Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Deodorant and Cancer


There are several studies about the link between deodorant and cancer. The most common active ingredient in most deodorants are aluminum based compounds. The aluminum in deodorant plug the duct within sweat glands, therefore stopping flow of sweat to the surface of the skin.

When applied daily under arms and near the breast, studies from National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggest there could be a link between breast cancer and deodorant. How deodorant may cause cancer is that the aluminum in deodorant may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like effects. When the hormone estrogen is in high levels, the theory is that it will promote growth of breast cancer cells, which may contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Other studies have built a case between parabens and cancer with deodorant. Parabens are preservatives and identified by several names: methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben or benzylparaben. According to a report from National Cancer Institute, a 2004 study found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of human breast tumor tissue. However, more research is needed to prove if parabens cause breast cancer.

Difference of Deodorant vs Antiperspirant
In very simple terms, antiperspirant blocks the pores in your sweat glands with aluminum and zirconium to stop sweating. Some of the aluminum compounds you'll find on the label may include the following controversial and potentially unhealthy forms:

  • Aluminum chloride

  • Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex glycine

  • Aluminum chlorohydrate

  • Aluminum hydroxybromide

  • Aluminum chlorohydrate, a common antiperspirant ingredient is a neurotoxin. It may cause allergic reactions.

    Deodorant just mask the odor. They do this by either masking, suppressing or preventing odor. You still perspire with deodorant, but there won't be any odor. Fragrance is a common way that is used to mask odor in deodorant.

    Deodorant for Kids
    Most kids are active and may require some sort of deodorant. Antiperspirants containing aluminum may be too irritating, not to mention the potential harmful health effects. Children need a gentle, safe, natural deodorant that helps stop odor. Parabens are another ingredient to avoid, due to the information listed above in this blog.

    Best Antiperspirant for Men
    The best antiperspirant for men is a crystal rock type of deodorant. The crystals eliminate odor safely.

    Cleure: Best Natural Safe Aluminum Free Deodorant for Women - That Works
    Cleure Safe, Natural Deodorant is composed of mineral salts. These mineral salts are made of alum compound. Aluminum is a metal, while alum is a compound, which is made of large molecules that are not absorbed into the skin.

    Cleure Safe Natural Deodorant is hypoallergenic, non-sticky and does not leave a white residue.
    Cleure Safe Natural Deodorant is available in spray, stick and roll-on, all fragrance free.

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