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Clinical Antiperspirants vs. Deodorant: Is one better than the other?

People will pay anything to avoid the slightest drizzle of sweat excreting from their pores. Whether it via quick fixes like Botox or packaged pills with absurd claims of ridding the issue for good. However, sweating is natural process undertaken by our bodies to flush out the toxins. We don’t mind sweat when we are pumping weights at the gym or lazing on the beach in the hot summer sun. But there’s a time and a place for everything, and nervous sweats during a job interview or on a first date is less than desirable. Not to mention when body odour comes into the equation! Most of us will just opt for your regular old antiperspirant or deodorant, but are these products just adding to the issue or helping to solve them? Let’s take a closer look.

How does antiperspirant work?

Fondly referred to as sweat blockers, antiperspirants like Rexona Clinical are the most active at containing excess sweat. How? As antiperspirant is filled with active ingredients like aluminium, it effectively inhibits the release of sweat by clogging the pores. While aluminium is one of the key ingredients in antiperspirant, a lot of people worry that using this chemical over a prolonged period of time contributes to breast cancer. There are numerous studies that describe what happens when aluminium is digested into the body, but the research that tests what happens when applied onto the skin is varied and inconclusive. Despite this hot debate, antiperspirants are still the number one choice for people who experience excessive sweating due to anxiety or stress. It also works as an agent to combat the enemy – body odour. By keeping the armpit dry and clean, the bacteria has no room to grow and create that sickly sweet aroma we know all too well.

Antiperspirant inhibits the release of sweat by clogging the pores. Photo: stockimages/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Antiperspirant inhibits release of sweat. Photo: stockimages/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What about deodorants?

Your general store bought deodorants don’t contain any chemicals to keep you from sweating – once you spritz it on and play a game of tennis, you’re more than likely going to perspire, in fact you’re likely to feel quite hot in the area you just sprayed depending on your skins sensitivity. On the other hand, deodorant contains ingredients like triclosan that make the skin in your armpits too salty to support the growth of bacteria, resulting in the ability to mask the smell of unpleasant body odour. Unlike pure antiperspirants which are usually fragrance free, deodorants also work as a perfume.

Which one is best for me?

The choice between deodorant and antiperspirant should be deciphered by how often you sweat. If you are prone to excessive sweating then it’s probably in your best interest to invest in an over the counter clinical strength antiperspirant that helps control the body’s ability to perspire. By reducing moisture under the arms via an antiperspirant, you are also likely to stop the appearance of odour in its tracks.

How do you manage excessive sweating? Do you use an antiperspirant, a deodorant or a natural remedy? Tell us in the comments below.

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