Warning: Some of the links lead to gross medical things.

Around April 2017 I had to go to the ER for a squash ball sized abscess on my armpit. It wasn’t my first armpit abscess but, it was my largest. In fact, the skin on my arm pit had been a problem for a while, it was consistently dry and cracking, itching, sore, or red for no reason. They were a mess. And this particular day I had to get the abscess drained, Dr. Pimple Popper style and “packing” placed in it so the infection could continue to drain. It was far from pleasant, and happened again that December, that’s when I knew something was wrong. I went to my dermatologist, again, and it was determined that I had a sensitivity to aluminum.

Aluminum is a main ingredient in most antiperspirants, it’s what keeps the sweat from leaving your body. Its purpose and its issue are one in the same, sweat helps the body stay cool. Preventing the sweat from doing its job, clogs the pores especially with continuous use. I used to apply my deodorant after every bath so at least twice a day and whenever I felt sweaty.

After the winter abscess I decided to quit deodorant all together, and I’m going be honest with you all it wasn’t pleasant but here’s the biggest thing to know about quitting deodorant:

  • You don’t smell as bad as you think you do. Breaking such a long-held habit is going to lead to some insecurity when you quit it.
  • On the other hand, sometimes you do smell. Your body has to adjust to existing without deodorant and that doesn’t happen overnight. So, sometimes you might be funky but not all the time.

When I stopped using deodorant, I started wearing Tom’s of Maine Natural deodorant stick, which I highly recommend, just carry it around with you because it is natural and does wear off faster than traditional deodorants. Recently I purchased Schmidt’s and I’m not sure how much I like it yet. But, Tom’s is soothing especially for people with sensitive skin, once I try enough natural deodorants I’ll make a guide to them and post it here.

What about you? Have you had any troubles with traditional deodorant?

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Thanks for reading!

Jaelyn

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