I just didn’t believe it. As I read through the instructions, this product claimed to stop excessive perspiration by applying it at night only (The application you put on would last all day and even up to 72 hours of underarm protection).
I decided to try it, following the instructions to the letter. I was intrigued yet terrified, never feeling totally “dressed” without dabbing on deodorant in the am.
Well, the next morning I was pleasantly surprised (and greatly relieved!). My armpits were totally dry-not dried out or scratchy, no pain or noticable smell (I was able to shower as usual without the antiperspirant washing off!).
Why? Certain Dri Solid works while you sleep to shrink your pores so it can stop sweating all day. Besides reducing excessive underarm perspiration (axillary hyperhidrosis-At least seven million adults and teens are diagnosed with this and more than 40 million believe their perspiration to be a problem).
Certain Dri Roll-On has been the no. 1 anti perspirant for treating excessive perspiration for more than 30 years. This works as well as the solid one. I was (and remain so) totally impressed with both!
The Roll-On formulation-12% aluminum chloride-is the strongest and best over-the-counter available without a prescription; each application (2-3 times a week at bedtime) offers 72 hours of protection. Unlike its prescription competitors, this is formulated with water, not alcohol, helping to minimize drying and stinging of the skin and allowing it to be available without a prescription. Certain Dri can also be in conjunction with another deodorant of your choice. The retail price for Certain Dri Solid is $5.50 (1.7 ounce solid stick); the Roll-On’s also $5.50 (1.2 fluid ounce bottle).
Here’s some additional information:
What causes underarm odor?
Perspiration is actually generally odorless in its freshly released state. However, when it exists in a confined and damp underarm area, it decomposes and causes odor-producing bacteria to form. Combined with natural salt and uric acid which are also emitted through the pores, the perspiration then takes on its familiar unpleasant odor.
What exactly is a deodorant?
It’s any kind of fragrance used to cover up or deodorize one odor with another. It’s very rare when a deodorant can inhibit or slow down perspiration and/or odor for more than a very brief time.
What exactly is an antiperspirant?
A true antiperspirant should shrink and close off underarm pores to inhibit the flow of perspiration. The more effective the formulation, the more effective and long-lasting the antiperspirant will be. Generally, an antiperspirant is also a deodorant because it prevents perspiration, which is the source of odor-causing bacteria; but a deodorant is not necessarily an antiperspirant.
Is it safe to close underarm pores?
Yes. Both underarms represent an area of only about 6-8 square inches. Nature simply and safely redistributes the perspiration around to the other 2,700 + square feet of the body’s skin surface.
With creative marketing and instructions to “apply at bedtime”, several big name brands are promising relief from excessive perspiration with the introduction of “clinical strength” antiperspirant products/formulas.
However, a savvy consumer with a quick read of the ingredients package can see that there really isn’t much difference between the regular and the clinical strength formulas when you compare these products side by side.
Here are some tips from Dr. David Bank, M.D. (dermatologist and director of The Center For Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery-Mount Kisco, New York) on what other options can be considered when over-the-counter antiperspirants don’t work. The following are the most popular non-surgical treatments used for excessive underarm sweating:
Prescription Antiperspirants-They’re available only with a prescription from a doctor. While very effective in controlling underarm perspiration, prescription antiperspirants contain 20-25 % aluminum chloride in an alcohol solution, which may cause stinging and drying of the skin. Prescription antiperspirants can get costly due to doctor visits and prescription fulfillments.
Oral Medications-These may be effective in reducing excessive perspiration, but can lead to dryness of the mouth and blurred vision. A person taking this non-prescription medication needs to find just the right dose-one that controls the perspiration without giving intolerable side effects.
Botox-Tiny injections of botulism toxin type A, commercially sold as Botox, are administered in the areas of excessive perspiration, such as the armpits. Botulinum toxin is a neuromuscular paralytic agent, which inhibits the release of acetylcholine, thereby preventing stimulation of the sweat glands. This type of treatment is not for the “needle phobic” since it can require up to 20 (!) injections in each arm. You better have deep pockets too, because these treatments can cost upwards of $1,000 and may not be covered by insurance. However, the results can be highly effective, though temporary; the effects can last between six and 12 months.
There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution, since each individual is unique. And while Certain Dri is highly effective in treating excessive perspiration, it is recommended that you make an appointment with a doctor if you suddenly begin to experience profuse perspiration that you have not experienced before, since it can be related to an underlying medical condition that may need medical attention.