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What is Antiperspirant Deodorant & Is It Right for You?

September 11, 2020 3 min read

what is antiperspirant deodorant

No one likes the smell of body odor and stickiness of sweaty armpits. Just like everyone, you’re bound to be hunting down the best product to keep you feeling fresh throughout the day. During your search, you may have come across products that claim to be both an antiperspirant and a deodorant. Are you left wondering, exactly what is antiperspirant deodorant? In this article, we answer all of your questions about the combination product.

What is antiperspirant deodorant?

Many people use the terms antiperspirant and deodorant interchangeably. So you may be asking yourself, what is antiperspirant deodorant? It simply is a combination of antiperspirant and deodorant, just like a shampoo conditioner all-in-one product. Before we delve into how it works, let's first review the distinct difference between antiperspirant and deodorant.

What is antiperspirant?

Antiperspirant is designed to reduce the amount of sweat you produce. A common ingredient is aluminum salts, which block your pores and temporarily ceases the production of sweat. When the salts mix with your sweat, it turns into a gel that coats your pores. Antiperspirants can be used on most parts of the body, like your hands or face, that produces sweat.

What is deodorant?

Deodorant is designed to mask or neutralize the smell of body odor, which is caused when harmless skin bacteria reacts with sweat. Deodorant formulas often utilize alcohol or antibacterial agents to prevent bacteria growth. In concert with the odor-neutralizing agent, an added synthetic or natural fragrance works to mask body odor.

How does antiperspirant deodorant work?

Like the name suggests, antiperspirant deodorant does double-duty by reducing sweat and controlling odor. It has the active ingredients of antiperspirant to block or plug sweat glands, as well as the bacteria-fighting agent and fragrance found in deodorant.

What are the benefits to using antiperspirant deodorant?

There are several benefits to using antiperspirant deodorant. Instead of having to choose preventing sweat or combatting body odor, you can do both with one product. When you use only one product, you ultimately save money and time. Antiperspirant deodorant products are available in all of traditional forms: spray, roll-on, solid and gel.

People with hyperhidrosis may benefit from using a clinical strength antiperspirant deodorant for excessive sweating. A clinical strength antiperspirant is the strongest product you can purchase without a prescription. This type of product would be even more helpful with the antibacterial agents of a deodorant to prevent odor sometimes associated with hyperhidrosis.

What’s the best way to wash off antiperspirant deodorant?

If you feel like there is a residue on your skin after a full day wearing your new combination product, you may need to learn how to wash off antiperspirant deodorant. One suggestion is to pour about ¼ cup of baking powder into a bowl. Add warm water and mix together until it forms thick paste that you can spread. During your shower, apply your mixture to the affected area. Using a wet washcloth, rub off the blend. After the baking powder paste is gone, rinse it off with water for squeaky clean underarms.

Like the name suggests, antiperspirant deodorant does double-duty by reducing sweat and controlling odor.

Can I use both deodorant and antiperspirant at the same time?

If you are not convinced that a combination product is right for you, you may wonder if you can use deodorant and antiperspirant at the same time? Yes, you can use two separate products if you feel that is necessary. However, you may wish to follow these tips to assure the best performance of both products.

  • Apply antiperspirant to clean armpits at night. This allows the active ingredients to set in and take hold while you sleep. It also has less chance of being washed away from the sweat your body produces during the day.
  • Apply deodorant after your morning shower. Since your antiperspirant has already set in, it won’t be washed away during your shower. Be sure to allow deodorant time to dry before getting dressed.
  • You may also consider shaving or trimming your underarm hair. This will allow your hygiene products to make direct contact with your skin.

Using an antiperspirant deodorant may be the easiest way to treat your sweat and body odor. Be sure to read product labels (and customer reviews, when available) to make sure you getting the product that best meets your needs.

To ensure all-day protection from sweat and odor, wear an Ejis sweat proof undershirt (buy in our shop or on Amazon). Our sweat proof undershirts have a thin waterproof layer to stop sweat from transferring to your shirt. They are also infused with real silver to help fight odor-causing bacteria. 

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