Antiperspirants are products whose primary function is to repress perspiration. By inhibiting perspiration, which is a necessary component for the growth of bacteria that cause malodor, antiperspirants also act as deodorants.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Aluminium salts: Used as an antiperspirants to control sweat, antiperspirant products and their ingredients must be safe before they are introduced for consumer use and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as Over-The-Counter (OTC) drugs.
MYTH: antiperspirants cause cancer.
False information suggests that antiperspirants and deodorants contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body. The NCI says that no existing scientific or medical evidence links the use of underarm antiperspirants the subsequent development of breast cancer. Is the same for the Alzheimer’s disease that is not true. In addition, the amount of aluminum absorbed through the skin from antiperspirants is significantly less than average daily exposure from those found in food and water. Studies shows that only 0.012% of the aluminum applied to the underarms was absorbed.
- Paraben: Regarding society and media’s remarks, this component is extremely harmful to humans and can cause cancer. Studies show that the probability to be affected by this component is in fact, very weak. The paraben used in cosmetics is the same as we can find in nature. Our body transforms without any issue paraben to the natural PHBA and eliminates them. You learn more about it by following this link: https://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/paraben-information
- Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics.
- Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people.
- Cetearyl Alcohol: It keep an emulsion effect from separating into its oil and liquid components.
- Zinc Ricinoleate: Also known as castor seed oil, this vegetable oil is obtained from the seeds of Ricinus communis plant. Castor Oil is also classified by the FDA as safe for use.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Petrolatum: When properly refined, it has no known health concerns. However, it happens that is not fully refined in some countries and can be at that way, be potentially contaminated with a toxic chemical known as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). The National Toxicology Program considers that PAHs contains a reasonably anticipated carcinogen. The best way is to avoid products with petrolatum, unless the company clearly indicates petrolatum is fully refined as white petrolatum (on the label or their company website).
- Aluminum chlorohydrate complexes: Aluminum Chlorohydrate complexes are ingredients that are applied to the skin to reduce the production of perspiration at the area of application, to induce a tightening or tingling sensation of the skin and to reduce or eliminate unpleasant odor and that protect against the formation of such odors on the skin. The maximum concentration of this ingredients permitted by the FDA is 25%.
- Aluminum chloride: The maximum concentration of this ingredients permits by the FDA is 15%.
- Aluminum zirconium complexes: The maximum concentration of this ingredients permits by the FDA is 20%.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Vegetable glycerin: The vegetable glycerin can help to absorb excess moisture, minimizing the feeling of wetness but will not prevent the formation of sweat.
- Baking soda: Baking soda absorbs moisture, so inherently makes a dryer feeling.
- Aloe Vera gel: It can have a cooling effect on the skin which can help to reduce the feeling of excess moisture and heat build up that can occur with sweating.
- Peptides: It may decrease stimulation of the muscle which triggers sweat release and actually block the pores that release sweat.
- Baking soda and cornstarch: It both play a role to fight sweat and odor in different ways. We know that baking soda is great for fighting back odors. It is the reason why most of us keep some in our fridge or use it as toothpaste. Baking soda coupled with cornstarch work really well as thickening agents and will get rid of moisture. All you need to do is mix them together, and gently apply the paste to your underarms.