Aluminum Chlorohydrate

Christina Nasr

What is Aluminum Chlorohydrate?

Aluminum Chlorohydrate is essentially an ionic compound that is very common in our every day life. Unknowingly, the compound is present in everyday cosmetics such as antiperspirant.

This molecular compound consists of aluminum, chlorine, and hydroxide and it's properties to be a white and powdery solid.

Formula: Al2Cl(OH)5

The Chemistry Beyond the Bottle

How is this effecting us in our everyday lives? What is it's significance?

Aluminum chlorohydrate is found in a variety of products that humans use, however it is infamously known for its relevance in antiperspirant.

Antiperspirants work by clogging/blocking the human pores with very powerful astringents, such as aluminum salts, so that the pores found in the underarm sector do not release sweat. Not only does the ingredient block pores but it also blocks one of our body's routes for detoxification (the release of harmful toxins through underarm sweat). Despite being affective and getting the job done, what's left behind is very harmful.

The aluminum ions are taken into the cells that line the eccrine sweat glands at the opening of the epidermis (top layer of skin). When these aluminum ions are being taken into the cell, water goes in with them. As more and more water flows in, the cell will begin to swell, thus squeezing the ducts close so that no sweat can be released.

Could this be increasing your risk of breast cancer?

What exactly causes cancer?

To make matters simple, the general cause of cancer is the growth and promotion of damaged DNA cells. Once these DNA cells duplicate and grow, a tumour forms in the specific area of cell corruption. Not all tumours do not necessarily code for cancer however, there are a type of cancerous tumours that can occur due to the accumulation of damaged DNA cells.

Well, where does the aluminum go?

As soon as one would apply antiperspirant to their underarm, the overall solution is absorbed however the aluminum ends up in different places. With regards to breast cancer, a major deposition of aluminum ends up being the breast tissue.

Aluminum in Antiperspirants as a Neurotoxin that can cause Alzheimer's

Controversy arrises when the question "where does the aluminum go?" gets asked. The unfortunate truth is that the aluminum is not only deposited in breast tissues, but a large sector heads to the brain. Thus, making one's risk of Alzheimer's disease increase. It is a fact that aluminum absorbs much better through skin than orally. It is also highly recommended that one should only apply a small amount of antiperspirant to the skin. Continual daily use of antiperspirant results in chronic exposure to aluminum which can then increase one's risk of Alzheimer's disease by 60%.

Below is a picture demonstrating the affects of the disease.

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Are there any substitutions to this possibly-dangerous compound found in antiperspirants?

As previously stated, antiperspirants work by blocking the pores of our underarms with strong astringents so that they can't release sweat. To avoid this and the risk of aluminum accumulation, consumers can switch to deodorants or natural antiperspirants that don't include aluminum as a primary ingredient. Deodorants differ from antiperspirants as they work by only neutralizing the smell of sweat, not blocking our pores. This alternative does not disrupt our body's natural detoxification process and diminishes our risk of severe illnesses.