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Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate

What is Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate?

Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate is the active ingredient of a number of antiperspirants including Driclor, Odaban, Perspirex and Anhydrol Forte. Its chemical formula is AlCl3.6H2O. Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate is also used in a number of high-street antiperspirants, but at a much lower strength.

How does Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate work?

Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate works by entering the pores in the skin. These pores are where the sweat emerges from. Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate does not itself block the pores, but instead forms a gel that gently prevents the sweat from getting out. This is perfectly safe: indeed, these formulations have been clinically tested for safety and efficacy, and have been around for decades. Almost all antiperspirants work in this manner.

Driclor, Odaban, Perspirex and Anhydrol Forte are pharmacy-strength antiperspirants, and contain Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate at a strength of 20%. This is a far higher concentration than is present in high-street antiperspirants, which are typically at a 5% concentration.

Is Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate bad for you?

Some people believe that it's a bad idea to prevent sweating, because sweating also carries toxins out of the body. However, the percentage of toxins that are excreted in sweat is low, and any toxins that are not sweated out are passed through urination anyway.

Some people also believe that the alumninium in the formulation is unhealthy. However, almost all antiperspirants contain a formulation based on aluminium, and this has been the case for decades without any known health problems.

Are there alternatives to Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate?

Most formulations that do not contain aluminium are deodorants rather than antiperspirants. If you would prefer a deodorant than an antiperspirant, you may like to try the Vichy 24-hour deodorant. This will not stop you from sweating, but will help you to manage the odours that may be caused by excessive sweating.

Of course, the fact that antiperspirants, such as Driclor, Odaban, Perspirex and Anhydrol Forte all contain the same active ingredient (aluminium chloride hexahydrate), does not mean that they are all the same. There are significant differences between the different formulations and other ingredients that affect how they react to the skin, and are absorbed into the skin. In particular, levels of alcohol and dimethicone vary, which makes a major difference to how they are absorbed into the skin and how they react to sensitive skin. In addition, some people prefer sprays such as Odaban, whereas others prefer roll-ons such as Driclor.

Aluminium Chloride Antiperspirants

Anhydrol Forte 60ml
Anhydrol Forte 60ml:

Great value 20% aluminium chloride antiperspirant!

Anhydrol Forte is a high performance antiperspirant for excessive sweating. It gets the job done and is great value for money when compared to other aluminium chloride antiperspirants.   More >>>
Price: £3.95 (incl VAT)
Driclor Solution 20ml
Driclor Solution 20ml:   More >>>
Price: £5.45 (incl VAT)
Driclor 60ml
Driclor 60ml:   More >>>
Price: £7.50 (incl VAT)
Odaban Antiperspirant Pump Spray 30ml
Odaban Antiperspirant Pump Spray 30ml:

20% aluminium chloride hexahydrate.

Odaban is a pharmacy-strength antiperspirant containing 20% aluminium chloride hexahydrate. It comes in the form of a hygenic spray and can be applied once a week.   More >>>
Price: £10.75 (incl VAT)
Odaban Antiperspirant Hand Lotion 75ml
Odaban Antiperspirant Hand Lotion 75ml:

Ideal for sweaty hands and palms!

Odaban Antiperspirant Hand Lotion keeps the hands dry without drying out the skin.   More >>>
Price: £9.55 (incl VAT)
PerspireX Roll-On 25ml
PerspireX Roll-On 25ml:

Works for up to 5 days!

PerspireX Roll-On has been designed to reduce irritation and provide long-lasting, effective relief from excessive sweating.   More >>>
Price: £5.80 (incl VAT)
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Our excessive sweating category has our full range of pharmacy-strength antiperspirants as well as advice for related conditions such as candidal sweat rash, chafing and smelly feet.   More >>>


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Antiperspirants and Deodorants

Antiperspirants and Deodorants  
If you are just looking for a regular-strength antiperspirant or deodorant to help you with your everyday sweating, this page will be of help.   More >>>

Excessive Sweating & Hyperhidrosis FAQs

Excessive Sweating & Hyperhidrosis FAQs  
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