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Deodorant products contain anti-bacterial agents and antiperspirants. What is the difference?

The active ingredients in deodorant products can be classified into three categories: antiperspirants, anti-bacterials, and deodorants. 

  1. Antiperspirants include metallic compounds which accumulate at your sweat glands (small glands that secrete sweat) when applied, partially blocking your sweat ducts and inhibiting the release of sweat.
  2. Anti-bacterials reduce the activity of microorganisms on the skin. Eliminating these microorganisms suppresses the substances that cause body odor.
  3. Deodorants eliminate and suppress odors by neutralizing and adsorbing odorous compounds such as short-chain fatty acids.
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