Antiperspirants for
Sweating

Antiperspirants remain the first line treatment for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis treatments, in fact they can be used anywhere on the body, including the face, hands, feet and underarms. Antiperspirants are the least invasive and most inexpensive method of treating excessive sweat. They are most effective in mild cases of sweating.

  • Antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat duct, decreasing sweat output
  • They can be used to treat axillary (underarm), palmar, plantar as well as facial sweating
  • Higher concentrations of active ingredients such as aluminium chloride hexahydrate work best
  • High concentrations can also result in skin irritation
  • Correct application of antiperspirants will result in less skin rashes
  • Antiperspirants work best for mild excessive sweating

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Antipirspirants are applied to areas of excessive sweating. Sweat in the area grabs the particles of agents in the antiperspirant solution thru a mechanism known as ‘osmosis’.

The particles are pulled into the pores, and forms a superficial plug at the level of the sweat gland entrance. This in turn stops the production and flow of sweat. The plug is not permanent, and antiperspirants will need to be applied every 1-3 days, as the plug is degraded over time. Reapplication can be individualised.

The most effective antiperspirants contain a chemical known as aluminium chloride hexahydrate in a 20% solution. This is the formulation of DRICLOR.

The controversy is with the use of aluminium and anti-sweating lotions and antiperspirants.

Aluminium is commonly encountered in everyday life, from foils, food containers, drink cans and even food! The amount of exposure you receive from an antiperspirant compared to your diet is less than 3%!

There are talk that aluminium can be related to Alzheimer’s disease, however experts and research bodies have dispelled this theory. The safety of aluminium salts has been confirmed by the United States FDA.

Patients with normal sweating patterns will respond to commercial over the counter antiperspirants, these include Rexona, Lynx, and other brands. For sensitive skin we recommend the QV range of antiperspirants. For significant sweating, we recommend patients to use DRICLOR.

This is the strongest antiperspirant available in Australia, and it is available thru all major pharmacies. No prescription is needed for Driclor. Correct application of DRICLOR is needed to reduce skin irritation.

Dry the area before application, we suggest using a hair drying on cool setting. This can reduce skin irritation. Initially use every other night, preferably after a shower.

Use a small amount only, allow to dry on your skin before putting on night clothes. Wash off in the morning, and continue to use your normal deodorant. If you have some skin irritation, buy some 1% Hydrocortisone cream to help settle the skin rash. Increase your application of DRICLOR accordingly. It often takes a week or two to notice an improvement.

Once sweat production is reduced, you can apply DRICLOR two to three times a week, or even less!

Don’t worry too much as most patients with moderate to severe sweating will develop a rash from antiperspirants. This is due to the fact that the skin has irritation from the sweat combined with the chemicals from antiperspirants.

Tricks to reduce the rash from antiperspirants include, use less product, use less frequently, use on dry skin (after using a hair dryer), use at night, combine treatments such as sweat stopping treatments, or iontophoresis with antiperspirant use. In some cases we may prescribe a mild anti-inflammatory cream after antiperspirant use.

Don’t be disheartened if your sweating does not improve with antiperspirants. Remember they work best for very mild cases of hyperhyrosis, and the majority of patients who sweat excessively will develop a rash if high concentrations are used.

Patient who suffer from excessive sweating will benefit from other treatments options.

Excessive sweating of the underarms can be treated with:

sweat stopping treatments

ETS surgery

Excessive sweating of the hands can be treated with:

Iontophoresis

ETS surgery

sweat stopping treatments

Excessive sweating of the feet can be treated with:

Iontophoresis

Creams for excessive sweating

Other hyperhidrosis treatments include natural remedies and relaxation techniques.

Patients with normal sweating patterns will respond to commercial over the counter antiperspirants, these include Rexona, Lynx, and other brands. For sensitive skin we recommend the QV range of antiperspirants. For significant sweating, we recommend patients to use DRICLOR. This is the strongest antiperspirant available in Australia, and it is available thru all major pharmacies.

No prescription is needed for Driclor. Correct application of DRICLOR is needed to reduce skin irritation.

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