It’s happened before, and it’s happening again. My antiperspirant stopped working! I had used Secret brand for years and was able to switch between scents as I pleased. Then, I noticed it wasn’t really doing the trick anymore. I switched to Dove and it worked for quite some time. When that stopped working, I went to a clinical strength Dove. It lasted for a couple years, but once again, my body has started rejected it. I decided to dive in further to the reasons behind this phenomenon, and here are some of the things I learned.
Many of you may know that deodorants and antiperspirants are not the same. They are two different solutions for the same problem. It’s not actually the sweat that smells, it’s the bacteria under your arms that when mixed with the sweat, make that ever so infamous body odor. Deodorants neutralize the bacteria and absorb odor and usually cover any smells with a perfume or “scent”. Antiperspirants actually prevent sweat by plugging up the eccrine ducts under your arms. This way, the sweat can’t get through to the party to mix and mingle with the bacteria, thus, no smell.
Because deodorants and antiperspirants work differently, they have different active ingredients. Most antiperspirants contain some sort of aluminum salt which is very effective in stopping perspiration. Make sure to read the instructions for these products. Antiperspirant recommendations usually suggest putting it on at night, when you are clean, so it can dry and plug up those sweat glands when you are not sweating. Deodorants are usually more effective when applying that day.
Researchers still don’t know exactly why our bodies reject antiperspirants over time, but the most popular opinion is simply that our bodies adapt. If we are constantly blocking our eccrine duct, the body will find a way to sweat. Lucky us! So now what do we do with this knowledge? You can try these simple tips. If you still don’t find success, talk to your doctor about possible prescription deodorants and antiperspirants.
What to do when your deodorant or antiperspirant stops working
1. Read the Labels!
Understand what you are currently using. Is it a deodorant? Is it an antiperspirant? Is it a combination of both? If you are currently using a deodorant, try an antiperspirant or vice versa. When you choose a new product, always use according to the instructions of that particular product.
2. Switch brands.
Because the current theory is that our bodies adapt, switch up your tactics. Confuse those sweaty arm pits. Make sure when you switch brands, you change up the active ingredients. Check the label to see what the main ingredients are and then try to find something a little different then what you are using.
3. Try what has worked for others.
You can read and research all you want, but there is something to asking advice from friends. Ask around. Google it. Go to forums and blogs find out what works for people like you. That is exactly what I did. Here are some of the most highly recommended products out there from a lot of popular forums.
For anyone interested, I put the Mitchum at the top because that’s the one that I switched to and the one that is working splendidly for me now. It’s also probably the cheapest option from the list above, so that is always a bonus. Which one works for you?
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