Gentlemen Classic Antiperspirant | Yardley Gentleman Classic Deodorant Roll On with distinct masculine fragrance, provides 48 hours protection. This Anti-Perspirant quick-dry formula contains no parabens, eliminates odour and keeps you dry all day long. Roll on some of it to feel fresh and energized by keeping wetness and irritation at bay.
What is an antiperspirant?
An antiperspirant is a chemical agent that reduces perspiration or sweating. The active ingredients of roll-on, spray and powder formulations are traditionally the metallic salts aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate. These are formulated into preparations of varying strengths. More concentrated solutions are used to control excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Newer generation antiperspirants contain aluminium zirconium compounds. These are better tolerated by the skin and are less likely to cause irritation or aggravation to razor burn.
Diphemanil methylsulfate powder may also be used to reduce perspiration. It is particularly useful on an amputation stump to reduce irritation by a prosthesis.
Deodorants are not antiperspirants. Deodorants do not prevent sweating. Their aim is to mask the smell produced by sweat-eating bacteria. A Gentlemen Classic Antiperspirant preparation may contain a deodorant.
How do antiperspirants work?
Aluminium-based antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat ducts, thereby reducing the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface. Aluminium salts are soluble as long as the formulation is acidic (low pH). When they are applied to the skin and come in contact with sweat, the pH rises causing the aluminium salts to precipitate out and form a plug over the sweat glands. Sweat continues to be produced by the sweat gland but it just isn’t able to reach the surface of the skin.
Diphemanil methylsulfate is a drug that opposes the action of the parasympathetic nerves that control sweat production.
How do you use an antiperspirant?
A higher concentration antiperspirant is usually more effective than a low concentration or aluminium-free preparation. However, increasing the strength can also increase the potential for side effects. A couple of simple rules apply to their use.
- Apply to dry skin, after a cool shower at bedtime. During sleep sweating is limited and the active ingredients have a better chance of being absorbed into the sweat glands. Wash off in the morning.
- Apply on a regular basis as directed by your doctor. Initially, this may be 7-10 nights in a row, then reducing to every other night for one week. When improvements are seen, patients can move to a maintenance schedule of using it once every 7–12 days. Over time reapplication may be needed even less frequently.
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