We take great care in selecting our ingredients, with hypoallergenicity
and efficacy being our primary filters.
Aluminum Chlorohydrate versus Aluminum Zirconium
Aluminum salts are widely used in deodorants and antiperspirant preparations. Allergic sensitivity to aluminum chlorohydrate is very rare considering the extent of exposure from antiperspirants. In addition to respected research on the subject that prove that it is non-irritating,* our own products with aluminum chlorohydrate (Essence Skin-Saving Antiperspirant), Illuminants+ Axillight Treatment Antiperspirant, and SuperSkin Care Plus Pore Minimizer) have shown 0 instances of irritations, post-inflammatory irritations (darkening due to a skin trauma), or granulomas (bumps) even after decades in the market and hundreds of post-market surveillance case studies.
Aluminum zirconium salts in deodorants and antiperspirants are known to cause allergic reactions as well as granulomas (bumps).**
* Kanerva L, Estlander T, Jolanki R 1995 Dental Problems in: Guin JD (ED) Practical Contact Dermatitis. A Handbook for the Practitioner. McGraw-Hill, New York, PP397-432
**Shelly WB, Hurley HJ (1958) Allergic origina of zirconium deodorant granuloma. BR J Dermatol 70:75-101
Is Aluminum Chlorohydrate Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease?
No one knows the definite cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, no one knows if aluminum and other metals play any role at all in causing AD. It has been suggested that aluminum is a cause of Alzheimer’s disease, as some brain plaques have been found to contain the metal. Research in this area has been inconclusive; aluminum accumulation may be a consequence of the Alzheimer’s damage, not the cause.
If there is any toxicity of aluminum it must be via a very specific mechanism, since total human exposure to the element in the form of naturally occurring clay in soil, dust, and in food is enormously large over a lifetime … far greater than the exposure one would have by using antiperspirants that contain the normal concentrations of the ingredient on a daily basis for several years.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (October 2005).
If I Am Allergic to Nickel, Would I Be Allergic to Aluminum Chlorohydrate Since These Substances Have the Same Alloy?
No. There is no cross-reactivity between nickel (consistently ranked as a top contact allergen) and aluminum which is a rare allergen.
Aluminum chlorohydrate irritations are so rare that the ingredient is not included in the allergens tested by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and European Surveillance Study on Contact Allergens.*
* Zug KA, Warshaw EM, Fowler JF, Maibach HI, Belsito DL, Pratt MD, et al. Patch-test results of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group 2005-2006. Dermatitis. 2009;20(3):149-60 Uter W, Ramsch C, Aberer W, Ayala F, Balato et al. The European baseline series in 10 European countries. 23005/2006 – Results of the European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (ESSCA). Contact Dermatitis. 2009;62:31-38