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 Antiperspirant 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

Brand Forms Pricing Compount Strength Amazon Link
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