Choosing Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

By Mali Anderson in Natural Products

Dealing with sensitive skin can be frustrating. On top of experiencing rashes, redness, or other irritation, it can be challenging to find a product that won't cause a flare-up. While you might associate skin rashes with sensitivity on your face, arms, or legs, underarm skin can experience outbreaks too, especially if you're allergic to ingredients in your personal care products. Knowing what features to look for can help you find a deodorant for sensitive skin that aligns with your needs.

Why Your Armpits May Be Irritated

You may be dealing with extra-sensitive skin under your arms for several reasons. For instance, you could be reacting to an allergen or experiencing irritant contact dermatitis. This means your skin is responding to contact with a specific irritant, such as a fragrance or other ingredient in one of your personal care products. Common offenders include body wash, shaving cream, lotion, deodorant, or laundry detergent.

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You might develop symptoms such as:

  • Rash
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
  • Sensitivity

You might not have all of these symptoms at a given time, but even dealing with one can be uncomfortable. It's also worth noting that you can develop allergies or sensitivities later in life. So although you might be using the same products you have for years, you could still experience an ingredient sensitivity now. Additionally, you might find that your underarms become more sensitive after removing hair through shaving, waxing, or other methods.

How Natural Deodorants Can Help Sensitive Skin

Deodorant has come a long way over recent decades, and many options are designed specifically for sensitive skin. An all-natural deodorant for sensitive skin may help you avoid discomfort and irritation, ultimately keeping you more comfortable throughout the day.

Wondering how natural deodorant works? In contrast to traditional deodorants, which often use artificial ingredients and fragrances, natural deodorants include plant-based ingredients to help neutralize and mask odor, as well as discourage bacteria growth to prevent odor. This simple difference in composition may allow you to sidestep skin reactions.

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Choosing a Deodorant for Sensitive Skin</h2>

You can choose from many deodorants for sensitive skin, even among natural deodorants! You might consider using an antiperspirant to minimize excessive sweating or temporarily switching to a roll-on or spray deodorant to avoid dragging a stick along the skin while you deal with irritation. If you prefer a stick deodorant, a moisturizing option like Tom's of Maine Unscented Long-Lasting Deodorant may be a good choice. Another option is to switch to a different natural deodorant scent—you could be having an allergic reaction to a specific fragrance ingredient.

If you continue to experience itching, irritation, inflammation, or pain, talk to a dermatologist or other medical professional. They can help diagnose the issue and find the best solution.

To explore whether an all-natural deodorant for sensitive skin may be a good match for you, check out these five benefits of natural deodorant.

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Why It's Good

If you have sensitive skin, opting for personal care products that are free of fragrances and preservatives could bring you relief. Choosing an all-natural deodorant could help with underarm irritation.