Aluminum-Free Deodorant That Actually Works
What are AHA deodorants and how are they different than other aluminum-free deodorants?
AHA deodorants are a new class of aluminum-free deodorants that rely on Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are a group of skin-friendly acids with a pH of around 3-4. Skin is healthiest and most comfortable at a pH just below 5, so using AHAs is a great way to achieve that healthy range.
AHAs also exfoliate dead skin cells and dirt, which can clog pores and cause odor. And most important when it comes to aluminum-free deodorant, AHAs destroy odor-causing bacteria by breaking down their cell walls. Healthy, glowing, odor-free skin? Um, yes please. Win!
Most people are familiar with AHA toners for acne control – think medicated acne pads like these, which often rely on high concentrations of salicylic acid. Since acne and BO are both caused by bacteria, the concept is the same. In order to solve the problem, you have to reduce or eliminate the bacteria, and that’s exactly what AHAs are great for.
How do AHA deodorants work?
AHA deodorants are aluminum-free deodorants that work by reducing the skin’s pH to the point where body odor-causing bacteria cannot thrive. AHAs also work as exfoliants to remove dead skin cells from the top layers of skin. The bacteria that causes body odor, Staphylococcus hominis, releases BO as a byproduct of breaking down proteins in body sweat.
What I’m trying to say here is not cute. I’m saying that BO is literally the the farts of this bacteria.
In order to reduce these stinky bacteria farts, it’s important to both reduce the bacteria AND eliminate its food source.
Aluminum in mainstream deodorants works by eliminating the bacteria’s food source, by blocking your sweat glands. No sweat, no sweat proteins, no food for the stinky, farty bacteria. The problem is that sweating is your body’s way of removing toxins and yucky things from your system. And blocking this process can have unintended health consequences that are not well understood.
This is why AHAs are so awesome! They not only reduce the skin’s pH and destroy the bacterias’ cell walls in the process – they also exfoliate the skin, which greatly reduces the bacterias’ food source.
Way less bacteria, way less food for the remaining bacteria, and WAY less body odor. All with an aluminum-free deodorant. It’s a fresh new day y’all. Truly.
Are AHA deodorants safe?
AHA deodorants are all-natural and are completely safe. Not only are the safe, they’re quite good for overall skin health. Think of AHA deodorants as high quality, affordable skin care – for your armpits!
In fact, my sister and I created Stainky’s Pit Prep based on a formulation that was originally a facial toner. We wanted to make sure it was gentle, used the cleanest ingredients, and wouldn’t give us a rash (because not only are we stinky girls with the last name Stainky – we’re also prone to rashes. Almost as cute as bacteria farts, right?)
It’s much gentler than those exfoliating acne pads, yet incredibly effective due to the particular combination of bacteria-fighting AHAs. It’s fragrance-free, and designed to be used daily after showering.
Stainky’s Pit Prep works great on its own as a natural, aluminum-free deodorant. But many people like to use their favorite smelling natural deodorant on top, almost like an armpit perfume. Whether you use it on its own, or under another product, you can be certain that your body-odor will be drastically reduced. And all without aluminum or baking soda!
AHA deodorants offer several benefits for the skin. They combat odor, reduce oils and other impurities, and help to prevent bacteria from growing on your body. Stainky’s Pit Prep isn’t the only AHA deodorant out there, but it’s definitely one of the best. Give it a try! We hope it works as well for you as it does for us.
Smell good, feel good.
The Stainken Sisters, co-founders of Stainky’s