The Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant

When you’re faced with the decision of whether to buy a deodorant or antiperspirant, you need to understand what the difference between them is so you can make the best choice.

Deodorants and antiperspirants both fight the bacteria responsible for sweaty odours. Antiperspirants go one step further and work to reduce the amount you sweat.

What is the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant?

Discover the main ways deodorants and antiperspirants differ from each other and how they can help you in a sweaty situation:

NIVEA Deodorants

● Deodorants

Deodorants is a skincare product that helps keep your underarms smelling fresh rather than stop sweat. When we perspire, this bacteria digests the fats and proteins in our sweat.  The result is the unpleasant smell we have come to associate with sweat. Deodorant contain ingredients which prevent bacterial growth to help fight body odour caused by sweating.

Some deodorants can also reduce the number of bacteria in your armpit.

NIVEA Antiperspirants

● Antiperspirants

On the other hand, antiperspirants contain active ingredients – usually aluminium salts, which work to reduce the amount of sweat your sweat glands release by forming temporary gel plugs in the upper parts of your pores. These plugs are removed over time by your skin’s natural renewal process and when you wash your armpits.

Antiperspirants also have a deodorising effect as they inhibit bacterial growth by lowering the pH levels and moisture in your armpit.