ALUMINIUM AND PARABEN FREE

Aluminium and Paraben Free

SYNOPSIS 

Most commercial deodorants and antiperspirants contain a cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals. Two well researched chemicals found in many commercial deodorants are Aluminium and Parabens.

 

Synthetic Parabens are used as preservatives in personal care products. They have bactericidal and fungicidal effects. Parabens are typically used to extend the shelf-life of these products. Aluminium is widely recognised as a toxic metal, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. It is well documented that Aluminium accumulates in the brain and is found in high levels in Alzheimer patients (1, 2, 3). However no research has been carried out into the long-term health implications of repeat applications of aluminium compounds to the underarm area.

 

Parabens and aluminium have been found to cause skin irritation or allergic skin reactions in those with sensitive skin; it is believed that they can pass through the skin into the breast tissue, both through absorption and nicks/irritation caused by underarm shaving. Research has confirmed the presence of both Aluminium and Paraben in breast tissue samples. One study found that the earlier you started shaving and using deodorants and antiperspirants the greater your risk of breast cancer(4, 5, 7, 8).

 

Herb Valley antiperspirants and deodorants are aluminium and paraben free. While the active ingredients act to reduce odour causing bacteria and reduce the production of sweat, the combination of essential oils and fragrances provide long term and effective management of odour for both men and women.  Fragrances contain synthetic aromas.

 

View Herb Valley’s aluminimum and paraben free personal care range today!

 

THE FULL STORY

 

In recent years there appears to be a wider range of deodorants on the shelf than ever before. What’s all the fuss and why should we consider changing from common commercial brands?

 

Naturally, our bodies perspire to balance salt levels, regulate body temperature and eliminate waste produce. Body odour is caused by bacteria dissolving the waste material in our perspiration. We have two options, to use deodorants that neutralise the smell of perspiration or antiperspirants that minimise body odour by blocking sweat from escaping through under-arm pores onto the surface of the skin.

 

Since deodorants and antiperspirants are designed to stay on our bodies for hours, this increases the potential for harmful chemicals to be absorbed through the skin. We know that chemical absorption occurs through the skin, for example patches for the application of hormones and nicotine.

 

Most commercial deodorants contain a cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals. Two well researched chemicals found in many commercial deodorants are Aluminium and Parabens.

 

Aluminium compounds are used to form a ‘plug’ blocking the sweat glands, temporarily reducing the incidence of sweat production and subsequent odour. Aluminium compounds make up approximately a quarter of the total ingredients in some brands.

 

Synthetic Parabens are used as preservatives in personal care products. They have bactericidal and fungicidal effects. Parabens are typically used to extend the shelf-life of these products.

 

Aluminium is widely recognised as a toxic metal, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. It is well documented that Aluminium accumulates in the brain and is found in high levels in Alzheimer patients (1, 2, 3). However no research has been carried out into the long-term health implications of repeat applications of aluminium compounds to the underarm area.

 

Parabens and aluminium have been found to cause skin irritation or allergic skin reactions in those with sensitive skin; it is believed that they can pass through the skin into the breast tissue, both through absorption and nicks/irritation caused by underarm shaving. Research has confirmed the presence of both Aluminium and Paraben in breast tissue samples. One study found that the earlier you started shaving and using deodorants and antiperspirants the greater your risk of breast cancer(4, 5, 7, 8).

 

Aluminium and Parabens are also known to exert an oestrogen mimicking action in the body, although they have been termed weak oestrogens because of their low binding affinity to the oestrogen receptor, their efficacy is not low, and they can give the same magnitude of response on growth of human breast cancer cells in vitro as 17β-oestradiol when sufficient concentration is present(5,6). Because oestrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminium-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer (4).

 

The ability of a cocktail of environmental oestrogen-mimicking chemicals that may also drive the development and growth of breast cancers is worthy of serious consideration, especially in relation to those chemicals that have been detected in human breast tissue(6,7). Additional research is also necessary to determine whether these chemicals can either alter the DNA in some cells or cause other breast cell changes.

 

As yet there is no definitive evidence to suggest the use of deodorants or antiperspirants are responsible for the build-up of parabens and aluminium-based compounds found in breast tissue. The fact that these synthetic products are appearing in breast tissue at the most common site for breast cancer (in the upper right quadrant) is a cause for concern.

 

The use of chemicals in personal care products is well known and although we know that these individual chemicals can cause health concerns there has never been a study that looks at the combined impact of the cocktail of chemicals in one product. Remember that we are often using more than one personal care product in a day which again increases the chemical load we place on our bodies. When this chemical load builds up in the body it is known as bioaccumulation, the accumulation of potentially toxic chemicals.

 

Tianda Pharmaceuticals offer a range of effective Aluminium and Paraben free deodorants and antiperspirants that treat the bacteria that cause odours without the addition of potentially harmful chemicals. This is achieved by using a zinc compound in place of aluminium and removing parabens. These products are available with natural fragrances or fragrance free. Our range is for the body conscious consumer who wants to avoid unnecessary chemical exposure and still be confident their body odour is under control. 

 

REFERENCES

 

  1. Jansson, E. T.  Aluminium exposure and Alzheimer’s disease.  Journal of Alzheimer’s disease.  3(6):541-549, 2001.
  2. Graves, A. B., et al.  The association between aluminium-containing products and Alzheimer’s disease.  J Clin Epidemiol.  43(1):35-44, 1990.
  3. Zapatero, M. D., et al.  Serum aluminium levels in Alzheimer’s disease and other senile dementias.  Biol Trace Elem Res.  47(1-3):235-240, 1995.
  4. Darbre PD. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer. J Inorg Biochem. 2005;99:1912–1919.
  5. Darbre PA, Harvey PW. Paraben esters: review of recent studies of endocrine toxicity, absorption, esterase and human exposure, and discussion of potential human health risks. J Appl Toxicol. 2008;28:561–578. doi: 10.1002/jat.1358
  6. Darbre PD. Environmental oestrogens, cosmetics and breast cancer. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006;20:121–143. doi: 10.1016/j.beem.2005.09.007
  7. Darbre PD, Aljarrah A, Miller WR, et al. Concentrations of parabens in human breast tumours. Journal of Applied Toxicology 2004; 24(1):5–13.
  8. McGrath KG. An earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis related to more frequent use of antiperspirants/deodorants and underarm shaving. European Journal of Cancer 2003; 12(6):479–485.