In general, deodorants and Anti-perspirants are considered to be safe products. However allergic reactions to deodorants and Anti-perspirants can occur in people with very sensitive skin

Such a reaction towards deodorants or Anti-perspirants may occur suddenly, upon first application, or even after months of exposure.

There are a number of chemicals that can be responsible for contact dermatitis from deodorants and Anti-perspirants 

For example, Eucerin Deodorant Sensitive Skin, available as a Roll-On is free from irritants such as alcohol, perfume, colorants and preservatives so it is skin-friendly.

If you are experiencing contact dermatitis* from a deodorant or Anti-perspirant, stop using your deodorant right away to avoid further exposure to irritants or allergens.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

DEODORANT INTOLERANCE: HOW TO TELL YOU HAVE IT

The most common symptom of deodorant intolerance is the development of a red, scaly and flaky rash in the area where the product is applied. Burning and itching of the underarm area may also point to an underlying deodorant intolerance. In very severe cases you may experience red bumps that form moist and weeping blisters. Such a reaction towards deodorants or Anti-perspirants may occur suddenly, upon first application, or even after months of exposure.

Recognising the symptoms of deo-intolerance.
CAUSES & TRIGGERS

DEODORANT INTOLERANCE: CAUSES

There are a number of chemicals that can be responsible for contact dermatitis from deodorants and Anti-perspirants. The most commonly present allergen triggering such a reaction is fragrance and fragrance related ingredients such as essential oils or biological additives. Also, the presence of penetration-promoting additives such as alcohols greatly enhances this effect. Some of these reactions result in a rash, also known as contact dermatitis*, of the underarm area.

If your skin shows any sensitivity, it is important to speak to your dermatologist.

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

INTOLERANCE DUE TO OTHER SENSITIVITIES

People with eczema or Atopic Dermatitis, might be more prone to a reaction to deodorants, especially to those that contain perfume or alcohol. Using fragrance-free deodorants or Anti-perspirants and those that are alocohol-free will greatly minimise the risk of reactions.

Shaving can cause further skin irritations.
SOLUTIONS

DEODORANT INTOLERANCE: PREVENTION AND TIPS

If you are known to have very sensitive skin or suffer from Atopic Dermatitis make sure to use a deodorant that is free from most common allergens that can trigger contact dermatitis* such as fragrance or alcohol. Also before using a new deodorant you may want to apply it to your forearm to test if your skin reacts to the new product.

For example, Eucerin Deodorant Sensitive Skin, available as a Roll-On is free from irritants such as alcohol, perfume, colorants and preservatives so it is skin-friendly.

Always test a new deodorant on your forearm before proceeding with the usual application.

If you are experiencing contact dermatitis* from a deodorant or Anti-perspirant, stop using your deodorant right away to avoid further exposure to irritants or allergens. In addition, try to stop shaving your armpits and wear loose fitting clothes to avoid further irritation.

*Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance.

Eucerin Deodorant Sensitive Skin is free from irritants such as alcohol, perfume, colorants and preservatives.

If you don’t experience an improvement in your skin condition after some days you should contact a dermatologist.