Irritation from Antiperspirants and Deodorants

If you have sensitive skin, you might have a very hard time wearing deodorants and antiperspirants. Chances are, if you pay attention to the labels of the products you’re purchasing, it’s the antiperspirant that give you all the problems and not the deodorant. Most people who have sensitive underarms have trouble with antiperspirants because of the ingredients they contain.

These are designed to stop the sweat and they do so with the use of aluminum salts like aluminum chloride. The molecules of aluminum chloride actually get inside the pores of your skin. They irritate the area and cause it to swell up which closes off the pores and keeps the sweat inside, keeping your underarms dry. People with sensitive skin often find that instead of the very mild swelling that you shouldn’t even notice, the underarm skin gets very red and irritated because the aluminum really causes a problem.

People who are very sensitive to a deodorant might find that simply by changing brands and making sure that it doesn’t have antiperspirant properties, the irritation will go away. Most often the irritation is caused by the fragrance used in that particular deodorant because many people are very sensitive to fragrances. Choose another brand and you’ll probably find that your irritation disappears.

If you’ve tried a variety of deodorants and antiperspirants and you’re still having problems, then you might want to switch to natural products that don’t contain the harsh chemicals most commercial products do. Most deodorants contain ingredients like parabens and ethylene glycol which is the main ingredient in antifreeze. You could be sensitive to any number of these chemicals so try something that’s completely natural and that contains soothing aloe, vitamins and oils designed to soothe your skin. Watch out for natural minerals and rocks that can be rubbed on the armpits because these usually contain aluminum to control sweat. You will probably be better off if you find yourself a deodorant without aluminum to use.

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