What to Do When Clinical Antiperspirant Doesn’t Work For You

Let’s face it. Sometimes, clinical antiperspirant just doesn’t work! 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.

What to Do When Clinical Antiperspirant Doesn’t Work

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

Check the Ingredients

First, check the ingredients. The concentration of aluminum chloride (the main sweat-stopping ingredient) may be too low.

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.

Want to know how your clinical antiperspirant stacks up to the competition? Check out this article.

Apply At Night

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

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.

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

Make Sure Your Armpit Is Dry When You Apply

Your clinical 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 clinical antiperspirant.

Alternatives To Clinical Antiperspirant

Clinical antiperspirant isn't your only hope!

Check out our blog post, The Complete List of Axillary Hyperhidrosis Solutions for all the ways you can stop, prevent and deal with excessive underarm sweat. Here are a few of the best alternatives.

Natural Deodorant and Antiperspirant

In recent years, there's been more and more controversy surrounding some of the ingredients in clinical antiperspirant.

While most scientific studies aren't conclusive, there is evidence connecting toxins in antiperspirant with Alzheimer's, breast cancer, ADHD, autism and other health risks.

As a result, people are turning to all-natural antiperspirants and deodorants. To learn more about these all-natural sweat-fighters check out our list of the Best Natural Deodorants.

Sweat Shield Products

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

The only foolproof way to prevent embarrassing underarm sweat stains is to opt for a sweat shield product. You can invest in disposable, washable or adhesive pads or opt for a no-fuss alternative: the Thompson Tee.

The Thompson Tee 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.

Wear it on its own or underneath your clothing for sweat protection that lasts!

The Thompson Tee is 100% guaranteed to stop sweat from staining the outer layer of your clothing or your money back.

Try one for 30 days risk-free and take 20% off with code TEES20!


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