I’ve been getting more questions about pregnancy safe deodorant and antiperspirants as part of my pregnancy safe skincare series. It can be uncomfortable enough being pregnant, but who wants to be pregnant, sweaty and smelly? Not me!
The first thing to discuss regarding antiperspirants is whether to use Aluminum Salts in your formulation. The biggest concern is obviously the “link” with illnesses such as Breast Cancer or Alzheimer’s. But… is there really a link? It turns out that there are a few studies that have linked Aluminum (not necessarily even in an antiperspirant) to those diseases. However, subsequent studies have not found the same links, so we currently believe the data is inconclusive. In addition, physicians believe that it is nearly impossible to expose yourself to enough Aluminum to see the same effects as seen in rat models. I found a good overview of how Aluminum Salts work in antiperspirant and the data behind the links in this post.
Personally, I used regular, Aluminum containing antiperspirant throughout my pregnancies and I continue to do so every day. If you don’t feel comfortable using Aluminum, then it is easy to avoid.
So, when looking for a pregnancy safe antiperspirant or deodorant, you really only need to keep the same guidelines in mind as when looking for pregnancy safe skincare. I’ve compiled a list of products that are fine to use.
Please note that many brands have a lot of different formulations, and many brands use slight variations on the same name for different products. This list is not exhaustive, it’s just a list of commonly found products. You should also check my huge list of pregnancy safe skincare products for more options.