Everyone sweats. It is a natural and necessary body function but it doesn’t have to be a problem.
Sweat is a natural and important bodily function. It regulates body temperature by cooling the skin to avoid overheating.
There are two causes for sweat – environmental and emotional. We often sweat when we are physically active or when we are in a hot environment. Sweat can also occur when we are emotionally affected by professional or personally stressful situations, such as job interviews, presentations or exams. Sweat can also triggered by the hormonal changes associated with puberty and menopause.
Sweat itself is odourless – it is a solution that is primarily made up of water and salt. On average we have 1.6 to 4 million sweat glands all over our body and can produce up to 1 litre of sweat every day. Sweat often evaporates as quickly as it is produced. However, in situations where we are particularly active or in a hot environment, we can sweat up to 10 times a normal day’s production.
Body odour is caused by bacteria on the surface of the skin as it breaks down the components of the sweat.
Sweat is produced by sweat glands. We have millions of sweat glands all over our body and they can be divided in to two types.
Apocrine sweat glands are mainly found in areas associated with hair growth. These glands are activated during puberty and may have a strong odour due to the skin’s natural bacterial flora.
Eccrine sweat glands are the most abundant sweat glands and they are found in most areas of the body, with the greatest concentration on the hands and soles of the feet.
Did you know that almost a third of people experience problem perspiration daily?
Excessive sweating is common and can happen to anyone at any time. Those suffering from excessive sweating often adopt common corrective behaviours, such as avoiding shaking hands or raising their arms.
There are also those who don’t suffer daily but often find themselves in stressful situations where sweat can become an embarrassing problem. Do I smell? Does it show? These people often worry about the possibility of others discovering their problem.
Excessive sweating can range from moderate moisture to the severe, resulting in large sweat patches on clothing; damp and smelly feet; or clammy and wet hands. It is a common problem that can affect anybody at any time in their life, however hormonal changes such as puberty and menopause are often a trigger.
Often the words deodorant and antiperspirant are used interchangeably but there is a significant difference between the two.
Deodorants do not stop sweat. Instead they are designed to temporarily neutralise the smell or odour from the bacteria living on the skin. Many deodorants contain fragrance, which serves to mask bad odour.
Antiperspirants are different in that they are specifically formulated to decrease or even halt the production of perspiration in the sweat glands. Once antiperspirant is applied, a temporary plug is formed in the sweat duct to stop the sweat being released. This temporary plug is naturally dispelled over the next few days as part of the skin’s natural shedding.
For some, a deodorant is enough but others need a little more protection. An effective antiperspirant such as Perspirex is the solution to significantly minimise both sweat and odour.
Are you looking for more protection from your current deodorant?
Perspirex is a high performance antiperspirant specifically formulated for those who need extra protection against sweat and odour.
Our expert team have answered some of the most common questions we’re asked about Perspirex. If you have a question that isn’t covered below, please feel free to contact the team directly here. Your query will be handled in absolute confidentiality.
Perspirex’s unique formulation combines the active ingredient Aluminum Chloride in an alcohol base with our patented active skin care system. This clincially proven formulation effectively renders the sweat production temporarily inactive deep in the sweat glands, whilst the active skin care system significantly minimises skin irritation.
Perspirex works by temporarily rendering the sweat glands ineffective. The Aluminium Chloride in Perspirex reacts with water in the sweat duct to form a temporary plug in the sweat duct. This small, temporary plug causes the sweat gland to become dormant.
Perspirex is based on alcohol and contains no water. Water causes a reaction between Perspirex’s active ingredient, Aluminium Chloride, subsequently causing skin irritation. It also reduces the efficacy of the protection by reacting with the formulation inside the bottle itself.
Many antiperspirants on the market contain water and Aluminium Chloride. They are somewhat effective against perspiration, but not for long since the plug will form on the surface of the skin rather than in the actual sweat gland. This is why Perspirex lasts longer than ordinary antiperspirants.
The sweat glands are less active at night, giving Perspirex time to work while you sleep.
Apply Perspirex with two upwards and two downwards strokes in the centre of the armpit. The skin must be completely dry and unbroken.
In rare cases Perspirex may cause skin irritation or allergic skin reaction. If this occurs, discontinue use.
Yes, you can continue to apply your regular scented deodorant or perfume should you wish. This will not affect the protection that Perspirex provides.
Perspirex is safe to use during pregnancy. Perspirex is produced according to prevailing legislation, in all our markets.
If you are in doubt regarding the ingredients of Perspirex, please contact your doctor for advice.
You can use Perspirex on other parts of the body where you have excessive perspiration, being very careful to avoid mucus membranes such as eyes, mouth, genitals etc.
Perspiration is a mechanism to regulate body temperature; therefore do not cover more than maximum 10% of your body surface at one time with an antiperspirant.
Available in Asda, Boots and good pharmacies nationwide.
If you consider yourself to sweat intolerably everyday, we recommend the ‘Original’ product. If you are affected very extremely by sweating to the point where nothing seems to help - we recommend ‘Strong’. If you consider yourself to sometimes sweat to uncomfortable levels (this can be at specific times like when you are nervous, in the hot summer weather or when you wear certain fabrics) we recommend ‘Comfort’. In all cases it is extremely important that you apply the products correctly and only to completely dry skin.