Antiperspirants are different to simple “deodorants” which only counteract body odour (‘BO’). Common antiperspirants available over the counter in pharmacies and supermarkets are the first line of treatment for excessive sweating. Heavy-duty antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride hexahydrate (drichlor) are one of the most effective antiperspirants available. Other products that may be effective include Rexona Clinical protection, MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant and No More Sweat Daily Antiperspirant.
Antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat duct so that the sweat doesn’t make it to the surface of the skin, helping to keep you dry. While we commonly associate these products with use under the arms, they can be used successfully in many other places on the body for sweating. The most common problem associated with antiperspirants is irritation of the skin. Your dermatologist at Bulimba Dermatology can guide you on the best way to use antiperspirants to maximise effectiveness and minimise irritation. Antiperspirants work best when used every day, particularly after showering and thorough drying of the skin. Once control is achieved, regular re-application is usually required several times a week to maintain results.