Natural Deodorant Leaving Your Armpits Red and Irritated? Here's What You Can Do.

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Switching from a deodorant full of chemicals to using a natural deodorant seems like it should be a pretty straight-forward process, right? It turns out, for most people it is, but not for everyone. If you’re among those who experience some irritation, don’t worry, this is totally normal, and you are not alone. Keep calm and read on. 

At Curie, we call this the “detox period.” Your pits might feel slightly uncomfortable while they adjust back to a natural balance, but trust the process! Reverting back to spreading aluminum, parabens, triclosan, and other questionable chemicals is not the solution.

Ultimately, everyone’s unique body chemistry will react differently during the detox period. If you do end up with any redness or irritation, we want to explain why and offer ideas on how to resolve it, quick.


What is happening?

  1. Antiperspirants are designed to clog your pores, preventing your body’s natural reaction to staying in motion, which is to sweat. During the detox process, your glands release all the old toxins (including aluminum), which can cause irritation, redness, or even a rash.
  2. At the same time, your body is adjusting its pH levels in response to the sweat that it’s allowing itself to release. As a reminder, 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 smell less unpleasant and your natural deodorant will be much more effective once you get past this imbalanced stage.

What causes a rash?

  1. If you produce more sweat, your pits may produce higher friction which can cause redness. This is normal and only occurs during the time it takes your sweat glands to adjust to their new, natural perspiration cycle. 
  2. Like we explain in our blog post on baking soda, it’s a key ingredient in virtually all natural stick deodorants for its antibacterial properties. However, as your pits unclog and detox, your sweat may temporarily become more acidic. As a result, irritation can sometimes occur while you adjust to the baking soda found in natural deodorants.

If you’re concerned about the potential for a reaction, try our deodorant spray. It’s baking soda-free!

If I do have a reaction, how long will it last?

Everyone is different. 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?

  1. Keep It Clean: clean your pits at the end of the day with mild soap and warm water.
  2. Shaving 101: when you shave, you are making micro tears in delicate skin. Applying anything to a fresh, small, open wound can cause irritation. We suggest giving your armpits some time after shaving before applying Curie. And make sure your razor is fresh and new to eliminate bacteria build up!
  3. Vinegar Rub: apply a small amount of apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and dab your armpits at night to help reduce the pH of your armpits.
  4. 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.
  5. Soothe with oils: finally, when you’re on your way to healing, use a natural oil like argan or coconut oil to help revitalize, soothe and heal your sensitive underarms.
  6. And lastly, try an at home DIY armpit mask:
Curie natural deodorant detox mask


What Next?

It’s important to remember why you’re choosing a natural deodorant instead of antiperspirant in the first place. 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! Please don’t hesitate to reach out at

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  • This is a very superb post, and one that is very educative. I have gain a lot while reading your post and this will really help me in my findings on this topic thanks alot. 

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  • I started a natural deodorant on 8/12/20 and yes i started getting a rash now that I read what you wrote to make your armpits better from irritation I feel a whole lot better to know that it normal to go yhrew what you all call a detox period i am using what you all wrote and it feels better already I started doing the feel better process tonight on 8/14/20 thank you for having this information online for people like me even the process healing method is all natural too thanks again

    Erica Hawk on

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