Ever since I can remember, my mother always educated my sisters and I on the importance of taking care of our skin, from moisturizing to protecting it from sun damage. I recently had the opportunity to chit chat with Dove Dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba and ask her a few questions about general dermatology, skin care and even about underarms. After all, nearly 2 in 3 women experience some kind of underarm issue beyond odor and wetness, whether it be irritation, uneven skin tone, dryness or red marks. I have been using Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant since it first came out and it has been an essential upgrade to my beauty routine. It offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, plus it moisturizes the skin for softer, smoother underarms. I love that I no longer have white streaks all over my clothes.
(Q) Dr. Barba what’s the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants?
(A) 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.
(Q) Dr. Barba when should we apply deodorant in the morning or at night?
(A) You can put your antiperspirant on at any time of the day that is most convenient for you. If you have sensitive skin after shaving, it’s ideal to shave in the evening, and apply antiperspirant in the morning after your skin has had a chance to recover overnight. You can also look into a fragrance-free antiperspirant for sensitive skin that has moisturizers, which can be gentler on recently shaved skin.
Q) Dr. Barba what causes underarm dark marks and uneven skin tone?
(A) Darkened skin under the arms are often caused by friction and occasionally by inflammation. Darker skin tones are particularly prone to darkened underarms, which can be genetic in nature to some extent. To remedy dark marks on your underarms, treat the area under the arms as you would other sensitive areas on your body. Use a deodorant that contains calendula, an ingredient known to help restore skin to its natural tone. I recommend Dove Advanced Care in Clear Tone. It provides 48 hour protection plus added skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula for softer, smoother underarms.
(Q) Dr. Barba what helps alleviate underarm issues like dry skin & irritation?
(A) If you’re experiencing underarm issues you are not alone. Nearly 2 in 3 women report having some kind of underarm issue, whether it be dry skin, red marks, uneven skin tone or irritation. It’s important to use a deodorant that contains a moisturizing formula that can soothe your skin and help alleviate these problems. Irritation under the arms are often caused by friction and occasionally by inflammation. To remedy irritation under our underarms, treat the area under the arms as you would other sensitive areas on your body. Be gentle when removing hair. Use a deodorant that contains calendula, an ingredient known to help calm the skin.
(Q) Dr. Barba what other Dove care products does Dr. Barba enjoy?
(A) I love the Dove Beauty Bar. It is my go-to product in the morning, when taking a shower. I need a gentle cleanser for my face and body and fine that this one product is great for both body parts.
Hope you enjoyed this Q&A and found it as helpful as I did!