FAQ

What is Absolute Dry?

Absolute Dry is an extra effective antiperspirant, preventing sweating and bad smell for up to 7 days. It can be used for all kinds of sweat, like underarms, hands and feet. Absolute Dry is recommended as first line treatment in hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, but can be used by anyone looking for a unique, safe and reliable antiperspirant. Absolute Dry contains no perfume, color or preservatives.

What is hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating, exceeding the functional needs linked to regulating body temperature etc. Most often the excessive sweating is limited to armpits, palms, soles, head, face and neck, but it can also be general, across larger areas of the body.

Hyperhidrosis usually starts off during the childhood, teenage years or early adulthood. Sweaty hands and feet usually starts early, whereas underarm sweating begins during the teens. Hyperhidrosis is equally common among men and women and it is hereditary.

Why does itching and redness sometime occur?

Absolute Dry contains aluminum chloride, which in contact with moisture can cause local itching, tingling, redness and light pain in the skin. Most often the reaction is a result of the skin not being completely dry during or directly after application, so please take the time to both towel dry and air dry the skin area before applying the product. Usually the symptoms occur the first half hour after application, but in case of sensitive, moist or newly shaven skin the symptoms can be more severe and last longer. If the skin gets red and itchy a mild hydro cortisone cream can be applied.

What to do if Absolute Dry is not enough?

If your sweating or hyperhidrosis is significantly impacting your private of professional life, treatment with an extra effective antiperspirant like Absolute Dry can be a great relief, but if it is not considered to be enough there is still help available.  Consult your doctor for advice. One treatment option is the use of Botox injections.

How to use Absolute Dry?

To achieve the best results and minimize the risk of skin irritation, follow these instructions carefully when applying Absolute Dry:

Step 1: It is crucial that the skin is completely dry when applying Absolute Dry. Wash the skin and towel dry. Then leave the skin to air dry or even use a hair dryer with cold air setting.

Step 2: Newly shaven skin is extra sensitive. Therefore you should not have shaved the skin area during 24 hours prior to applying Absolute Dry.

Step 3: Apply Absolute Dry, for example in your armpit, an hour or so before bedtime and let dry. Normally it takes just a couple of minutes, but the time is impacted by body hair etc.

Step 4: Wash off in the morning. If you like you can use a perfumed deodorant, but no more antiperspirant is needed. Normally Absolute Dry will keep your skin free from sweat for up to seven days.

Step 5: Reapply when needed, following step 1-4. Usually once a week is sufficient.

Step 6: If you suffer from excessive sweating you might need to apply Absolute Dry more often in the beginning and then gradually reduce the frequency.

Step 7: The skin on hands and feet is thicker, making it somewhat more difficult for Absolute Dry to take hold. As a result you might need to apply the product more often than for instance when using it in your armpits. Apply Absolute Dry several nights in a row in the beginning to optimize the effect.

Can Absolute Dry be used on the forehead and face?

Yes, Absolute Dry can be used on the forehead and face, but it is advisable to first try it on a small area since the skin is normally more sensitive here. Please be careful not to get the liquid into your eyes. We recommend using the Absolute Dry Wipe, for more convenient application.

Can children use Absolute Dry?

There is no specific age-limit for using Absolute Dry, but we still recommend consulting a doctor in the case of small children. Usually there is no need for a product like Absolute Dry until around the age of 13, but there are exceptions. Please bear in mind that children will need help applying the product and it is advisable to first try it on a small area since children’s skin is more sensitive.

What is the difference between Dab-on and Wipe

Absolute Dry is available in two formats, dab-on and wet wipes. Both products contain the same liquid, with long-lasting effect against all kinds of sweat. but the mode of application is different.

Absolute Dry Dab-on is the original Absolute Dry product. It has been available in the Swedish pharmacies since the mid-1980s. The Absolute Dry liquid is applied to the skin with a dab-o-matic applicator attached to the bottle, by dabbing it onto the skin.

Absolute Dry Wipes was launched as a practical line extension, for larger skin areas, like back or chest, as well as hands and feet, where the dab-on might be somewhat inkonvenient to use. The format is also very convenient for traveling etc.

How does Absolute Dry work?

Antiperspirants like Absolute Dry contain aluminum. Aluminum is the most abundant metal and the third most abundant chemical element, after oxygen and silicon, in the Earth’s crust. The aluminum in our bodies comes almost exclusively from food and water, but for instance storing and cooking food – especially with low pH value – in aluminum cookware as well as excessive consumption of certain antacids can increase the levels.

Since there are sometimes rumors that antiperspirants are hazardous to your health, it might be beneficial to understand how they work. When antiperspirants are applied to the skin, the aluminum forms a sort of gel plug, called polymers, in the sweat duct, locally preventing the sweating. For a compound to penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream for systemic flow and effect, the molecule can have a weight of no more than 700 Dalton. The polymers formed by antiperspirants in contact with sweat is much bigger and heavier than that.

If the use of aluminum containing antiperspirants is still a concern, you can always choose to use aluminum free deodorants instead. They do not prevent the sweating however, only mask and reduce the smell.

Use of Absolute Dry during pregnancy and breast-feeding?

There are no specific restrictions as to the use of Absolute Dry during pregnancy and breast-feeding, but if you feel worried and concerned please consult your midwife, antenatal clinic or child care center.

Antiperspirants like Absolute Dry contains aluminum, which is the most abundant metal and the third most abundant chemical element, after oxygen and silicon, in the Earth’s crust. The aluminum in our bodies comes almost exclusively from food and water, but for instance storing and cooking food – especially with low pH value – in aluminum cookware as well as excessive consumption of certain antacids can increase the levels.

When antiperspirants are applied to the skin, the aluminum fors a sort of gel plug, called polymers, in the sweat duct, locally preventing the sweating. For a compound to penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream for systemic flow and effect, the molecule can have a weight of no more than 700 Dalton. The polymers formed by antiperspirants in contact with sweat is much bigger and heavier than that.

If the use of aluminum containing antiperspirants is still a concern, you can always choose to use aluminum free deodorants instead. They do not prevent the sweating however, only mask and reduce the smell.

Dry facts and guidance

Treating excessive sweating
Optimizing the effect of Absolute Dry
What is Hyperhidrosis?