Pre-pubescent son wants to start using deodorant, but he suffers severe eczema - advice please

My 10 year old son has suffered severe eczema and asthma all his life. He sometimes really lacks self-confidence and feels he should be using deodorant - I have told him I haven't noticed the need but that does not help. Can anyone suggest a suitable brand or alternative, please? Cheers!

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  • Hi Wrigglewraps,

    Unfortunately, deodorants can aggravate eczema. The best deodorants/anti-perspirants for people with sensitive skin or eczema are those that are mild and fragrance-free. Also, roll-on deodorants are often better tolerated than sprays. Testing a deodorant before regular use is always a good idea.

    For further information go to:

    dermnetnz.org/treatments/an...

  • I should have mentioned that my hubby reacts badly to a lot of deodorants, but is fine with Nivea for Men Sensitive Protect roll-on. It's alcohol and fragrance free x

  • Its true that eczema genetics predispose to skin irritation from deodorants

    BUT - its about trial and error - maybe use just once a week to one armpit only for a f ew weeks before using in the usual way ??

    Or consider old fashioned talcum powder ??

    Also check out dermatologist.co.uk and look up eczema

  • Thanks, drash481. Great idea to try one armpit once a week - will try that. Kind of you to help.

  • I suggest Native Unearthed Natural Crystal deodorant. It's perfect for eczema as it's completely natural, non irritating and most importantly effective. Also, after testing, the deodorant was allergy UK certified.

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