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Does using deodorant roller regularly darken underarm skin?

Underarm odor makes people lose confidence in communication, so deodorant rollers are chosen by many people to deal with this condition. However, many people worry that using too much will make the underarm skin dark and unsightly.

Can you tell me what role deodorant rollers play in reducing underarm odor? How should I use the roller to get the most out of it? Does using a roller make it greasy and less effective? Many people who use rollers make their skin darker, is this true?

(Reader Le Hoa, 25 years old)

First, we should find out the cause of armpit odor. Sweat secreted in the armpit does not have an unpleasant odor, but the essence of sweat in the armpit has more protein than sweat secreted in other locations, so they are easily decomposed by bacteria on the skin and create an unpleasant odor.

Deodorant rollers are usually divided into 2 types based on ingredients. The first type is called deodorant, which contains active ingredients such as triclosan or chlorhexidine, which act directly on the skin’s bacteria and often contain fragrance to help minimize odor. The second type is antiperspirant. This type contains compounds of aluminum or zirconia, which temporarily block the pores of the armpit area, helping to reduce sweating.

So the first step to using an effective armpit roller is to recognize your own problem. If your armpits don’t sweat a lot but still have an unpleasant smell, you should choose a deodorant deodorant. If your armpits sweat too much, you should use an antiperspirant roller.

Active ingredients in deodorants such as triclosan or chlorhexidine are actually an antibacterial substance, so bacteria can develop resistance after a period of use, so long-term use of this product can reduce its effectiveness. And rolling armpit type antiperspirant usually does not occur this phenomenon.

The skin in any position, if it is subjected to a lot of friction, will also be easily darkened, so the prolonged use of deodorant is also a factor that makes the underarm skin dark.

Summer is the season of hot weather, so the body often produces a lot of sweat. Therefore, in this season, you should choose a loose, airy shirt, breathable fabric, easy to absorb, remove or clean the armpit hair to avoid excessive sweating, causing clogged pores, folliculitis. .

In addition to deodorant, to reduce odor and sweat in the armpit area, you can choose to wear loose, non-tight clothing, breathable and absorbent fabric. You should also limit eating foods that can increase the smell of sweat such as garlic, onions, cinnamon, anise …

Many young children who have gone through puberty have smelled and sweat a lot in the armpits, should they always use deodorant early? Can a doctor recommend care?

Children usually start puberty at age 9 or so. At this age, the skin barrier is relatively complete, not easily irritated by common chemicals, so if the child does not have a history of allergies to the ingredients in the deodorant, you can give it to your child. use when needed.

Current research shows that the most allergen in deodorant products is usually the fragrance in the deodorant, so if you think your child’s skin is quite sensitive, you should choose an antiperspirant deodorant.

MSc. Le Minh Chau (Department of Dermatology – Aesthetics, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City)

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