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Whitening Deodorant

Updated on July 10, 2010

Many people turn to whitening deodorant to lighten their dark underarms and make the skin tone more even with the rest of the body.  This is especially the case during the warm summer months when the darkened armpits are exposed.  But what most people don't know is that many deodorants are the cause of the problem and that certain chemicals within common deodorants, and even some whitening deodorants, react with the body to produce a darker tone to the skin. 

Using a whitening deodorant is a simple and easy way to lighten up your armpits.  It's something that you have to use everyday anyway, so why not get a little whitening right?  The key is finding a deodorant that doesn't contain chemicals that stain your armpits.  The most common active ingredient in deodorants is aluminum chloride, a chemical that is very effective at preventing the body from sweating.  It's this chemical that ends up producing the armpit darkening and together with the constant irritation of shaving that produces dark armpits. 

The good news is that there are some modern whitening deodorants that use the active ingredient Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Glycine in their antiperspirant.  While this chemical may be a mouthful, it provides a safe alternative to Aluminum Chloride and is just as effective at preventing perspiration leaving you with drier whiter armpits.  The biggest difference between antiperspirants is that Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Glycine doesn't readily form into a solid antiperspirant and will only come in roll-on form.  While this can be a drag for some people, modern roll-ons are much quicker at drying and are usually dried within a minute.

Some whitening deodorants focus on using natural ingredients to whiten underarms.  While these deodorants may not provide the antiperspirant effects of those using Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Glycine, they are effective at gently whitening dark underarms.  There are numerous natural ingredients such as lemon juice, bearberry extract, mulberry extract, and licorice extract that have been shown to whiten dark skin and are often included in many skin bleaching creams and lotions.  Including these ingredients into a deodorant has been shown to whiten dark underarms gradually.  These products tend to take anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 months to notice any effect.  While they won't whiten underarms fast, they are a great way to whiten underarms at home.

Whichever option you chose, it's important to try the product gradually and to keep a close eye on how your skin reacts.  Your armpits are an extremely sensitive part of the body and are prone to allergic reactions.  If you do notice any problems make sure you discontinue use of the product and if the problems don't fade after a day or two, make sure to consult your doctor or dermatologist.


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      North Wind 7 years ago from The World (for now)

      Thanks for the information!