The Armpit Detox Myth
Many people transition seamlessly to a natural deodorant. Others report a transition period.
I do not believe in "armpit detox" the way in which it is described by many companies that sell natural deodorant. Armpit "detox" is simply a normal adjustment period.
We have all heard about detox diets and cleanses for your body. Well now some people are advocating a detox for armpits. The ritual usually involves mixing up armpit masks made with charcoal, clays, or apple cider vinegar and applying them to your armpits to supposedly help “detox” the harmful chemicals that may have built up due ingredients in conventional deodorant or antiperspirants.
The idea behind the armpit detox is that it helps make the transition from an aluminum-based antiperspirant to a natural deodorant easier. However, there is no evidence that an underarm detox will reduce odor or make your new natural deodorant more effective.
Commercial deodorants and antiperspirants change the types and amounts of bacteria in the armpit which explains why you may sweat more and have a change in body odor initially.
Please do not allow a company to tell you that the increase in odor and/or sweat is the result of your body expelling or flushing out toxins. Your body has a great natural detox system that includes your liver and your kidneys, but your skin--not so much.
What people call and Armpit "detox" is simply a normal adjustment period. You do NOT need to buy armpit "detox" kits.
A simple wash with a gentle soap and water will remove antiperspirant or deodorant on your skin and help control odor.
Our bodies are quite resistant to change. Our bodies enjoy the status quo. They see change as a disruption and often resist change even if it is a positive one.
The bottom line--our body needs time to adjust to change and since each of us is a unique individual and our armpit microbiome is different the timeline varies from person to person.
Ultimately, it depends on your unique body chemistry.
Since there was so much information I wanted to share, I have written two blogs:
Part 1: Transitioning To Natural Deodorant, discusses the why you may experience an adjustment period as well as the possible causes of irritation and or rashes that some may experience when switching from a conventional antiperspirant or deodorant to an all natural deodorant.
Part 2: Transitioning To Natural Deodorant, provides some suggestions to help with the adjustment period and or to help alleviate the causes of irritation. Part 2 also answers some common questions about using a natural deodorant.