The skin absorbs a great deal of what is applied on it, including chemicals.
A new study now finds that there is a chemical in synthetic deodorant that has been said to potentially affect hormones and cause cancer.
But that is not all, while deodorants do help us masking unpleasant body odour, and is a must in hot, humid weathers, it turns out that there are a host of health worries that can come from deodorants.
It turns out that the skin absorbs a great deal of what is put on it. So, it is natural, that if we are putting chemicals on it, they too will be absorbed by the skin.
Keeping that in mind, here are 5 hazards of using deodorants.
Aluminum: Found mostly in antiperspirants (these stop sweat), the element has been linked to a number of health issues. They can cause seizures, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, Kidney disorders etc. Recent studies have shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease and Down’s Syndrome are particularly sensitive to aluminum and absorb much more aluminum than others.
Parabens: Parabens are found in many personal care items and are used a preservative. However, while it is widely used, the problem is that they mimic estrogen in the body, thus throwing off the body’s hormonal balance. This can cause early onset of puberyu, increase risk of hormonal cancers and even birth defect sin children.
Parabens is often listed on the label as methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben.
Propylene Glycol: This is used to increase absorption and helps keep substances from drying out. Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and skin irritant and can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart, and liver.
Phthalates: They help consistency of personal care products but increase the likelihood of cell mutation and disrupt hormone receptors which in turn increase the risk of birth defects.
Triclosan: An antimicrobial, it kills bacteria, fungus, and other microbes. However, in addition to being classified as a pesticide by the FDA and a probable carcinogen by the EPA, triclosan has been linked to a number of different problems including: disruption of the endocrine system, increased risk of cancer, and increased hay fever and allergy symptoms.