Worried About Antiperspirant and Deodorant Safety Issues?

A hot topic that has stirred much controversy revolves around the discussion of antiperspirant and deodorant. Are they linked to breast cancer? I bring this up only because we offer the wonderful miraDry treatment. With no surgery and no anesthesia, you won’t need to worry about applying antiperspirant or deodorant. MiraDry safely destroys underarm sweat and odor glands. There are no chemicals! And, it’s FDA-approved.

Here Is What I Have Read…

The 2010 report issued by the President’s Cancer Panel, “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now,” (PDF) claims that environmental factors have been ignored. The report states, “It is more effective to prevent disease than to treat it, but cancer prevention efforts have focused narrowly on smoking, other lifestyle behaviors, and chemo-preventive interventions.”

The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) reports that the following common ingredients in antiperspirants may cause cancer:

  • Triclosan can affect hormones and could be linked to breast cancer.
  • Phthalates are endocrine disrupters, which interfere with the body’s hormone function and may be linked to breast cancer (although they say that the studies have only fueled controversy).
  • Parabens have been found in breast cancer biopsies and are known to be absorbed into the skin. They also disrupt hormones and mimic natural estrogens, a cause of breast cancer.

What Other Ingredients Are Of Concern?

It’s been discussed that aluminum, which can hinder sweat, may be linked to breast cancer.

Propylene glycol, which absorbs water, is another controversial chemical. It has been declared dangerous by the CDC, yet low levels of this chemical are approved by the FDA in personal care products.

Natural Cosmetics News says ingredients like TEA and DEA adjust pH levels and are used for fragrance or as a preservative. The Environmental Working Group’s database of toxic chemicals, Skin Deep, lists TEA as a low possibility of being toxic and DEA as a very high possibility.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can cause other negative reactions in the body.

Natural Cosmetics News also names FD&C colors, which can be made from coal or tar and are carcinogenic.

If you’re concerned about any of these ingredients and want an alternative, you may want to consider a miraDry treatment. Call our office at 317.575.0330 for a consultation.