Buy the right deodourant


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Buy the right deodourant

Don't just go by the fragrance, it's equally important to know what went into the making of your scented spray.

If we go by TV commercials, deodourants are potential matchmakers — spray some and you will have the opposite sex going weak in their knees. With such irresistible 'possibilities' and promises, it's no surprise that you want to give almost every new deodourant a try. But before randomly buying any product, it's important to know about its contents. Read on to know more about how to buy the right deodourant:

Know the contents
Deodourants that contain harmful chemicals can be hazardous. For example, there are safer deodourants — available over-the-counter — that don't contain harmful chemicals like aluminium chloride. Many ingredients in deodourants can cause skin irritation, which ranges from mild redness and burning sensation to a full allergic reaction, warns dermatologist Dr Smriti Shetty.

Avoid alcohol-based sprays
Deodourants and antiperspirants prevent body odour caused by bacterial growth. Cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sadhana Deshmukh says aluminium compounds — present in most deodourants — and other active antiperspirant ingredients are often dissolved in alcohol because it dries quickly and feels cool on the skin.

"A small percentage of people are allergic to aluminium and may experience dermatitis or allergic, axillary granuloma response. When applied to the axillae (underarms), it could be irritating and may promote sensitisation to other ingredients in the product. If this happens, consult a dermatologist. To avoid the problem, I would suggest an alcohol-free deodourant," she advises.

Sensitive Skin?
Most deodourants are alcohol-based and contain antibacterial properties — the reason why they remove the odour. Perfumes can't remove body odour, but their fragrance lasts longer. The sweet smell of a deodourant, on the other hand, is short-lived. Whether expensive or cheap, almost all deodourants contain 6-15% solution of fragrance oil mixed with 80% of alcohol. Perfumes usually contain 15-25 % of fragrance oil in pure alcohol.

"If you have sensitive skin, pick one without much fragrance. Also, cheaper deodourants and fragrances can lead to cosmetic allergy, contact sensitisation, lichenoid reactions, macular or patchy pigmentation — the last may spread from axillae to face, neck, chest and even abdomen and needs to be treated. So, be careful while choosing a deo. Apply it only on the underarms; do not spray it on the entire upper body. Perfumes should be applied on clothes and not on body," cautions Dr Deshmukh.

Steer clear of these chemicals

Dermatologist Dr Smriti Shetty gives a list of chemicals that you should avoid in deodourants:

Aluminum-based compounds are active ingredients in antiperspirants. They block the sweat glands, thus preventing sweat from reaching the skin's surface.

Some studies have suggested that aluminum compounds may be absorbed by the skin and can cause changes in the estrogen receptors of breast cells.

Parabens in their many forms — Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, or Butylparaben — are a class of artificial preservatives widely used in cosmetics and personal care products. They are being investigated for their possible role in breast cancer.

Most conventional deodourants contain a slew of toxic chemicals, such as Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Triclosan, TEA (triethanolamine), DEA (diethanolamine), FD&C colours (artificial/synthetic colours approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for food, drug and cosmetics), and Talc (hydrous magnesium silicate), among others.

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