If you suffer from eczema, you already know how uncomfortable it can be. The itching, the unsightly bumps and redness, the swelling – they all work together to make for a very unpleasant day. You try everything you can to avoid an outbreak.
People with eczema often forego wearing makeup, perfume or cologne and other things that people without eczema enjoy simply because they don't want to use anything that will irritate their skin. However, there are some toiletries that simply can't be avoided. One such toiletry is deodorant.
No matter what type of job you have or life you live, at some point in the day, you're going to sweat. Without deodorant, that sweat is going to turn into stink, and no one wants to be stinky. So eczema or no eczema, you have to wear deodorant. The trick is to find deodorant that doesn't irritate your sensitive skin. Let's take a look at how to find deodorant for sensitive skin eczema.
As a disclaimer, while we do our best to make sure all info is accurate, check with your healthcare provider before attempting any new treatment.
Deodorants vs. Antiperspirants
We often refer to anything that goes under the arms as deodorant, but there is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. Deodorant has a pleasant scent to help mask body odor and keep your armpits from smelling bad. Antiperspirant actually helps keep your armpits from sweating, which in turn keeps them from stinking.
However, if you suffer from sensitive skin, eczema, or psoriasis, you'll want to steer clear of antiperspirants. All antiperspirants contain an aluminum-based product as their active ingredient, and your skin will be very prone to irritation from that ingredient. Deodorants, on the other hand, are aluminum-free, so they are less likely to cause irritation.
Go for Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin
When it comes to deodorant for sensitive skin and eczema, natural is usually best. Natural deodorants are better for you and better for the environment. They are made from natural, from-the-earth ingredients with no added chemicals, fragrances or other man-made ingredients mixed in. Non-natural ingredients can be abrasive, and people with skin conditions are especially susceptible to skin irritation from them.
Natural deodorant also helps you detox your body. If you're switching from regular deodorant to natural deodorant, your body might go through a slight adjustment phase of a week or two where you'll sweat a little more than usual. This is part of the adjustment and detox process. Don't give up on the deodorant. After a week or so, you'll be just as fresh as ever, and your skin will definitely thank you for the change.
The Most Gentle Ingredients When Choosing Deodorant for Sensitive Skin Eczema
Natural deodorants can use many different ingredients; however, although they're all natural, some are still gentler than others. Ingredients known to be especially gentle on sensitive or affected skin areas are as follows:
- Witch Hazel
- Aloe Vera
- Kaolin Clay
There are other ingredients in natural deodorants that can still trigger eczema symptoms, such as peppermint oil, tea tree oil, citrus and cedar.
How to Find the Perfect Natural Deodorant
You'll want to do a little research before going into the store and picking up the first natural deodorant you find on the shelf. Check out the ingredients on each deodorant's label. Make sure they're ingredients your skin is going to accept and that the fragrance is one you'll like. If you have a preference on which absorbing agent you use, check that out as well.