Beauty Myths & Musings

Friday, August 16, 2013

Lydia Hearst Woman Spain Mag

Photo by Mario Sierra

Myth: Wearing deodorant can cause cancer, but if I don’t wear it I will smell like a gross sweaty dude.


Let’s face it, there is nothing more embarrassing than body odor – We all want to avoid that! The main purpose for using deodorant is to leave your underarms smelling fresh and lovely. But, have you ever wondered what it is your applying to your skin that keeps you so “clean?”

Part of the reason you can stay so “dry” is due solely to the aluminum. Aluminum is what stops you from perspiring by blocking your pores – yes, the reason you are not sweating is because aluminum is plugging your glands and pores! And if that isn’t disturbing enough, let’s take a look at what else your average drug-store deodorants contain…

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Alcohol: This isn’t necessarily toxic, but it is what causes yellow pit stains on your clothes – SO not sexy and almost impossible to remove!

Parabens: A preservative that is commonly found in cosmetic products. This petrochemical derivative has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive toxicity aka can interfere with normal reproductive ability and capability.

Propylene Glycol: A chemical that helps draw the aluminum into your pores

Triclosan: This is a bacteria-fighting agent that can pass through your skin and into your bloodstream. It is believed that this chemical can interfere with hormone levels and function.

Steareth-n: Can also be referenced as a number listed in the ingredients and is processed with the known human carcinogen ethylene oxide


Who would want any of these toxins in their body?! Research suggests that the application and absorption of these chemicals has caused a noticeable increase of breast cancer developing in both men and women in the upper/outer part of the breast (near and around where deodorants are applied).

There are natural deodorants that are readily available and are a healthy alternative to your go-to brands at the local pharmacy. Also, they won’t cost you a fortune.

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