Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis

Over-the-counter and clinical strength antiperspirants for hyperhidrosis can be used daily to reduce excessive sweating.

Antiperspirants for Hyperhidrosis

The Skinny


Average Recovery

1 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Topical

Surgical

No

Cost

$5 - $39

The Specifics


What are antiperspirants?

Antiperspirants for excessive sweating caused by hyperhidrosis are available in both over the counter and prescription strength formulations. Antiperspirants differ from deodorants in that they contain active ingredients to plug sweat glands and stop sweating, rather than only eliminating body odor. An antiperspirant deodorant combination roll on product is most commonly used for wetness/sweat protection with body odor reduction.

Most antiperspirants contain the metal salt aluminum chloride. Aluminum chloride is absorbed by the skin and acts as a plug to block sweat glands signaling the body to produce less sweat in that area while also preventing sweat release.

Antiperspirants are most effective when applied in the morning and evening to completely dry skin. Some hyperhidrosis organizations suggest applying antiperspirants carefully to multiple areas of excessive sweating like the underarms, hairline, and feet. Some dermatologists recommend combining sweatblock clinical antiperspirants with other treatment options like Botox for more effective hyperhidrosis treatment.

What cosmetic concerns do antiperspirants treat?

  1. Excessive Sweating: Aluminum chloride (or other metal salts) plug sweat glands and also signal the body to produce less sweat.

Who is the ideal candidate for antiperspirants?

The ideal candidate for antiperspirant therapy is seeking to reduce sweating through a noninvasive daily topical application. Antiperspirant therapy is not advised for individuals with excessive sweating nor controlled with topical therapy alone or those with certain sensitive skin types.

What is the average recovery associated with antiperspirants?

There is no recovery associated with antiperspirant use. Individuals should test new products on small areas of the body to reduce the likelihood of sensitivity and skin irritation.

What are the potential side effects of antiperspirants?

Possible side effects of antiperspirant use include skin irritation, redness, and sensitivity, and ineffective management of sweating.

What can someone expect from the results of antiperspirants?

Antiperspirant use will create immediate results that can be maintained with regular application. The most effective way to utilize antiperspirants is with twice daily application morning and evening.

What is the average cost of antiperspirants?


The average cost of antiperspirants is $5 to $40, but may be dependent on insurance. The actual cost of the Antiperspirants will vary by location, healthcare provider, and individual candidate needs.

Pros

Non-invasiveInexpensiveEffective with regular use

Cons

Requires daily applicationMay be ineffective in more severe cases

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Antiperspirant therapy is a regular topical treatment. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after antiperspirant use:

The Takeaway


Antiperspirants are available as both clinical strength and over the counter odor protection and wetness reduction products. Antiperspirants can be applied to the armpits, hairline, and other areas of excessive sweating. The active ingredient is typically aluminum chloride, however, aluminum free formulations exist for those with sensitive skin. Dermatology providers can recommend the best antiperspirant products for hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating.

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  1. Sharon Orrange, MD, MPH Is Your Medication Making You Sweat? 10 Drugs That Cause Excessive Sweating as a Side Effect goodrx.com
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