Deodorant is fine, antiperspirant is not.
There has been much speculation about antiperspirant being linked to breast cancer. While no scientific evidence has been found to validate such claims, it certainly has people thinking more about their choices in how to banish their B.O.
What's the difference between Deodorant and Antiperspirant?
- Deodorant is an antiseptic enhanced fragrance that kills the odorous bacteria in your sweat.
- Antiperspirants work to block the pores in your sweat glands so that you don't perspire; ergo, you don't emit body odor. They contain paba, aluminum compounds and parabens, which mimic estrogen (and estrogen promotes the growth of cancerous cells in the breast). These chemicals can get into your blood stream through razor nicks in your armpits.
While studies have found parabens in breast cancer samples, there is no hard evidence that using antiperspirants leads to breast cancer.
The choice is yours to make. For anyone who worries about breast cancer, it is important to get regular mammograms, eat right, exercise and control your stress level.
Whenever I read about something like this...it makes me think...and if down the road someday they came to realize that this information is indeed true and I didn't listen, then I would be very disappointed in myself for not taking the advice. For all we know, this could be all untrue...but we really do not know one way or another....and I don't like to take those kind of chances. It all does make sense when you think about it!
For those of you who choose to wean yourselves off of any controversial antiperspirants.....just in case...I choose to wean myself off of antiperspirants and went shopping for a deodorant! Not an easy task! Everyone I looked at had aluminum! The only one I could find was in the Men's line!! Ha! Now I'm going to smell like a man!! Well better to have a piece of mind and smell like Brut! lol......anyhow, Degree makes Deodorant. Degree Silver Ion. I purchased this one: