What’s the difference between deodorant, antiperspirant and clinical antiperspirant?

When you
reach for the daily spray/roll on, you could be using either a deodorant, antiperspirant or clinical
antiperspirant. Same-Same right? Wrong! There’s a big difference between the three and if you’re
finding yourself sweating through your shirt during the day, you could be using the wrong one.
Let’s explore this further…

Deodorants
Deodorants are designed to mask the odour usually associated with sweating, and don’t help with
controlling it. If you’re finding yourself sweating, there could be a chance that you’re using a
deodorant and not an antiperspirant.

Antiperspirants
If you’re worried about sweat stains on your clothes and you’re avoiding certain materials or
colours you may need an antiperspirant. Regular antiperspirants contain metallic salts. These salts
have been found to block sweat ducts, reducing the amount of perspiration that reaches the skin.

Clinical antiperspirants
Your doctor may recommend a stronger antiperspirant for severe underarm sweating. Like other
antiperspirants, these work by blocking sweat ducts, thereby reducing the amount of perspiration
that reaches the skin. This type of antiperspirant is only available from pharmacies and contains the
ingredient aluminium chloride hexahydrate.

If think you suffer from excessive sweating, first check you are using the right product. If all the
above treatment options are still not helping you, there is a chance you could have excessive
sweating or hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can be an isolating, chronic condition but there’s no
reason to suffer in silence.

For more treatment options, click here to find information and speak to your GP.