Q&A on Effects
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.
- 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.
- Anti-bacterials reduce the activity of microorganisms on the skin. Eliminating these microorganisms suppresses the substances that cause body odor.
- Deodorants eliminate and suppress odors by neutralizing and adsorbing odorous compounds such as short-chain fatty acids.