Are you embarrassed by wet spots? Are you prone to sweating heavily? Then the answer is a good antiperspirant.
Antiperspirants, as opposed to deodorants which are designed to control body odor, are designed to reduce sweating. They are defined as a drug and regulated by the FDA because they alter our normal body function. In addition to the OTC options listed here, there is prescription options for the most severe cases.
Aluminum, or often in the form of aluminum-chloride, is the active ingredient in most antiperspirants. When you apply it on your underarm, preferably right before you go to sleep, the aluminum enters your sweat ducts and plugs them – thus preventing you from sweating. And since they prevent sweat they also reduce body odor as well.
For more tips on how to get the most out of your antiperspirant see our antiperspirant advice guide.
I have personally used Maxim and can honestly say it works. Just read the reviews on Amazon and the vast majority agree that this product works with some even calling it a miracle in a bottle. It uses Aluminum Chloride 15% as its active ingredient. This roll-on comes in a 1 oz bottle that will last about 2-3 months with regular use. It costs about $20 with shipping which is more expensive than our #2 choice.
Visit the Official Site for the Corad Healthcare Maxim Prescription Strength Antiperspirant & Deodorant.
I have personally used Certain Dri as well and it works quite well, but maybe not quite as good as the Maxim antiperspirant. The main advantage of this one is the price. At about $7 for a 1.2 oz bottle, it is less than half the price of Maxim. It features an active ingredient of Aluminum Chloride 12%. This roll-on should last over 3 months with regular use.
Visit the Official Site for the Certain Dri Roll-On Anti-Perspirant.
SweatBlock comes with 8 pre-soaked towelettes with each application designed to last up to 1 week each providing you with up to 8 weeks or protection. The active ingredient is Aluminum Chloride 14%. This is the #1 selling antiperspirant on Amazon, but it is also the most expensive on this list and the user ratings are not as good as our #1 or #2 choice on this list.
Visit the Official Site for the SweatBlock Antiperspirant Towelettes.
If you need an anitperspirant spray instead of roll-on then this is the product for you. Odaban features Aluminum Chloride 20% as its active ingredient. It comes in a 30 mL (1 oz) bottle which should last about 2-3 months. At about $10, it is cheaper than Maxim, but a little bit more expensive than CertainDri.
Visit the Official Site for the Odaban Antiperspirant Spray.
Users agree that this roll-on antiperspirant works great, but it seems to irritate and burn more than others on this list. Driclor features Aluminum Chloride 20% as its active ingredient. It comes in a 70 mL size (or 2.53 oz) which should last about six months. This product is primarily available on the European market and actually can be difficult to find in America. The price can vary greatly between $19-$40 as it is sold by various sellers on Amazon.com, some of which are located in England, so pay attention to the seller you are buying from if you make a purchase.
Visit the Official Site for the Driclor Antiperspirant Roll-On.
Antiperspirant Advice Guide
Here are some tips to follow to get the most out of your antiperspirant and sweat less:
Make sure you buy a strong OTC antiperspirant like listed in our list.
Apply the antiperspirant right before you go to bed. This has been proven to be the strategy that works best because you sweat less when you sleep and this allows your sweat glands to get plugged. In the morning you may use your regular deodarant or a deodarant/antiperspirant option. You may find that you only need to apply every other night or less to be effective for you.
You might find that gently massaging it into your skin is helpful.
Only apply antiperspirant when your skin is completely dry. If you need to you can use a hair dryer on the cool setting to assist in the drying. This will help prevent irritaion and stinging.
Never apply it to an area that you just shaved. Doing so could result in serious burning and irritation.
Sweaty face sufferers can apply a little bit along your hairline, but first experiment with a small patch of skin to test for irritation.
If you suffer from sweaty feet, try an aerosol product. Spray it on the bottom of your feet and in between your toes.
If OTC applications do not work for you, there are other options including doctor prescribed anitperspirants and botox injections.
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