The Difference Between Antiperspirants & Deodorants
The words antiperspirant and deodorant are often used quite interchangeably, but they are different products that work in different ways. Deodorant unlike antiperspirant, doesn't stop you from sweating. However, it does combat the smell of body odor by reducing the odor-causing bacteria that live on your skin. Sweat in itself is practically odorless the smell of BO is created by the process of bacteria on the skin breaking down sweat.
An antiperspirant works to fight body odor by stopping you from sweating. Antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat glands: the active ingredients usually (Aluminum and Zirconium) dissolve in the sweat on your skin and create a gel which temporarily plugs the glands, reducing the amount of sweat that reaches your skin. Without sweat on the skin the bacteria that live there cannot create the unpleasant odor associated with BO. The antiperspirant gel plug is washed away when you shower or bathe, so antiperspirant needs to be used on a daily basis.
Unlike antiperspirant, deodorant doesn’t stop you from sweating. However, it does combat the smell of body odor by reducing the odor-causing bacteria that live on your skin. Sweat in itself is practically odorless the smell of BO is created by the process of bacteria on the skin breaking down sweat. The natural ingredients in deodorant make underarms too acidic or salty for these bacteria to live, and without bacteria no BO smell is produced. Most deodorants need to be applied at least once daily. Once their effect wears off you’ll do best to wash the underarm thoroughly before reapplying deodorant, as there is no point in applying deodorant to an already odorous armpit.
While not sweating sounds great, sweating is a natural and healthy bodily function. It helps us to regulate our temperature and to remove harmful atmospheric toxins like arsenic and mercury from our systems. Reducing the amount of sweat that is released inhibits these vital functions. Deodorant while leaving you to sweat all so natural inhibits the odor often associated with perspiration, so your body can do its thing while you do yours.