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.

THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DEODORANT SENSITIVITY

HERE IS WHY ONE ARMPIT SMELLS WORSE THAN THE OTHER

Why Your Natural Deodorant Stopped Working

Why Your Natural Deodorant Stopped Working

I just completed an Instagram live session and was met with this same question once again. People always ask me why they become immune to their deodorant and why it stops working after a certain period of time. Product immunity is something you hear a lot about in beauty so today I want to talk about whether this is truly the case.

 

Do Your Armpits Become Immune or Adapt to Your Deodorant?

A quick search online will show you many articles and blogs that claim you need to switch your skincare products often because you become immune to the ingredients. This is absurd and untrue. 

 

Your Body Has Changed, Don’t Blame The Product

If a product you use no longer works, it has to do with your body’s physiological changes, not an immunity to the product’s ingredients. For example when your facial cleanser stops working, your skin has changed in some way which means the product may no longer be suitable. Maybe your skin is oilier or dryer than it used to be, due to stress or hormones so you need a new product that addresses these needs. Therefore, if a deodorant no longer works for you, it is because the conditions of your armpits have changed.

 

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Bacteria Is Often the Main Issue

Above all else, an increased production of bacteria in your underarms is often the culprit. If all you do is use heavily scented bar soap under your armpits, you are not cleaning everything properly. Not only will there be bacteria from the day leftover, but there will also be deodorant buildup from the day before. Similar to hand washing, you need an antibacterial soap. Ensure that it has no alcohol in it, just like the antibacterial soap that I have created. You can see from our consumer testimonials how it changed their odor problem.

 

The Way You Wash Is Just As Important

People think they can quickly swipe some soap under their armpits and rinse off in a few seconds. However, what they don’t realize is that this is not enough to properly clean the underarm area. So here’s what you can do differently to make sure you are properly rinsing the area.

What you need to do is to get in there with an antibacterial bar soap and wash your armpits 20 times just like you would do with your hands. This will handle whatever changes your body has to improve the issue.

 

more body odor than usual - here is why

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What Else Can Cause More Body Odor Than Usual?

 

Stress

Many people sweat when they’re stressed, which causes bacterial buildup and odor. Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or biofeedback to control the way you react in high impact situations.

 

Diet

Caffeinated beverages and spicy food can make you sweat more or have more body odor than usual. Eliminating these foods may help.

 

Hot Weather

Try to stay in a cool environment when possible or find a shady area when you are outside.

 

Hormonal Changes

Whether you are going through pregnancy, menopause, or puberty, you will notice a fluctuation of changes occurring.

 

Clothing

Choose clothing that is suitable for your daily activity. Avoid synthetic fabrics and opt for natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk so that your armpits can breathe.

 

See A Doctor If You Experience Any of the Following:

  • You suddenly begin to sweat much more or less than usual
  •  Sweating disrupts your daily routine
  • You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
  • You notice a change in your body odor when you are taking  new medications such as antidepressants

 

Listen To Your Body

The overall conclusion is that your armpits have not adapted or become immune to anything in the deodorant you use. Rather, your skin microbiome has changed with the passage of time. In fact, many things can change how your armpit behaves that range from menopause, to stress and hormones. Your body is constantly evolving and you need to be aware of them. Above all else, addressing the bacteria under the arm is key.

 

I hope this was helpful and please feel free to comment or ask for advice  in the comment section.

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THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DEODORANT SENSITIVITY

HERE IS WHY ONE ARMPIT SMELLS WORSE THAN THE OTHER

Should You Wear Deodorant to Bed?

Should You Wear Deodorant to Bed?

You may have even been told that wearing deodorant or antiperspirant at night will give you longer odor protection. The logic behind this is simple. Your product is given time to absorb into your skin overnight, before you get your sweat on the next day.

 

Truth is, there is no need to wear deodorant to bed.

 

 

Why? Odor is only produced when there is a combination of sweat and bacteria. Your body temperature naturally drops in sleep mode and sweating is reduced. With no moisture, odor-causing bacteria does not grow and thrive in regions like your underarms and feet. Wearing deodorant at night will not help you smell any less during the day. 

 

If you are looking for extra odor control, try some of these tips below:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Pour this solution onto a cotton pad and apply it to your underarms after washing them with regular soap. 
  • Antibacterial Soap with Apple Cider Vinegar: Use our underarm bar with apple cider vinegar and sodium chloride to wash your underarms at night. 

 

Whew, now you can rest easy tonight without worrying if you should apply deodorant before you slide into bed!

 

Feature Image by Daria Shevtsova

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