Top five ingredients to avoid in deodorant

Deodorant is an essential toiletry that most Americans have in  their medicine cabinet today. Many are still unaware of the hidden dangers in  the active ingredients of modern day deodorant. They continue to use these  potentially hazardous chemicals on their underarms as a way of reducing  perspiration and odor.
The primary ingredient used in most  antiperspirants is aluminum. Aluminum is a metal, which is used in  antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has  been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased  risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Several studies have shown a link between  increasing antiperspirant use and rising rates of female breast cancer and  prostate cancer in men. However, the FDA has not committed to classifying it as  a carcinogen. Their position remains one of “wait and see” as more definitive  studies are released.
Parabens are a family of synthetic preservatives  that are often found in deodorants as well. In fact, parabens are contained in  an alarming amount of our body care products. A random sampling of 100 human  urine specimens performed by the CDC showed that all 100 contained parabens.  This demonstrates the high absorption rate of chemicals we place on our  skin.
The largest concern is that the absorption of these chemicals will  disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things like early  puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. Paraben exposure  has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.
Propylene  glycol is another common ingredient that is used in antiperspirants and deodorants.  This is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products due  to its slick consistency. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more  easily applicable to the skin.
The argument that propylene glycol is safe  in small amounts has been questioned by consumer safety advocates. In large  quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous  system, liver and heart.
This chemical is even found in many of the  processed foods we eat today. Logical thought follows that decreasing our  exposure to propylene glycol is the prudent thing to do. It is for this reason  that using skin care products that are propylene glycol free is becoming popular  in health conscious circles.
Phthalates are another class of chemicals  that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to  avoid. Phthalates are used in cosmetics, synthetic fragrances, plastics, body  care products and medical goods. They help to dissolve other ingredients  and to create a better consistency.
The problem with phthalates is that  they have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and  urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of  birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as  well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.
Triclosan is another  common ingredient included in commercial deodorants. It is utilized as the odor  killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties. It is also  commonly used in antibacterial soaps, hand wipes and gels.
Triclosan is  actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA. It is also classified as a  probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. This classification  has prompted some companies to remove it from their products. However, it still  can be found as an ingredient in some formulas. (NaturalNews)