What’s the difference between men's antiperspirant and deodorant?
With 54% of American men suffering from underarm rashes - it's important to choose a product that works for you and doesn't irritate your skin.
In this article, I'll give you the ins and outs of both so you can make an educated decision.
There are 2 problems associated with antiperspirants.
The 1st is related to what they do - prevent sweating by blocking your sweat glands (your body's natural way of keeping cool).
Blocked glands can lead to irritation and breakouts under your arms. Plus - the sticky residue can be hard to remove and can leave your shirts dry, crispy and stained.
The 2nd problem is related to how antiperspirants work.
They contain ingredients - usually an aluminum compound - that physically prevent your glands from releasing sweat. Recent research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that frequent use of antiperspirants can cause aluminum to build up in your body.
Too much aluminum in your body can cause bone diseases or dementia. Sure - some studies show that the amount of aluminum is minuscule but the question is whether you really want it in your blood stream - even in the smallest quantities.
Rather than blocking sweat like antiperspirant, deodorant works on the bacteria under your arms to stop odor escaping. The problem with some deodorants is that they chemicals and artificial fragrances to "mask" the smell of odour as opposed to neutralizing it. These chemicals are not only ineffective - they can leave you with a burning sensation and leave your underarms dry and irritated.
Possible issues with cheaper products
It comes down to what's in the product. Cheap, off the shelf deodorants and antiperspirants are full of unpleasant chemicals like parabens, Propylene Glycol, Tricolosan and Phthalates because they're cheap to produce. But cheap doesn't mean healthy.
Thankfully there are natural, healthy alternatives to all these chemicals - you just need to know where to find them.
VITAMAN Natural Body Deodorants
Our GQ award-winning Natural Deodorants are perfect for men with sensitive skin:
- No aluminum
- Last all day
- Won't stain your shirts
- Won't irritate your skin
- Available in two distinct scents - Ocean and Earth