Antiperspirants and deodorants have been used for more than fifty years as a safe and effective way to control sweat, body odour and to feel fresh. Manufacturers and safety regulatory bodies rigorously test and evaluate all available antiperspirants and deodorants to ensure they meet strict safety standards before the products are made available to the public. Here you will find information on the latest scientific research and opinion from health experts on the safety and effect of antiperspirants and deodorants on aspects of health and the body.
The FAQ section may also help to answer any questions you might have about the health and safety of antiperspirants and deodorant use.
Sensitivity to antiperspirant and deodorant ingredients
The active ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants have been rigorously tested and are safe and reliable everyday products. However, some people may find that they are sensitive to antiperspirants or deodorants, particularly in the armpit area. Reactions can include irritation or rash. Sensitivity to antiperspirant or deodorant use is most commonly caused by the fragrance or perfume that is added to mask the smell of body odour, or as a reaction to other ingredients such as alcohol or aluminium salts.
If you are sensitive to perfume or fragrance, or have a history of eczema, then it is a good idea to try a fragrance-free antiperspirant or deodorant. By using fragrance-free antiperspirants and deodorants, you may find that the allergy clears.1 Using an emollient or moisturiser alongside an antiperspirant or deodorant can minimise skin irritation or inflammation.2 If you are worried about any sensitivity you experience when using antiperspirants or deodorants, it is important to speak with your doctor or a healthcare professional for advice.
- Zirwas MJ & Moennich J. Antiperspirant and deodorant allergy: diagnosis and management. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2008
- Patient.co.uk. Excessive sweating. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Excessive-Sweating.htm (Last accessed 15.12.12)