What is the main benzene exposure route from deodorant?

Every time someone applies benzene deodorant, they are exposed to the toxic chemical via skin absorption and inhalation. This is because all products in which Valisure found benzene are body sprays. Both routes of exposure are very dangerous, especially if someone has been using benzene deodorant for a long time, as the solvent has most likely accumulated in their body.

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If a person regularly uses a deodorant with a high benzene concentration, their cancer risk may increase by 15 times

When using benzene deodorant, one is exposed to the dangerous solvent by skin contact and inhalation. Since all the products containing benzene are antiperspirant and deodorant body sprays, breathing in the chemical is also a significant route of exposure. According to Valisure, if a person applies 5 grams of the most contaminated benzene deodorant and it completely evaporates within a one cubic meter volume, the air concentration of the solvent will rise to 28 ppb. This is approximately 69 times the EPA's threshold for high cancer risk.

Similarly, if one uses a highly contaminated benzene deodorant in a bathroom with a total volume of 160 cubic feet, the air may eventually contain 6 ppb of benzene. This is roughly 15 times the EPA's threshold for elevated cancer risk. Benzene can enter the body in the following ways and cause the following damage:

  • Skin contact: When high benzene concentrations come in direct contact with the skin, the person may experience tissue injury and irritation. Although benzene is absorbed less extensively through the skin, this route of exposure may contribute to the total body burden caused by the chemical. In severe cases, skin contact with benzene can result in erythema, a burning sensation, edema, and even blistering.
  • Inhalation: If one breathes in a high benzene concentration, they may experience headaches, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, and even unconsciousness. Long-term exposure to benzene from the air can eventually cause leukemia, as inhalation is the most damaging route of exposure. Breathing in benzene can also lead to respiratory tract irritation.

Since benzene is so dangerous even in low doses, we strongly advise consumers to avoid purchasing any of the antiperspirant and deodorant body sprays that were found to contain it. You can find the complete list of benzene-containing products here.

If you are unsure which deodorant you should use, our law firm has launched the Benzene Deodorant Replacement Initiative. We collaborate only with ethical manufacturers who periodically test deodorant for benzene and other harmful contaminants. You can request one product by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. Still, it is important to know that people with leukemia have priority.

We can assist you with filing a benzene deodorant claim if you developed leukemia

Our attorneys, who have nearly 30 years of experience in toxic exposure cases, are ready to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a benzene deodorant claim if you have used a contaminated product and came to struggle with leukemia. The only documents we will ask you to send in are proof of your use of one or multiple benzene deodorants and your medical records, clearly stating your diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, or chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

After a thorough evaluation, our skilled legal team will be able to tell you whether you qualify for compensation from the liable manufacturers. Eligible clients will have their benzene deodorant claims filed with all the responsible companies while being able to continue focusing on their health, as we will take care of the most complex aspects of the process. If we are successful, you may obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering.

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