Are you concerned about potentially harmful and toxic ingredients in regular antiperspirants? These controversial and virtually essential products often contain fragrances which can cause skin irritation as well as aluminum, preservatives and parabens, which are known carcinogens. A carcinogen is any substance that is capable of causing or promoting cancer. Food Matters urges people to understand that antiperspirants are in fact over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, consumers should be made aware of potential long- and short-term side effects associated with the use of antiperspirants, just like any other OTC drug. Such awareness will allow consumers to take necessary precautions in protecting their own health.