Beat the Summer Heat: Everything You Need To Avoid When Picking Deodorant For Sensitive Skin

Dr. Omar A. Ibrahimi is the founding and medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute. He is a board-certified Dermatologist who has completed advanced fellowship training in Skin Cancer, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Ibrahimi has trained at the most prestigious medical institutions in the country. Prior to founding the Connecticut Skin Insititute, Dr. Ibrahimi was also an Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Mohs Surgery at the University of Connecticut, and served as the Director of Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Ibrahimi prides himself on treating his patients, not just their skin cancer or cosmetic concern. His goal is to provide you with the best possible medical care in a friendly environment.

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Nobody likes the sensation of pit stains or being paranoid that you might smell like body odor after a long, hot day. However, considering all the market options, finding the right type of deodorant for you can be difficult and time-consuming. Some swear by non-toxic, aluminum-free, or maybe even a homemade alternative, while others continue to opt for the traditional brands and options they've used for years. Finding the best ingredients for your skin that won't leave any lasting damage is crucial, especially when trying to beat the summertime heat.

As new skincare and beauty products continue to emerge, ingredients can become more challenging to identify, but it's important that you understand the effects of the products reaching sensitive areas of your body. Haute Beauty expert Dr. Omar A. Ibrahimi, board-certified Dermatologist and medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute has done us all a favor by breaking down the dos and don'ts when shopping around for a new deodorant.

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What to avoid:

Deodorant works to reduce body odor by increasing the skin's acidity and blocking some sweat pores. All of the scented options can be incredibly tempting since they feel like they might be more effective, but Dr. Ibrahimi advises people with sensitive skin to steer clear. He explains: "For patients with sensitive skin, I recommend trying deodorant products which are free of fragrance and propylene glycol. These are often marketed as deodorants for sensitive skin or hypoallergenic products."

This tip could also help if you're struggling with allergic reactions while testing out new products. Dr. Ibrahimi says, "Deodorant and antiperspirants are used by nearly every adult in the United States and are generally safe. Allergic reactions can happen in some people, and typically, the source of the allergy is fragrance or propylene glycol." Of course, products will react differently with various skin types, so narrowing down ingredients to avoid is a crucial step in the process. Hopefully, you feel prepared to pick out your next stick of deodorant with confidence, happy shopping!

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