7 Clinical-Strength Deodorants for Fighting Body Odor This Spring & Summer

May 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Body odor is impossible to avoid. We all experience it to varying degrees, but come summer, some of us need a little extra help warding off sweat … and an all-natural solution won’t do it.

“Aluminum-based compounds are the most commonly used antiperspirant ingredient because they plug sweat glands, thereby significantly reducing the amount of sweat that is secreted onto the skin, says New York City-based dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, Dr. Sejal Shah. “The most widely used aluminum compound is aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. Aluminum chloride is usually found in prescription antiperspirants, but is also found in Certain Dri, which is OTC. Typically, the strength of the active ingredients is higher in the clinical-strength formulations.”

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Fun fact: Deodorant and antiperspirant are actually two different things. While the former simply masks odor, the latter is what keeps sweat from excreting. That’s why the biggest body odor brands sell deodorants that contain antiperspirants; the combination of the two provides the most effective results.

At the same time, the side effects of aluminum have been disputed for years. Some say that although it aids in blocking pores and, subsequently, odor, it’s absorbed by the skin and may be linked to cancer. Countless studies have been done in recent years, but the general conclusion is that it’s more fiction than fact.

According to researchers at the National Cancer Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, there isn’t “any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food, cosmetics, medicines, and medical devices, also does not have any evidence or research data that ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause cancer.”

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Shah also corroborates these findings. “Some research suggests that aluminum can interfere with estrogen receptors, and estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer, which is where this idea stems from. However, these studies were performed in-vitro, and there is no evidence that it happens in a person,” she says.

“Further, a significant amount of aluminum is unlikely to be absorbed through the skin. One study found that the amount of aluminum absorbed through skin after applying aluminum-containing antiperspirants was much less than what would be absorbed from the foods one eats during the same time. To date, there really isn’t any strong scientific data that supports the claim.”

So, if your standard deodorant isn’t cutting it and you need something a little stronger to protect against perspiration and odor, worry not. Give one of these heavy-duty, clinical-strength deodorants a try for those days when you need a little extra help keeping fresh.

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Clinical-Strength Deodorants: Mitchum Women’s Advanced Control Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
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Mitchum Women’s Advanced Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, $2.99 at Target

Clinical-Strength Deodorants: Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant
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Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid, $7.99 at Target

Clinical-Strength Deodorants: Gillette Advanced Solid Ultimate Fresh Antiperspirant
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Gillette Advanced Solid Ultimate Odor Protection, $9.99 at Walgreens

Clinical-Strength Deodorants: Dove Clinical Protection Cool Essentials Antiperspirant
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Dove Clinical Protection, $7.88 at Walmart

Clinical-Strength Deodorants: Degree Summer Strength Clinical Antiperspirant Deodorant
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Degree Clinical Protection Summer Strength, $6.99 at Target

Clinical-Strength Deodorants: Certain Dri Prescription Strength Clinical Roll-On
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Certain Dri Prescription Strength Clinical Roll-On, $5.67 at Walmart

Clinical-Strength Deodorants: Arm & Hammer Essentials Fresh Deodorant
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Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant, $3.89 at Target


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