Antiperspirants are really the first defence for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). You may be surprised to know that they’re not just used for underarms, but for hands, feet and even your face.
They are easy to use and apply, are the least invasive treatment, usually relatively inexpensive and I recommend they should really be tried before any other form of treatment.
Antiperspirant for excessive sweating is applied to the skin usually either in a spray or a roll-on form. The antiperspirant particles cover the sweat glands. Sweat kind of soaks up the particles and then ‘sucks’ them in to the sweat duct forming a sort of ‘plug’ that prevents sweat escaping or at least reduces it. When your nervous system detects that the sweat duct has been blocked, your body stops the flow of sweat from the duct.
Antiperspirants are available either over-the-counter (OTC) or by prescription from your dermatologist.
Secret, Gillette, Degree, Dove, Arrid, PerspireX, Certain-Dri and Hydrosal. These do generally get good reviews, however the won’t work on everyone, and it’s worth testing a couple to find one that works for you. Clinical strength antiperspirants contain higher amounts of the active ingredients than your normal antiperspirants. You need to be aware of the different types of active ingredient too –
aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex – contained in many including Secret Clinical Strength. Mostly the clinical strength formulas just have a higher percentage of the ingredient in.
aluminum choride hexahydrate – found in prescription antiperspirants – very effective but can be a little harsh on the skin and may cause a rash or irritation if the instructions are not followed properly.
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