Making the switch from swiping toxic ingredients all over your pits every day to using natural deodorant is a different process for each person. The transition period is seamless for most people, but if you’re experiencing some irritation, don’t worry, this is also completely normal, and you are not alone!
We call this the “detox period.” Although your pits might be slightly uncomfortable while they adjust back to their natural balance, trust the process. Returning back to exposing the delicate skin underneath your armpits to aluminum, parabens, triclosan, and other questionable chemicals is definitely not the answer.
Ultimately, everyone’s unique body chemistry will react differently during the detox period, and regardless of your symptoms, if any, we are here to help.
What is happening?
- Your sweat glands are opening up after being clogged by antiperspirants and releasing all the old toxins, this can cause irritation, redness or even a rash.
- Your body pH is adjusting to the sweat that your body is now allowing itself to release. (p.s. it’s good to sweat – sweating allows your body to regulate its temperature and clean itself from the inside out.) Once you correct the bacterial imbalances in your armpits, your sweat should not actually smell particularly unpleasant and Curie will be much more effective if it's not fighting conditions that foster bad body odor.
What causes a rash?
- If you produce more sweat, your pits may produce higher friction until your sweat glands adjust to their regular perspiration cycle.
- Baking soda is a key ingredient to drying skin and preventing inflammation. However, as your pits are detoxing, your sweat becomes acidic, so irritation can sometimes occur while you adjust to the baking soda ingredient.
How long will it last?
Everyone is different and depending on the reason for your natural deodorant breakout, your healing time can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
What can I do to make it better?
- Keep It Clean: Make sure you are cleaning your pits at the end of the day with mild soap and warm water.
- Shaving 101: Be careful how harsh you shave your delicate pits! When you shave, you are making micro tears and applying anything to a fresh, tiny open wound can cause irritation. We suggest giving your armpits some time after shaving before applying Curie. P.s. make sure your razor is fresh and new to eliminate bacteria build up!
- Vinegar Rub: Dabbing a small amount of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and applying to your armpits at night will help to reduce the pH of your armpits.
- Exfoliate with a sugar scrub: Once any irritation has stopped, you can use a sugar scrub to help remove dead skin cells and encourage healing.
- Soothe with oils: Finally, when you are on your way to healing, use a natural oil like argan or coconut oil to help revitalizing, soothe and heal your sensitive underarms.
- Try an at home DIY mask:
It’s important to remember why you’re choosing a natural deodorant instead of antiperspirant in the first place. Living a natural lifestyle does take work, but the work is worth the rewards. When using natural products, you know what you are putting into your body is safe and allows your body to do what it's naturally meant to do. Irritation is rare, but we want you to know it’s completely normal and more importantly, temporary. If you have any other questions, we’d love to help!