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Why Reach For The Antiperspirant

Written By: By Dr. Mandy Nelson, BCND, CNHP, CHS  |  Posted: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Deodorants and antiperspirants were relatively new products in the early 1900's. The first deodorant, known as Mum, was trademarked in 1888 and was used to kill odor-producing bacteria. The first antiperspirant, Everdry, made its debut in 1903. Along with the destruction of bacteria, it also stopped sweat production. Clearly the world decided something needed to be done about odor and sweat associated with the armpit area!

Why do armpits sweat differently? The armpits have a higher amount of sweat glands than most other areas of the body. The groin, palms of the hands and soles of the feet also have a higher number of sweat glands. Sweating is a way for your body to regulate heat but also a way to eliminate waste. Your skin is your largest organ and a major avenue of elimination. However, when sweat comes in contact with bad bacteria, an odor is emitted creating a hygiene issue. So what are your options for dealing with this bodily function?

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