An estimated two to three percent of Americans experience excessive sweating, a condition known as hyperhidrosis. Many people use conventional deodorants, antiperspirants and even medications. However, several alternative products and treatments claim to treat excessive sweating and related body odor.
The Wall Street Journal recently consulted Natural Standard to learn more about natural ways to reduce sweating and minimize body odor. In the article, "Ways to Deal With a Sticky Underarm Situation," reporter Laura Johannes discusses various techniques and products, including Botox injections, herbs, alum crystals and a new procedure called MiraDry.
Natural Standard reports that the belladonna plant may have anticholinergic effects, which may help block sweat production. However, the available evidence is limited, and it is unclear if this use is safe or effective.
Crystal and stone deodorants, made with mineral salts like potassium alum, are available as natural deodorants, but scientific evidence of effectiveness is lacking. Manufacturers claim that these alternatives do not simply mask body odor. Instead, they may prevent body odor by neutralizing or destroying odor-causing bacteria. Alum products are thought to create a thin barrier above the skin, inhibiting bacterial growth.
For more information about alternative deodorants and antiperspirants, please visit Natural Standard's Comparative Effectiveness database.