If you are still using an antiperspirant and haven’t switched to just using deodorant, there’s a new warning out which you may want to heed.
Seems that not only is the aluminum in antiperspirants bad for you, but parabens are too; they may be causing breast cancer. New research has found that 99% of breast cancer tissue contained parabens, a common ingredient found in antiperspirants. Breast tumors with the highest concentrations of the chemical appear in the “upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied.”
However, parabens found in breast tissue isn’t only from antiperspirants, as 7 of the 40 patients tested have never used them. According to the researchers, this shows that parabens can bioaccumulate in the breast tissue, regardless of where they are absorbed.
So, what are parabens, you ask? Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in many skincare products, used to fight bacteria and fungus. It has already been proven that parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. This new research ties an even tighter correlation between the chemical and the incidence of breast cancer.
Please, stop using antiperspirants. I have been using Tom’s of Maine deodorant for many, many years and have lived a perfectly comfortable life without an antiperspirant in my morning routine. There are plenty of companies making paraben-free skincare products, so do yourself a favor and check them out. When we can be proactive to protect ourselves, it’s worth the extra effort to do some homework before shopping.