How do I Choose the Best Sensitive Skin Deodorant?

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Itchy, red and flaky underarms can be caused by harsh deodorants. If you have irritated underarms, and you are ever considering wearing a tank top, you may want to try a sensitive skin deodorant. Many common brands available in drugstores propose deodorants that are unscented or that contain moisturizers that soothe irritated sensitive skin. If you know that you are allergic to aluminum products, you might want to try a natural non-aluminum deodorant. Specially formulated children’s deodorant has lower doses of active ingredients than adult versions, and is therefore less likely to cause skin discomfort.

Your best bet for finding a sensitive skin deodorant that provides enough odor protection is to identify what about normal deodorants is causing your skin irritation. You might want to ask yourself if your skin feels dry and flaky after use, or does your deodorant leave red, itchy bumps. You might also be concerned that you are absorbing lots of harsh chemicals through your skin.

If tight, dry skin seems to be the problem, you might consider using a sensitive skin deodorant with moisturizers. Women’s deodorant that advertises that it reduces stubble from shaving may be a good choice because it is gentle, hydrating and is available in a variety of different scents. You also can find alcohol-free men’s deodorant in the drugstore, which is less drying but is also scented. There are also unisex deodorants on the market that contain aloe.


If your skin gets itchy after using your current deodorant, you might want to try a sensitive skin deodorant that is hypoallergenic. Many people are allergic to, or just don’t like deodorant scents. Fortunately, you can choose unscented versions of most major brands of deodorant.

If your skin remains irritated, you might be allergic to one of the major deodorant ingredients, such as aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate, or paraben. Crystal deodorant products, rock, stick, roll on, and spray deodorant, are an effective alternative to classic deodorants. Made from potassium alum or ammonium alum, they are generally less irritating to the skin. They are also typically more expensive, and may only be available in health food stores.

If all of these types of deodorant seem too harsh for your skin, you may need to trade some effectiveness for gentleness. There are a handful of deodorants that are made with all natural products and plant extracts that merely hide body odor. They do not contain chemicals, but you may find yourself washing and reapplying a few times during the day. Kid’s deodorant may be an option as well — it contains less irritating agents, which may work out fine for you if you do not sweat a lot.


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