Edison, NJ (PRWEB) April 24, 2008
Noted dermatologist, Dr. David Bank, explains the difference between antiperspirants and deodorants.
Our bodies are naturally programmed to perspire, but what comes naturally isn't always desirable, especially if it causes body odor or leaves unsightly underarm stains on your clothes. Yet, as you reach for an antiperspirant or deodorant, it's important to know how each works to choose what is right for you. "The main difference: antiperspirants stop or dry up sweat, while deodorants - or any combination of them - help get rid of the odor by masking the smell with a fragrance," explains David Bank, M.D., dermatologist and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York. "You'd be surprised how many people come to me with sweating issues and tell me they can't control it with what they are using - that's because it is a deodorant only."
Which One Should You Choose?
Antiperspirant, "the sweat blocker: Antiperspirants are the choice for controlling underarm sweating, since the most common active ingredients, aluminum compounds, block the pores to inhibit the release of sweat and help absorb odor-causing moisture. Most over the counter antiperspirants contain aluminum zirconium . However, for people who suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating), there is something more effective available - Certain Dri® Anti-Perspirant , which contains 12% aluminum chloride, the strongest over-the-counter antiperspirant ingredient preferred by dermatologists to treat excessive sweating. Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant® should be used sparingly, only a few times per week, at bedtime, to control excessive sweating (use as directed).
Deodorant, the odor absorber: Deodorants cover up odor through a variety of fragrances and masking substances. Some also contain an antibacterial agent, such as triclosan, to prevent the release of odor by fighting bacteria growth that results from perspiration. Deodorants are best for stopping that sweaty smell, but won't stop the perspiration, itself. Deodorant, alone, is best for those people who do not have a problem with excessive sweating, yet want to feel fresh and odor free. Deodorants can provide an adequate level of day-to-day protection for someone with little to mild perspiration. If you use Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant for controlling excessive sweating, but want added odor protection, look for Certain Dri A.M.TM Underarm Refresher , available in a new scented stick or roll-on application for morning use.
Harris Interactive® fielded the study from February 28- March 2, 2006, via its QuickQuerySM online omnibus service, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,099 U.S. adults, among whom 1,048 indicated that perspiration is sometimes or often a problem for them
Note to Media: To set up an informative interview with Dr. David Bank, please contact Laura Giardina at 914-241-0086, ext. 20 or lgiardina(at)robinleedyassociates.com.