Hypoallergenic Deodorant..And What You Should Know

Hypoallergenic Deodorants


Deodorant and antiperspirant allergic reactions often affect the underarm part of our skin. Anyone can have a cosmetic allergy when roll-on, spray, or stick deodorants irritate their skin. However, some deodorant products are very unlikely to cause skin reactions. According to dermatologists, hypoallergenic deodorants have skin-friendly ingredients. There’s so much to learn from this topic.

What Are Deodorants?

Generally, deodorant is a cosmetic product that masks odors. It has antimicrobial agents that reduce the number of bacteria-causing odor. You’ll see two main types of deodorants (with chemical or natural ingredients), but it’s optional to buy deodorants with fragrance. Also, some brands of deodorants contain aluminum-based compounds. Don’t use the word – antiperspirants interchangeably with deodorants because they have different functions. In the U.S, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regards deodorants as cosmetic products.

How Are Antiperspirants Different From Deodorants?

While ‘antiperspirants’ come from perspiration (sweat); ‘anti’ means to work against something. So, antiperspirants act on your sweat glands and control the production of sweat. Unlike deodorants that don’t change the function of your sweat glands, an antiperspirant does the opposite with aluminum-based ingredients. Also, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies antiperspirants as drugs because they alter skin functions.

Deodorants Vs. Antiperspirants

What Are Hypoallergenic Deodorants?

This type of deodorant doesn’t contain aluminum-based compounds. Instead, hypoallergenic deodorants have antimicrobial ingredients that reduce the growth of bacteria. Unlike regular deodorants, hypoallergenic deodorants prevent underarm irritations because of these ingredients. Cosmetic allergies like contact dermatitis are side effects of deodorants and antiperspirants. However, you can prevent Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) by using products like hypoallergenic deodorants.

Are There Any Side Effects From Hypoallergenic Deodorants?

Generally, hypoallergenic deodorants are safer than other types of deodorants. They don’t irritate your sensitive skin like antiperspirants too. However, they contain antimicrobial chemicals like polyhexamethylene biguanide, and triclosan. While these chemicals are safe, the continuous use of hypoallergenic deodorants might trigger the formation of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

There are conflicting reports that link these aluminum-based compounds with breast cancers. Agencies like the National Cancer Institute and the FDA both disagree that antiperspirants and deodorants cause cancer. However, they blame aluminum-based compounds for causing a surge in Alzheimer’s Disease [1] (AD) cases. When choosing deodorant products, stay away from aluminum-based topical cosmetics.

Is Sweating An Important Body Function?

I understand why many people are turned off by body odor (BO), but sweating isn’t a bad thing completely. What happens when your underarm, groin, and feet pores produce choking body odor is interesting. However, let’s start with the positive roles that sweat play in our bodies.

The primary function of sweat is to regulate our body temperature. Sweat glands use sweat to remove waste through the pores of our skin too. Also, sweats contain a greater percentage of water;  small concentrations of sodium salts, and urea. Naturally, sweat plays important roles in the expulsion (detoxification) of toxins.

Sweat glands are an under-the-skin mass of tubular structures that produce sweat. There are two types (‘eccrine’ and ‘apocrine’) of sweat glands that secrete sweat, but they have different function and structure. The eccrine sweat glands secrete only water-based (odorless) sweats that help to cool the body. They are very concentrated in our palms, head, soles, and other parts of the human body. Usually, sweats from these glands have pH values that are between 4 to 6.8, and a taste of salt.

While the apocrine sweat glands are highly concentrated in the armpits. Also, these apocrine sweat glands are in the groin and feet. Instead of producing sweat to cool the body, apocrine sweat glands secrete (6 to 7.5 pH) sweat, fat, and proteins. These constituents (fat and protein) feed the odor-producing bacteria on our skin. It’s because of apocrine sweat glands that hoofed animals (like goats, horses, and cattle) have their characteristic smell.

While it’s important to wax your underarm hairs, hypoallergenic deodorants can reduce the smell of sticky sweat with their antimicrobial ingredients.

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What Causes Allergens From These Skincare Products?

Naturally, bacteria thrives in a moist environment like armpits and feet. Your sensitive underarm skin might have rashes when you apply antiperspirants that contain compounds like aluminum sesquichlorohydrate. However, the ingredients in the hypoallergenic deodorant form a layer of acid on your armpit. This acidic environment is harsh for odor-causing bacteria, and these ingredients restrict their activities.

Fragrance Allergy?

Don’t forget that deodorants don’t control sweat, but they often contain perfumes and fragrances. However, fragrances can irritate the skin because of chemicals. Also, they can cause small rashes and patches. These fragrance-based allergens are the most common source of allergens from deodorants. You can stay safe by using fragrance-free hypoallergenic deodorants too.

Alcohol Allergy?

Alcohol is one of the ingredients (propylene glycol) in deodorants that kills bacteria. Also, alcohol helps the body to absorb (carrier) other ingredients in cosmetics, and antiperspirants. However, you can get hypoallergenic deodorants that don’t have alcohol. Most hypoallergenic lotion deodorants don’t contain.

Parabens (Preservatives) Allergy?

You might see many deodorants with parabens in retail stores. Parabens are good preservatives in cosmetics and antiperspirant products. However, parabens cause skin allergies. When your underarm has burns or cuts, expect a painful sensation from parabens allergens. However, you can avoid these allergens by using hypoallergenic deodorants that are paraben-free. A smart way of buying paraben-free deodorants is by checking for ingredients like methylparaben and propylparaben.

As a common type of allergen, other ingredients in deodorants can cause contact dermatitis. Essential oils (like lanolin), biological additives and vitamin E (antioxidant) in deodorants are potential allergens.

Here Are Some Great Brands Of Hypoallergenic Deodorants

Hypoallergenic deodorants are must-haves for every cosmetic enthusiast. There are hypoallergenic deodorants for kids too. However, the safety of using hypoallergenic deodorant products depends on the composition of ingredients in them. Usually, skin-friendly ingredients make the best products. I’ll recommend some high-end brands of hypoallergenic deodorants like Dove, Crystal Body, and Primal Pit. Other premium brands include Clear Gel Unscented, Tea Tree, and Secret Clinical Strength.

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