Antiperspirants are usually the first line of defense for Excessive Sweating, and works reasonably well for a good proportion of hyperhidrosis patients. This post is a brief guide to buying over the counter antiperspirants for hyperhidrosis.
Over the Counter Antiperspirants Vs. Regular Antiperspirants
While you may begin with using a regular antiperspirant in the affected area, these do not usually provide satisfactory relief from excessive sweat. There are several stronger (clinical strength) and specialized antiperspirants for hyperhidrosis that may be more effective. There are a large number of clinical strength antiperspirant options (brands, strengths, formula, form etc) available in the market. Many of really high strength antiperspirants for hyperhidrosis may require a prescription in certain markets, while others with a lower strength (but much higher than the regular ones) are available over the counter.
In USA, the FDA allows over-the-counter sale of antiperspirants containing 15%-25% aluminum (with the figure varying based on the specific compound being used).
Antiperspirant Effectiveness for Different Types of Hyperhidrosis
One thing to note is that Antiperspirants for hyperhidrosis are usually more effective for the underarm region (as compared to hands, feet or face). This is primarily because the skin on palms and feet is much thinker than armpits, thus making absorption of antiperspirant more tricky.
Update: A new set of products based on Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate have been found to be effective for palmar hyperhidrosis. See review of Carpe antiperspirant.
There is definitely no harm in trying antiperspirants for palmar or plantar hyperhidrosis – it may work for you!
Popular over the counter antiperspirants for hyperhidrosis
In general, most over the counter antiperspirants contain some form of aluminum based compound as being the main active ingredient (though there are some exceptions) – mostly aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorohydrate. However, these compounds may result in skin irritation, so other compounds have been gaining popularity in recent years (e.g. aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine). However, Aluminium Chloride remains the most popular compound in most OTC antiperspirants.
Table: Popular Over the counter Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis
|DuraDry||Solid||High||Aluminium Zirconium Trichlorohydrex and Aluminum Chloride||Stong (~20%)||Check Review
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|Certain Dri||Roll on, Solid, Pads||Low||aluminum chloride.||not very strong (~15%)||Amazon/Ebay|
|Odaban||Spray, Lotion||Medium||aluminum chloride.||Stong (~20%)||Amazon/Ebay|
|Drysol||Dab on, Solution||Medium||aluminum chloride.||Stong (~20%)||Amazon/Ebay|
|Maxim||Wipes, Roll-on||Low||aluminum chloride.||Deodorant||Amazon/Ebay|
|Driclor||Roll-on, Solution||Low||aluminum chloride.||Stong (~20%)||Amazon/Ebay|
|SweatBlock||Wipes||High||aluminum chloride.||not very strong (~14%)||Review, Amazon/Ebay|
|Dove||Solid||Very High||aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly (20%)||Strong (~20%)||Amazon/Ebay|
|Secret Clinical Strength||Clear Gel||Medium||Aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex Gly||Strong (~20%)||Amazon|
|Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion||Lotion||High||Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate||Medium (15%)||Review, Buy|
Also check out this post about various hyperhidrosis treatments comparison
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Great, this overview looks pretty useful!
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5 Day has 25% aluminum chlorohydrate. They’re pads. Others bother my skin. These do not. It’s the only brand that seems to work for me.
Great review! My husband is using Nivea Men Care. He tried a lot and now sticking to Nivea. It is the best antiperspirant for us. I wonder why this is not included?
I am confused. Certain Dri has three products not one. This is because everyone’s skin behaves and reacts differently based on their skin types. That why it not fair to label Certain Dri as a “Not very Strong” product because this site is choosing their weakest product. And the other two also use two other different types of aluminum, much comparable to the ones on the list. Also, I curious, is there any antiperspirants on here that have properties of a deodorant as well? Certain Dri 20% product has the combined elements for excessive sweat plus give you odor control too. This stuff was a perfect product for any beginner looking to see what works for their hyperhidrosis. I really encourage you to look though your options, find a product that works for you, and don’t get options from people online. Look outside the book, like Certain Dri! If you are interested in a product that has many treatment options for how your skin reacts, look into http://www.certaindri.com for yourself. Good article, but next time include the deodorant and antiperspirant product. I don’t have to apply two different products now!
I refuse to use any other deodorant besides Certain dri. I live in Florida and sweat ALOT! Ever since I switched to Certain Dri I haven’t had a problem with sweat stains and being embarrassed. I recommend to anyone in need of a deodorant that works!! Which lets be real shouldn’t this be everyone.
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Being a Florida resident and having Hyperhidrosis is not an easy thing! I’ve gone through so many different brands of hyperhidrosis antiperspirant but ever since I switched to Certain Dri Extra Strength Clinical, my hyperhidrosis has gotten under control! I’m so happy I switched!!
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