Should I stop using Antiperspirant?

Over the last 10 years, there has been much debate over the safety of antiperspirants and the increased levels of breast cancer. It seems the jury is still out. Here at Earth Conscious we prefer to err on the side of caution which is why we make our 100% natural deodorant creams.

How do Antiperspirants work?

Antiperspirants use aluminium based compounds as the active ingredient. They work work by releasing aluminium salts to a layer below the skin. When you sweat the aluminium then swells up to block the release of sweat.  Aluminium is not the only cause for concern. Antiperspirants can often contain other chemicals that are not good for us either; Parabens, Triclosan, Propylene Glycol to name but a few.

 

What are the Implications for our bodies?

There are neurological diseases also linked to aluminium within the body. Several studies have linked aluminium to Alzheimer’s Disease. Professor Exley of Keele University says in the journal Frontiers in Neurology “… aluminium may cause a particular condition to be more aggressive and perhaps to have an earlier onset - such occurrences have already been shown in Alzheimer’s disease related to environmental and occupational exposure to aluminium.

There have been studies where parabens have also been found in breast cancer tumours, so is this another ingredient common in antiperspirant that we should be avoiding?

Parabens have oestrogen mimicking properties too. Breast Cancer UK are campaigning for all parabens to be phased out from cosmetics due to associated health risks.

Here at Earth Conscious our position is one of caution.

Our bodies were built to sweat. We are designed to rid waste material that the body does not need through perspiration. Perspiration is the method that allows toxins to be released.

Whether or not studies can find prove beyond doubt that using aluminium is totally safe or not, we opt for a route of caution. 

Our Natural Deodorant is free from aluminium and parabens. It doesn’t stop the body from sweating. It instead tackles body odour through its antibacterial nature. The ingredients are 100% natural and pose no health risks.

The health of our customers is of utmost importance to us which is why we do not compromise on our ingredients. We also know from customer feedback that there is real concern about the widespread use of antiperspirants and that a 100% Natural Deodorant is an important health choice for many. 

We are listed here on the EWG Skin Deep Database with a score of 1 meaning we are scored as having the lowest hazard risk for our natural deodorant.

Further reading:

http://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/science/bcuk-fact-sheet-aluminium-salts/

https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR254.aspx

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-controversies/cosmetics-and-toiletries#Cosmetics0

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/antiperspirants-and-breast-cancer-risk

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11159812/Aluminium-poisoning-may-trigger-Alzheimers-disease-claims-professor.html

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