Whether you struggle with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), or simply sweat more than you'd like, investing in one of the best deodorants for sweaty people can help you stay dry during the hottest of days. But, there are a lot of deodorants and antiperspirants out there and it can get tricky to figure out which ones are really up to the task. According to Dr. Marisa Garshick, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Certain Dri chief medical correspondent, there are a few things to look out for when shopping for a deodorant and antiperspirant for sweat.
Dr. Garshick tells Bustle, "Deodorants do not directly block sweat. Instead, they eliminate the smell that can be associated with sweat by providing a different scent to absorb odors. On the other hand, antiperspirants work to decrease the amount of sweat released."
If you're struggling with sweaty armpits (or sweat anywhere, for that matter), you'll want to make sure you pick up a formula that's clearly labeled as an antiperspirant. While the terms "antiperspirant" and "deodorant" are sometimes used interchangeably, they're actually very different: Deodorants prevent sweat-related odor, whereas antiperspirants actually block sweat.
"It’s important to note that the only antiperspirant ingredients currently approved by the FDA are aluminum-based. Aluminum-based products work by plugging up sweat ducts to directly block the release of sweat from glands. Products are often available as only antiperspirants, only deodorants, or a combination of the two," according to Dr. Garshick.
But, sit back and relax. Here are the 11 best deodorants for sweat that will keep your feeling dry and smelling your best.
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1. Certain Dri Everyday Strength Clinical Deodorant & Antiperspirant
Certain Dri Everyday Strength Clinical Antiperspirant (2-Pack), $15, Amazon
Dr. Garshick tells Bustle, "For those who are looking for a regular use antiperspirant, I recommend my patients use the Certain Dri Everyday Strength Clinical antiperspirant and deodorant. It contains a 20% aluminum zirconium complex which is considered safe and effective for regular use. And for those who require a higher strength, I recommend Certain Dri Prescription Strength Clinical which has 12% aluminum chloride and is effective for hyperhidrosis management."
Not only is this fan-favorite antiperspirant powerful, but it comes with the backing of doctors who say this long-lasting formula is great for heavy sweaters. Hundreds of reviewers with excessive sweating say this deodorant has worked wonders when nothing else would. Word to the wise: Fans say less is more with this formula, so apply carefully.
According to one reviewer: "I've always had a lot of trouble with sweaty arm pits. I always had to watch what I wore and was always scared in public I'd have pit stains. Which I did a lot of the times. I tried the Thompson tee shirts that have all the padding at the arm pits to reduce sweat, but I was embarrassed when someone saw me with the shirt on and it was weird wearing an undershirt all the time.But it's a whole new story with Certain Dri. I use this in the morning before I start my day and the clinical prescription strength roll on before bed."
2. ZeroSweat Antiperspirant & Deodorant
I know what you're thinking: Spending $15 on a 1-ounce roll-on deodorant seems like a lot. But, this deodorant and antiperspirant packs clinical strength sweat-fighting capabilities, and is even advertised as a great treatment for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. This strong (and FDA-approved!) formula touts a seven-day lasting power, and fans have flocked to the review section to say that this is the best deodorant they've ever tried, with some calling it, "career changing," and others saying after trying this formula, "I got my life back." Enough said?
According to one reviewer: "This product saved my life! I was struggling with sweat and extreme odor for several months. I tried almost every antiperspirant and deodorant on the market and nothing worked. I could barely make it through half the day without having to freshen up and reapply deodorant. I was frustrated, embarrassed, and ready to give up. I'm glad that I took a chance on this product and will definitely purchase more when it's time to replenish my supply. It is very strong so a little goes a long way."
3. Duradry Prescription Strength Deodorant/Antiperspirant & 3-Step System
This three-step system is recommended by both dermatologists and people who have hyperhidrosis. How this system works: Apply the roll-on deodorant in the morning, apply the ointment in the evening, and shower with the body wash daily. This three-part process helps prevent excessive sweating, and cleans and deodorizes your underarms so you'll be left odor-free. While $35 may seem steep, hundreds of Amazon fans have said this deodorant worked when nothing else would.
According to one reviewer: "I have suffered from hyperhidrosis for going on 8 years now, since I started high school.. I could never wear t-shirts, cause I would sweat through them as soon as I got into school. The only thing that worked was botox, which was $200-$300, and only lasted 6 months. I've been using Duradry for a week now and it has done way more wonders than botox ever did."
4. ARM & HAMMER ULTRAMAX Antiperspirant Deodorant
This Arm & Hammer advanced sweat control deodorant is a game-changer if you sweat a lot. Its unscented formula is still very powerful, and can offer protection against sweat all over your body. Reviewers say it works great at curbing excessive sweating, and doesn't irritate sensitive skin, as well. Best yet, at $18 for six roll-on deodorants, this is a superb value.
According to one reviewer: "I sweat a lot. I hate fragrance in deodorant. This products lasts the longest out of the 15+ varieties I've tried. I was really bummed when most retailers stopped carrying it, but found Amazon carried it. Now, slightly less bummed."
5. Vanicream Clinical Strength Antiperspirant / Deodorant
If you have sensitive skin, this clinical strength deodorant is a great buy. Tested by dermatologists, this fragrance-, paraben-, and formaldehyde-free formula won't irritate even the most irritable skin. It also offers 24-hour protection against odor and sweat, and has won over hundreds of Amazon fans. It's even gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan!
According to one reviewer: "This has had to be some of the best deodorant I have ever used! I found out about this deodorant through my mom via the dermatology clinic she works in and I regret not using it sooner. I always thought that it was prescription only, but now that I know that I can buy it online, I most definitely will be. As someone who sweats heavily, this is a godsend!"
6. Primal Life Organics Natural Deodorant
Looking for a natural deodorant? Dr. Garshick warns, "Natural products, or products that are aluminum-free, are considered deodorants because, although they help to mask odors, they do not actually block the release of sweat from the glands."
But, if you're set on a natural deodorant, there are still some popular options that heavy sweaters love (even if their aluminum-free formulas don't block sweat). For example, this deodorant is a fan-favorite amongst heavy sweaters, and has the Amazon reviews to back it. The formula has a light lavender scent that people love, and is even paraben-free and made with natural ingredients. It might not pack quite as great a punch as others on this list, but if you're looking to avoid aluminum, this deodorant is the way to go.
According to one reviewer: "Love this brand!!! does not rub off or stain my clothes. No more underarm odor or excessive sweating!! Highly recommend this brand!"
7. Degree Clinical Protection Extreme Fresh Deodorant
Degree Clinical Protection Extreme Fresh Deodorant (3-Pack), $21, Amazon
This strong antiperspirant is motion-activated, meaning it's a perfect for anyone who's looking for a deodorant to use while exercising or working out. This formula provides all-day protection against both sweat and odor, and is even packed with moisturizing ingredients to help soothe irritated underarm skin. While it's lightly scented, most reviewers report this is one of the reasons they love it.
According to one reviewer: "I'm a woman that works out in the heat of Texas every day. And this is the only deodorant that has helped with sweating. And they don't leave hard stains on my shirts."
8. Gillette Clinical-Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant
This gel deodorant offers clinical-strength protection, so you can head out for whatever your day has in store without worry. Designed with 10,000 odor-fighting molecules, this powerful gel antiperspirant is smooth so you won't have to deal with any irritation. Even better, reviewers who suffer from excessive sweating say this has worked magic. The "ultimate fresh" scent is light and crisp, and fans say, after trying a bunch of different scents from Gillette, this is their favorite.
According to one reviewer: "This is the best deodorant for me. I'm active and sweat easily. I've tried other brands and still end up sweating a bit. This is the only brand that's worked for me. I get it. Different products work differently for all of us. This is worth a try for those that sweat plenty."
9. Vichy 24-Hour Dry Touch Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Both allergy-tested and aluminum-free, this deodorant is a great choice for anyone who has experienced reactions from other formulas in the past. Not only does it offer 24-hour protection against odor and sweat, but it dries quickly so you won't end up with any of it on your clothes after you apply. As with other aluminum-free deodorants on this list, it doesn't perform quite as well at minimizing sweat as the aluminum-based antiperspirants on this list. But reviewers say it does a great job eliminating odors, and works fine at controlling sweat under non-extreme heat conditions.
According to one reviewer: "If you are really concerned about aluminum in anti-perspirants, this is for you. If [you're] not really that big on going no aluminum, [m]aybe not. I am a heavy sweat-er and this works okay for me around the house, but if I go outside and really sweat, it's not so good, I sweat heavily and this doesn't cover it up."
10. Right Guard Xtreme Defense Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick
Right Guard Xtreme Defense Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick (4-Pack), $12, Amazon
Boasting 72 hours of protection, this Right Guard "XTreme Defense" deodorant is a fantastic deal. For just $12, you get a four-pack of this popular deodorant and antiperspirant. Even better, the ingredient list has been tested by dermatologists, so it won't irritate your skin with repeated use. This gel stick comes in a "fresh blast" scent that is mild enough that it can be used no matter where you're headed in the day.
According to one reviewer: "[I'm] a huge pit sweat-er. this stuff has given me 0 problems also lasts multiple days which is great on 24-36 hr shifts."
11. SweatBlock Antiperspirant
These antiperspirant towelettes have racked up thousands of Amazon reviews because they get the job done. Providing clinical strength protection, each towel is designed to help you stay dry for up to seven days. How they work: Before bed, rub a towel under your arms when they are clean and dry. Allow your underarms to air dry and then go to bed. During the night, this antiperspirant will go hard to work on your sweat glands, and help provide extra protection during the days to come. Even better, these towelettes can work on any skin, if excessive sweating affects you in other areas of your body like your hands, forehead, or feet. But, don't take my word for it: Over 5,000 Amazon fans sing their praises.
According to one reviewer: "I am an excessive sweater. I tried just about every antiperspirant available, even "clinical" strength. I have canaried every white t-shirt and ruined countless dress shirts. I started using this and that has all ended. As a routine, I put this on Sunday night after a shower and let it dry (as directed by the instructions). The next morning I put on deodorant and go through the day with extremely little to no sweating. I typically shower every morning before heading to work. I work two to five times a week and shower after that. Even with all that, I go a whole week with one application and it works great."
Dr. Marisa Garshick, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Certain Dri chief medical correspondent
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