Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant


Posted on October 23rd, by staff in Expert Tips, This vs That, Treatments. 6 comments

Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant

“Sweating is the body’s way to cool itself down,” says our go-to dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett. But when your sweat is excessive or excessively stinky, what should you reach for: deodorant or antiperspirant? Here’s the difference.

Deodorants will mask the odor but they don’t have any ingredients to keep you from perspiring. So once you swipe on deodorant to your armpit and go play squash, you’re going to sweat but not smell.

Antiperspirant stops both sweating  and odour with aluminum and zirconium. These ingredients plug the sweat glands in your underarms, so, by not actually sweating, you won’t smell either.

Treatment option

If you’re an excessive sweater, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which can be easily treated with Botox. “Botox acts on the nerve to act on the sweat gland to decrease sweating . It is a fast procedure that effectively leaves you sweat-free for up to 6 months,” explains Kellett, who offers a popular treatment at her downtown Toronto clinic. For more info about it, click here.