Is Antiperspirant right for you?
Everything you need to know about antiperspirant including tips, tricks and frequently asked questions.
What is Antiperspirant? (definition)
People often confuse deodorant with antiperspirant. Not the same. In fact, they are very different. Antiperspirant is an astringent mixture(causing the shrinking or constriction of sweat glands) designed to stop or reduce sweating and perspiration. Most antiperspirants contain aluminum or zirconium.
How does Antiperspirant Work?
When applied to the underarm or other part of your body, antiperspirant plugs up or blocks your sweat glands reducing the amount of sweat that is secreted when your body temperature rises or you suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating. This reduction in sweat can lead to dry underarms (no sweat tacos) and even reduce body odor (less sweat, less odor).
How does deodorant work?
First and foremost… deodorant doesn’t stop sweat or even reduce it. The primary function of deodorant is to mask and control body odor. Deodorants usually have sweet smelling fragrances which cover up body odor and some deodorants even contain antimicrobials that kill the bacteria that cause unpleasant odors.
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant - Which is right for me? (include: antiperspirant deodorant)
If you have an excessive sweating problem, you’re probably asking yourself “should I use deodorant or antiperspirant?” Great question. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the difference and end up using the wrong one for the wrong reasons. What is the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant? … and which is right for you? Simply put, antiperspirant specifically targets sweat glands to reduce or block sweat and deodorant merely masks body odor instead of stopping sweat. If you’re just looking to cover up the smell from normal perspiration, deodorant may work for you. But if you experience excessive sweating and need something more, a strong antiperspirant will be more effective.
Standard strength vs. clinical strength antiperspirant?
Clinical strength indicates a more potent mixture of active sweat blocking ingredients. For example, you’ll typically find a much higher percentage of Aluminum in a clinical strength antiperspirant vs. a standard supermarket antiperspirant. The increased active ingredient usually results in an increased and sometimes prolonged effectiveness. Prescription strength antiperspirants are also available if you have been diagnosed with severe hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Like most prescription medications, a prescription antiperspirant can have a nasty list of side effects, including itching, redness, burning, rashes, etc… Before using a potentially dangerous medication to treat your sweating problem, try a strong clinical strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock… wink, wink.
Antiperspirant side effects: what are they?
Not all antiperspirants are the same and with the plethora of brands, strengths and formulas available today, it’s nearly impossible to give a blanket list of side effects. Based on your body chemistry and skin sensitivity, you may experience side effects like itching, burning, rashes or general skin irritation. Prescription antiperspirants are more likely to come with these side effects as the active ingredient (usually Aluminum based) is above FDA OTC guidelines and will tend to irritate skin.
Antiperspirant and cancer? Facts vs. Fiction:
The internet is full of information. One email, one tweet, a single youtube video can take on a life of it’s own and become widespread “truth” or “myth” overnight. One of the curious “truths” spread over the years is that antiperspirants cause cancer. However, according to the American Cancer Society, this rumor was started through an email and was determined to be “largely untrue.” They ACS also determined that “There were no strong epidemiologic studies in the medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, and very little scientific evidence to support this claim." Click here to read more about antiperspirant and cancer
Does antiperspirant without aluminum work?
Due to the widespread rumors of cancer and antiperspirant usage many have flocked to aluminum free options. There are companies that claim to have aluminum free formulas that work, but nothing comes close to stopping sweating like an aluminum based antiperspirant.
Without question antiperspirants are more accessible, less expensive, and can help reduce sweat for many people. However, individuals with more severe sweating or allergies to antiperspirants may need to seek alternative solutions. Some of these alternatives include: Botox, Surgery, Prescription Medication, Herbs, Diet Supplements, Baking Soda. A few searches in Google reveal a wealth of “natural deodorants” and homemade antiperspirants. Surgery is surgery… I’ll pass. Prescription medications are always fun with their long list of side effects. And you never know what you’ll get with a homemade antiperspirant from Pinterest. Yes, there are alternatives, but nothing comes close to controlling sweat like a strong antiperspirant. If you’re looking for something safe, soothing, FDA compliant, and effective, try SweatBlock. It’s a great alternative to cheap antiperspirants that sting, stain, and stink at stopping sweat.
Before turning to surgery, botox, prescription drugs or other “iffy” alternatives, give SweatBlock a try. Guaranteed to work - or your money back.
A few antiperspirant tips and tricks for best results…
What is the best antiperspirant? What works, what doesn’t and what you should know before buying.
Questions to ask when searching for a strong antiperspirant that can get the job done...
Does it specifically combat sweating?
And how does it work? This is where you need to look past the marketing gimmicks and dig a little deeper into how the product works. A true antiperspirant targets the sweat glands to prevent or reduce perspiration. Other products, like many deodorants, are only designed to neutralize the scent of your sweat, rather than stopping the sweat from occurring in the first place.
How long does it last?
Is it long lasting? Most of us work or study a full day. Applying an antiperspirant every 4 hours gets to be a hassle. 3-4 hours just isn’t enough when you’re on the run for at least 8-12 hours of your day. Make sure the product is designed to continue keeping you dry, ideally for days after you apply it.
How is it applied?
Antiperspirants shouldn’t be confusing or difficult to apply. After all, if it works, you’ll want to use it as often as possible. As such, you shouldn’t need to overhaul your lifestyle or wardrobe to use the product. It should be quick and simple.
Is it recommended by trusted medical experts?
As the name implies, a “clinical strength antiperspirant” is supposed to be as powerful as an Rx medication prescribed by your doctor. But is the product actually recommended by any doctors? Do some research to make sure the antiperspirant is safe to use and has been evaluated by a medical professional.
Is it safe?
Again, is it recommended by any industry or medical professionals? Is it FDA compliant? Does it contain ingredients that are banned or proven to be unsafe? Does it have any known harmful side effects? A simple search on Amazon reviews or in Google can reveal recurring or harmful side effects that manufacturers may not advertise.
What are people saying about it?
Is the antiperspirant in question being widely used? Are there any online reviews? These days, it’s easier than ever to get an idea of how good a product is by simply researching it online. Be wary of any product that seems to have no record of use by anyone on the Internet. On the flipside, if hundreds or thousands of other people have had claimed to have success with it, then you know it’s worth a shot.
How reputable is the product / company?
When you’re trying any "clinical strength" product, it’s worth looking into the product and the company that makes it. When in doubt, go with a product that has been widely featured in major media, so that you know it’s received national attention and thus has been subject to the scrutiny of many more people.
A simple tip to get the most out of your antiperspirant:
Apply antiperspirant at night: Antiperspirant works best if applied at night. When applied in the morning, especially after a shower, the active ingredients have a harder time reaching effectiveness on your sweat glands. Your sweat glands are also more active in the morning which makes it more difficult for your antiperspirant to do it’s sweat blocking. So, apply at night just before bed when your sweat glands are less active and your antiperspirant has a chance to work instead of dissolving with your perspiration.