Why do Anti-Perspirants Fail?
Most commonly, the intended use for antiperspirants are to reduce the amount of sweat that is released by the eccrine sweat glands and ducts onto the skin surface. On the other hand deodorants are simply used to make the skin smell better. The most common reason for antiperspirant failure is that an even film is not applied to the entire armpit. In order for an antiperspirant to work it must have contact with each and every sweat gland. Also the film must be water resistant so that it does not wash away before it can form a plug in the ducts so it’s a good idea to dry the area prior to application. It takes about 10 days for the antiperspirant plug to form so daily application is important, also the plug will be completely formed by 14 days. Someone who sweats profusely may want to apply their antiperspirant twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, so that a stronger plug can form. Also if it seems that a plug is not forming you may want to wear loose fitting clothing or when shaving, shave lightly so that the rubbing does not remove the plug. Hopefully these simple tips will maximize your antiperspirant efficiency. Some of the most effective over the counter antiperspirants are Secret Clinical Strength or Certain Dri. Both of these are most effective when applied to completely dry skin and when they are used twice daily. If these tips do not lead to improvement of your condition, there are medical treatments that can help. There is also a great website that describes many of the treatments called www.sweathelp.org