Can Your Deodorant Make You Break Out? We Find Out
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!
Deodorant devotees, this news may rock your world. 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. If you suspect that your deodorant is the culprit of a mild breakout, consider switching to a formula that’s free of common irritants. Lucky for you, we’re sharing a DIY deodorant recipe that’ll keep your armpits smelling fresh, below!
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¾ cup cornstarch (non-GMO)
- 3-4 drops essential oil (lavender, lemongrass, blood orange, etc.)
Combine baking soda and cornstarch in a glass jar with an airtight lid. Add in the melted coconut oil and mix the formula until it’s smooth. Next, add in your essential oil of choice. If you want a more pungent smell, add in a few extra drops of essential oil. When ready to use, scrape out about a teaspoon (that’s all you need!) of the deodorant and apply it directly under your arms. It should melt and soak into your skin immediately. Store the jar in the refrigerator, and feel free to transfer the formula into a tube for easy applying.