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Deodorants VS Antiperspirants

Most women sweat! And when the temperature is rising during hot weather it is simply human nature to sweat. This is a good thing. Sweating is the bodies way of keeping us cool. Things get a little heated when some start to discuss which is better for the sweaty situation. Some say deodorants are the best, while others swear by their favorite antiperspirants.


Deodorants are classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as (OTC) Over the Counter Drugs. This simply means that the deodorants are readily available for purchase at any store without a prescription. Most deodorants are considered safe. And the way the deodorants work is by hiding the odor. And many women take advantage of this fact by spraying deodorants all over their body to keep them smelling fresh all day long.

And when the body sweats it releases under arm moisture. This moisture makes contact with the bacteria that is under the skin and other grime and grit. This is what causes the underarm odor. And of course the deodorant works by merely covering up the odor causing bacteria and does not stop wetness.


The FDA classified antiperspirants as a OTC drug. Antiperspirants work a little differently than deodorants. Antiperspirant work by trying to reduce the amount of sweat secreted under the arms. This reduces the odor causing bacteria that lives in the moist under arm area. There are many types of antiperspirants with different formulas but they all work by trying to reduce the wetness under the arms that produces the odor causing bacteria. Some common ingredients found in antiperspirants include the following:

Aluminum Chloride
Aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex glycine
Aluminum chlorohydrate
Aluminum hydroxybromide

Which Is Better

The choice of which is better solely depends on the individual. If heavy perspiration is a significant problem a strong antiperspirant might be the answer. If one perspires lightly and is worried about mild odor problems then a deodorant would answer their needs.

Antiperspirant Warnings

Scientific research found that the aluminum ingredients in many antiperspirants had a detrimental effect on research animals and humans. One study showed that the aluminum salts used in some antiperspirants traveled to the blood stream and collected in breast tissue. This caused world wide worries among women concerning the use of antiperspirants. Researchers also warn those with health problems to consider using a mild deodorant instead of the antiperspirants. Antiperspirants might place them at higher risk for more health related problems.

For more information about deodorants and antiperspirants or to answer any concerns contact your health care specialist.


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