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Why Aluminum is Used in Antiperspirants

Aluminum is present in the form of aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex gly in the Vanicream Anti-perspirant/Deodorant as an active ingredient for underarm sweat reduction.

FDA Regulations

Anti-perspirants are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) . To make an anti-perspirant claim, you have to use one of the 18 active ingredients allowed by FDA that can achieve sweat reduction, and all of them are a form of aluminum salt. In other words, you cannot market an anti-perspirant in the U.S. without an aluminum compound.

Products labeled ‘deodorant’ only, not making an anti-perspirant claim, can be developed without aluminum compounds.

Aluminum Concerns

Speculations about the link between aluminum in underarm products and certain diseases have led several regulatory, non-governmental organizations, and scientific organizations (FDA, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, European Scientific Committee on Consumer Products) to independently investigate and conclude that credible scientific/medical evidence does not prove any of these speculations.

Below is a list of statements and links related to this topic from several well-known organizations that have a position on the topic.

Our Ingredient Selection

Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex gly was chosen for its compatibility with sensitive skin and excellent effectiveness.

At PSI we take great pride in our facility and ingredient selection standards; this is what separates us from many other traditional cosmetic companies. We are an FDA inspected cGMP facility, and we adhere to high quality standards by conducting careful research during the selection of our ingredients and performing rigorous testing to provide safe, effective and suitable products for our consumers with sensitive skin.

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