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Skincare Tips: Can Deodorants Cause Breast Cancer? Dermatologist Tells The Truth

Skincare tips: Are deodorants safe? If this question has boggled you multiple times, then you have landed at the right place. Dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia reveals the truth about deodorants and if they really increase risk of breast cancer or not.

Skincare Tips: Can Deodorants Cause Breast Cancer? Dermatologist Tells The Truth

Skincare tips: Deodorants are fairly safe for use, says dermatologist Kiran Lohia

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Skincare tips: Deodorants do not increase risk of breast cancer
  2. Deodorants contain parabens and aluminium
  3. It has not been scientifically proven that deos are cancerous

Skincare tips: Deodorants are nothing short of a necessity, especially someone who sweats a lot. However, many people fear the use of deodorants as they contain parabens-which according to studies can cause breast cancer. Parabens are used in numerous food and personal care products. They are said to have a chemical structure that is similar to oestrogen - this means that they can mimic effects of oestrogen hormone in the body. While there has been no evidence confirming that parabens in deodorants can cause breast cancer, there are still a lot of apprehensions about deodorants. Clarifying those apprehensions and giving a 4-1-1 about deodorants is dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia. Keep reading to know what she has to say about the safety of deodorants.

Deodorants: do they really put you at risk of breast cancer?


She begins her IGTV video by saying that there are many people who approach her asking if deodorants really do cause breast cancer. "Aluminium containing compounds in deodorants may theoretically increase breast cancer. This is because theoretically, they may increase oestrogen activity in your breast cells. So, people worry that if the deodorants that they use contain aluminium, it is likely to be absorbed in their breast tissue and maybe, cause breast cancer," Dr Kiran explains in the video.

Also read: 5 Home Remedies To Deal With Excessive Sweating

However, this is not entirely true. In multiple studies, aluminium deodorants have not been shown to cause or increase risk of breast cancer. But, this aluminium can be absorbed in breast tissue in case you apply it right after shaving. Aluminium may be increasingly absorbed if you use deodorants immediately after shaving. Having said that, "the actual absorption of aluminium is somewhere around 0.012%. So, the absorption of aluminium is pretty low and your skin is a good barrier," clarifies Dr Kiran.

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Using deodorant after shaving may increase aluminium absorption
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Apart from aluminium, parabens in deodorants are feared to be equally carcinogenic. Parabens are present in food and in numerous skincare products. "Parabens can cause oestrogen stimulation, which theoretically may cause breast cancer," says Dr Kiran while adding that it is quite difficult to let go off parabens entirely.

The link between parabens and breast cancer has also not been scientifically proven. Also, there are deodorants with aluminium without parabens available in the market today.

Also read: Hyperhidrosis: Top Treatments For Excessive Sweat You Must Know

How to avoid using deodorants?

Well, there are a variety of natural anti-perspirants that you can use in place of deodorants. These products contain specific ingredients that are designed to soak up the sweat - like baking soda, kaolin clay or anti-perspirant powder. "These can help soaking up the sweat, but that is not going to stop you from sweating. They are not going to be as effective as a deodorant but contain natural ingredients that can soak up the sweat," she says while adding some of these natural deodorants may also contain probiotic elements that provide good bacteria to the area where you use them (smelly armpits is because of growth of bad bacteria).

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Deodorants or natural anti-perspirants are important for people who sweat a lot
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Also read: Beware! Do Not Buy Skincare Products If They Contain These Ingredients

(Dr Kiran Lohiya is a dermatologist at Isya Aesthetics)

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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