Hey Style Lovers, how are you? I'm super excited to team up with Dove Advance Care Antiperspirant and Simply Stylist to talk about some of the issues womenface with their underarms and skin care in general. I got to ask Dove's Dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba, a few questions I’ve always had – check out the interview below!
Monica Awe-Etuk: What is the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant?
Dr. A. Barba: Deodorants mask odor and help keep the bacteria count low, while antiperspirants temporarily block the release of sweat from the sweat ducts. Salts found in antiperspirants dissolve into the skin and form a protective layer over the mouth of the sweat ducts, which reduces perspiration in the underarm. Using an Antiperspirant/Deodorant like Dove Advanced Care will ensure you’re protected from both odor and wetness. Dove Advanced Care provides 48 hour protection plus added skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula for softer, smoother underarms.
MAE: What causes underarm odor?
Dr. A. Barba: Sweat itself doesn’t have an odor, but the moisture can cause a buildup of bacteria that can lead to an unpleasant scent. This is why it’s important to use an Antiperspirant/Deodorant so that you are preventing sweat, and therefore odor, rather than just masking the smell.
MAE: What is the best skin care advice you can provide?
Dr. A. Barba: Protect your skin from the radiation of the sun. Trust me, I make a living treating sun related skin care problems. From skin cancer to sun damage that causes premature aging, brown spots and wrinkling. You will save a lot of money down the road if you really take sun protection seriously in your teens and twenties. Do not abuse of the largest organ in your body, the organ that is also the most visible. It will eventually show! Do not smoke, do not pick at it, and do not expose it to the sun without protection. What you do to it when you are young will matter what it looks like in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.
MAE: Is there a way to prevent underarm sweating that causes underarm stains on clothing?
Dr. A. Barba: Yellow stains are caused by a chemical reaction between the compounds in sweat, antiperspirant ingredients and detergents. It’s nearly impossible to prevent these stains from appearing over time. However, you can help slow down this process by using antiperspirants because they limit how much you sweat.
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