Excessive armpit sweating or axillary hyperhidrosis has been downplayed for years. This is a problem that has been dismissed by a lot of people because they feel embarrassed about it or they think it isn’t really a problem, to begin with.
That is why most people don’t even know that they have been suffering from hyperhidrosis until they read more about it or when they finally go to the doctor because they can’t stop the sweating.
One day, I read about the new Dove clinical strength antiperspirant and it piqued my curiosity. I wanted to write and know more about this brand. If this product helps reduce or stop underarm sweating, it is more convenient as it is easily available in the market as compared to other clinical strength deodorants.
In this antiperspirant review, I will write about the history of Dove, how to use it, and what I like and don’t like about this product. I will also mention other products that you can use to stop this excessive armpit sweating problem.
History of Dove
Dove has been a brand dedicated to making quality products that help improve your hair or skin. In 1957, the Lever brothers made their first-ever Dove Beauty Bar and then moved on to making shampoos and conditioners.
In the early 2000s, Dove launched its first line of antiperspirant/deodorant sticks that focus on fragrance and moisture. Now they have so much more antiperspirant/deodorants available in stores worldwide.
I personally like Dove because they promote diversity and body positivity. I often see their ads that focus on confidence and empowerment, and I think that is also important in any brand.
It hasn’t been long since they launched their line of clinical strength deodorant/antiperspirants so it is quite new, and it would be interesting to know if it can compete with other brands that people have been using for years.
What are Clinical Antiperspirants?
Clinical antiperspirants are antiperspirants with a stronger formulation (usually claiming to have twice the effect) than the regular over-the-counter products but are still milder compared to the prescription antiperspirants.
These products are made to stop or reduce sweat for individuals who sweat more than usual. Some people find that clinical strength antiperspirants can stop sweating for more than 3 days after application. It really depends on the product, and it also depends on how much you sweat.
You may ask yourself at times, “how do I know if I need to buy clinical strength antiperspirants?” Well, my answer is simple. Do you still excessively sweat despite using your regular antiperspirant?
If you do, then I would suggest that you try different clinical strength products until you find the one that works best for you. After all, it takes time for you to know what product has the best effects on sweating, and if it’s gentle on your skin.
Some clinical antiperspirant wipes like SweatBlock help people with hyperhidrosis. A friend of mine, Oscar shared his story about his problem with excessive sweating and how clinical antiperspirants have helped him stop it.
How to Use Dove Clinical Strength Antiperspirant
Before I share how to use your new clinical strength deodorant, watch this review by BudgetGlam Babe on this product:
Below is the step-by-step process of how to properly use your antiperspirant/deodorant. Let me remind you that antiperspirants are best used at night. This is because you sweat less at night giving your product a better chance to “stick” on your skin better.
If you follow all instructions properly you will notice a lot of changes. Most people say that if you follow the instructions you will sweat less or stop sweating entirely. This means that you would have to apply less antiperspirant on your armpits which would save you more money as your product will last longer.
Step 1: Prepare and Clean
Deodorant/antiperspirants work best when applied at night. This is because we usually sweat less at night due to the lack of movement and we are generally relaxed and ready to sleep.
Make sure that you have just taken a bath. I would highly recommend that you apply the product on clean skin — making sure to get rid of the deodorant you used earlier that day.
Always check that your armpit is dry before applying the product. Make sure to trim your armpit hair as it might not be as effective on longer strands because it holds more moisture, plus the product has to touch your skin to be effective.
Step 2: Apply on Armpits
Dove always recommends two clicks for enough antiperspirants to cover each side. To apply, hold an arm over your head and apply the product evenly on the armpit.
Repeat this process on the other side and you’re done. Make sure the product covers the area properly because if you miss some parts, your antiperspirant may not be as effective.
Step 3: Air Dry
After applying your antiperspirant on your underarms, let it air dry by raising your arms to make sure that no moisture can get trapped. Take note of this because the effectivity of your product relies on how you follow each step.
After it dries you can now put your arms down and observe how long your armpits stay dry. The next day, check if you still sweat a bit or if you don’t sweat at all.
What I Like about Dove
1) Easy to Purchase
As compared to other brands, Dove is one of the easiest to find in stores. I won’t have a hard time buying it, making it more convenient for me or anybody who wants to try this antiperspirant.
2) 0% Ethanol Alcohol
Your Dove clinical strength antiperspirant has no alcohol because this is an ingredient that can cause dryness on your underarms. Dryness also leads to itching and discomfort.
I always make sure to check if a product is gentle on the skin. I consider that factor because it doesn’t matter if the product is effective because you won’t be able to use it if it causes you discomfort.
3) Clinical Strength
It may already be obvious but I’d still like to point this out because, for the longest time, Dove didn’t have any antiperspirants that could help people with axillary hyperhidrosis.
I do not have hyperhidrosis but I play rugby and I go on trail runs every weekend so I live a pretty active lifestyle. So when I read about Dove’s new line of deodorants, I was extremely happy as I have more options when it comes to antiperspirants.
4) Contains 1/4 moisturizer
Dove always takes pride in being very gentle on the skin so I am not surprised that even in their deodorants they would be particular in adding moisturizers.
Moisturizers are important because antiperspirants can cause dryness because of the lack of sweat in the area. When this happens, you can start itching and scratching the area can lead to small wounds and later on discomfort in your armpit area.
What I Don’t Like About Dove
1) It Doesn’t Always Work
I have read some reviews of the Dove clinical strength antiperspirant that say that the product does not reduce nor stop sweating.
Although it is sad to hear, we can’t always be too sure on how that person applied the product. Again, if you don’t follow the instructions on how to put your antiperspirant on, you may not get the results you want (and need).
2) Can Cause Irritation
Even though this deodorant has 0% ethanol, it doesn’t claim to be hypoallergenic, therefore people who have super sensitive skin can still have some reaction to the product after application.
Some people can get rashes or red spots so I always tell people to always test the product on a small part of your arm to see if your skin would react to it.
3) Leaves white residue
This antiperspirant is in a cream form and may leave white residue on your armpits. This may be because the product wasn’t applied properly, or that the product doesn’t quite work for you.
I’d suggest that you should always follow the steps on how to properly use your antiperspirant and see if it changes the way the product works for you.
Overall, any Dove clinical strength antiperspirants are a good over-the-counter choice if you want to stop your sweat for more than 24 hours. A lot of people have been using this product and have recommended it to people who need help with excessive sweat.
Dove has been a crowd favorite since the 1960s and they always make the best moisturizing soaps, shampoos, and now deodorants. So if you’re looking for a quick solution to your underarm sweat, this is one of the best brands to use.
Find Dove clinical protection here.
If this product doesn’t quite work out for you, you may try other brands such as Odaban, which is also amazing as you can put this antiperspirant on different parts of the body like the palms or even the feet.
Another brand is SweatBlock, antiperspirant wipes that can stop sweating for up to 10 days. You can try this brand out as it has rave reviews and has been used by people for years, therefore making it a trusted brand.
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