Do not sweat the spring

Summer is going into overtime – and still with high temperatures. What pleases some, however, is the sorrow of others: because sweating can become a real problem. Why choosing the right deodorant can make or break your health, and what the solution is for cases of hardship.

As different as people are, as far as opinions may diverge, there are a few points on which everyone agrees. One of these is sweating. Because sweat stains and body odor are never sexy. So what to do? Reach for deodorant, of course. But which one? The choice of products is just as great as the confusion about whether or not aluminum – a kind of super active ingredient against sweat – is carcinogenic.

The reason aluminum is in so many deodorants is that it clogs the pores of sweat, preventing odor and wetness from developing in excess in the first place. That’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to melt away at a meeting with the boss or a date with the man of their dreams, but the suspicion that aluminum salts are harmful to health persists. Increased concentrations of aluminum have been detected in tissue samples from tumors. According to studies, deodorant use at a young age in particular is critical: those who as teenagers several times a day uses deodorants with aluminum has been shown to have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Especially the application after shaving the armpit hair is dangerous, because through small injuries the aluminum gets under the skin more easily.

How deodorants help against sweating

Although the controversy about aluminum deodorants continues, the following applies: If in doubt, better hands off. (Aluminum is even said to promote Alzheimer’s disease) Because there are not only cheap deodorant sprays without aluminum in the drugstore (for example, Rexona Deospray Active Shield without aluminum), but also noteworthy alternatives that are fully in the spirit of clean beauty Are: Natural ingredients such as lemon oil, essential oils, coconut oil, shea butter have an antibacterial effect, not even preservatives are necessary. (For example, deodorant creams from Poyhütchen and Wolkenseifen, deodorant sprays from Weleda or deosticks from Schmidt’s). Those who need to top up more often (compared to conventional deodorants, this can happen after four to six hours) do not have to fear any negative effects on their health.

When no deodorant is enough

Photo: Miramarlabs

However, there are quite a few who suffer seriously from excessive sweating. In Germany alone, there are more than 1.5 million people. Those affected by so-called hyperhidrosis often find their quality of life immensely restricted. When the fear of sweat stains dominates life, the need for an effective and long-term solution is great. miraDry promises to solve the problem. “This is a system that destroys the glands responsible for sweat through targeted energy delivery,” explains dermatologist Dr. Darius Alamouti, who uses the device in his practice with great success. After that, there should be an end to sweating for good. “For those affected, this is a great blessing.Until now, the problem of hyperhidrosis was mainly treated with Botox injections,” says Alamouti. “However, these had to be repeated every six months – costly and time-consuming at around 500 euros per session.”

In the non-surgical and permanent alternative, the armpit is first anesthetized. The applied device then pulls the skin and glands closer to the surface so that the delivered electromagnetic energy destroys the glands. After the treatment, which lasts about an hour, the area in question should be cooled, but the result is immediate and lasting: Because once destroyed, the sweat glands are gone – forever. miraDry is the only thermolysis method that has FDA approval. The Cost are about 1800 euros. Side effects: Temporary redness, bruising, or tenderness. There is usually no downtime.

Lead photo: Shutterstock.com