How Does An Antiperspirant Work?

BUT FIRST, WHAT IS AN ANTIPERSPIRANT? No sweating, no smell, no stains: An antiperspirant provides reliable protection against underarm wetness and its consequences in everyday life. But how does it work and what is different about deodorant without aluminium?


Sweating serves to cool down our body and is a vital, completely natural body function.

Antiperspirant is an effective remedy for sweating. Containing aluminum salts such as aluminum chlorohydrate (ACH), it narrows the upper ducts of the sweat glands so that we sweat less. Using anti-perspirant also results in a reduced flow of sweat, meaning less odoriferous soil is available to our odour-causing bacteria. Ultimately, it helps you feel fresh for longer!

What is the difference between a deodorant without aluminum and an antiperspirant?

Often, the term deodorant is used in a generic sense. However, an antiperspirant (deodorant with aluminum) and a deodorant (deodorant without aluminium) are in fact different. Here’s why…

Deodorants without aluminum contain fragrances as well as antimicrobial substances and care additives. They primarily help to fight sweat odour by inhibiting the multiplication of bacteria.

Antiperspirants contain aluminum salts as well as antibacterial, fragrant and nourishing ingredients. So in addition to fighting sweat odour, they can also reduce sweating.


Unsure if antiperspirants are the right choice for you? Read our most asked questions and their answers for more information.

Is it okay to use antiperspirant daily?

You can definitely use antiperspirant every day. For the best results, make sure you apply antiperspirant on clean skin E.g. after a shower but avoid using anti-perspirant directly after shaving.


Are aluminum salts harmful?

Based on scientific studies, NIVEA experts currently assume that the normal use of aluminum-containing (ACH) antiperspirants from NIVEA is harmless.


Are there alternatives to anti-perspirant?

In view of the sweat-reducing effect, aluminum salts are unique. However, aluminum-free deodorant can be an effective alternative when it comes to preventing odours. However, they do not protect against wetness and stains under the armpits.

Do antiperspirants disturb the distribution of perspiration?

If we suppress sweating under our armpits, does this mean we will sweat more in other places? Yes and no: The so-called compensatory sweating occurs only when antiperspirants are applied to a large area. The skin under the armpits only accounts for 0.5 to 1 percent of the total body surface, and is therefore too little to affect the body's heat regulation.


Do antiperspirants also work on other parts of the body?

Antiperspirants reduce sweat production wherever they are applied to the skin - so aluminum-containing roll-ons or sticks can help in other areas such as sweaty hands and feet.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.