¿deodorant or antiperspirant? ¿deodorant or antiperspirant?

¿deodorant or antiperspirant?

WITH YOUR WORLD 2 February, 2017 Cristina Calle

Doctors recommend checking the ingredients these products contain to know how effective they are.

Hernán Emilio Duque Romero – Dermatologist, practitioner at Coomeva Private Healthcare

Avoiding body odor and sweat can be a complex task, especially in the underarm area, but it is not impossible. It all starts with choosing a quality product and on the actual needs of each individual.

The key is to knowing what your goal is: do you want to just manage your sweat or also address body odor? Dermatologist Hernán Emilio Duque Romero stresses that deodorants and antiperspirants are different products, “Both terms are used synonymously, but in their strict sense, deodorant helps control body odor and antiperspirant helps avoid excess sweating.”

It is not a secret that dealing with perspiration sometimes turns into a difficult or uncomfortable issue, which is why it is fundamental to be sure of the deodorant or antiperspirant you are allowing to address this unique situation people face.

They key is knowing what type of product to use and understanding its components. This information can help you choose the right product.

Duque Romero states: “Products used for controlling perspiration (known as hyperhidrosis) include a substance called aluminum chlorohydrate, which is offered in a variety of concentrations depending on the severity of the hyperhidrosis. When the concentration of this substance, or other similar ones, are too high, they can do a great job at managing the problem, but they can also considerably increase the chances of irritation.”

Showering every day with water, soap or gentle cleansers and avoiding the use of synthetic, tight materials, are some tips that can help manage body odor in the underarms.

Body odor

Instead of dealing with different brands and letting advertisements with strong influences and sales, it is important to look at the deodorant’s ingredient list. This can help prevent skin irritations and actually help reduce or eliminate body odor caused by perspiration.

The dermatologist adds, “To counter body odor, fragrance is added to deodorant to mask its characteristic smell. Antimicrobials are also added, which fight the bacteria responsible for this unpleasant scent.”

The issue of sweating and body odor is not particular to a specific population, it is a matter that we must all deal with differently. In addition to looking just to deodorants or antiperspirants, the advice of a medical professional can help aid in finding the right product that does not end up irritating the skin or causing other side effects or irritations over time. This decision therefore does not just require time, it requires a careful understanding of what you need.

Duque Romero explains that, “When you are deciding on a product, if you are just trying to control how much you sweat, the concentration of aluminum chlorohydrate or of a similar ingredient should range between 15% and 20%. If you also have body odor, you must make sure that the product has the necessary antimicrobials.” •

24 to 48 hours is the period of time that a good deodorant can remain effective.

Dermatologist Hernán Emilio Duque Romero recommends, “If the product contains high concentrations of active ingredients, it is best to use them at night to reduce the chances of irritating your skin and staining your clothes. Because these products are generally applied to areas that are not exposed to the sun, there are no restrictions for their use with sun exposure.”

The product label states when it is best to apply. It is also important to shave or remove the hair from this area to avoid the substance from accumulating, and to use cotton clothing when possible.

Aluminum salts—a key ingredient— dissolve on the skin when exposed to humidity. This forms a gel that lays above the sweat glands and reduces how many of them there are.