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Deodorant vs Antiperspirant - What Is The Difference?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

What is the main difference between deodorant and antiperspirant? Are they the same thing? Do they serve the same purpose?

Here is everything you need to know about the 2 products and their main difference!

What Is Antiperspirant

Essentially, antiperspirant is a product that helps you control your sweat so as to reduce your underarm wetness.

It contains this ingredient – Aluminium salt, which plays a crucial role in blocking your sweat glands on your skin.

Once the aluminium salt comes in contact with your sweat, it turns into a gel and forms a plug over your sweat glands. Hence, reducing the amount of sweat on your skin.

Do note that there have been studies done that theorised that aluminium based antiperspirant may increase the risk of breast cancer.

What Is Deodorant?

Deodorant, on the other hand, is a product that kills and reduces the number of bacteria that leads to odour. Deodorants increase your skin acidity, which odour-causing bacteria don’t like!

So when you sweat, there is an absence of bacteria to cause you to have body odour.

It does not block your sweat gland, so be prepared to sweat as normal. You should also keep in mind that sweating is a way for your body to regulate its temperature and cannot be avoided totally 😊


With that, now you have a better understanding of the main difference between the 2 products!

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