The health risks of deodorants and antiperspirants
A current point of controversy is underarm deodorants and their link to health problems.
What sort of toxic chemicals do lurk in antiperspirants and deodorants?
A current point of controversy is underarm deodorants and their link to breast cancer.
What sort of toxic chemicals do lurk in antiperspirants and deodorants? Plenty. The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) reports that the following common ingredients in these products may cause cancer:
- Triclosan can affect hormones and could be linked to breast cancer:
- Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, which interfere with the body’s hormone function and also are linked to breast cancer, although the studies have only fueled controversy, and
- Parabens have been found in breast cancer biopsies and are known to be absorbed into the skin. They also disrupt hormones and mimic natural estrogens, a cause of breast cancer.
- Aluminum, which can hinder sweat and may be linked to breast cancer. It also disrupts lymph nodes and is linked to Alzheimer’s;
- Propylene glycol, which absorbs water, is another controversial chemical. It has been declared dangerous by the CDC, yet low levels of this chemical are approved by the FDA in personal care products. It can also irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions;
WORRYING IS THE FACT THAT MANY SO CALLED NATURAL RANGES USE THEM CHECK YOUR BACK LABEL
- Natural Cosmetics News says ingredients like TEA and DEA adjust pH levels and are used for fragrance or as a preservative. The Environmental Working Group’s database of toxic chemicals, Skin Deep, lists TEA as a low possibility of being toxic and DEA as a very high possibility;
- Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can cause other negative reactions in the body, and
- Natural Cosmetics News also names FD&C colors, which can be made from coal or tar and are carcinogenic.