Last Updated on June 1, 2023 by Morah Rose
If you have sensitive skin, then there’s a high probability that finding the best deodorant that works best for you hasn’t been easy.
In this article, we are going to help you figure out where you could be going wrong and as well give you some deodorant alternatives.
Feedback from people with sensitive skin
We recently conducted an online survey that targeted people with sensitive skin. The main goal was to establish what types of deodorants worked for their sensitive skins and what they recommendations when it comes to the choice of deodorants.
The feedback that we received was quite interesting.
The following is a summary of the feedback:
- Out of those who had tried many deodorants, 80% reported that none worked well on their skin.
- Out of those who switched to natural deodorants, 60% reported seeing no difference after the switch.
However, the 40% who found a natural deodorant that worked well on their skin had to try different natural deodorants before they had found one that worked for them.
- The vast majority of the participants acknowledged that finding the best deodorant for sensitive skin is a struggle.
- Most of them also mentioned that what works well for others does not necessarily mean that it will also work for you.
Well, according to most skin experts people with sensitive skin should go for natural deodorants. But, do natural deodorants actually work?
Read on to find out.
Tips for finding deodorant alternatives for your sensitive skin
From the data collected from the participants, the following are the best tips based on what worked for them:
1. Find out the specific ingredient you are allergic to
The main reason why some deodorants will work well for some people with sensitive skin and not others is the ingredients.
For example, some people with sensitive skin will experience bad reactions from deodorants that have baking soda, and so on.
This explains why most of the time the deodorants advertised for sensitive skin doesn’t work well for everyone.
- If a deodorant has a bad reaction on your skin, check its main ingredients and switch to a different deodorant that does not have those specific ingredients.
- Search for deodorant ingredients that have been reported by others to have bad reactions on their skin.
Some of the common deodorant ingredients that tend to cause irritations are:
- Baking Soda.
- Aluminum compounds.
- Fragrance. e.t.c.
Find out what specific ingredient is causing a bad reaction on your skin.
2. The moisture could be causing the skin irritation
Some people reported having not found any specific ingredient that was causing skin irritation.
However, they later realized that it was the moisture in their skin that was causing the skin irritation and not the deodorant.
This explains the reason why you may have used all kinds of deodorants including the natural ones, but none of them works well on your skin.
- Try using a product that works to keep sweat and moisture at bay!
A good example is antiperspirants. Antiperspirants are designed to reduce moisture and sweat on the skin.
However, there are lots of debates about whether they are good for our health because most of them contain aluminum as the main ingredient.
So, I would recommend doing good research on it. Alternatively, you can find antiperspirants with low aluminum.
- Try to avoid eating food that makes you sweat or food that could make your body odor worse.
The moisture in your skin could be the cause of your skin irritation or even yeast infection and not the deodorant.
3. The soap you are using could be the problem
Some of the feedback from people who have figured out why they still stank, even after applying different deodorants was very interesting.
Some of them said that the problem went away after changing the soap that they used.
The issue was mainly reported by people who used scented soaps or moisturizing body washes that made their body smell worse.
- You can shower with antibacterial soap instead of regular soap.
Antibacterial soap does a good job of getting rid of body odor compared to regular soap.
- To help ease the irritation, remove the deodorant and moisturize your underarms before you sleep.
Check the soap you are using.
4. Wax and exfoliate your underarms
Waxing your underarms helps prevent the build-up of bacteria.
This is because the hair follicles provide a home for bacteria to thrive thus producing a bad smell even after showering and applying deodorant.
On the other hand, exfoliating your underarms at least every week helps open up the pores around your armpits.
Most people who had turned to exfoliate their underarms weekly said that they felt no need to use deodorant so often compared to before.
However, it took them about 3 months to reach that point.
5. Wash your clothes properly
Most of your bacteria live in the underarms and in clothes especially, if they are not washed properly.
This means that the deodorant could be neutralizing the bacteria that are living in your clothes thus making you stink or itch.
You can soak and wash your clothes once in a while with hot water or use hydrogen peroxide to kill the bacteria.
This could end up solving the problem.
6. Make your own natural deodorant (DIY deodorant)
Some people who shifted to making DIY deodorants reported that it ended up working very well on their sensitive skin.
Some brands don’t give full disclosure of the ingredients used. Therefore, this makes it hard to figure out what’s really causing the skin irritation.
DIY deodorant is hence the best option for people who have not been able to solve their deodorant problems.
However, when you decide to go for this option, it can take you quite some time to fully adjust to it. Some people reported that it took them 2 weeks to be fully adjusted!
This is because you might feel like you are sweating more. But the good thing is that even if you sweat, at least it does not make you smell.
- When making a natural deodorant for your sensitive skin, be sure to add an ingredient that will help prevent the burning sensation when you apply it.
- Avoid adding baking soda and essential oils because they may give you a burning sensation on your skin.
- Try to wear dark clothes as you adjust, to hide the sweat, or in case you feel uncomfortable because you feel sweaty.
But remember, sweating is healthy!
When you switch to a DIY natural deodorant, don’t give up so fast!
Everyone’s body chemistry is different. You will hence have to play around with different deodorants.
It is usually a trial and error process before you finally discover what works well for your body chemistry.
All the best!