Is Natural Antiperspirant Effective Against Excessive Sweating?

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What is Sweating?

Sweating is a normal bodily function. In fact, it is necessary. When your body temperature goes above the normal 98.6ºF (37ºC) you will sweat as the body’s inbuilt cooling mechanism.

Water is the main component of sweat, along with very small amounts of ammonia, urea, salts, and sugar.

Although every healthy body sweats, some people suffer from hyperhidrosis.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition where the nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands become overactive. The result is sweating when your body doesn’t need to.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis – primary focal and secondary generalized.

People who have primary focal hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating in localized areas such as hands, feet, underarms, face, and head.

Primary focal hyperhidrosis often begins in childhood or adolescence. Over 90 percent of people who experience excessive sweating have primary hyperhidrosis.

Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis is the result of another medical condition or is a side effect of medication.

How a Natural Antiperspirant Can Help with Excessive Sweating

If you do sweat heavily, the best product to help minimize perspiration is an antiperspirant. It can be difficult to find one that works well for you. After all, what works for one person may not be as effective for another.

Look for a natural deodorant or antiperspirant that contains botanical ingredients to help calm and protect the sensitive skin under your arms. Just remember that deodorant will only mask odor. Antiperspirant products will have a deodorizing component, but will also stop the sweat from forming. 

Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride. In fact, the higher the level of aluminum chloride, the more effective the product will be to combatting excessive sweating.

When you apply antiperspirant the perspiration on the skin actually attaches to and dissolves the antiperspirant particles. They then form plugs that sit just below the surface of the skin. You can also use some antiperspirants on other parts of your body, such as hands and feet.

Your body actually senses when a sweat duct is plugged and the brain switches off the flow of sweat to that area of the body.

When Should You Apply Antiperspirant?

If you do suffer from excessive sweating, visit your doctor or dermatologist about what they recommend you do.

More often than not, they will start by suggesting an over-the-counter solution such as an antiperspirant stick, roll-on, spray or wipe. There are also strong antiperspirants that are only accessible with a prescription due to the extremely high levels of aluminum chloride.

You should apply antiperspirant twice daily for it to work the most effectively. Once in the morning and once before before going to bed. In fact, it is the night application that is the most important. This is because at night your sweat glands are less active leaving your skin drier. 

Why Use a Natural Antiperspirant Wipe?

Savvy Travelers natural antiperspirant and deodorant wipes should be your first point of call if you do find yourself sweating excessively. One of the reasons is that they contain a higher content of aluminum chloride than other antiperspirants available over the counter. 

In addition, the wipes are gentle enough that you can use it safely on other parts of the body such as the face and hairline. The wipes are individually packed making them really hygienic and if you keep a few in your nightstand, purse, bathroom drawer, or glove compartment, you will never be caught short when you need to freshen up on the go. 
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