The difference between antiperspirant and deodorant.
Deodorants are used to cover the smell of sweat, by killing the bacteria that causes the body odor. They do not keep you from sweating.
Antiperspirants are a subgroup of deodorants and prevent us from sweating because of ingredients such as aluminum, parabens and others, which clog the sweat glands and prevent the sweat from reaching the surface of your skin. This barrier is gradually reduced as the antiperspirant loses effectivity and normal sweating resumes.
The most effective antiperspirants are usually very strong, so they should only be used in cases where Hyperhidrosis is a problem.
Antiperspirants are normally applied to the armpits, whilst deodorants (in the form of body sprays) can be used on non-underarm body areas.
Aerosol Antiperspirants, however, can also be applied to other body areas where excessive sweating is problematic.
In the US, the FDA classifies and regulates deodorants as cosmetics, while most antiperspirants are sold as over-the counter drugs.
The very common white/yellow deodorant stains that appear on your clothes are caused by Aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly (a very common ingredient in antiperspirants/deodorants).
This preparation reacts with your sweat to create yellow stains on your clothes.
There’s a very popular myth that deodorant use is linked to breast cancer (so popular in fact that many companies included the “paraben-free” or “aluminum-free” slogan in their marketing campaign, as a selling point of their product).
This myth appears to have originated from a spam email in 1999, but there is no evidence to back up such a link. The American Cancer Society states that “studies have not shown any direct link between parabens and any health problems, including breast cancer”
However, many people have started to become increasingly conscious about the ingredients used in deodorants/antiperspirants and started looking for natural solutions for body perspiration.
So what do you choose?
Well, if you don’t have a sweating problem, or don’t practice intense physical activity, you might want to choose a deodorant to remove the body odor.
If on the other hand, if you have a serious sweating problem, you might want to consider an antiperspirant, which will prevent you from sweating, to a certain degree.