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What is known about the ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants?
According to cancer.gov, aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary “plug” within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Plugging your sweat ducts keeps your body from purging “toxins” from the body.
Furthermore, cancer.gov explains that research suggests aluminum-containing underarm antiperspirants, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and have estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
Remember Divas, when you’re reaching for your deodorant this summer- make sure to grab your Diva Stuff Aluminum-Free Antiperspirant/Deodorant!