The difference between antiperspirants and deodorants

Ever wondered what are the differences between antiperspirants and deodorants?  After all, aren’t they the same thing?  Wrong!  Check out whether antiperspirants or deodorants is more your thing.


How does a deodorant work?

Deodorants contain antimicrobials which eliminate bacteria on the skin surface. The fragrance also helps to mask odours.


How does an antiperspirant work?

Antiperspirants control the flow of sweat, however they are also very good at eliminating bacteria on the skin surface and masking odours.  When an antiperspirant product is applied to the skin surface, the active components dissolve in sweat or moisture on the surface, and then the dissolved antiperspirant components form a gel which reduces significantly the amount of sweat secreted.


Antiperspirants vs. Deodorants:

Deodorants stop odour by reducing levels of bacteria on the skin surface. However, they do not stop the sweating.

Antiperspirants control/reduce the amount of sweat. They also stop odour by reducing levels of bacteria on the skin surface.

Antiperspirants’ effectiveness is largely dependent on heat, for this is the main stimulant to sweat, but on average, they are effective up to 24 hours.

Deodorants kill the bacteria that decompose the sweat and mask the odour. They contain alcohol andfragrance that serves this purpose. They do not control or reduce amount of sweat. Antiperspirants kill the bacteria, control sweat and mask the odour.

Basically, all antiperspirants are deodorants but not all deodorants are antiperspirants.


Source: Rexona





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