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My underarm smells awful evrytime it sweats even though I use antibacterial soap and deodorant. Help?
Antibacterials: Deodorants are just perfumes sometimes with mild antibacterial agents such as alcohol, trichlosan or chelated metal compounds. It is the bacteria decomposing the sweat that causes odor. Anti perspirants are a different animal - they stop sweating by blocking sweat glands. ...Read more
Wrong question.: Everything is chemicals, including you and me. A better question is: "what kind of deodorant is least harmful to my body?" crystal and stone deodorants, made with mineral salts like potassium alum, are available, but it's unclear whether or not they actually work. There is also no good evidence that conventional deodorants do any harm. There is, however, no reason not to try the natural ones. ...Read more
Allergy: Allergy to fragrances, propylene glycol, parabens or lanolin are all possible. The active ingredients in antiperspirants are all remarkably safe and non allergenic. There has been no credible association with other health risks. ...Read more
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