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Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant: What's the Difference?

Many people think that deodorants and antiperspirants are the same thing. The truth is that they’re two separate products that work in different ways.


What’s the Difference between Antiperspirant and Deodorant?

Deodorants are used to prevent unwanted body odour. Antiperspirants are designed to reduce the body’s production of sweat. To get to the bottom of how each works, it’s important to understand the connection between body odour and sweat.

BO is a by-product of natural bacteria on the skin. The bacteria feed on the sweat released from your body’s apocrine sweat glands.

Apocrine sweat is rich with fats and proteins that come from within your body. When these fats and proteins mix with the natural bacteria on your skin, they react with one another and create body odours.

Deodorants are designed to counteract this reaction. They use chemicals and fragrances to eliminate or cover up the bacteria on your skin, cutting it off from apocrine sweat and preventing odours.

Antiperspirants work by eliminating sweat. They use aluminum salts that dissolve into the moisture on the skin’s surface and form a gel that sits on top of the sweat gland.

With the sweat glands covered, sweat and bacteria can’t react with one another and cause bad odours.


Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant: Which Should I Choose and When?

Choosing between antiperspirants and deodorants is largely a case of personal preference. But antiperspirants do have benefits over ordinary deodorants.

Although deodorants can help reduce and mask the presence of BO, antiperspirants combat/reduce sweat – one of the root causes of body odour.

If you sweat more, an antiperspirant can help keep you dryer and fresher than ordinary deodorants. Products like Degree® Dry Spray Antiperspirant are formulated to offer long lasting protection against excess sweating.

Many antiperspirants contain great smelling fragrance ingredients, meaning that you get the best of both worlds – long lasting sweat protection and reduced underarm odour.

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