Last update Feb. 5, 2022


Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

Cosmetic products to fight the bad smelling of sweat (deodorant) or prevent perspiration (antiperspirant). They may contain alcohol, aluminum, sodium or magnesium (talc) salts, bactericides such as triclosan, perfumes and fragrances such as various synthetic musks, phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, DEP), bisphenol A (BPA), parabens, glycerin , Allantoin, waxes, dimethicone and other emollients, emulsifiers and excipients.

In addition to polluting the environment, several of these compounds are endocrine disruptors, some with estrogenic capacity (Lange 2014) with abundant controversy about its carcinogenic capability.

Transcutaneous absorption is possibly very limited, but triclosan, parabens and synthetic musk have been found in breast milk related to the use of deodorants. (Reiner 2007, Potera 2007, Wang 2011, Zhang 2011, Toms 2011, Yin 2012, Zhang 2015, Hines 2015)

Health authorities and some authors (Food & Drug Administration, National Cancer Institute, Namer 2008) consider that despite adverse effects of deodorants on health, more specifically a relationship with cancer, have not been proven yet (Mirick 2002, Allam 2016), further research is needed on clarifying whether deodorant compounds may accumulate in breast tissue and can be a cause of illness. (Darbre 2005, NCI 2008, Allam 2016)

Some authors believe that the aluminum content in deodorants should be restrained (Pineal 2014). Aluminum levels in breast milk were similar, regardless of the type of deodorant used by mothers: whether with or without aluminum. (Rochman 2021)

Although there are no scientific reports to prove it, experts believe that perfume contained in deodorants could alter the olfactory ability of recognition in the newborn and infant which is important on the process of latching-on the breast. (AEP Breastfeeding Committee, 2012)

Until more information is available, a moderate use of the deodorant may be advisable during breastfeeding, avoiding those containing bisphenol, parabens and fragrance or excessive perfume, and do not apply them close to the breast and/or on the breast to prevent them being ingested by the infant.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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  1. Rochman M, Mangel L, Mandel D, Berkovitch M, Kohn E, Abu Hamad R, Lubetzky R. Aluminum Content of Human Milk and Antiperspirant Use. Breastfeed Med. 2021 Apr 16. Abstract
  2. Allam MF. Breast Cancer and Deodorants/Antiperspirants: a Systematic Review. Cent Eur J Public Health. 2016 Abstract
  3. Iwegbue CM. Evaluation of Human Exposure to metals from some popular brands of underarm cosmetics in Nigeria. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2015 Abstract
  4. Zhang X, Jing Y, Ma L, Zhou J, Fang X, Zhang X, Yu Y. Occurrence and transport of synthetic musks in paired maternal blood, umbilical cord blood, and breast milk. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2015 Abstract
  5. Homem V, Silva E, Alves A, Santos L. Scented traces--Dermal exposure of synthetic musk fragrances in personal care products and environmental input assessment. Chemosphere. 2015 Abstract
  6. Hines EP, Mendola P, von Ehrenstein OS, Ye X, Calafat AM, Fenton SE. Concentrations of environmental phenols and parabens in milk, urine and serum of lactating North Carolina women. Reprod Toxicol. 2015 Abstract
  7. Lange C, Kuch B, Metzger JW. Estrogenic activity of constituents of underarm deodorants determined by E-Screen assay. Chemosphere. 2014 Abstract
  8. Pineau A, Fauconneau B, Sappino AP, Deloncle R, Guillard O. If exposure to aluminium in antiperspirants presents health risks, its content should be reduced. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2014 Abstract
  9. Lewis RC, Meeker JD, Peterson KE, Lee JM, Pace GG, Cantoral A, Téllez-Rojo MM. Predictors of urinary bisphenol A and phthalate metabolite concentrations in Mexican children. Chemosphere. 2013 Abstract
  10. Parlett LE, Calafat AM, Swan SH. Women's exposure to phthalates in relation to use of personal care products. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2013 Abstract
  11. CLM - Comité de Lactancia Materna de la AEP. Preguntas frecuentes sobre lactancia materna. Folleto. 2012 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  12. Yin J, Wang H, Zhang J, Zhou N, Gao F, Wu Y, Xiang J, Shao B. The occurrence of synthetic musks in human breast milk in Sichuan, China. Chemosphere. 2012 Abstract
  13. Zhang X, Liang G, Zeng X, Zhou J, Sheng G, Ful J. Levels of synthetic musk fragrances in human milk from three cities in the Yangtze River Delta in Eastern China. J Environ Sci (China). 2011 Abstract
  14. Toms LM, Allmyr M, Mueller JF, Adolfsson-Erici M, McLachlan M, Murby J, Harden FA. Triclosan in individual human milk samples from Australia. Chemosphere. 2011 Abstract
  15. Wang H, Yin J, Zhang J, Wu Y, Shao B. [Occurrence of synthetic musks in human milk samples collected from Beijing]. Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2011 Abstract
  16. Darbre PD, Pugazhendhi D, Mannello F. Aluminium and human breast diseases. J Inorg Biochem. 2011 Abstract
  17. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Antitranspirantes o desodorantes y el cáncer de seno. Hoja informativa. 2008 Full text (in our servers)
  18. Allmyr M, Harden F, Toms LM, Mueller JF, McLachlan MS, Adolfsson-Erici M, Sandborgh-Englund G. The influence of age and gender on triclosan concentrations in Australian human blood serum. Sci Total Environ. 2008 Abstract
  19. Namer M, Luporsi E, Gligorov J, Lokiec F, Spielmann M. [The use of deodorants/antiperspirants does not constitute a risk factor for breast cancer]. Bull Cancer. 2008 Abstract
  20. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Antiperspirants/Deodorants and Breast Cancer. Fact Sheet. 2008 Full text (in our servers)
  21. Potera C. The sweet scent on baby's breath? Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Abstract
  22. Reiner JL, Wong CM, Arcaro KF, Kannan K. Synthetic musk fragrances in human milk from the United States. Environ Sci Technol. 2007 Abstract
  23. Schettler T. Human exposure to phthalates via consumer products. Int J Androl. 2006 Abstract
  24. Reiner JL, Kannan K. A survey of polycyclic musks in selected household commodities from the United States. Chemosphere. 2006 Abstract
  25. Hubinger JC, Havery DC. Analysis of consumer cosmetic products for phthalate esters. J Cosmet Sci. 2006 Abstract
  26. Darbre PD. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer. J Inorg Biochem. 2005 Abstract
  27. Koo HJ, Lee BM. Estimated exposure to phthalates in cosmetics and risk assessment. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2004 Abstract
  28. Guillard O, Fauconneau B, Olichon D, Dedieu G, Deloncle R. Hyperaluminemia in a woman using an aluminum-containing antiperspirant for 4 years. Am J Med. 2004 Abstract
  29. Mirick DK, Davis S, Thomas DB. Antiperspirant use and the risk of breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2002 Abstract

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