Where can we find a gentle deodorant for women with sensitive skin?
We answer this and other questions.
Rather providing answers based on evidence written on the internet on sites with dubious origin and authenticity we thought that we would provide some answers based on scientific fact.
Is it safe to wear deodorant after breast reconstruction or mastectomy?
Although it may seem like an uncomplicated question, lots of women are unsure when it is a safe time to begin applying deodorant again after surgery, and as we aren’t specialists in this field, we have asked some medical experts for their opinion. We have also read up on some peer-reviewed, medical journals on the subject – and this is what we found:
When a patient attends hospital, they have to be skin-clean and they shouldn’t apply lotion, perfumes or deodorant on the skin. Following surgery, hospital nurses do ask that patients avoid the use of deodorant. However, once discharged and of course depending on the type of reconstruction they had, patients can resume wearing deodorant once healed.
Some women choose to avoid using deodorants and antiperspirants all together due to the worry of it increasing their risk of developing breast cancer, and although there have been conflicting scientific studies to prove (and some to disprove) this theory, it is a personal choice that the medical people we spoke to were happy to underpin.
Can deodorant cause breast cancer?
According to the cosmetics industry, there is no breast cancer risk to women who use deodorants and antiperspirants that incorporate aluminium chlorohydrate as an ingredient, but from what we know, much of this research has been funded by the industry itself. This, gives a conflict of interest, and so when it comes to important questions like this, we always turn for help to respected centres of excellence such as the US National Library of Medicine or the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK (of which we are a member).
We found this 2018 paper which cites the potential interference of aluminium chlorohydrate with oestrogen receptor signalling in breast cancer cells. The paper states “Aluminium salts are widely used as the active antiperspirant in underarm cosmetic. Experimental observations indicate that its long-term application may correlate with breast cancer development and progression.” The full article, where the authors declare no conflict of interest, can be found at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30148119/
We also found this 2017 paper https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28629908/ which gave the interpretation “Frequent use of underarm cosmetic products (UCPs) may lead to an accumulation of aluminium in breast tissue. More than daily use of UCPs at younger ages may increase the risk of BC.”
On the other side of the coin, we came across this 2019 paper https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31796030/where the conclusion was “Heavy use of skincare products, i.e. creaming the body up to two times per day during mid-life, did not increase the risk of cancer of the breast or endometrium (the mucus membrane lining the uterus).” The paper spoke of testing personal care products that contain endocrine disrupting compounds that can increase the risk of hormone sensitive cancers, but in this, they did not specifically speak about aluminium chlorohydrate or other aluminium derivatives that are widely used.
While there are a fair number of research papers on this subject, we found that many are written in 2003 and 2004; a time when there was a flurry of scientific interest in the subject, but there are few papers, apart from the ones that we note that were written recently; so perhaps it is time for some more university research, and as there is no definitive answer either way, it may be safer to use a biological deodorant such as SkinLikes organic deodorant ,where everything that is in it, is food based, or comes from a plant. A deodorant that won’t block your pores, is 100% natural, and its vegan and cruelty free.
Deodorant to stop yellow stains?
Laundry day is something that few of us look forward to, especially if your favourite white tee shirt or dress has unsightly yellow stains in the armpits. We have tried to clean these stains with all sorts of soaps and powders, but without any success. And so, we asked all four of the universities in Scotland where we have carried out research and consulted our friends at PubMed for some answers, and this is what we found: The autonomic nervous system that we mostly give little regard to is what keeps us alive and especially so when we sleep (we are unconscious). We digest our food, we flush when we are embarrassed, or hearts beat, we digest our food, etc, and all of this happens without our intervention at all. Same applies to automatic sweat release; the bodies mechanism to control our temperature.
Sweat on its own won’t normally cause staining. It’s composed mostly of water and much less of protein, salt and urea but when it reacts with aluminium (of various kinds) to be found in most antiperspirants and some deodorants it causes a chemical reaction that turns the sweat into a form of fellow dye that stains the clothes and is impossible to remove.
Further reading at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK539845/
Deodorant to stop body odour? Scientist find the clue.
Body odour according the NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/body-odour-bo/ can affect your self-esteem. It can also affect relationships when you awake smelling in the morning and your partner can smell it too. They recommend washing your armpits with soap and water thoroughly and least twice a day, and drying thoroughly before applying a deodorant.
Changing your clothes regularly helps as well. But lots of us these days lead busy lives and often don’t have time to carry out everything in the NHS routine, but help is at hand.
Sweat on its own has virtually no smell, but when we sweat, the normally harmless bacteria who live on the surface of our skin, become excited and rapidly multiply as they gorge on their dinner, where in the process they break down the sweat into acids, and it’s these acids that cause the stink. It’s an interesting subject (for some) and if you would like to read a light-hearted but scientific paper on the subject, then here is a lovely article written by Dr George Preti of the Monell Chemical Science Centre in Philadelphia and published in the New York Times in 1990. https://www.nytimes.com/1990/08/28/science/scientists-find-chemical-clue-to-body-odor.html
Can underarm chemicals influence menstrual cycle?
One interesting point raised in the Times article (that we think that has been completely overlooked) is the fact that, according to Dr Preti that earlier research showed that underarm chemicals can influence the length and timing of the menstrual cycle.
Having a regular menstrual cycle, as most women know, is of the utmost importance, and disrupting this cycle by the use of chemical antiperspirants that contain aluminium chlorohydrate or even worse Triclosan – Agent Orange (read our blog about this at https://www.skinlikes.co.uk/antiperspirant-vs-deodorant/) are probably best avoided.
Accepting that this is a big subject, we consider that it needs some research and indeed a blog written about it on its own – and it is something that we will publish in the coming weeks.
From https://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects/armpit_discomfort we read: When you do start shaving your armpit again, you might want to use an electric razor to reduce the risk of nicks and cuts.
And last but not least: Where can you find a gentle deodorant for women with sensitive skin, well, of course its here at SkinLikes, where we only use can, organic ingredients in a product that is used by many women who do have sensitive skin, that won’t disrupt their menstrual cycle, or make their clothes yellow – and who tell us that it works prefect for them.
Kind regards and best wishes from the team at SkinLikes where we are happy to answer your questions.
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