In the past several years more and more research is indicating that the deodorants and antiperspirants that consumers are using are not only irritating to the skin but can clog sweat glands and cause certain forms of cancer.
Yes, I like to smell fresh and clean. No, I do not want to go ea naturale and and lose friends when I lift my arms. But what can I do about it?
While, we all know that sweat is natural and we all do it; some of us perspire more than others. As a young woman, my stress sweat can be incredibly embarrassing and inconvenient. I gave up on purchasing white shirts after the age of fifteen because they would just have giant, stiff rings under the arms that never came out.
As a teen, I discovered the most potent antiperspirants on the market and, with no regard for my health, slathered them under my arms multiple times a day. What eventually happened was very painful and dangerous.
The hair follicles in my arm pits became infected and inflamed from all of the harsh aluminum derivative antiperspirants I had been using. The only solution was to stop putting anything on my pits and allow my glands to essentially detox.
As an athletic person, this was an extremely annoying process. My sweat seemed to smell worse than it did before I started using all of the drugstore deodorants but I got through it.
So, what to use to stop the stink and reduce perspiration? Well, my friends, as I previously told you baking soda is a big deal.
A thin paste of baking soda and water applied under the arms and allowed to dry helps tremendously and is free of side effects. Arm & Hammer sells baking soda based sticks of deodorant as well.
Another trick is to shave your armpits at night and not apply anything to them right after shaving. This is because the hair follicles are open and the dead skin cell layer has been removed, allowing for anything you put on to potentially irritate the skin.
Applying apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball also has astringent properties that will kill the bacteria that causes the stench. Lavender essential oil, lemon juice, coconut oil and aloe vera are also all great alternatives to traditional deodorant.
Trial and error is generally the rule of thumb in finding what works best for you.