Antiperspirants For Hyperhidrosis


Antiperspirants For Hyperhidrosis

Antiperspirants are the least invasive, inexpensive and easy to use of all the hyperhidrosis treatments. These are generally considered to be the first line of treatment, especially for hyperhidrosis impacting  underarms, hands, feet, and sometimes face. Experts normally recommend that they be tried first before moving to more invasive options such as Iontophoresis or Surgery.

Note that antiperspirant is not same as deodorant. Sometimes people use deodorant wishing to reduce sweat, but deodorant does just what its name implies – i.e., it ‘deodorizes' and sets boundaries for the odor-causing bacteria and therefore minimizing odors.Deodorant cannot prevent sweat from breaking out.

How Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis Work

The main “active” ingredient in all antiperspirants is aluminum based. This aluminum-based compound may consists of several different forms of aluminum such as Aluminum chlorohydrate, Aluminum chloride, Aluminum hydroxybromide or Aluminum zicronium tricholorohydrex glycine, in addition to many others.

When an antiperspirant is applied to the skin it prevents or blocks sweat from reaching the surface of the skin, thus reducing undesired sweat. Once an antiperspirant is applied to the skin, perspiration in the underarm grabs and dissolves the antiperspirant particles, pulling them into the pores and forming superficial plugs that are just below the surface of the skin. When the body senses that the sweat duct is plugged, a feedback mechanism stops the flow. The plugs can stay in place at least 24 hours and then are washed away over time.

Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis

Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis

Side Effects of Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis

Antiperspirants are generally safe (unless you have any specific reaction to them);. However, aluminium chloride (a common ingredient) may cause mild to moderate skin irritation.

How To Get Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis

Antiperspirants are available either over-the-counter (OTC) or by prescription from your dermatologist.

  • Over-the-counter antiperspirants are available in different strengths with “clinical” strength products offering the most sweat protection. Brands offering clinical strength include Secret, Gillette, Degree, Dove, Arrid, and Sure, as well as PerspireX, Certain-Dri and Hydrosal. See: Summary of popular OTC clinical strength antiperspirants
  • Prescription antiperspirants (e.g. Drysol) often contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate as an active ingredient. These are among the most effective antiperspirants but can cause skin irritation.

So, Should You Try Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis?

If you haven't' yet, yes!

Antiperspirants work for a lot of people, and are the least invasive – so they deserve a try.  Experts recommend a systematic approach to combating hyperhidrosis with antiperspirants. Start with the most gentle-to-the-skin formulations (traditional over-the-counter products) and progress to clinical strength over-the-counter antiperspirants, and then try stronger and stronger products (such as prescription formulations) until relief is found.


About Author

I have had hyperhidrosis (palms and feet) since my childhood. I have tried/researched almost every treatment for hyperhidrosis over last decade, and in the process have acquired considerable experience that I hope will help others suffering with hyperhidrosis. I am happy to help you in whatever way I can to manage your excessive sweat problem - see the About page for more details and my contact information. Remember you are not alone, and that hyperhidrosis is entirely manageable with informed treatment. Good luck! PS: I recently published all that I have learnt about Hyperhidrosis in my book No Sweat! I encourage you to check that out as I believe its the best resource out there to understand and manage hyperhidrosis without falling for the miracle cures. Will love to hear your feedback on how to make it better.


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  3. Timmy Stevenson on

    Miracles cures are so annoying. I don’t believe that a natural ingredient or solution for completely fixing excessive sweat is the answer for most people. And other intrusive method like injections and the surgery are to drastic and I have heard horror stories about people that were sweating in other parts of their body from both types of serious solutions. The best hyperhidrosis treatment for excessive sweating has always been an antiperspirant, but you must remember that while everyone body is different, so are the types of aluminium based products. Think of an antiperspirant as a T shirt. T shirts come in all types of sizes. From extra small to 2X large. Same goes for these products. There are different levels of aluminum in all products. For example, Certain Dri has a 12%, a 20%, and a 25% aluminum concentrated product. Which means that you need to look for the one that fits your body. I suggestion is to start off small and move higher if you are not getting the right amount of protection for your body. Check out and see for yourself.

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