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What Is Antiperspirant Deodorant?

You've head of antiperspirant, and you've heard of deodorant, but what is antiperspirant deodorant and how can it help you? Antiperspirant deodorant is a combination product that can both prevent sweat and improve scent.
What Is Antiperspirant Deodorant?

Antiperspirant deodorant is just what it sounds like - it combines the sweat reducing active ingredients found in antiperspirant with the antibacterial properties and scent of deodorant. Many people, especially those with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, need the sweat prevention provided by antiperspirant and the bacteria and odor fighting action of deodorant.[1] People may struggle to understand whether they should use antiperspirant or deodorant, but thanks to antiperspirant deodorant, they can easily use both. Antiperspirant deodorants come in stick form, spray, and roll-on to make use convenient. To better understand what antiperspirant deodorant is, it is first necessary to understand the combination of products that it is made from.

Antiperspirant is a substance that people apply to the body which contains an active ingredient that reduces sweat production. Most antiperspirants on the market use a metallic salt, like aluminum chloride or aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex, as an active ingredient. These metallic salts form a superficial plug in sweat glands when mixed with the sweat a person produces. This can be extremely helpful for people who have overactive sweat glands. There are several types of antiperspirants on the market that vary in strength, contain different active ingredients, and are mixed with different moisturizers and scents. This can make it challenging to choose the right over-the-counter antiperspirant.[1]

Deodorant is a substance applied to the body in order to reduce the smell of body odor and kill the bacteria that produce it. Many commercial deodorants use ingredients like sodium stearate, sodium chloride and stearyl alcohol, parabens, or the stronger ingredient triclosan, to kill bacteria present on the skin. They also contain a variety of scents which mask smells produced by the body.[2] Certain deodorants are better for treating Hyperhidrosis, but most deodorants alone are not enough.

Humans have been manufacturing deodorants for thousands of years, but in the late 1800’s modern antiperspirant and deodorants were produced for the first time.[3] Since then, people have been trying to find the perfect combination and this is why antiperspirant deodorants were created. Several popular companies, like Dove and Axe, sell combination products and many people happily use them. There are, however, limitations. Some people require stronger antiperspirants, and in order to get the right protection, they need to use a clinical strength or prescription antiperspirant - and these often don’t come mixed with deodorant.[1] In this type of situation antiperspirant deodorants may not be the best choice. Instead, people can use a strong antiperspirant and choose the deodorant of their choice to apply over top of it.

  1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  2. Zirwas, M. J., & Moennich, J. (2008). Antiperspirant and Deodorant Allergy Diagnosis and Management. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 1(3), 38-43. Retrieved November 12, 2018 from
  3. Ramirez, A. (1990, August). All About/Deodorants; The Success of Sweet Smell. New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2018, from
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