn starch help to absorb any moisture on the skin. These products are ready at hand, and are also friendly on your bank account.
– Witch Hazel
Astringents such as Witch Hazel work by evaporating moisture on the skin, and tightening pores as they would work on the face. Follow up by using an invigorating oil to keep the area clean and fresh.
Although there is no definite answer to the question, it is a fact that antiperspirants do contain harmful toxins. However there are many answers to this question, it is best to be smart about how often you use these sprays (if you plan to use them at all). There are many alternatives listed above which are natural and easy to get your hands on instead.
What do you think about antiperspirants?
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By Felicia Sapountzis