5 Ingredients in deodorant that cause cancer

5 Ingredients in deodorant that cause cancer 10

Let us make a spot check. Where and why you presumably ask. Underneath your arms.

Are you emitting a fragrant or pungent smell? Never mind, don’t answer that! If your arms are oozing a sweet scent, then we need to ask, “Are you sweating?”


Then what is blocking your sweet? Should You Sweat It?

Well, maybe.

Let’s demystify that sticky gel, liquid or paste that making your life rosier.

Deodorants are the products that we buy without much thought. A Deodorant is a convenient form of a spray, roll on or liquid with easy application. It ensures that there are no unpleasant surprises from your underarms. You may smell fresh but is your body healthy?

The hubbub about deodorants surrounds ingredients in them. Let’s review some of the ingredients that make deodorants tick and evaluate if deodorants are worthy of your health.

Most chemical ingredients in fragrances are protected by trade law. Hence, chemical compositions are not in public knowledge. However, some ingredients may cause

  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Skin Irritations


Doesn’t everything cause cancer these days? Most Aluminum ingredients are listed as Aluminum chloralhydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly.

This is the key ingredient used to ‘block’ your sweat glands. It is the key ingredient in most antiperspirants and deodorants because it reduces sweating by 20 percent.

In as much as it masks sweats, it used to be associated with serious health risks like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Although recent finding deny that connection, to be on the safe side, a lot of people prefer to avoid or limit their exposure to this ingredient and choose deodorants without it.

In blocking sweat, what does aluminum do to our sweat glands?

Sweat excreted in our armpits contains toxic substances and since the sweat glands are closely attached to the lymph nodes one presumes that accumulation of these toxins causes mayhems in our bodies.

Some research suggests that the active ingredient (aluminum) frequently applied to the skin near the breast, and may be absorbed in the breast. If absorbed it leads to estrogen hormonal effects.

A study by Darbre states that estrogen promotes the growth of cancerous cells hence scientist linked aluminum-based deodorants to development of breast cancer.

Thus, Aluminum interferes with estrogen levels and when the body can’t process estrogen properly there is for breast and prostate cancer.


Methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl, and butyl are all classified as Parabens. These are the common ingredient of cosmetics and deodorants and have been in use for over seven decades.

So why are we scared of them after all-time in usage? A study in 2004 links parabens to breast cancer development. The study found that parabens upset the hormonal balance by creating estrogen-like effects. The estrogen is linked to breast cancer formation. This study in 2004, found traces of parabens in samples of breast cancer tumors.

Propylene glycol-Steareths

This is a mineral oil used in brake and hydraulic fluid to prevent the escape of moisture. Steareth-100 is found in deodorants to create soft and sleek skin consistently. Steareth is toxic and has been linked to liver and kidney damages, skin irritation and allergies. This same ingredient used in the deodorants for the skin goes into your skin! The mineral oil block skin pores and increases chances of allergy, rashes, and tumors.

This may be a low-cost substance with versatile function. However, there are several reports on its potential toxicity, including:

  • Cancer
  • Reproductive health problems
  • Inhibits development leading to abnormalities
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Endocrine problems
  • Skin allergies and irritations like irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and non-immunologic contact urticaria (hives).


This is a common ingredient in cosmetic products. Alarmingly, 75 percent of Americans have detectable levels of the Triclosan chemical their bloodstream. It’s a common ingredient in most antibacterial soaps mainly because manufacturers utilize it to kill bacteria on the skin. It’s found in deodorants antiperspirants and anti-acne creams. Recent Studies on animals link Triclosan to increased hormonal activity.

When absorbed Triclosan, disrupt the growth of gut bacteria. According to studies by Heather Patisaul, triclosan is linked to thyroid function problem, which is important for brain development. In contrast, there are little benefits associated with triclosan when used in our armpits.


Phthalates are disguised so, as the fragrance is chemicals used in deodorants and cosmetics for this ability to dissolve other ingredients. Several Studies link Phthalates to several health issues such as:

  • Endocrine disruption – once absorbed into the body the Phthalates behave like estrogen that disrupt body functions
  • Infertility
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Breast, Prostate, Ovarian Cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Asthma
  • Allergies

Phthalates have the potential to be carcinogenic. Hence, before we brush off the effects of a simple routine of getting ready daily, let’s read on the pitfalls of endless chemical burdens.

Have you noted a consistent pattern with these chemicals? Manufacturers have priorities the performance and function of ingredients over the quality and safety of the ingredient.

Most deodorants slide smooth but there are consequences underneath waiting to be realized. So, is it better to buy a convenient Deodorant with a temporary fix to sweating then have a greater problem in the aftermath?

Therefore, do you want to give up deodorants? It’s not as hard as you think. There are several natural ways that reduce body odor.

  1. When you stop using deodorants, the bacterial growth increases for a week then stabilizes thereafter. Thus, the body balances its natural odor.
  2. Lemon or lime. A slice of lemon kills odor bacteria. Place a slice under your arms or rub it in.
  3. White or apple cider vinegar
  4. Baking soda and water
  5. Dip a couple of wet fingers in the baking soda. Spread it under your arm.
  6. Tea Tree and Coconut Oils- Coconut oil may be used as a moisturizer under your arms, especially directly after shaving.
  7. Hydrogen Peroxide- mixes a teaspoon of 3 percent solution with 8 ounces of water. Dab on with a cloth or use a spray bottle.

Use your wits, save your pits!

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