Random Network Chat: Skin Health & Deodorants

October 18, 2023

We do have the most random of chats on network groups, but I  was prompted me to write this today because I feel people should be aware /reminded of the potential health concerns involved with the use of long term deodorants.

I first met Paul via a military business support group and last night joined his weekly zoom chat. He started off by telling us about a recent trip to Scotland to source new manufacturers of organic products for his personal and home care range. We ended up discussing the use of cream deodorants and he mentioned being  amazed that a pea sized amount of deodorant cream not only worked but didn’t give him any allergic reactions including breathing problems.

I can remember when 48h lasting deodorants came onto the market many a moon ago; I tried one of them thinking it may work better during the intensity of a full day exhibiting at the Excel. More fool me as within 10 minutes of spraying it on, I had to undress and get back into the shower to rinse it off as my skin had begun to itch.

While these products can be convenient for those who want long-lasting protection, there are some potential dangers and considerations to be aware of:

  1. Skin Irritation: Extended use of high-strength or long-lasting deodorants can lead to skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. This can manifest as redness, itching, or a rash. Some individuals may be more prone to these issues than others.
  2. Clogging Sweat Glands: Deodorants, including long-lasting ones, work by clogging sweat glands to reduce sweat production. Prolonged use of these products may lead to sweat gland blockages, which can cause discomfort and potentially contribute to more serious skin conditions.
  3. Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may be allergic to the ingredients in long-lasting deodorants, resulting in skin reactions or other health issues. It’s essential to check the product’s ingredient list for potential allergens and discontinue use if you experience any adverse reactions.
  4. Health Concerns: There has been some debate and research into the safety of long-lasting antiperspirants and deodorants. When we spray these, we often breathe the particles into our lungs. Concerns have also been raised about the potential health risks of the aluminium compounds found in some antiperspirants, as they may be absorbed through the skin and accumulate in the body. While the evidence is not conclusive, some studies have suggested a possible link to health issues like breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Further details can be found via the following link:
    https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet
  5. Unwanted Smell: The promise of 72-hour protection may lead some to skip regular cleansing routines, which can result in unpleasant body odours from other sources. Proper hygiene is still essential, even when using long-lasting deodorants.
  6. Reduced Natural Sweat Regulation: Blocking sweat glands for an extended period may interfere with the body’s natural cooling and detoxification mechanisms. This can lead to overheating and an accumulation of toxins.

For those of you wanting to try Paul’s products, here’s a link to his site:
https://elegantinfusions.co.uk/

As he’s also been given samples of an antibacterial “intimate are” wash; those of you who will only be bathing/ showering every 72 hours may be interested…  😝 For the rest of us, please refrain from using antibacterials in these areas unless they have been prescribed by a dermatologist or other medical professional.  Washing that part of your body in just plain water avoids stripping the skin of essential oils, which women who have gone through menopause in particular need to avoid.

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