There's nothing wrong with you. You have sensitive skin, a condition in which dermatologists report nearly 50% of all their patients complain of. The number of people with sensitive skin seems to be growing yearly as our skin revolts from all the chemicals and synthetically produced ingredients we subject it to on a daily basis. It's our first line of defense on our body and so it gets treated pretty rough sometimes. Men seem to be experiencing the effects of sensitive skin more now than ever before. Even in 2001, a study conducted in the UK showed that nearly 40% of men have sensitive skin. Man or woman, it can be both irritating (pun intended) to have to deal with the effects of sensitive skin and confusing as to which products will give you a reaction.
First, before we deterimine whether natural deodorant is good for people with sensitve skin let's define what exactly it means to have sensitive skin. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has found that most people who identify themselves as having sensitive skin suffer from one or more underlying conditions:
- Acne - Oily skin with high levels of certain bacteria
- Rosacea - Ruddy complexion frequently marked by broken blood vessels and pimples
- Stinging - A burning or "pins and needles" reaction to certain common ingredients (often acids) in skin care products and cosmetics
- Contact dermatitis - Irritation or allergic reaction triggered by any number of natural or chemical ingredients such as fragrances, preservatives, detergents, oils and extracts [source: AAD].
For the purposes of this article, we're looking at contact dermatitis and how it relates to deodorant and whether natural deodorant is good for people with sensitive skin.
Skin sensitivity to deodorant usually manifests itself with the following symptoms; redness, burning, bumps and itching but can be as serious as blistering, peeling or flaking of the skin.
In commercially produced deodorant, the most usual suspects for these reactions are the chemicals contained within the product. To learn more about the toxic chemicals used in commercial deodorant you can check out our blog post Meet the 6 Toxic Chemicals In Your Commercial Deodorant. While you're at it, learn about how commercial deodorant kills manliness as well.
Now, to answer the question "is natural deodorant good for sensitive skin?", the answer is YES! First of all, natural deodorant is what it is....natural. It contains ingredients that you know and that are healthy for you. Generally, these ingredients are a formulation of natural, plant based oils and butters that are great for the skin. At Green Theory, you can find our list of ingredients here. We combine the odor fighting power of probiotics with the detoxifying benefits of bentonite clay. These ingredients come in all our scents, mens or womens. It's fresh pits and peace of mind in every stick! If you struggle with irritation and skin sensitivity from your deodorant, try a natural deodorant!
As always, it's safest to try out a test spot before slathering it all over your pits. To do this, simple put a single swipe on your wrist or arm and leave it there to test for a reaction.