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Driclor FAQs

This page answers some frequently-asked questions about Driclor. See also:

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When should I apply Driclor?

You should apply Driclor once a week, before going to bed. Wash off in the morning.

How does Driclor work?

Driclor works in the same way as most regular anti-perspirants, by blocking the pores of the skin. It's just a higher-strength version of what's available in the high street.

Isn't it unhealthy to block the pores of the skin?

Whilst it's true to say that toxins do escape in the pores of the skin, it's important to note that Driclor is only applied to a small area of the skin. The rest of the skin still sweats a little, so provides sufficient escape for any toxins. In addition, the body gets rid of toxins during urination and other excretion, so there is very little chance of danger to the body. Driclor is a fully-licensed pharmacy strength antiperspirants, has been clinically tested and is prescribed by doctors, so it's perfectly safe.

Can I apply Driclor to the face?

It is wise to test on a small area of the face to see if you are sensitive. Do not apply Driclor near the eyes.

Will Driclor wash off in the bath or swimming pool?

No, Driclor remains in the pores when swimming or bathing. In most cases, you only need to apply Driclor once per week.

Should I use my normal anti-perspirant as well as Driclor?

No, Driclor should be sufficient to prevent sweating. Driclor already contains a high strength concentration of the active ingredient of most regular antiperspirants. Of course though, you can use fragrances or deodorants that do not contain an anti-perspirant ingredient.

What if Driclor does not work?

If you still sweat profusely even after applying Driclor to the affected areas, you can try applying it more regularly, perhaps twice a week.

What is the active ingredient of Driclor?

The active ingredient of Driclor is known as aluminium chloride hexahydrate. This is the same ingredient as many regular antiperspirants, but at a concentration of 20%, whereas in normal anti-perspirants the concentration does not usually exceed about 5%.

Isn't the aluminium dangerous?

No - the aluminium does not enter the bloodstream and so cannot cause any harm. Driclor has been clinically tested and is prescribed by doctors. It is very safe. Any aluminium that enters the body does so through our diet rather than our skin. Tea, beer and toothpaste often contain aluminium, as do things cooked in aluminium containers or drinks in aluminium cans. Even our drinking water can contain aluminium.

How does Driclor compare to other treatments?


Driclor contains exactly the same active ingredient as Odaban and Anhydrol Forte, at exactly the same concentration. However, other aspects of the composition may suit some people's skin in different ways. Ultimately, it's best to choose one that works for you, and to stick with it.