The Sweaty Truth: Transitioning to natural deodorant doesn’t have to stink
Let’s talk about a topic that is (unfortunately) near and dear to our hearts. Let’s talk SWEAT!
I have struggled with excessive sweating for as long as I can remember. Although, embarrassing at times, it’s important to know that sweating is completely normal.
Sweating, also known as perspiration, is a normal body function that occurs for a lot of good reasons. It can happen from an increase in the internal body temperature or external environmental temperature, changes in emotional state and stress, illness, and consuming spicy foods. Our body's autonomic nervous system is what controls the action of sweating. This part of our nervous system acts on its own without our control, making the fact that we sweat all the more normal.
The body contains approximately 3 million sweat glands that can be divided into two categories. The first type is called eccrine glands and cover most of your body. These glands open directly to the surface of the skin. When there is an increase in body temperature, a fluid is released from the eccrine gland and cools down the body as it is evaporated.
The second type is called apocrine glands. These sweat glands are located in areas on the body that have hair follicles, such as armpits and the groin area. Fluid released from these glands is heavier, fatty-acid sweat. When the fluid released from these sweat glands mixes with the bacteria found on the skin's surface, it can create a distinct odor and staining and what we know as B.O.!
As mentioned, sweating and some body odor is a normal function of every human body but is also important to get to know your body and be aware of any changes in your normal functions and seek medical advice from a physician if you feel something is off!
A major hot topic among the clean skin care world is transitioning to natural deodorant and utilizing underarm detoxes so we wanted to clear the chaos!
When it comes to transitioning or using more natural products, we have some tips and tricks for you:
- One of the most important actions to take during this process is to adequately wash and dry the area of all products, sweat, and bacteria
- If transitioning from an aluminum-based product to a natural product.. GIVE YOURSELF TIME! Differently sourced products can alter the type and amount of bacteria that is present on the skin. These changes in bacteria can result in a smelly bacteria takeover! This is bound to happen so be patient with the process, it takes time for the bacteria on your skin to balance back out.
- Detox masks are great at helping to remove dirt, product, and dead skin from the area but again the most important part is to wash off with water and pat dry!
- When trying new products, use the spot testing method and monitor for signs of irritation. If you encounter any adverse reactions, immediately stop using the product!
- Be aware of detox myths:
- There is no scientifically evidence-based data supporting that armpit detoxes can make natural products more effective or reduce odor
- There is no scientifically evidence-based data supporting that toxins can be physically pulled from the skin by a detox product.
- Our liver and kidneys do the work of detoxing the body from any harmful chemicals as well as our sweat that helps to remove toxins such as heavy metals out of the body
Listen to your body! We’re all different and our bodies react differently when we encounter certain ingredients. Be aware of adverse reactions and find products that work well for you personally. And as always, always resource to a medical professional regarding any medical questions.
Looking to make the switch?
We recommend Rustic Maka’s Baking soda free Calming Fields Natural Deodorant
Lindsay, Co-founder, Northeast Organica
These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For any medical concern you should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website
American Academy of Dermatology Association