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Fact or Fiction: Antiperspirants
by Staff
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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  • almost fact: Antiperspirants do their job by plugging the sweat glands in the underarms.

Aluminum and zirconium are two common antiperspirant ingredients.

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  • almost fact: Aluminum and zirconium are found in deodorants.

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.

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.

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.

Scientists have suggested that there's a link between antiperspirants and skin cancer.

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  • almost fact: It's actually lung cancer.

Antiperspirants are the skin product most commonly associated with skin irritation.

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  • almost fact: Shaving creams actually take the cake here.

Antiperspirants plug the sweat glands by mixing with the acids in your sweat.

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  • almost fact: Antiperspirants plug sweat glands when they mix with bacteria in your sweat.

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.

Most over-the-counter antiperspirants have an active ingredient content of 10 to 25 percent.

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  • almost fact: It's actually more like 5 to 10 percent.