There Is a Difference
There are two different types of sweat produced by the body. There are eccrine sweat glands all over your skin, just beneath the surface, that release a mixture of salt and water when your body becomes overheated. This saline mixture helps moderate body temperature by cooling the body through evaporation. There are apocrine glands as well, however. Primarily present in the hairy areas of the body – largely the underarms and the groin – these glands release a thicker and stickier sweat that is initially odor-free, but because it is loaded with proteins and fats becomes a breeding ground for bacteria – the cause of foul body odor.
Now, many people think that the words “antiperspirant” and “deodorant” are synonymous, but just as there is a difference in the sweat you produce, there is a difference between antiperspirants and deodorants
. Which one you use depends on which issue you’d prefer to tackle. If you wish to reduce wetness and perspiration, then antiperspirant is the product for you. Antiperspirant products are formulated with either aluminum or zinc salts that work to plug up your pores in order to keep sweat from reaching the surface of your skin. Without sweat to feed on, the bacteria have no way to produce and thrive. If smell is your main worry, however, deodorants will work for you. Deodorants contain various ingredients and antiseptic agents that work to create an environment that is either too salty or acidic for smelly bacteria to thrive. Some also contain fragrance to mask any unpleasant odors.
A Wide Range of Options
There are a wide range of options for men
when it comes to combatting body odor – for both antiperspirants and deodorants. There are soft solids and stick deodorants, aerosol antiperspirants, wipes, tablets and even body powders. One of the most popular forms is the gel. For many years, men and women would use stick deodorant or antiperspirant underneath their arms. These sticks come in a solid or semi-solid form encapsulated by a tube contoured for your under arms. When you roll the dial at the bottom of the tube, more product becomes available for use. The downside to some stick products, however, was that they would leave a residue on your clothing that was hard to wash out. Gels have rectified this issue. Gels come in tubes much like the stick varieties, but with perforations at the top. They glide on cool and refreshing. Because they are clear, can be applied uniformly and because they dry in no time, they leave no tell-tale stains on your shirt.
If you want to go green while also staying fresh and odor-free there are also many natural brands
to choose from in our personal care department. Sweating is natural, but now you can take steps to minimize wetness and odor. Find the right antiperspirant or deodorant for you at drugstore.com today. back to top »