Deoderant and anti-perspirant stains: roll-ons vs sticksThis article discusses deodorant and antiperspirant stains, how to remove them and how to prevent them.
It's sad to see a great looking shirt become a work shirt because of the noticeable deodorant or antiperspirant stain in the underarm. Likewise, it can be incredibly frustrating when you're rushing to get out the front door in the morning and discover white deodorant streaks across the bottom of the chic black blouse you've just pulled on. What causes these stains, and how can you get rid of them?
The skin of the underarm is home to millions of bacteria, and when these combine with perspiration, an unpleasant odor can result. Deodorants and antiperspirants are designed to protect against this odor. These products are available in a variety of forms, including roll-ons, sticks, gels, creams and sprays. Deodorants work to prevent odor by covering it up, while antiperspirants prevent both odor and wetness, often through the use of aluminum to block or dry up the sweat. Unfortunately, the chemicals in these products can react with the fabric in clothing, causing discoloration and stains.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways recommended for eliminating deodorant and antiperspirant stains. It is best to begin removal soon after noticing the stain because the longer the stain goes without treatment, the harder it will be to remove. Remember to test the garment for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area before using any of the following methods.
1. Soak the stained clothing in a solution of water and oxygen cleaner. These cleaners come in the form of powder, which when combined with warm or hot water releases oxygen that targets the stains. Follow the directions on the package for the amount of powder to use for stain removal. Rinse and launder as usual.
2. If the stain has caused a color change in the fabric, try sponging the damaged area with ammonia. Mix the ammonia with an equal amount of water when applying it to wool or silk. Rinse well and launder as usual.
3. Another method for stain removal is to lightly rub the stained area with white vinegar and rinse and launder as usual.
4. A quick fix for fresh white marks transferred to a garment you've just put on is to rub the area with a clean, dry towel. This sometimes works to minimize the appearance of the stains.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and you can save yourself the work of removing stains by using the following tips.
1. The best way to prevent clothing stains is to wait until your deodorant or antiperspirant has completely dried before putting on your clothing.
2. Refrain from using too much deodorant or antiperspirant.
3. Look for an anti-stain formula deodorant or antiperspirant. These are available as roll-ons and sticks, as well as other forms. A perk of clear solids or gels is that they don't leave white residue on clothes.
4. Another option is to use underarm guards. These are pads that attach to the garment, preventing perspiration or deodorant from damaging the fabric.
With a little determination and know-how, you can succeed in rescuing your clothing from the junk pile and prolonging its beauty and useful life.
8 facts about acne and acne treatmentThese eight facts about acne and acne treatment will help you treat your skin better and help you clear up your skin.
Learn the facts about acne. When you know what causes it and how to treat it, you will be well on your way to clearer skin.
1) Acne is basically another word for clogged pore. While skin sheds its cells, not all of the dead skin cells flake away. Sometimes the get stuck on the skin when they mix with your skin's oils. When this happens, the pore gets blocked and icky stuff like excess oil and bacteria get stuck in the pore with no way out. This causes acne, your inflamed bumps and blemishes.
2) Now that you know acne is caused by a build-up of skin cells blocking your pore, it should seem obvious that the best way to treat your acne problem is to exfoliate those dead skin cells. And if you were thinking that, you were correct! Take care of your skin by washing it regularly. Using an oil-free cleanser that contains the ingredient salicylic acid in the morning will help get rid of those pore-clogging cells. If you already have some trouble with acne, use a product that contains benzoyl-peroxide at night to help kill the bacteria that has already gotten itself trapped in your pores.
3) Now that you know what really causes acne, you don't have to worry that your skin is just dirty or that you don't have sufficient hygiene. This means you no longer have to try washing your face 5 times each day. If you already have acne, scrubbing on it with a harsh exfoliant or wash cloth will only irritate it. That's why using a product with salicylic acid will help you more than scrubbing. It will help you gently get rid of skin cells.
4) Now that you know what ingredients to look for in a product, go out and get them. Try the new products out for a couple of weeks. You have to give them a chance to work. If your skin really hasn't improved at all, or if it has gotten noticeably worse over the course of the two weeks you've used the product, it may be time to switch to something else. Make sure before you switch that you were using the products only as directed. If these products aren't working for you, see a dermatologist before trying a deciding on the next product. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you something new and more powerful than what you were previously using or recommend something that will work with your skin problem
5) A dermatologist can also recommend a more high-tech option to prescription cleansers and creams, such as light treatments that kill surface bacteria for months. The downside to these treatments is of course the hefty price, usually hundreds, or even over $1,000.
6) You can ask a dermatologist for prescription oil-control medication if she tells you that excess oil is a problem. One indicator of oily skin is usually visible, large pores. If you have large pores then your skin is more acne prone so a visit to the dermatologist for advice and prescription strength skin products might be necessary.
7) If you don't have the money to afford a visit to the dermatologist, try using a weekly mud mask that contains the ingredient sulfur which can help calm inflamed and broken-out skin.
8) Women's acne problems fluctuate due to monthly hormone surges which cause an increase in oil production. Make sure you stick to a regular skin care routine all month. Don't abandon your routine when your skin looks good and then try to start it up again once a month, once the acne has already started. Keep exfoliating and taking good care of your skin regularly.