In 2011, a census was held which revealed that more than 500 parents informed that their kids between 4 to 11 start using deodorants. As per the US Census Bureau report 2007, around 32 million children were in this age group out of which approximately 16 million kids started using deodorants at the age of 11. The products used by those kids were ordinary due to which some people raised their concern for the possible damages that may be faced because of the presence of chemicals in these products. The same study revealed that only about 38 percent of the parents knew that body sprays contain harmful chemicals involving aluminum, paraben and propylene glycol.
Studies have shown that the products comprising aluminum are harmful to the health. Antiperspirants are the ones that contain aluminum salts. Certain neurological damages have been observed in the presence of aluminum in the brain, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common among them. Memory deficits, Parkinson, anemia and much more are the diseases that have been associated with the use of aluminum. 2001 study indicated that aluminum gets absorbed into the body after only one application of antiperspirant that remains in the blood for many days.
Paraben comprises properties of a preservative that is used as an antifungal because it reduces the bacterial effects. Some researchers have considered that there is a connection between body spray (having the components of parabens) and breast cancer. The hormone estrogen can be irritated by the paraben that can play an important role in the breast cancer. Research studies conducted by different scientists have shown that long term use of the paraben (even in low dose) can collect in the body. Twenty women with breast tumors were tested that revealed a significant amount of paraben presence in the tumors of all females. However, the tissue samples from healthy women without breast cancer were not taken so it cannot be verified that the women suffering from breast cancer had huge amounts of paraben in the tissue as compared to the healthy women. So scientists can’t prove that parabens can make a contribution to the development of cancer cells.
It is the most commonly used component in the body sprays and antiperspirants. Propylene Glycol is also used in the antifreeze. One of the biggest disadvantages of Propylene Glycol is that it enters the skin very quickly, and the Environmental Protection Agency has warned the factory employees to prevent themselves from getting their skin contacted with this chemical so to prevent the abnormalities of kidney, brain and liver.