About toxic armpits

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About toxic armpits

Postby danfoto » 12 Oct 2012, 8:02am

I'm a sweaty person at the best of times, but now I'm back to my windproof or indeed waterproof jackets, it's stinky armpit time again.

Given that mine appear to have got sensitive in my old age and that regular use of a bog-standard aerosol antiperspirant/deodorant now seems to cause mild local dermatitis/eczema, can any kind soul suggest a product which will solve the problem - without causing me to smell like a tart's handbag instead?
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby 531colin » 12 Oct 2012, 8:15am

Ditch the windproof?

Why are wind FRONTED jackets so rare?

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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby thirdcrank » 12 Oct 2012, 8:29am

Afaik, sweat doesn't smell until it begins to decompose. Washing it off should prevent it smelling. Not always possible eg commuters without proper facitities at work.

I've had occasional problems with itchy armpits for at least 50 years. I've always had effective relief from Cuticura medicated talc. I don't know if the product has changed during all that time but it has always worked for me. I bought a new tin a couple of years ago and it's been used once.

I've never used antiperspirants - which close the pores of the skin and cannot therefore be very healthy - and I've rarely used deodorants which are just masking the smell of the decomposing sweat.

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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby Tacascarow » 12 Oct 2012, 8:49am

Ditch the sprays & use a more natural stick deodorant like this one.
A lot of the more popular sprays have artificial scents & other chemicals that react badly with some skins.

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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby mrjemm » 12 Oct 2012, 8:53am

Likewise Danfoto, and I find one of the better products is Boots Botanicals stick.

Yes, I know it's all masking natural stuff and so on, but sometimes polite company requires such 'treatment'.

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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby reohn2 » 12 Oct 2012, 8:55am

Tacascarow wrote:Ditch the sprays & use a more natural stick deodorant like this one.
A lot of the more popular sprays have artificial scents & other chemicals that react badly with some skins.


Yep it does work.
BTW meat eaters stink :)
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby meic » 12 Oct 2012, 8:58am

I never noticed when I stopped having smelly armpits but my wife said it was cured shortly after I started cycling.

It seems that my cure was drink more, sweat more, wash more. Any antiperspirants etc will mess things up.
I am of the "dripping with sweat at the first hill" type.
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby meic » 12 Oct 2012, 9:02am

I would think that applications like that Tom's stick would be useful if you have a bacterial infection in the armpits and something like Neem oil if you have a fungal infection both of which are not uncommon.

No need to use them on a daily basis once it is cured.

Dont expect any "cures" overnight.
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby yakdiver » 12 Oct 2012, 9:04am

When I lived in Australia I was told that if you shave your armpits you sweat less.... and it works
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby SJSBrompton » 12 Oct 2012, 9:22am

Lush do solid deodorants and also a deodorant powder. Not sure how effective they are, and not cheap, but I do like their stuff generally. It is the only 'perfumed' stuff I can use without setting off a rash (particular favourite being Green shower gel).

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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby danfoto » 12 Oct 2012, 9:36am

Gosh, thank you. There is hope then ...

BTW, being veggie for the last 20 years or so has made no difference to the mighty whiff.
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby mrjemm » 12 Oct 2012, 9:40am

Lush offend me with their policy of stinking up the streets with their open doors. Or do they pump out the intense stinks like Subway also seem to do? Maybe their products are effective and organic, etc., but there's surely no need to give me headaches in public. And they've just opened a huge new branch in town, ugh.

R2, do fish eaters? ( :oops: ). I've heard dairy abstainers say that dairy eaters do also.

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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby horizon » 12 Oct 2012, 9:45am

It's been well documented (apparently) that BO was more or less invented by the advertising industry. Any product for under arm use IMV is a pure con, apart from any adverse health effects. It's not that they don't work (I presume they do) but that they aren't necessary except in a situation of marketing-led paranoia. In an age of austerity I would have thought these products would be the first to go. And the sooner that sprays like Brut are banned the better - the collateral damage to innocent bystanders is criminal. Exercise, diet, washing, clean clothes until it, very naturally, goes away.
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby Swallow » 12 Oct 2012, 9:50am

I tried a new deodorant, instructions said remove top and push up bottom........ couldn't cycle for a week :lol:
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Re: About toxic armpits

Postby reohn2 » 12 Oct 2012, 9:52am

mrjemm wrote:Lush offend me with their policy of stinking up the streets with their open doors. Or do they pump out the intense stinks like Subway also seem to do? Maybe their products are effective and organic, etc., but there's surely no need to give me headaches in public. And they've just opened a huge new branch in town, ugh.

In the local town(Leigh)here used to be a branch of "Gabbots Farm" (roasted chickens) which I had to hold my nose if I walked past the smell was so offensive :cry:

R2, do fish eaters? ( :oops: ).

Dunno though the question does seem a little fishy though.........

I've heard dairy abstainers say that dairy eaters do also.

I can't say I've noticed,I don't eat much dairy(a little cheese) and prefere rice milk on my muesli.

BTW nothing smells worse than sweaty teenagers,very strong :shock: ,perhaps the homones? :?
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