Deodorant and Antiperspirant health effects

If you perspire alot, those two products mentioned above may interest you. It helps to increase your confident during your day out and meeting important person.

Deodorants are substances applied to the body, particularly the armpits, mainly to reduce body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. A subgroup of deodorants are “antiperspirants”, which prevent odor and reduce sweat produced by parts of the body. Antiperspirants are typically applied to the underarms, while deodorants can also be used on feet and other areas in the form of body sprays.[1]

However, there are some argueable statement across the media saying those product may cause some side effects toward our health. It was however, claimed to be not scientifically proven. Although with no black and white thesis proving its evidence, but these rumours may have somehow increase the resistance in accepting those products.

One school of thought, advanced by the studies of researcher Dr. Phillipa Darbre, hypothesizes that particular substances in deodorants, such as preservatives called parabens, or salts such as aluminum chloride used in antiperspirants, get into the bloodstream or accumulate in breast tissue, where they enhance or emulate the effects of estrogen, which stimulates the growth of cancerous breast cells.[1]

Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing, but they aren’t. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria. Deodorants are preferable because they don’t interfere with sweating, a natural cooling process.

Solid antiperspirants are made with several ingredients, including wax, a liquid emollient and an active-ingredient compound. It’s the active ingredient that gives antiperspirants their sweat-blocking power. All antiperspirants have an aluminum-based compound as their main ingredient. If you look at the back of an antiperspirant container, the aluminum-based compound is always the first ingredient listed.

The aluminum ions are taken into the cells that line the eccrine-gland ducts at the opening of the epidermis, the top layer of the skin, says dermatologist Dr. Eric Hanson of the University of North Carolina’s Department of Dermatology. When the aluminum ions are drawn into the cells, water passes in with them. As more water flows in, the cells begin to swell, squeezing the ducts closed so that sweat can’t get out.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deodorant

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