Thursday, April 11, 2013

What's In Your Deodorant, And What's It Doing?

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Most of us don’t think much about the treatment we give our pits. We wash them, shave them, deodorize them, and forget it. But, a practice that started in the hormonally-wacked out years of our teens may deserve another look. You've probably received forwarded e-mails warning about possible dangers in your deodorant or antiperspirant, but are those scary statistics actually true? Wonder no more. Here's the no-BS guide to what's actually in your antiperspirants and deodorants — and what the research says.

Aluminum: This metal (an active ingredient in many antiperspirants) blocks sweat glands, stopping sweat from reaching the skin’s surface. Some studies have also found possible links between aluminum to breast cancer and Alzheimer's. Can the use of aluminum-based underarms cause breast cancer because of the pits’ proximity to the breasts? Can aluminum cause dementia when it enters the brain? The jury is still out; the National Cancer Institute says that aluminum does not cause breast cancer, but admits that the current research "provides conflicting results." What scientists do know is that this metal is a neurotoxin, which is enough of a turnoff for some consumers to go aluminum-free.

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