Antiperspirant versus Deodorant: What’s the Difference?
If you are struggling with unpleasant odours and stains due to sweat, then you may be using the wrong products. Many people use deodorant to help prevent perspiration throughout the day, but antiperspirant could be a better option. So, what’s the difference?
The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirant
Antiperspirant and deodorant are commonly thought of as one and the same when it comes to sweat and odour prevention. However, antiperspirants like DRYSOL® are generally considered the first line of defense when it comes to sweat and odour prevention. Antiperspirants usually contain aluminum, an active ingredient that works towards preventing sweat from ever reaching the skin’s surface. When applied, they form a temporary gel, blocking the sweat ducts on your skin and decreasing the amount of sweat that is excreted.
Many antiperspirants are clinical or prescription-strength and available over the counter or prescribed by your general practitioner (GP). It is important to choose a product and strength that is right for you and your sweat level.
Deodorant is used to prevent body odour only and does not prevent sweat production. It simply masks the smell commonly associated with sweat. It may surprise you that your sweat is actually colourless and odourless. The smell only occurs when your sweat interacts with bacteria on your skin.
Now that you know the difference between these two topical treatments, you need to know how to properly apply them to your body. There are best practices that, if followed, may resolve sweat and odour issues quickly.
How to Use Deodorant and Antiperspirant
Deodorant works by killing bacteria on your skin, preventing body odour. Your underarms and pubic region contain thousands of hairs, which hold on to bacteria and sweat, making these areas particularly problematic for body odour. Deodorant is designed to be used under your arms and baby powder is much better suited to areas like your upper thighs, underneath your breasts and your bikini area.
Antiperspirant needs to be applied at night before going to bed as most people sweat very little or not at all while asleep. Using it right before going out won’t work as the ingredients need time to kick in. Antiperspirant can also be applied to various areas of the body. Since it features 12-48-hour protection, you won’t need to reapply for up to two days.
Which One is Right for You?
While deodorant can be purchased at your local grocer or drug store to mask body odour, antiperspirant is designed to block your sweat glands and prevent sweat from reaching your skin surface. Using either of the two depends on your sweat levels and personal needs and preferences. If you are a light sweater, a deodorant will work to prevent body odour. For heavier sweaters who experience consistent sweat throughout the day, an antiperspirant will be your best option.
For the treatment of excessive sweating, DRYSOL® is an antiperspirant that offers a mild formulation that can be used for sensitive areas like the face, back and skin folds as well as the underarms.