My Antiperspirant Doesn’t Work! What Should I Do?

Let’s face it. Sometimes, antiperspirant just doesn’t work as advertised! If you layer it on every morning but still find sweat rings around your pits by noon, you’re not alone. The good news is we can help! Here's what to do if your antiperspirant or deodorant stopped working. 

What to Do if Your Deodorant Stopped Working

Here are a few things to try if deodorant or antiperspirant is letting you down.

1. Compare the Ingredients

If you're using antiperspirant, check the ingredients. The concentration of aluminum chloride (the main sweat-stopping ingredient) may be too low for your needs. 

If you're extra sweaty, you'll need a clinical-strength product. 

But — don’t take the words “extra-strength,” “clinical-strength,” or “prescription-strength” at face value. Flip the bottle over and determine the exact percentage of aluminum chloride in your clinical antiperspirant.

Most antiperspirants have aluminum chloride concentrations between 12 and 25 percent. If yours has a lower concentration (under 20 percent), you may want to up the ante.

Don’t be duped by deceptive marketing. Some brands offer “clinical antiperspirant” that contains only one percent more aluminum chloride than regular-strength antiperspirant.

2. Apply At Night

Did you know that the best time to apply deodorant or antiperspirant is at night?

In antiperspirants, aluminum chloride stops sweat by blocking your sweat glands. But if you don’t give it enough time to soak in, it’s not as effective. This is especially important for heavy sweaters who use clinical antiperspirant. 

Instead of applying deodorant or antiperspirant in the morning, make it part of your nighttime routine. It may be the key to drier pits.

3. Make Sure Your Armpit Is Dry When You Apply

Your deodorant and antiperspirant could be failing because you’re applying it to a wet armpit.

When your armpit is damp, it prevents the aluminum chloride from soaking in and working its magic.

Avoid swiping it on after a shower or on an already sweaty pit.

If you’ve tried all of the above and still deal with sweat stains day in and day out, don’t worry. There are alternatives to event the strongest clinical antiperspirants! 

4. Try Natural Deodorants or Antiperspirants

Consider switching brands and trying a natural product instead. For some people, natural ingredients are much more effective than chemical counterparts. 

Keep in mind that switching from chemical-based products to natural deodorants requires a detox period where you may sweat more temporarily (so your skin can get used to the change in ingredients). 

5. Use Sweat Shield Products

Sometimes, no matter how much antiperspirant you apply — whether clinical or all-natural — underarm sweat still seeps through your clothing.

The only foolproof way to prevent embarrassing underarm sweat stains is to opt for a sweat shield product, such as armpit pads (which can be uncomfortable) or a sweat proof undershirt like the Thompson Tee.

The Thompson Tee for men and women is great for heavy underarm sweaters. It's a soft, comfy undershirt with discreet, built-in underarm shields. These shields absorb moisture and release it as a vapor.

Pair the sweat proof Thompson Tee with your most effective deodorant or antiperspirant to put an end to sweat marks and stains! The Thompson Tee is 100% guaranteed to stop sweat from staining the outer layer of your clothing or your money back.

Try one for 20% off with code TEES20!