Deodorant or Antiperspirants?

Which should I use, an antiperspirant or a deodorant? I am confused!

Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing,
but they arenít. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the
pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they canít
release sweat. Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by
antiseptic action against bacteria. Deodorants are preferable because they
donít interfere with sweating, a natural cooling process.

Baking Soda Simple Solution
Baking soda works wonders because it neutralizes the odor of sweat. Just
sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on. Donít
rinse. This tipójust using baking sodaóhas saved me on many occasion,
especially when traveling.

Basic Deodorant Powder
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
A few drops essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon

Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle a light
covering of the powder on a damp washcloth. Pat on. Donít rinse.

Basic Liquid Deodorant
1/4 cup each witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and mineral water
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
A few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender (optional)

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Makes 3/4 cup.

Shelf life: Indefinite.

20 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

thanks

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago

Thanks.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Ela V.
Ela V.4 years ago

thank you!

Chris Ray
Chris R.4 years ago

Thanks!~

Isabel Myca
Isabel Myca5 years ago

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Egbert D.
Egbert D.6 years ago

For individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis, a commonly used remedy is the anti-perspirant. These anti-perspirants often contain an aluminium based chemical formulation such as aluminium chloride that can help block the overactive underarm sweat glands, preventing sweat from surfacing out. Some popular brands that has been reported to be able to control light to mild underarm sweating include Drysol, Maxim and Certain Dri. Many people, especially women and young teenagers, aren't able to use these products because they will cause dermal irritations, such as itching, stinging and inflammatory skin. Since this is a common problem plus many people are suffering from allergies nowadays, dermatologists tend to recommend "gentle antiperspirants" (for example AHC20 sensitive) which are enriched with natural plant extracts. Herbs and plants like Sage, Clove or Usnea barbata help to reduce irritations of the skin to a minimum.

On the other hand, if you are suffering from excessive sweating that cannot be controlled by antiperspirants, a doctor would recommend oral medications, iontophoresis, Botox® injections or surgery as the next best treatment solutions to help you stop the heavy sweating.

Egbert D.
Egbert D.6 years ago

For individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis, a commonly used remedy is the anti-perspirant. These anti-perspirants often contain an aluminium based chemical formulation such as aluminium chloride that can help block the overactive underarm sweat glands, preventing sweat from surfacing out. Some popular brands that has been reported to be able to control light to mild underarm sweating include Drysol, Maxim and Certain Dri. Many people, especially women and young teenagers, aren't able to use these products because they will cause dermal irritations, such as itching, stinging and inflammatory skin. Since this is a common problem plus many people are suffering from allergies nowadays, dermatologists tend to recommend "gentle antiperspirants" (for example AHC20 sensitive) which are enriched with natural plant extracts. Herbs and plants like Sage, Clove or Usnea barbata help to reduce irritations of the skin to a minimum.

On the other hand, if you are suffering from excessive sweating that cannot be controlled by antiperspirants, a doctor would recommend oral medications, iontophoresis, Botox® injections or surgery as the next best treatment solutions to help you stop the heavy sweating.

Volkan A.
Volkan A.6 years ago

Deodorants are substances applied to the body to eliminate body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. A subgroup of deodorants, antiperspirants, prevent odor and reduce sweat produced by parts of the body.
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Joy Wong
Joy Wong6 years ago

Thanks Annie, I just came across this page, very useful tips.