Aluminum Chlorohydrate (INCI)

INCI name: ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE

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What is it?

Aluminum chlorohydrate belongs to aluminum salts.

Is aluminum chlorohydrate the same as aluminum chloride?

Aluminum chloride and aluminum zirconium are besides aluminum chlorohydrate the most common ingredients in antiperspirants.

Aluminum chlorohydrate in cosmetics

Aluminum chlorohydrate is generally considered to be very effective in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. It acts as an antiperspirant, which reduces perspiration by shrinking the pore cross-section of the sweat glands. As a result, 20 to 60% less sweat is secreted. Sweat alone is odorless, the actual causes of sweat odor are excretions from bacteria living on the skin that consume the sweat. Antiperspirants clog the sweat glands so that the bacteria are deprived of food. While that’s certainly helpful in the moment, we can’t help but wonder the effect that has long term.
And what it does, well in short, it’s:

  • astringent
  • antiperspirant
  • deodorizing

What are the side effects of aluminum chlorohydrate?

Well, by plugging these sweat glands, you may find yourself overheating more easily. Simply put, you may feel hotter. And no, not this way hotter.
On the other hand you may find that aluminum-containing deodorants can lead to irritation, giving you rashes, little underarm pimples, and even color changes of the skin.
And, when the ingredient combines with sweat, it creates a yellow tint that can be nearly impossible to remove. Just in case you’ve ever wondered why you can’t seem to keep a white shirt or blouse looking white.

What Are the Benefits of Aluminum in Deodorant?

Sweating can be embarrassing at times. Therefore using antiperspirants containing aluminum can help prevent those embarrassing moments. Given they’ve been studied for decades and indications that those products cause any harm (if you leave the ugly yellow stains aside) have never been proven – if your goal is to block sweat, aluminum in deodorant is a safe option to consider.

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