Deodorant Ingredients Pose Potential Health Risks

By Mary Peters Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – With warmer weather here, you may be reaching for your deodorant more frequently.

The Environmental Working Group assesses products and rates the ingredients based on how harmful they may be to people. There are a few common ingredients you should be aware of in your deodorant.

Fragrance is considered the most hazardous ingredient, according to EWG’s research studies.  The concerns for fragrance include irritation to skin, eyes, or lungs and it can be toxic to non-reproductive organs.

BHT, butylated hydroxytoluene, is another ingredient to pay attention to.  Experts have concerns of irritation to the skin, eyes, or lungs and can be toxic to non-reproductive organs.

Another common ingredient is Cyclopentasiloxane.  Experts are worried about this substance being absorbed and unable for your body to expel it.  It can be toxic to organ and peripheral nervous systems, plus can be linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and affecting the ecosystem.

Petrolatum can be toxic to non-reproductive organs and should be used sparingly.  Experts have contamination concerns that have been linked to cancer.

Peg-8 Distearate is another ingredient found in deodorant.  Experts say it can be toxic to non-reproductive organs and they are concerned about the contamination leading to cancer.

To see more ingredients in deodorants, take a look at EWG’s Skin Deep guide.

Health Concerns about Deodorant Ingredients

(c) 2018 Mary Peters