Are Deodorants Dangerous?

The question about whether or not deodorants and antiperspirants are dangerous to our health has been asked a great deal, especially over the last decade. The biggest problem is that there is no definitive answer to this question. Is there proof that deodorant is dangerous? No. Is there proof that they are not? That answer is also no. While there is no indisputable proof that using deodorants cause health problems like breast cancer, there is also no proof that using them is perfectly safe. The studies that have been done form connections between breast cancer and deodorant use that, at best, should raise some people’s eyebrows.

At the very least, each person should look at the information and make a decision that’s an informed one. The aluminum salts and parabens found in many of these products are believed to be the culprit by those who feel there is a strong enough connection. While there is no proof that there is a connection, all of the data suggests that it’s possible. Aluminum has been linked to things like Alzheimer’s Disease and may be absorbed more easily into the skin particularly among women who shave their armpits more often. Parabens act like estrogen in the body and the link between estrogen and breast cancer is a strong one.

The links alone, even if unproven, could be reason enough to avoid these ingredients in products like deodorant and antiperspirants. Fortunately, there are many different products on the market today that don’t contain these things so if you choose to avoid them you certainly can. Any type of commercial antiperspirants will probably contain some sort of aluminum so opt for deodorants only, which don’t control sweating but just control odor. Look for paraben and preservative-free products to avoid all of the ingredients that have been linked to the possibility of increased breast cancer risk. And don’t forget that breast cancer also strikes men, so men’s deodorant without aluminum may be the best choice for you, too.

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