WHY NATURAL DEODORANTS CAUSE ARMPIT PIMPLES

WHY NATURAL DEODORANTS CAUSE ARMPIT PIMPLES

Over the years I have had many people ask me why their natural deodorant causes odd (and painful) side effects, like rashes and zits in the underarm area. And if you’ve ever had armpit pimples or cysts, you probably know how painful these breakouts can be.

These pesky little bumps are small and clustered, however in some cases they are quite noticeable and painful, and are normally either caused by an infection, or irritation due to shaving and – yes – deodorant or antiperspirant use. 

 

WHAT CAUSES ARMPIT ZITS

Aside from underlying medical conditions, breakouts in general are often formed as a result of bacteria build up from your pores, or clogged sweat glands. Armpit pimples are no different. 

So the first thing you want to ask yourself is “what products am I using in that area that are clogging my sweat glands?” If you haven’t guessed already, YES it can be the aluminum that’s found in your antiperspirant.

TAKESUMI DETOX CHARCOAL DEODORANT

Aluminum free all natural deodorant, formulated for sensitive skin. 

 

Aluminum in antiperspirants and non-natural deodorants is used as a shield against sweat. But in doing so, it forms a barrier to block any sweat from breaking through. This clogs your pores, and can irritate the underarm area, which can lead to unwanted zits. 

So if you are using antiperspirants, that is the first thing you want to rule out. 

Photo by Mehra Saberi

 

HOW NATURAL DEODORANTS COME INTO PLAY

Many natural deodorants on the market are formulated with coconut oil, baking soda, and high levels of fragrances. While that all may sound great, the reality is that these ingredients can be quite irritating – especially if you have sensitive skin.  

 

COCONUT OIL- BASED DEODORANTS NOURISHING, BUT COMEDOGENIC

If you have armpit zits and are using natural deodorant, coconut oil is  something you want to stay away from if you are prone to breakouts, or if you have sensitive skin. According to New York based board-certified dermatologist Melissa Levin, coconut oil has the ability to block the opening of hair follicles. So the same idea applies here. Blocked pores means bacteria build-up, which causes pimples; and if they become infected, possibly even armpit cysts. 

Photo by Diana Kulenyuk

 

BAKING SODA – THE NATURAL IRRITANT

What many people don’t know is that while there are benefits to using baking soda, it is EXTREMELY irritating for your skin. Applying baking soda to your underarms can inflame the hair follicles, which can lead to both armpit cysts and pimples (not to mention painful rashes. Trust me…just ask my husband). 

 

FRAGRANCES 

All deodorants will have fragrance, so don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to go ‘fragrance-free’. BUT, the amount of fragrance is what can make a difference. Deodorants (both natural and non-natural) with high levels of fragrance can irritate your skin, and lead to breakouts. So always read the label, and ensure that your product is “lightly” scented (you usually can tell if the fragrance is listed last on the label). 

 

PREVENT FUTURE BREAKOUTS

The good news is, finding a solution is easy. First, toss out your antiperspirant. Then, look for a natural deodorant that avoids any irritating ingredients. We chose an alternative to baking soda- activated charcoal, as it is a non-irritant that tends to pull toxins from your skin while unclogging your pores.

TAKESUMI DETOX CHARCOAL DEODORANT

Uses activated charcoal to pull toxins and prevent odor. 

 

Finally, practice good shaving protocols to help from adding any irritation to the area. Congested pores is actually a common cause of ingrown hairs, which quite often leads to little armpit bumps (not serious, but definitely not comfortable). Also, if you apply your natural deodorant right after shaving, you are applying product to broken skin, which leads to more irritation and breakouts. So, some tips I have for you are: 

  • Use a gentle exfoliator to decongest pores 
  • Apply a warm wash cloth to your skin after shaving
  • Use a fresh blade not a dull blade
  • Shave at night, and apply your deodorant in the morning

 

Is Charcoal Deodorant Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Charcoal Deodorant Safe During Pregnancy?

When my friend became pregnant, it certainly changed the course of our conversations! Not only did she mention all the things she has been learning about child rearing, but she also talked a lot about her own bodily changes. In fact, she asked me if charcoal deodorant was safe to use during one of our dinner conversations. You may have heard a lot about certain ingredients being dangerous during pregnancy, but I can assure you that charcoal is not one of them. If anything, you might be more inclined to use it after you read today’s Decoded.

 

Charcoal Is a Potent Substance in Medicine

Charcoal is often used in medicine for food poisoning and drug toxicity cases. When someone is admitted to the emergency room for a possible overdose, they are often fed charcoal alongside other treatments. Charcoal binds to the poison in their gastrointestinal tract so that it is not absorbed in their bloodstream, which is where it is fatal. It is such a powerful substance that it can bind to the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in your foods. You should only ingest charcoal according to a medical professional’s advice.

 

Charcoal Used As a Topical Treatment Is a Dream

According to Medical News Today, there are no adverse reactions noted with activated charcoal in terms of topical usage. It is scientifically impossible for activated charcoal to enter the gastrointestinal tract when applied topically, so it is safe to use during pregnancy.

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How Does Charcoal Deodorant Compare to Other Deodorants?

Putting charcoal on your face, hair, and underarms doesn’t seem glamorous, but it has been proven to provide the following health and beauty benefits when used properly:

 

It Draws Out Oil, So What Is There Not To Like?

During pregnancy, you may be sweatier and charcoal will help your armpits become less congested. This is because charcoal’s porous textures bind to all the dirt, oils, and dead skin cells clogging your pores. Similarly, the armpit contains millions of apocrine sweat glands that can be overrun with the same substances. Just like the charcoal face masks you use, a charcoal-based deodorant decongests the pores from impurities throughout the day so that you can wash away the next morning. 

It Is A Natural Substance That Minimizes Odor

Many studies have shown that activated charcoal can bind to the smelly compounds in the body that produce unpleasant odors. It is a much better alternative than baking soda, which is a skin irritant. Your skin is usually more sensitive during pregnancy, so it is best to stay clear of anything that can trigger a reaction.

 

I Don’t Want It to Stain My Clothes Though

Maybe you are sold on charcoal, but you think it will ruin your clothes due to its dark hue. The deodorant that I have created called the takesumi detox contains low levels of activated charcoal as you don’t need very much for it to be effective. The deodorant has a grey tinge, but applies as a clear substance. Not only does it glide on easily, but it also dries quickly.

It’s always good to question the ingredients that you are using, especially during pregnancy. Your body is changing and you are caring for another human, so taking precautions is necessary. I hope you are at ease about using charcoal deodorants after reading this post. If you have any other questions or tips on using natural deodorant during pregnancy, please leave a comment below.

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How Do I Tell A Friend That Their Armpits Smell?

How Do I Tell A Friend That Their Armpits Smell?

There is no doubt this is a tricky topic for everyone. We have all encountered that person or friend who has an odor problem. This has always been one of the hardest things for me to address. When someone smells bad, they can give off a negative impression of themselves because human memory and brain receptors are tied to the sensory.

 

Here is the risk of telling someone they smell

I am known for my candor and I am always completely honest when I give my opinion, but telling someone they smell is something they will never forget. Most people are self-conscious and this is deeply personal, so I don’t want to embarrass them or be remembered for being the person that delivered the most embarrassing news ever!  Not only that, but those people are usually aware that they have an odor problem and have been unable to find a solution.

 

I used what I call the “self- deflection” strategy

I had a part-time student working for me at a former company, I noticed that she smelled bad in her work space. Perhaps she was not showering properly, or wearing deodorant, so I decided to tell her about my own odor issues and use my deflection strategy to make the uncomfortable topic about me.  I mentioned that I often sweat during hot weather or stress, which made me smell more. This tactic made me relatable and sounded less like an attack on her. I also told her that I was concerned other people could tell when I smelled and I asked her if I smelled as I was having one of those days!

 

Telling someone they smell

Photo by Kelly Smith

 

I told her about “quick fixes” I read about online

I told her about blogs, articles, and websites that gave me tips on how to control my odor problem. This way, I wasn’t criticizing her personally and offering her a general guideline that she could choose to follow.
If you are in a similar situation right now, you can mention Decoded as we have many tips on what to do with body odor. You can even suggest our underarm bar if you use it and tout its benefits.


Either way, it’s best to start with your own odor problems and expand upon them with tips and tricks. I hope this was helpful and if you have any stories on how you handled a similar situation, comment below as I would love to hear about it!

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