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Discover the hidden dangers of your insect repellent
Check your current insect repellent and the likely active ingredient is something called N N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide or DEET for short.
Originally tested as a pesticide for farming, DEET was developed for use by the US Army in jungle warfare. Years later, DEET found its way into civilian homes via market-leading insect repellent lotions.
So far, DEET has been the standard for effectivity. But the search has always been on for an alternative that protects just as well, yet treats skin gently.
For example, DEET has been known to dissolve plastics, rayon, spendex and leather. If you've ever wondered why your watchstrap or sunglasses face upon contract with your DEET-applied skin, now you know the culprit. Care should also be taken in this chemical brushing againts paints or varnishes.
DEET has also been found to cause skin irritation and other illnesses. Take the time to search "DEET effects" online and find out more about the insect repellent your family uses.