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Deodorants Are the Leading Cause of Allergic Contact DermatitisDeodorants Are the Leading Cause of Allergic Contact Dermatitis
by Lourdes Salvador
The fragrance contained in many deodorants is the leading cause of allergic contact dermatitis.
Researcher MV Heisterberg says, "Fragrances frequently cause contact allergy, and cosmetic products are the main causes of fragrance contact allergy. As the various products have distinctive forms of application and composition of ingredients, some product groups are potentially more likely to play a part in allergic reactions than others."
After a study was done comparing deodorants and fragrance mixes they contained, Heisterberg and colleagues determined that deodorants were the leading causes of fragrance allergy, especially among men.
Heisterberg says, "Seemingly, deodorants have an 'unhealthy' composition of the fragrance chemicals present."
Fortunately, fragrance is not necessary to the function of deodorant. There are many fragrance free deodorants on the market that can be purchased in stores. Using a fragrance free deodorant will prevent contact dermatitis, allergies, and asthma from fragrance ingredients. Other natural, non-toxic alternatives to deodorant include:
Baking Soda or Corn Starch
Dust body and/or underarms.
Rub in as a paste and rinse.
Sold in stores. Wet, rub on.
Wash underarms several times a day and apply peroxide to remove bacteria and control odor.
Heisterberg MV, Menné T, Andersen KE, Avnstorp C, Kristensen B, Kristensen O, Kaaber K, Laurberg G, Henrik Nielsen N, Sommerlund M, Thormann J, Veien NK, Vissing S, Johansen JD. Contact Dermatitis. 2011 May;64(5):258-264. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.2011.01889.x. PMID: 21480912
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