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Antiperspirants

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Antiperspirants are agents that suppress eccrine sweating. They are widely used to curb cosmetically disturbing underarm wetness. Antiperspirants act selectively at the eccrine sweat glands and do not affect apocrine glands. The latter are responsible for the characteristic axillary body odour. The most frequently used type of antiperspirants are metal salt solutions [21]. They also act as antimicrobials and, thus, against the body odour. They abolish the growth of bacteria flourishing in the humid and warm microenvironment of the axillae [24] and prevent the formation of odoriferous substances generated from apocrine sweat by the action of bacteria [30, 31, 47, 50]. The efficacy of deodorants is, however, not the subject of the present article and will be dealt with only parenthetically.

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Hölzle, E. (2000). Antiperspirants. In: Gabard, B., Surber, C., Elsner, P., Treffel, P. (eds) Dermatopharmacology of Topical Preparations. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-57145-9_24

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