Its something we do everyday, just a normal part of our morning routine. But have you ever stopped to think about whats in the sweet smelling Old Spice that all the ladies love and what keeps your pits from looking like a pool? Since the ancient Egyptians, humans have been placing scents under their arms, but like many other products most of those ingredients are concocted in a lab rather than being all natural. Deodorants and brands have definitely evolved from the first commercial product (Mum brand in 1888), to now a wide variety at any given store. Seeing strange Axe commercials and Terry Crews on a horse has just become an accepted part of the lifestyle and trend of this product.
Why do we use products like these in the first place? There is actually two types that perform different tasks. Deodorant is just a scent while antiperspirant blocks sweat as well. This blocking of the sweat is where the rumors, issues, and fears arise. We try so hard to block a natural body process that it doesn’t seem healthy. According to a Huffington Post article, Americans spend a whopping 18 billion dollars a year on deodorant. Yep, thats a billion with a “B”. Another fear surfaces due to the fact that many antiperspirants (not all) contain some form of aluminum. This aluminum has be hypothesized to have correlations to breast cancer and even Alzheimer’s. The correlation does not equal causation in these cases so no need to worry. It had been guessed that as you put on the deodorant, the aluminum chemical gets through your skin to cause shifts in your body that put the individual at risk for cancer. Instead what actually happens is that the aluminum mixes with your sweat to create a stoppage outside of your pores instead of penetrating the skin, meaning the aluminum does not poison you by entering the body. This is straying from popular rumor that all the chemicals actually enter you from under your arm possibly doing harm. Another instance where the correlation did not equal causation was with the Alzheimer’s claim. In the 1960’s, tests on Alzheimer’s brains showed aluminum however there was no evidence to show this was because of antiperspirants. This was yet another speculation.
Wheres the Evidence?
Of course there have been other suggestions of other terrible life threatening illnesses due to applying this everyday, another being kidney failure. The common theme reoccurs with all of these theories. There is no way enough aluminum could enter the body to cause these ailments. Tons and tons of exposure could perhaps be a culprit but not the little exposure from a hygienic product. How does something like this with seemingly no strong support gain momentum? When something is speculated, it is so easy nowadays to spread false or even misleading info or “studies” that can definitely appear to be true. Lucky enough for this topic it seems as if we are all safe from the deadly Axe.
These speculations have no substantial evidence or testing to back them up. In turn, it probably would be nicer to know you are putting better ingredients under your arm everyday, but with correlation not equaling causation you can continue applying that old spice without worrying about drastic effects under your armpit.