If you have sensitive skin, chances are that you know what the struggle is all about. While many people can slap on, glide on, and spray on whatever artificially scented bars of deodorant they want directly on their skin, men with sensitive skin don't have that luxury.
For those of us with sensitive skin, there exists certain alternatives that, simply put, work better. While it is tempting to just grab whatever is available in the supermarket, that is not be the best choice for your sensitive skin or long-term health.
Why Sensitive Skin Needs Better Deodorants
Having an adverse reaction to the random slew of ingredients found in most deodorants can lead men with sensitive skin to unsightly rashes, skin conditions that last longer term, and so much more. Avoid all of that from the get-go by getting natural deos and avoiding the additives and chemicals that you can find in most deodorants.
In reality most people should be using natural ingredients — there's a growing body of evidence that traditional antiperspirants contain ingredients that can cause serious health issues so consider your sensitive skin a good way to ensure you embrace healthy underarm habits.
Organic deodorants appeal to those with particularly sensitive skin. Sam's Natural Unscented deodorant stick is a natural deodorant that really works. Plus it's free of pretty much everything — aluminum, parabens, and toxins. Despite the fact it's unscented, it does smell slightly of tea tree oil to me. It's a great deodorant to start out on. If you prefer something lightly scented, they also have 17 other scented deos to choose from.
Maximum Protection Deo
The Herban Cowboy Unscented Natural Deodorant is another option for those who want a more robust guard for their underarms. This deodorant is considered maximum protection status, which is perfect for those who not only have sensitive skin but who also tend to perspire more than usual during the day. Good for times when you'll be sweating a lot like manual labor, at the gym or summer months. There's scented varieties as well if fragrance isn't an issue with your sensitive skin.
Sometimes you need something that goes beyond deodorant that keeps you smelling good to antiperspirant that stops sweat altogether. Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Stick, Sensitive Shield does this and is still gentle on sensitive skin. It contains aluminum and fragrance so use sparingly if those are of concern. I don't think it really works 48 hours in my case, but I'd give it a solid 24 hours of effectiveness.
Sensitive Roll-on Deo
Some people prefer a roll-on option over a stick or a spray type deodorant, which is completely fine. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find a roll-on that does not feel uncomfortably wet or that does not wear off throughout the day. The Vichy 24 Hour Dry-Touch Deodorant rolls on wet at first but then quickly dries and leaves your armpits feeling neutral and free of too much wetness. It's also free of moisture sucking salt and harmful aluminum, which is an ingredient that is so hard to avoid with store bought deodorants. So, if you're trying to find a truly natural alternative that is free of aluminium but don't feel like putting together your own concoction to roll under your pits each morning, give this one a try and you're not likely to be disappointed.
Sensitive Tea Tree Oil Deo
Tea Tree oil has been used in a multitude of products, from shampoos to soaps to even toothpastes when used in micro doses. Due to its strong and completely natural antibacterial properties, it's no wonder that it's found its rightful place among the deodorant shelves. Schmidt's Tea Tree Sensitive Skin Deodorant is both aluminium free and provides wetness relief throughout the day. Its natural ingredients are both calming and grounding with only the lightest most natural scent.
Sensitive Tea Tree Oil Deo
If you're interested in something truly all natural, as in 100% without a shadow of a doubt natural, then a Thai stone might be the option for you. Those who are willing to try something different with their roll-on's will find the Deodorant Stones of America: Thai Crystal Deodorant an interesting experiment to try out. It is exactly what it sounds like. It contains only crystallized natural mineral salts, which work to kill off odor causing bacteria under your arms. This alternative guarantees the most natural experience that other types of deodorants simply don't offer. There are no harmful emulsifiers, perfumes, chemicals, or otherwise included in the Thai crystal deodorants. What you see is indeed what you get, which is why men everywhere are making the change and swearing by the crystal's ability to fight their odor daily without a hitch.
Any man with sensitive skin knows it can be a struggle to find a deo that will keep you smelling good throughout the day. However with the breath of products available for sensitive skin, you should be able to find something that keeps you smelling fresh and your skin happy. Still looking? See our guide to best-smelling deodorants for men.