Does Your Deodorant Make You Break Out? This Could be Why
As if making sure our armpits smell pleasant 24/7 wasn’t work enough, we also have to deal with breakouts in the little-seen area as well. Underarm zits may not be as much of a calamity to you as, say, a facial breakout, but you have to admit they’re still annoying, unsightly, and downright miserable to deal with. We’re well aware of common causes for pimple-like bumps under the arms—ingrown hairs, razor burn, excessive sweating, clogged pores…you get the idea—but it got us thinking: what role does our deodorant play in the armpit acne debate, if any? To get to the bottom of it, we reached out to board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali. The answer will probably surprise you!
Let’s talk about the less-than-pleasant topic of underarm breakouts for a minute. The hidden acne may not be as big of an issue to you as say, a facial breakout, but you have to admit they’re still annoying to deal with. Common causes for pimple-like bumps under the arms include ingrown hairs, razor burn, excessive sweating and clogged pores. But if you’ve ruled those out, it’s possible that your deodorant may be playing a role in your armpit breakouts. To find out more information, like how to stop the issue, we consulted with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali for answers.
According to Bhanusali, wearing deodorant can potentially make your skin break out. “It’s actually pretty common,” he says. “Some people have reactions to fragrances or preservatives in the formula.” Contact dermatitis, a bumpy, itchy rash caused by an irritating or allergic substance that comes into contact with your skin, is also common.
That said, if the bumps are large, itchy, painful or draining fluid, it’s wise to pay a visit to a dermatologist to make sure it’s not something more serious. But, if you suspect that your deodorant is the culprit of a mild breakout, consider switching to a formula that’s free of common irritants. These safer alternatives include fragrance-free options, natural deodorants and aluminum-free formulas.
One of our favorite natural deodorants is the Freedom Natural Deodorant Lavender Citrus Stick.