Body odor occurs when sweat is exuded, and bacteria naturally becomes present and thrives in the sweat; it is this bacteria which causes an unpleasant smell. Considering this, one of the best methods of combating the problem is to address the sweat itself - this is where deodorantstackling body odor come in. There is an ever-increasing array of different deodorants available to consumers, but some of them are more suitable than others when it comes to tackling body odor
Deodorant or Antiperspirant?
Many of us use the words 'deodorant' and 'antiperspirant' interchangeably, but these are actually considerably different. While deodorants can provide strong scents, these will only mask the smell which is naturally emitted by the body. It is in fact antiperspirants which are successful for treating sweat, because these contain aluminum chloride - a chemical which works to limit the production of sweat. Read on to find out about some of the most popular.
Maxim prescription strength antiperspirant & deodorant
This is available in many pharmacies or online, and contains 15% of the active ingredient aluminum chloride. It is a roll-on solution, one bottle of which is thought to last between two and three months depending on usage.
Perspi-guard maximum strength antiperspirant
This is available as a spray, roll-on, wipes, and a body wash. It is available online and in many high street retailers. It is designed to be applied just once or twice a week before bed, before showering in the morning, and should not be used in conjunction with any other deodorant.
Driclor antiperspirant roll-on
More commonly available in Europe, Driclor can be harder to find in the Unites States aside from online. It contains 20% aluminum chloride, and so might be more irritant to those with sensitive skin. It is thought to stop sweating by creating a gel substance in the sweat glands thereby blocking them.
Certain dri prescription strength clinical
Containing 12% aluminum chloride, this antiperspirant is available as a roll on, for application to completely dry underarms before bed. It works by blocking the sweat glands, and the effects will last for the duration of the day.
Sweatblock antiperspirant towelettes
These are a less conventional, but nonetheless very popular form of deodorant for combating sweat. One pack comes with eight wipes, each soaked with an antiperspirant solution containing 14% aluminum chloride. The effects of application of one wipe to the desired area is said to last for one week on average. It can be used in conjunction with other deodorants.
These are just five of the best deodorants for women's body odor, which can be bought over-the-counter or online. If they are not sufficient for your personal condition, it might be necessary to visit your doctor with a view to gaining a prescription for stronger, medicated deodorant.
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