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Natural deodorant can cause red, itchy armpits. Here's how to fix it.

Natural deodorant can cause red, itchy armpits. Here's how to fix it.

Switching from an antiperspirant deodorant full of chemicals to using a clean deodorant can be an easy process, but not for everyone. If you experience irritation, don't worry--it's totally normal, and you are not alone. Keep calm and read on.


Now that you've started using natural deodorant, your body might be going through the "detox period." Your pits may feel uncomfortable as they adjust to a natural balance. But trust the process! Reverting back to spreading aluminum, parabens and sulfates is not the solution.


Ultimately, everyone’s unique body chemistry will react differently during the detox period. We want to explain why and offer ideas on how to resolve it quickly if you do end up with any redness or irritation.

 

WHAT IS DOING ON IN THE PITS?

  • Antiperspirants are designed to block your sweat glands, preventing the natural process of perspiration. During the detoxification process, toxins are released through your sweat glands and can cause irritation or even a rash.
  • As you sweat, your body is adjusting its pH levels in response to the sweat it's allowing itself to release. Sweating allows your body to regulate its temperature and clean itself from the inside out. Once you correct bacterial imbalances in your armpits, your sweat should smell less unpleasant and natural deodorant will be much more effective.

 

WHAT CAUSES A RASH / REDNESS?

  • When you first start using the product, your underarm area may be slightly red due to the higher level of friction between the skin and the antiperspirant. This is normal and will disappear once your body acclimates to its new, natural perspiration cycle.
  • Although some people experience temporary irritation during the transition to natural deodorants, your body will detox and unclog sweat ducts. As a result, the pH of your sweat may change.

 

How long will a reaction last?

  • People react differently to natural deodorants. Depending on the reason for your breakout, healing can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If irritation persists for longer than 1-2 weeks, you may have a sensitivity to one or more ingredients in your deodorant.

 

How can I make the redness and irritation go away?

  • Our clay detox pit mask can help make the transition from an antiperspirant to a clean deodorant faster and easier. The mask uses charcoal, bentonite and kaolin clay to help rid underarms of aluminum and product buildup, as well as reduce irritation.
  • Keep it clean: clean your pits at the end of the day with mild soap and warm water.
  • Shave carefully! The skin under your arms is delicate, and shaving can make micro tears. Applying anything to a fresh, small, open wound can cause irritation--so give your armpits some time after shaving before applying Lathr deodorant.
  • Our clay detox pit mask can help make the transition from an antiperspirant to a clean deodorant faster and easier. The mask uses charcoal, bentonite and kaolin clay to help rid underarms of aluminum and product buildup, as well as reduce irritation.
  • Vinegar rub: apply a small amount of apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and dab your armpits at night to help reduce the pH of your armpits.

Irritation is rare, but we want you to know it's completely normal and more importantly, temporary. If you have any other questions, we'd be happy to help!

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