Articles in the press and on the Internet have warned that underarm antiperspirants a preparation that reduces underarm sweat or deodorants a preparation that destroys or masks unpleasant odors cause breast cancer 1. The reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. The U. Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants.
More on that connection between sweat and antibacterial ingredients later. After a recent conversation among colleagues, we wondered: How bad is aluminum in our antiperspirant really? Is it time for us all to ditch it for good? HuffPost asked dermatologists to give us the answer, once and for all. Antiperspirants typically contain aluminum, which blocks sweat glands , in turn reducing sweat excretion, said Dr. Interestingly, as the folks at Thomson Tee , a company that makes sweat-proof T-shirts, pointed out, the Food and Drug Administration classifies antiperspirants as a drug since they prevent sweat, which is a natural bodily function. Instead, it typically works by masking odor with fragrances or using properties to combat the bacteria that break down sweat.
Health and Wellness. You got dressed, brushed your teeth, and left home for the day. But, to your horror, you realized you forgot to put on deodorant. And then the nervous sweating started.
Antivaccine activists frequently claim that aluminum salts used as adjuvants in vaccines cause autism. Oh, no, that nefarious metal is also being blamed for breast cancer. The evidence cited to support this connection is utterly unconvincing.