Do you know the difference between deodorant and anti-perspirant? Many people think they are actually the same. After many years of marketing campaigns by major anti-perspirant companies, a large majority of the population has been left confused.
Deodorant is used to prevent unpleasant and unwanted body odour whereas antiperspirants are designed to prevent the body from sweating or reduce it.
To understand why we use deodorants, it’s important to look at the science behind body odour. Naturally we all produce a bacteria on our skin. As we know bacteria normally feeds in warm, moist environments and so this bacteria feeds on the sweat your body releases.
This sweat is rich with fat and proteins from your body. When you mix this sweat with the natural bacteria on the skin it causes an unpleasant odour.
The key to a good deodorant like Pitt Balm is to stop the bacteria from coming into contact with the sweat; either by eliminating the bacteria completely or greatly reducing it. It is important to note that the deodorant doesn’t prevent the sweat from being created but we’ll come back to that in a moment.
Antiperspirants work in a totally different way; by tackling the sweat not the bacteria. Generally antiperspirants use an ingredient called aluminium salts that dissolve into the moisture on the skin’s surface and form a gel that sits on top of the sweat gland.
With these glands essentially ‘blocked’, the bacteria and the sweat cannot mix or react with one another and thus prevent bad body odours.