The Weird Reason Women Are Wearing Face Masks On Their Armpits

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You've likely heard that the idea of switching to natural deodorants is a good one, as people claim that the ingredients in conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants contain a variety of chemicals and additives that aren't good for your health. But have you heard of the new trend of women using *face masks* on their armpits to detox the body of those chemicals? 

Many people take issue with the fact that many mainstream deodorants contain about 20 percent aluminum in them. While the aluminum is what makes conventional deodorants so effective at keeping the armpit area dry, it also blocks the detox process and may potentially interrupt important lymphatic processes while you're wearing it, says holistic dermatologist Cybele Fishman, M.D. 

So either you wear conventional deodorant and you deal with the chemical ingredients, or you make the switch to natural deodorants and find yourself getting into a smelly situation while your body adjusts. Sounds like a lose-lose situation - so women are turning to face masks to detox their armpits to help the body rid of any odor during the transition to natural deodorant. So does it work?

"The armpits usually don't get the TLC they need," dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD, founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology in New York City says, adding that dead skin and residue from antiperspirant or deodorant can certainly build up over time. In addition to gently washing underarms with soap and water and regularly exfoliating with a washcloth, a mask could help pamper the area for softer, smoother skin, she says. 

But the idea that you need to rid the underarms of toxins is a stretch. "There is no evidence that a mask applied to the armpits can detox your body," says Dr. Shah. 

And while people feel that they should use detox masks under their arms while making the transition to natural deodorants to avoid getting smelly, Dr. Shah says there is no evidence to suggest that any kind of detox or topical product can reduce armpit odor or make natural deodorant more effective. 

The bottom line is that the underarm area is extremely delicate, and unlike your face and other areas of your body, it's often ignored in your skincare routine. While your armpits may not need a full facial detox, it's important to make sure you're cleansing the area daily as well as exfoliating to get rid of dead skin cells. If you want to treat your armpits to a little extra pampering to make them extra smooth, a mask could be worth trying.