If you’ve never experienced a natural deodorant rash, consider yourself lucky. It’s actually a pretty common occurrence when someone is first making the switch to natural deodorant. But, don’t let a natural deodorant rash discourage you from making the switch for good! We have tips and tricks for helping you - or someone you know - deal with underarm rashes.
Why you may be experiencing a natural deodorant rash and what to do about it:
You may be reacting due to a sensitivity to baking soda. In order to get strong odor protection, many natural deodorant companies use baking soda as a main ingredient. What we have found is that approximately 10% - 15% of our customers have - or develop - a baking soda sensitivity. That sensitivity often reveals itself as either discoloration or a rash in your armpits. Luckily, this is something easy to fix with a simple formula switch! Try switching to a stick from our sensitive skin collection.
It may not work with your body chemistry. We know we’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating! Every single person has a unique microbiome, and while some scents or formulas will work great for some people, they will be completely ineffective for others. Try switching up your deodorant choice to a different scent (we have over 20 to choose from!), or check out a different formula (we have both sensitive and cream formulas if super strength isn’t working for you).
You need to exfoliate. There are many benefits to exfoliating your armpits – it can help prevent and heal ingrown hairs, and it can remove any deodorant that’s been leftover from previous days. Use a loofa, exfoliating soap, charcoal soap, or gentle sugar scrub 2-3 times a week.
Your pits need a reboot. Sometimes your skin just needs a little reset. Using a rebalancing mask can help draw out impurities and restore your ph levels.
You’re shaving too often. Shaving can irritate the skin. Irritation can lead to a rash. If you don’t already, shave in the direction your hair grows to try and reduce irritation. And if you find you’re getting irritation more often than not, try shaving 8-12 hours before you’d apply any deodorant products.
- There’s that brief, sweatier transition period. Natural deodorant is NOT an antiperspirant, so you’ll naturally sweat more when you make the switch because that’s what your body is meant to do. That being said, the moisture under your arms can cause a rash when the skin rubs together. Arrowroot powder (found in all of our formulas) will help absorb excess moisture.
If you’re experiencing a natural deodorant rash, and you think it may be the formula you have purchased, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We want you to be happy with your purchase – after all, you've entrusted us with your money and your skin! If for any reason you're not completely happy with the efficacy of your deodorant within 30 days of purchase, we'll work with you towards a solution that we guarantee will leave you happy with your SmartyPits experience or we'll refund your purchase.
**Please Note: While our happiness guarantee applies to how well SmartyPits works for you, we aren't able to refund or exchange due to scent preference.