Antiperspirant VS Deodorant – Which One Is Better?

stinkyPersonal hygiene is a topic that is important to every individual. We all want to control our body odor and smell nice so that others won’t avoid us.

Sweating is a normal function of the human body. The whole point of sweating is to release accumulated toxins from the body. It is a very healthy detoxification process. 

Sweat Glands

There are two types of sweat glands called eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands cover all over the body and is responsible for thermal regulation.

While apocrine glands are mainly located in the armpits, genital area and around the nipples. These glands are slightly larger and are more related to stress and emotions rather than thermal regulation.

Sweat is mainly salt and water. But the sweat glands under the armpits (apocrine glands) secrete a thicker and stickier substance, which contains a mixture of things such as hormones, fatty acids and proteins.

Sweat generally are odorless. The odor is actually a result of the reaction between the sweat and the bacteria on the skin. So to stop odor, you must apply an anti-bacterial substance under the armpits!

Antiperspirant vs Deodorant

apply deodorantDo you know that difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant?

Deodorants DO NOT STOP sweating, it just kills the bacteria under the armpits. 

Conventional deodorants contain all kinds of toxic substances such as petrochemicals (eg. triclosan and propylene glycol), synthetic fragrances, and paraben preservatives (which are associated with breast cancer).

So it’s better to choose a natural/organic deodorant as an alternative!

Antiperspirants, however, is the opposite of deodorants. They DO NOT allow sweating! This is due to the presence of aluminium salts, such as aluminum chloride.

When the aluminium salts or ions enter into the cells via the pores, it irritates the cells so that they swell and close up the pores to prevent sweat from escaping. This is why people feel dry for some time.

Which One Is Better For You?

As mentioned early in this article, sweating is a healthy detoxification process. It removes toxic heavy metals and other substances from our body.

So if you use antiperspirants to control the sweating process, how can your body remove the accumulated toxins? It basically interferes with our sweat glands, which isn’t good. 

Aluminium based compounds frequently left on the skin may cause hormonal or estrogen-like effects. This may be a risk factor for breast cancer, although there is no conclusive evidence. 

The best thing to do is to let the body carry out its normal function. We should let our body sweat frequently, not hinder the process.

Sweat doesn’t smell, so just use a natural deodorant to kill the bacteria. You don’t need a chemical deodorant to do this type of job when there are natural alternatives available. 

Shaving Armpits Before Applying Deodorant

shaving armpitsIf you choose to stick with conventional products, take note that shaving your armpits before applying deodorant or antiperspirant may increase the absorption of the toxic substances present from those products. Nicks and cuts may also let those toxins enter the body. 


A natural deodorant that lets the body do it’s normal sweating function and detoxify is the best advice that I will give to people.

To read my review of some natural deodorants, CLICK HERE!

Thanks for reading this article. What are your thoughts? Would love to hear about it. Just leave comments below.


  1. James says:

    Great post on contrasting the affects between deodorant and antiperspirant. Very helpful information for me to manage how toxins enter my body. Thanks!

  2. John says:

    I have only been using Deodorant for some time as Antiperspirant bothers me. Now that I have read antiperspirant vs deodorant to know which one is better, I know what the issue is. I think it is the residue from the aluminum is that makes me swell up when using the antiperspirant.

    • Teresa says:

      Antiperspirants are only applied on the armpits. We have sweat glands all over our bodies. So yes, it will get released elsewhere.

      But it’s always best to let the body carry out it’s normal function rather than block it.

      Antiperspirants also contain harmful chemicals that are not good for us, so it’s best not to use it at all. Just use a natural deodorant to kill germs and control odor.

  3. Young says:

    Great information, I had no idea about the Aluminum in antiperspirant and how bad it can be for you!
    I never noticed any swelling or anything like that when I use mine. Do I have abnormal sweat glands?

    • Teresa says:

      The Aluminium salts in antiperspirants just makes the pores close up so that you won’t sweat for some time, that is the reason why people feel dry.

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