Antiperspirant safety

Antiperspirants and deodorants have been used for more than fifty years as a safe and effective way to control sweat, body odour and to feel fresh.

Antiperspirant Ingredients and Breast Cancer

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Some newspaper or internet stories warn that antiperspirant and deodorant use may be linked to breast cancer, however, cancer experts, charities and health authorities assert that there is no credible evidence to support this.

On the contrary, there is strong evidence to show that antiperspirants are safe and effective everyday products. There have been a number of research studies investigating the link between antiperspirants, deodorants and breast cancer, however none of these studies provides conclusive evidence of a link between antiperspirant or deodorant use and breast cancer risk.

Antiperspirant ingredients & Alzheimer's disease

There is no conclusive scientific evidence to suggest aluminium salts used in antiperspirants or deodorants cause Alzheimer’s disease. A few studies have discovered a correlation between aluminium levels and Alzheimer’s disease (Tomljenovic 2010, Bondy 2010)1,2 however there is no conclusive proof to suggest that aluminium from antiperspirants or deodorants is absorbed into the body.

Aluminium is the third most abundant element on earth. Reliable studies have shown that the amount of aluminium that could be available to the body from application on the skin is negligible compared to the amount that is ingested from our diet or from other sources.

More information

For information about antiperspirants, deodorants and sweating please visit, where you can find out why we sweat, what causes body odour, how antiperspirants and deodorants work, and information about health and antiperspirants. You'll also find the latest scientific research and opinion from health experts on the safety and effect of antiperspirants and deodorants on aspects of health and the body.

1Tomljenovic L.

Aluminum and Alzheimer's Disease: After a Century of Controversy, Is there a Plausible Link? Alzheimer’s Disease 2010; 23:567–598.

2Bondy SC.

The neurotoxicity of environmental aluminum is still an issue

Neurotoxicol. 2010; 31:575–581.

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