What is an antiperspirant?
An antiperspirant inhibits perspiration. Antiperspirants have been used to prevent excessive sweating for over 100 years. Your advantage over other measures is the purely superficial mode of action. Aluminum chloride, the active ingredient in the odaban antiperspirant, narrows the outlets of the sweat glands in the skin. As a result, less sweat is secreted, skin and clothing stay dry. The insolubility of the aluminum complex prevents it from being absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, effectively limiting the treatment to the top layer of the skin. The effectiveness of aluminum chloride as an antiperspirant was proven as early as 1972 by an experimental study by the skin specialist Prof. Dr. Hagen Tronnier and his colleague Rentschler demonstrated. They were able to show that the number of active eccrine sweat glands decreased by an average of 70% and sweating by 64%.
How an antiperspirant works
When applied to the skin, aluminum chloride causes the skin cells to contract (astringency). The outlets of the sweat glands are narrowed in this way. The aluminum chloride then forms a complex that can be thought of as a small plug of sweat, sebum and skin cells. This complex closes the exits of the sweat glands so that no sweat can get onto the skin. After a few days, the astringency is eliminated and the effect of the antiperspirant wears off.
No sweat - no smell
If sweat comes into contact with special microorganisms that are part of the natural skin flora, sweat odor develops. Corynebacteria (especially in men) and micrococci (especially in women) break down sweat. In the process, unpleasant-smelling substances are formed that are perceived as sour to pungent. However, if sweat is not secreted in the first place, it does not produce any odors. As an antiperspirant, odaban promotes a natural, pleasant skin odor.
Antiperspirant vs Deodorant
Antiperspirant or deodorant?
How is an antiperspirant/antiperspirant different from a deodorant? Antiperspirant and antiperspirant basically mean exactly the same thing. In English, the word antiperspirant is used for an antiperspirant. However, antiperspirants / antiperspirants are fundamentally different from deodorants in terms of their effect and use. By forming pore plugs, antiperspirants / antiperspirants reduce the amount of sweat escaping or direct the sweat to areas of the skin where perspiration can occur more easily. Deodorants contain odor-inhibiting ingredients that mostly cover or absorb the smell of sweat. Deodorants also contain antiperspirant ingredients, but usually in such a small amount that the problem of underarm wetness is not reduced by a deodorant.
Differences in use between antiperspirant and deodorant
Antiperspirants / antiperspirants also differ greatly from deodorants in terms of how they are used: While a deodorant is used daily, usually after morning hygiene, antiperspirants / antiperspirants are applied less often. odaban - spray is used only in the evening before going to bed. After initial daily application, application can be quickly reduced to just 1-2 times a week. This brings with it a high level of independence and freedom, since you no longer have to think about using a deodorant every day. These differences are noticeable in the effect as well as in the price. A deodorant usually only costs a few euros, whereas antiperspirants / antiperspirants are usually more expensive depending on size and quality. However, the higher price of an antiperspirant / antiperspirant is put into perspective noticeably if you consider that just 30 ml of antiperspirant can last for half a year when used under the armpits. A deodorant, on the other hand, usually only lasts a few weeks. This effectively saves money, reduces the hassle of having to buy more and protects the environment.
Antiperspirant skin tolerance
An antiperspirant should always be used in the evening to prevent possible skin irritation. Ideally right before bed. Another important aspect when using the odaban antiperspirant spray is that the skin must be "dust-dry" at the time of application. There must be no residual moisture left on the skin. In order to achieve this, the skin can also be pre-treated with a commercially available talcum powder, available in any pharmacy. A hair dryer can also be used to get the residual moisture out of the armpits, for example. There is a very simple reason why the skin should be dry when using an antiperspirant. The active ingredient in an antiperspirant is usually an aluminum compound or a combination of different aluminum salts. If this active ingredient comes into contact with water or sweat, an undesirable by-product called aluminum hydroxide is formed. This by-product can cause skin irritation, which can cause a slight burning sensation and redness. To counteract these skin irritations, odaban's antiperspirant does not contain water as a carrier, but high-proof alcohol. Another advantage compared to the carrier water is that the alcohol evaporates very quickly during a spraying process and only a small percentage remains on the skin surface - so the active ingredient "aluminium chloride" has no chance to react with the water.
Antiperspirant for very sensitive skin
If you have very sensitive skin, we also recommend spraying the odaban antiperspirant onto a cotton or cosmetic pad and then dabbing the area of skin to be treated with this pad. The application on the head area should always be done with a cotton or cosmetic pad. Never spray the spray directly on your face.
Avoid application errors
The odaban antiperspirant spray should not be used together with other products, such as a night cream. If a night cream is usually used, the cream should not be used during the first 2-3 days of odaban use. After the antiperspirant has brought about initial regulation, which usually happens after about 3-5 applications, it is sufficient to only use the antiperspirant as needed. A night cream can be used as usual on the days in between. Another mistake that is often made when using the spray is that too much of the odaban antiperspirant spray is applied per application. 1 spray per armpit is sufficient. Product residue should be washed off normally the morning after use.