Sweating is a normal process our body has to undertake but no matter ordinary this occurrence is, related conditions known as funky body odor and pit stains are still considered as some of the most embarrassing conditions one could ever have.
If you have ever experienced anything armpit related, the culprit is usually your deodorant or the lack of it. Since no one reads products labels, we are here to break down the pros and cons to using deodorants and antiperspirants with the hopes of shedding light on these two power products.
Getting to Know the Deodorant
A deodorant is formulated to combat unwanted body odor caused by sweating. It contains certain chemicals that may or may not have harmful effects on the user. Does come in the form of roll-on, sticks or aerosol.
Disadvantages of Using Deodorant
As deodorants take some time to get absorbed by the skin, its residue can bleed through clothes and cause stains. This can be particularly observed on white shirts where one might notice yellowish marks or on black clothes where white stains are more notable.
Aside from stain, deodorants may also cause skin irritation. The skin on our armpits are relatively thin and exposing them daily to chemicals may lead to itchiness, skin irritation, and dryness which ultimately causes flaking.
The number of chemicals in deodorants is also accounted for increasing chances of certain diseases.
A substance called parabens found in deodorants is said to throw off the body’s hormonal balance. An increase in estrogen may eventually lead to hormonal cancers, early onset of puberty or birth defects to manifest should you have children.
Propylene Glycol, another chemical used in deodorants is considered a neurotoxin. Which means it may cause damage to the heart, liver, and the central nervous system.
Looking into the Antiperspirant
An alternative for the deodorant is the antiperspirant which was primarily created to reduce sweating in the armpits. Heavy sweaters or people who perspire more than the average person generally goes for antiperspirants.
Disadvantages of Using Antiperspirant
The advocacy of antiperspirant creators to save heavy sweaters from further humiliation can be overshadowed by its flaws.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum whose primary function is to block the pores thus reducing the body’s capacity to sweat. This may sound like a solution for those who perspire excessively but as it is unnatural, the body will find a way to release the sweat which eventually leads to pit lumps and bacterial infection.
The aluminum in antiperspirants is also being confounded with causing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative neurological condition. Further studies may be required for a more solid understanding of how frequent exposure to aluminum affects one’s health but until then, it may not be advisable to completely disregard this hypothesis.
The harsh chemicals in antiperspirants can also cause skin allergies such as rashes and itchiness. Constant scratching or breakouts may lead to the darkening of the armpits.
Alternatives to Deodorants and Antiperspirants
Considering all the proven and unexplained side effects brought by these armpit products, you may want to look into other remedies that can ail body odor and extreme perspiration. Here are some of them:
Shaving armpits – hair on the underarm is a thriving environment for bacteria and regular shaving may help keep the pits fresh though you will still need some help in avoiding body odor.
Baking Soda and Coconut oil – whether used together or one without the other, a lot of people accountable to the effectivity of these two in eliminating odor.
Natural deodorants – if you are not a fan of experimenting and trying to figure out the right proportions in mixing ingredients, there are personal hygiene products available online that boast of using organic materials.
In the end, you are to decide which armpit armor you will use to protect you from pit stain humiliation as well as BO reputation. Just a gentle reminder to be kind to your skin and body when choosing personal care products especially ones that you are to use on a daily basis.