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Get a Little Closer: Is Your Deodorant Dangerous?

By Sara Butler

Deodorant is one of those inventions that has improved the lives of many people. The next time you’re on a crowded bus or plane, there’s no doubt deodorant is making the experience more tolerable to your olfactory. Yes, wearing deodorant has become second nature to many people, but is it really good for you? Are there deodorants that are safer for use than others or should you use them at all? Read on to find out all about this funky subject.

The Rumors

There seems to be quite a bit of misinformation making its rounds on the internet about deodorant and its connection to cancer. Some have postulated when your body can’t purge toxins from it through the pores in your armpits then it will cause cellular changes that might lead to cancer. Some people have even said there is a link between the aluminum in deodorant and Alzheimer’s disease.

Is any of this true? To put it simply, these claims are not supported by science. No studies on breast cancer have been able to find a link between deodorant and breast cancer. As far as Alzheimer’s disease goes, there’s no evidence it is linked to aluminum as many people have heard. No study that has found a link has been replicated, so the science just doesn’t support the claim. In fact, the aluminum in deodorants doesn’t get absorbed by your skin to enter your body in any amount that would be considered alarming even if aluminum was of concern.

Do You Need to Worry?

There’s no conclusive evidence that any of the ingredients in deodorants are bad for you or pose a threat to your health and wellness. People have been using them for many years and there has not yet been any actual data or evidence collected that puts its safety into question.

So the next time you get a chain email from your brother’s wife’s uncle’s friend about the dangers of deodorant, you should simply delete it and refuse to buy into the hype. The internet is the perfect place for old rumors and ideas to be recycled again and again, so if you want to know the truth about the safety of products such as deodorants it’s probably best if you look into it for yourself or discuss it with a healthcare professional you trust.

The next time you’re on a bus or the subway on a hot summer day, you’ll be glad deodorant is around!

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