Last updated: August 15, 2021

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Welcome to our big antiperspirant test 2021. Here we present all the antiperspirants we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

In this way, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best antiperspirant for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying antiperspirants.




Summary

  • An antiperspirant contains aluminium salts that are applied to the pores.
  • By narrowing the pores, perspiration is very much inhibited.
  • It should be applied in the evening to clean, dry skin and left on overnight.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an antiperspirant

What is an antiperspirant?

An antiperspirant is a cosmetic product that reduces the activity of the sweat glands (pores) on the area of application and ensures that you sweat less in this area, thus preventing unpleasant odours.

How do I use an antiperspirant and when?

Many people think that an antiperspirant is applied in a similar way to a deodorant, after the morning shower. However, this is a misconception!

Dr. Jetske UlteeForschungsärztin auf dem Gebiet der kosmetischen Dermatologie
This is how an antiperspirant should be applied: The underarm skin must be dried thoroughly beforehand. If necessary, you can use a hairdryer.
You should apply a slightly thicker layer evenly so that all sweat glands actually come into contact with the product.

(Source: dr-jetskeultee.de)

An antiperspirant is best applied to clean, dry skin before going to bed so that it can work its magic overnight and close off the sweat glands.

Most antiperspirants also have no fragrance, so it doesn't make sense to use them like deodorants!

How do antiperspirants work?

First of all, it is important to know that it is not the sweat itself that smells unpleasant, but the smell is caused by bacteria.

Most antiperspirants have no scent or a very subtle scent of their own. So there is nothing to stop you applying a deodorant the next morning. (Image source: pixabay.com / PublicDomainPictures)

Salts such as aluminium chlorohydrate (ACH) constrict the sweat glands or temporarily close them and dry them out, so to speak, whereby the bacteria lose their habitat and thus their basis for nourishment.

With aluminium-free preparations, the unpleasant odour is merely masked, but the flow of sweat is not reduced.

Did you know that the bacteria responsible for the unpleasant smell when sweating is called Staphylococcus Hominis?

This bacterium feeds on the sweat molecules and produces thiols, sulphur compounds that smell like sulphur.

Do you suffer from hyperhidrosis?

People who have hyperhidrosis suffer from excessive sweat production and sweat really heavily. In such a case, even an antiperspirant can hardly do anything.

You should discuss the different treatment options with a doctor. These range from tablets to injections, and in particularly severe cases, only surgery on the sweat glands can help.

Antiperspirants are available in various forms, for example as a stick, roll-on or spray. Some manufacturers also offer special wipes or powders. (Image source: pixabay.com / 955169)

Are there alternatives to antiperspirants?

There are now other forms of antiperspirants, although not nearly as common as those listed below. The alternatives are:

Form Area of application
Cloth The antiperspirant in cloth form is also suitable for use on the face, hands and feet, and arm and knee bends. As usual, it should be applied in the evening on clean, dry skin.
Powder Often used specifically for the feet or in shoes to counteract sweaty feet. It is spread on the feet and between the toes in the morning, and also in the shoes if necessary.
Pads These are adhesive pads that are stuck into clothing in the underarm area. They catch the sweat and lock it in, so there are no unpleasant sweat stains on the clothing.

Decision: What types of antiperspirants are there and which one is right for you?

What distinguishes a spray and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Sprays dry faster than roll-ons and give you a pleasant feeling of freshness immediately after application!

Advantages
  • Convenient to take with you
  • Does not leak
  • Provides an immediate feeling of freshness
Disadvantages
  • Some products only cover up the bad smell
  • Can leave stains under certain circumstances

But at best, you should only apply it in rooms that you can also ventilate.

What are the characteristics of a roll-on and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Roll-on antiperspirants are particularly efficient because they deliver their active ingredients in a concentrated form to the respective areas.

Advantages
  • More efficient than spray
  • Higher aluminium concentration
  • Can be applied directly to the respective area
Disadvantages
  • Must dry first after application
  • Not everyone likes the wet feeling

Some people find the wet feeling shortly after application not very pleasant.

What distinguishes a stick and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

It is handy, practical and there is no danger of anything spilling out in the sports bag.

Advantages
  • Creamy hard consistency
  • No wet feeling under the armpits
  • Small and compact
Disadvantages
  • No feeling of freshness when applying

Due to the harder texture, you have a dry skin feeling directly after application and do not have to wait until it is absorbed.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate antiperspirants

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate antiperspirants. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular antiperspirant is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Ingredients
  • Fragrance

Ingredients

To curb the function of the sweat glands, it takes aluminium-containing ingredients such as aluminium chloro-hydrate (ACH) or the aluminium-zirconium-tetrachloro-glycine complex (ZAG). However, these salts have been criticised for increasing the risk of cancer or dementia.

This has not yet been comprehensively proven, however, you should not apply an antiperspirant directly after shaving or on damaged skin!

Fragrance

In most cases, antiperspirants have no or a relatively neutral odour. Therefore, the product is not limited to male or female users.

Unlike deodorants, antiperspirants are meant to inhibit perspiration, not just mask the odour. For this reason, many apply the antiperspirant before going to bed and a normal deodorant or perfume in the morning to also smell good. This can also be an advantage before sports, as sweat is produced more strongly and can be reduced by antiperspirants.

Of course, there are also special antiperspirants with fragrances, which are usually labelled "for men" or "for women".

Interesting facts about antiperspirants

What is sweat produced for?

The body produces sweat to regulate the heat balance, or to be more precise, to cool down. Sweating also helps to build up the skin's protective acid mantle and fight harmful germs.

Sweating is a natural function that occurs during heat or physical exertion and helps to regulate body temperature.(Image source: pixabay.com / un-perfekt)

In addition, other metabolic products are also expelled through sweat, which is otherwise one of the main tasks of the kidneys.

Difference between deodorant and antiperspirant

The main difference between the two products is their mode of action:

Deodorants without aluminium consist mainly of fragrances, care additives and substances that inhibit the multiplication of bacteria and thus work against odours. However, the flow of perspiration is not stopped.

Antiperspirants contain aluminium salts that constrict the sweat glands, thus reducing perspiration and curbing unpleasant odours.

Is an antiperspirant carcinogenic?

This issue is somewhat controversial and has not yet been comprehensively proven. However, there are studies that have found that women who used a lot of antiperspirants in their youth have a higher risk of breast cancer.

In addition, cancer patients were found to have increased aluminium deposits in tumours located near the armpits.

Can deodorant and antiperspirant be used at the same time?

No, it is not advisable to apply deodorant and antiperspirant at the same time because it irritates the skin unnecessarily and it does not provide double protection. A better solution is so-called intensive deodorants, which have a lower salt content than antiperspirants, but are more effective than normal deodorants.

However, if the two products are used several hours apart, there is nothing wrong with it! (Antiperspirant in the evening, deodorant in the morning)

Are there alternatives to aluminium salts?

At the moment there is no alternative that works as reliably as the use of aluminium salts. Many deodorants do not use aluminium, but they only have an odour-inhibiting effect, not an antiperspirant effect.

Image source: unsplash.com / Billie

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