Certain brand of deodorant

About sixty years ago, the beauty industry discovered a completely new market: deodorants, products against the unpleasant smell of perspiration. Suddenly, all kinds of advertisements appeared with pictures of girls or boys who were left alone at a party because they smelled like that.

And this was until they did not use a certain brand of deodorant. Once they used it, they magically became the focus of attention. This is, of course, an advertising exaggeration, but it is a fact that unpleasant body odours can socially isolate a person. And that is when it is time to seek medical advice. To get an idea of what happens with perspiration, we must first examine how and why a sweat gland functions. There are two different types of sweat glands. Firstly, there are those that appear all over the skin of the body. These are fairly simple, typically human structures, whose main task is the regulation of body heat. By producing a large amount of very watery perspiration, the human body rapidly releases heat to a considerable extent as the sweat evaporates.

Most animals, however, do not have such glands and release excessive heat in another way, for example through the tongue: think of a dog's panting. In addition, humans possess sweat glands of a more animal-like type, which are mainly found in the armpits and genital region. These glands begin to function at puberty and - in contrast to the glands mentioned above - are strongly influenced by emotions. This means that if someone is afraid at a certain moment, he might sweat heavily under his armpits.

Built-in bactericides

In this kind of perspiration there is another peculiarity: the sweat gland not only secretes fluid, but also cell debris. And these cell residues can be affected by fungi and bacteria. This is what causes the unpleasant odour. That is also the reason why many deodorants contain built-in bactericides. But a good wash also eliminates the unpleasant odour. At least to a certain extent. Neither disinfectants nor soap or water can do anything about over-producing axillary glands. Most deodorants do not help either. What they do is to mask the odour with perfume.

If we really want to act effectively against excessive underarm perspiration, we must either temper the emotional impulses or do something about the sweat gland itself. Unfortunately, painkillers have little effect on emotional sweating. Maybe at first, but in the long run the results will generally be disappointing. Atropine substances are also sometimes prescribed, so that not only the salivary glands, but also the sweat glands produce less fluid.

the skin has become drier

But for general use, the side effects of these substances are too great; certain chemicals act directly on the salivary glands. For example, strongly diluted formalin. But in this case there is a high probability of allergy, so the procedure is not recommended. Some aluminium salts seem to work well in practice. Check the packaging to see if aluminium salts are incorporated in the deodorant.

The best result is achieved by first applying the antiperspirant product to the skin every night before going to bed. The next morning, the underarms should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. If after about four days the skin has become drier, the treatment should be reduced to once or twice a week. Do not despair if you find that this advice does not immediately contribute to the disappearance of excess perspiration. It often takes some experimentation before you find the right product. And if nothing really helps, then there is still the remedy of surgical treatment in which the overactive glands are removed from the underarm skin. But in most cases such a drastic treatment is not necessary.

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