by Marcus Fritze on Dec 27, 2022
Sweating is a completely normal metabolic process in the human body and can still be extremely unpleasant for many people: the skin becomes shiny, sweat stains form and finally an unpleasant odor develops.
And yet sweating has a very simple and convincing function: to cool down the body, because in order for the sweat to be able to evaporate, it needs energy and this comes from the warmth of the skin. Sweat consists of 99% water. The composition of sweat depends on various factors, but as a rule the ion concentration is lower than the composition of other body fluids such as blood, which is why it is called hypotonic fluid.
In addition to water, sweat also contains a large number of salts (especially NaCl and KCl in dissociated form), lactic acid, urea and uric acid, amino acids, carbonates such as formic acid or butyric acid and also cholesterol, sugar and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in low concentrations. Bicarbonate is also found in sweat as an alkaline element.
The pH of sweat depends on the sweat rate. With increased sweating, the pH value increases to alkaline values, because with an increasing sweat flow rate, the concentration of lactic acid decreases and the concentration of bicarbonate increases. However, when the flow rate is low, the sweat is acidic.
Those who naturally only sweat a little and are largely spared the negative effects can consider themselves lucky. Others, on the other hand, have the misfortune to suffer from heavy sweating. 1-2% of people in Germany are affected by excessive sweat production, regardless of the temperature and the time of day or year. These people report severe sweating in situations that are not psychologically stressful or even "out of the blue".
Up to 100mg of sweat is often produced in an armpit within five seconds.
However, this does not mean that this problem only affects the armpits, as there is also increased sweating on the hands and feet.
Possible consequences of excessive sweating
Those affected are very often unsettled in the presence of others and do not dare to give others their sweaty hand. Visible sweat stains are constantly forming under the armpits and despite intensive personal hygiene, there can always be a smell of sweat, which can be very unpleasant for your partner or in professional situations. But there are - in addition to thorough personal hygiene - some starting points to curb excessive sweating.
What helps against heavy sweating?
Aluminum chloride offers a gentle, inexpensive and very effective method of getting sweaty problems under control. The solution has long been available in pharmacies, mostly in the form of a deodorant roller. In a suitable concentration, aluminum chloride ensures that the sweat ducts in the treated areas narrow. At the same time, a complex is formed that closes the sweat outlets like a plug, so that sweating is effectively regulated.
The question is repeatedly raised in the media as to whether aluminum in antiperspirants is harmful to health. However, since for many people only an antiperspirant with aluminum achieves the desired effect and the quality of life of people is greatly reduced without an effective antiperspirant, the following is an attempt to counteract this myth.
The Odaban antiperspirant spray, for example, releases 1.5 µg of aluminum per spray and armpit with a single application. Since Odaban Antiperspirant is only used once or twice a week with one or two sprays per armpit, only approx. 9 µg aluminum is released per week. The Odaban antiperspirant is thus far below the systematic release quantity calculated by the Federal Office for Risk Assessment and far below the tolerable intake level of aluminum for a 60kg adult, which the Federal Office for Risk Assessment specifies at 60.2 µg per week.
The practical odaban® spray is applied preventively and in a minimal dosage directly to the affected areas of skin in the evening before going to bed. Sweating is effectively regulated after just one application. The finely tuned formula also protects gently and reliably against skin irritations such as burning or itching. With a result of up to 90% less perspiration after only three applications, the effectiveness of the odaban® spray has been dermatologically tested and confirmed by a renowned institute. The subjects, who all suffered from increased sweat production, were treated with odaban antiperspirant once a day in the evening for 3 days.
The other axilla was left untreated throughout the trial and served as a control. After just 3 days of use, the test persons showed a reduction in the amount of sweat of up to 90%, with the average sweat reduction being around 71%.
Numerous skin clinics and dermatologists therefore recommend odaban® even for heavy sweating.