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mretzloff
03-02-2009, 04:46 PM
I do. I'm trying to see which ingredient is causing it. I get allergic reactions to Old Spice and Mitchum, but Speed Stick 24/7 is fine. I think it's glycol, but I'm not sure.

Does anyone have similar experiences?

paul.c
03-02-2009, 04:49 PM
I have been using Degree since i was sixteen, so i don't know about any others. I don't remember what i used before either.

RichGem
03-02-2009, 04:56 PM
Tom's of Maine gives me a terrible rash. All others tho, no problem.

Luc
03-02-2009, 04:56 PM
I have the same problems. For some reason, I can use mitchum for a while (2-3 months) and then I develop some kind of allergy to it. I will switch to another product, same patherns happens. Right now, I have been using a product made by Natural Instinct (made in Oz) containing salts and minerals only. The thing did not react... yet... I've been using it for a solid 6 months now. I do not understand why this one is okay but since it only have salts and minerals, it's quite basic...

I heard that Aluminium in deodorant might be harmful for some individuals. Mitchum is Aluminium free if I remember correctly...

Mojo88
03-02-2009, 07:30 PM
I had a reaction to Old Spice on vacation one year,it felt like my armpits were on fire. I went back to Mitchum unscented and have had no problem for years.

SilverKarn
03-02-2009, 10:10 PM
I have the same problems. For some reason, I can use mitchum for a while (2-3 months) and then I develop some kind of allergy to it. I will switch to another product, same patherns happens. Right now, I have been using a product made by Natural Instinct (made in Oz) containing salts and minerals only. The thing did not react... yet... I've been using it for a solid 6 months now. I do not understand why this one is okay but since it only have salts and minerals, it's quite basic...

I heard that Aluminium in deodorant might be harmful for some individuals. Mitchum is Aluminium free if I remember correctly...

Back in school around 7th grade we had to split up the girls and boys and we each had to watch videos on "our changing bodies". Afterword the teachers handed out bags with deoderant (non-antiperspirant), bar soap, and other cleanliness items.

We had some specialist come in and explain that the aluminium in the anti-antiperspirants work by basicaly clogging your pores, and this is not good, also the aluminium gets into your lymph node glands that are under your armpits.

Maybe this explains why my armpits run like a waterfall after i shower and dont put any deoderant on.

kongjie
03-02-2009, 10:43 PM
I've had reactions from a couple of deodorants over the years. I've also found that certain deodorants stop working and you have to switch around a little before they'll work for you again. Probably has something to do with the kind of bacteria growing under your pits, I guess.

xpavar
03-03-2009, 08:38 PM
Tabac deo makes my pits itch something fierce.:eek:

goodsamaritan
03-03-2009, 08:59 PM
I long ago, decided that I am one of the following:

#1 A freak of nature

#2 That lightning strike did something strange to my body chemistry.

#3 I am descended from aliens.

#4 All of the above. (well, ok, maybe not the aliens)

I cannot wear any deodorant under my arms for more than a day or two in a row, oe else they become red and irritated. Some deodorants actually cause the tissue there to swell. Fortunately, I can work outside all day in 100+ degree weather, and sweat buckets, without ever developing an odor. Regular showers take care of business for me. I still use deodorant a couple times a week though just to be safe.

kelrodjr
03-04-2009, 09:10 PM
I used Right Guard antiperspirant for years, until recently. I wanted to get away from the aluminum and the t-shirt staining so I went to Right Guard Sport Max deodorant. It gave me a terrible rash under my armpits after a few days of use. Since then I have begun to use Speed Stick Musk deodorant. Works great for me, no rash, and it smells great!

mcblue
03-04-2009, 09:13 PM
Right Guard gave me a rash.

iahawki
03-04-2009, 09:23 PM
Interesting question. A few years ago I bought some Old Spice deodorant and it really made my under arms itch something fierce.

Masterofsparks
03-04-2009, 09:41 PM
Interesting thread...I thought I was the only person who had this issue. I quit using deodorant when I was around 24 and I am 54 now. I have tried off and on a few times to use deodorant and I get a terrible irritation with any brand I use. So now I use Pinaud what ever scent I use as a body splash when applying my aftershave and put a little slap under each arm. Interesting thing though is even when I don't use any scent my persperation has no or very little odor.....

ClubmanRob
03-04-2009, 10:00 PM
Antiperspirant and Deodorant are two things I see in hygiene products that are most likely to cause a reaction with people. Aluminum chlorohydrate, cyclopentasiloxane, glyceral hydrate, butyl ether, etc are all drugs that are very irritating to the human body in certain proportions. Hell, plain old alcohol can be the culprit.

You can have two different brands of deodorant with the same ingredients, and one can irritate you where the other won't because of the different formulations in them. Right Guard may have too much hydroquinone, while Mennen Speed Stick doesn't have enough to bother you. BUT, over time your body develops a resistance to the hydroquinone or anhydrous, so Speed Stick no longer does the job. Then you go back to Right Guard which previously gave you a rash, and now your body likes it because it needs the extra dose of what was previously too much for your skin.

Good rule of thumb: if it irritates you before, take note of it for when your current deodorant loses its effectiveness. Right Guard is probably the strongest antiperspirant out there, or at least it was at one time. I use it semi-regularly in order to A: Make sure my body doesn't react to it too strongly down the road and B: To make sure that in not using it every day I don't build up a tolerance to it and not have anything stronger to turn to once my current deodorant loses its effectiveness.

itsallshots
03-06-2009, 12:28 PM
You can be allergic to anything, however if you put up the ingredients i may be able to shed some light point out which are common allergens!

wetshavewonder
03-06-2009, 12:33 PM
old spice sets my pits ablaze like a five alarm house fire, im pretty sure its the alcohol in it, so does axe deodorant. right guard keeps the funk and flame away nicely

xeemz
03-06-2009, 12:49 PM
I also had problems with Old Spice. I liked the product but hated the pain, so I switched to Mitchum. I have no reaction now but I think Old Spice used to work better even though it was not an antiperspirant. I tried the Gillette stuff a long time ago also. It did not cause any problems, and it worked really well, too well actually, made me feel unnatural.

CitizenDan
03-06-2009, 01:15 PM
Right Guard gave me a rash.

me too, I used it for years and then one day my pits felt like they were on fire! I've been using Degree for last couple of years.

ProphetNoir
03-06-2009, 02:54 PM
Mitchum is powerful, powerful stuff. I was able to use the sensitive skin formula for a few years before I started havung a reaction. Sure wasn't too bad, but I didn't want the aluminum anymore because it stains my shirts. I recently started using Almay. I prefer unscented but haven't found any Almay unscented yet. The scent isn't overpowering or obnoxious to me. One thing though. it says that it is an anti-perspirant but I still sweat like Secretariat after I use it. Maybe it's a little too mild, but I definitely don't react to it and there is no aluminum. I am going to try trimming - not shaving - the pit hair to see if that helps with the application.

Dandaman
03-06-2009, 02:56 PM
I haven't run into a deodorant I couldn't use. But anti-perspirants are entirely different. Almost any of them give me problems by the third day.

itsallshots
03-06-2009, 03:29 PM
You guys sure its an allergic reaction, i.e. becomes red, itchy, get some paraesthesia (tingly feeling)

Often an antipersperant can overdry and clog everything up if you spray for too long or buy a cheapo with tons on aluminium chloride in it. The dry effect and rubbing of your armpit and armpit hairs can cause irritation.

Give then a very good wash, sometimes shaving your armpit hairs can help if its a dry issue.

If you think you have a delayed reaction, i.e. an allergic reaction with takes place usually after 48 hours:
1) apply anti persperant
2) leave it for a while say 5 hours
3) wash throughly in the shower/bath, you can tell because it will still have a talc feeling if not done propperly
4) dont appy anything for 3-4 days.

Hope that helps!

SepticTank
03-06-2009, 03:37 PM
Does anyone have similar experiences?

Yup - Right Guard is like pasting on napalm to me, so is Sure... sometimes it takes a few days for the reaction to kick off, thankfully I've found that Nivea works ok (until they reformulate of course :rolleyes:)

rogimoto
05-07-2009, 03:02 AM
I have used Old Spice most of my adult life. I'm now 53 (but I look 52). It has occasionally caused some irritation. Recently the irritation got much worse. I tried Tom's with some scent, and the problem persisted. Then I tried Tom's unscented (teal container) and the problem went away.

Seems like there is a lot of problems with Old Spice, from reading this thread.

xgunterx
05-07-2009, 07:11 AM
Tabac deo makes my pits itch something fierce.:eek:

+1

I used Tabac for years and I loved it. You can burst into sweat (sporting, working, gardening, ...) and by the evening you still could smell good without any sweat odor.
But then I got serious irritations where the skin of my armpits turned completely red. Very painfull actually where you can't stand any touch for a while till it's gone.
I tried again a few weeks ago on my hand and nothing happened so I dared to spray it again under my arms and I wished I didn't.
Again I had to sleep with my hands above my head to avoid any touch.
My wife threw the can away last week so I can't check on which of the ingredients might give the trouble.

Dandaman
05-07-2009, 03:07 PM
I believe it was a B&B thread I saw some weeks ago that put me onto using one of the "natural" crystal type deodorants that are available these days. I got this: http://tinyurl.com/cbjqvs

This stuff takes me marginally longer to apply - say, 6-8 secs under each arm to ensure adequate coverage - but my results have been great. No odor of any kind at all. And it looks like the product will FAR outlast the SpeedStick I formerly used. All of these similar crystal products apparently act as a natural bacteria killer. I have seen nothing to suggest that this product is any worse for your overall health - in fact, it may be better for you. Worth a look, though as always YMMV. Check out the great number of positive reviews for these products, too.

SepticTank
05-07-2009, 03:18 PM
I believe it was a B&B thread I saw some weeks ago that put me onto using one of the "natural" crystal type deodorants that are available these days. I got this: http://tinyurl.com/cbjqvs

I got a deo crystal not long after posting my previous in this thread - experience is overwhelmingly positive - although using an Ammonium Alum stick I did get very light irritation after a punishing cycle ride (during which I got a fleeting waft of ammonia a couple of times - so I surmised it's ammonia rash - aka nappy/diaper rash) - since switching to Potassium Alum (ie. shaving alum) no ammonia smell at all and no rashes. YMMV

thunder54
05-07-2009, 05:44 PM
Old Spice makes me break out in HUGE red itchy hives. it takes almost a week of applying nothing for it to go away. Try Burt's Bee's all natural deo spray, it works the best on me.
Another few items I try are Gold Bond Ultimate comfort powder, or try Anti-Monkey Butt Pwder. Another good item for the "Old School" is Bismoline Powder. All of theseprevent odor and help one stay somewhat dry.

The Knize
05-07-2009, 09:55 PM
I have huge problems with deodorants and anti-persperants. Lots off them really make my arm pits itch or worse. Many of the "organic" ones, including Tom's of Maine, are the worst. And I find one that does not for a while, usually it eventually does. Had excellent luck with the Thai crystal ammonium alum products for a really long time and then started getting reactions to them. Have been using Axe for quite awhile now--not my usual style--with no reaction. Now I am afraid I am starting to have a reaction to Axe, too.

I still use the Thai crystal on my face after shaving as an alum block. No apparent ill effects there. I think it has been great for my face. A nice feeling. Not talking about cuts, just a regular overall application. and then essentially rinse it off. But I used a lot of after shave stuff, often seriatum in the same session--bay rum(s), witch hazel, Luck Tiger moisterizer, various shave balms and splashes, Nivea moisterizer, Corn Huskers, skin food, cologne, bump stopper. My skin has never been better, but no telling what to credit, and there is such a mix, that the alum may not have enough contact to cause a reaction. I think if I put a lot of this stuff on my arm pits, I would have quite the adverse reaction.

tbone2
05-08-2009, 07:05 AM
Tom's of Maine gives me a horrible rash. I am using Mitchum now with no problems.

markb
05-08-2009, 09:10 AM
Does anyone else get allergic reactions to certain deodorants?

I do.. Mitchum Unscented is about all I've found that I can use..

mbrossar
05-08-2009, 10:59 AM
Deoderant no. Stick anit-perspirant yes. Doesn't matter the brand.