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This is a myth overall, but the theory exists because the active ingredients in antiperspirants are aluminum-based compounds, which block the sweat glands to keep sweat from getting to the skin’s surface. However, if you have sensitive skin, natural deodorants may be a better option for you. “Natural deodorants are hypoallergenic, therefore they’re less likely to cause allergic reactions or skin sensitivity than the traditional formulas do,” Dr. Michele Green is quoted saying in an interview with SheKnows.

Dr. Green also says “traditional deodorants contain fragrance, which acts as the barrier to minimize odor. Natural deodorants, on the other hand, typically contain essential oils to suppress sweating and odor.” However, the National Cancer Institute has said there’s no conclusive link between traditional deodorants and cancer.

“Natural is the best way to go, [but] it depends on your body’s personal needs,” Green says. For example, some people require prescription-strength antiperspirants — so natural deodorants, which need to be reapplied more often than traditional brands, would definitely not be the best option for those individuals.

Each person is different too, so it may be worth asking your dermatologist what is right for you. You can contact Dr. Michele Green here.

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