Fact or Fiction: Antiperspirants

By: Alison Cooper

Fact or Fiction: Antiperspirants
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About This Quiz

So, are the claims about breast cancer and brain damage true? Why is there an FDA label on antiperspirants? And what's the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant, anyway? Take our quiz and find out.
Antiperspirants cut down on body odor by getting rid of the bacteria in your underarms.
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fiction
almost fact: Antiperspirants do their job by plugging the sweat glands in the underarms.
Antiperspirants stop you from sweating. It's deodorants that help get rid of bacteria.

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Aluminum and zirconium are two common antiperspirant ingredients.
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Aluminum and zirconium are used in antiperspirants.
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almost fact: Aluminum and zirconium are found in deodorants.

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The aluminum found in antiperspirants has been shown to cause DNA mutation, which could cause uncontrolled cell growth, which causes cancer.
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almost fact: Studies have shown that, but those findings have also been refuted by many experts.
Aluminum is the culprit, although the claims have been refuted by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, and study results have been hard to reproduce.

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There's a warning label on antiperspirants that suggests the user consult with a physician before using the product if he or she suffers from heart disease.
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almost fact: The condition in question is kidney disease.
In 2004, the FDA started requiring labels on antiperspirants that suggested precautions for people with kidney disease.

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There's concern for people with kidney disease because they might be allergic to aluminum.
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almost fact: People with kidney disease might not be able to excrete the aluminum.
People with advanced chronic kidney disease might have trouble excreting the aluminum from antiperspirants.

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Scientists have suggested that there's a link between antiperspirants and skin cancer.
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It's breast cancer -- some studies have raised concerns about applying products with aluminum so close to the breast.
almost fact: It's actually lung cancer.

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Antiperspirants are the skin product most commonly associated with skin irritation.
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Antiperspirants are No. 1 -- contact dermatitis is a common complaint.
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almost fact: Shaving creams actually take the cake here.

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Antiperspirants plug the sweat glands by mixing with the acids in your sweat.
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The aluminum complexes in the antiperspirants combine with water in eccrine gland ducts to create a plug.
almost fact: Antiperspirants plug sweat glands when they mix with bacteria in your sweat.

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The FDA requires that antiperspirants reduce a person's sweat by half.
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almost fact: The FDA requires a 20 percent reduction in sweat.
Twenty percent is the magic number.

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Most over-the-counter antiperspirants have an active ingredient content of 10 to 25 percent.
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Depending on the active ingredient, the FDA limits it to no more than 25 percent.
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almost fact: It's actually more like 5 to 10 percent.

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