Driclor: How it Works, How to Use & What to Expect

Driclor How it Works, How to Use & What to Expect
Driclor How it Works, How to Use & What to Expect

If you have been struggling with excessive sweating and odor, then you must have heard about Driclor. But, if you haven’t, then keep reading to see everything that we have learned about this product.

Driclor is an antiperspirant that is manufactured by Stiefel Labs and marketed under GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited, which acquired Stiefel Labs in 2009.

What is Driclor Used For

Driclor is a clinical strength antiperspirant for people who suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). 

Now, hyperhidrosis can be caused by many things like underlying illnesses, genetics, daily habits, foods, etc. However, what it comes down to is that your body produces and excretes much more sweat than the average person. This also means that you possibly will have more body odor than the average person as well. 

The issue here is that regular antiperspirants and deodorants do not block the sweat glands enough. So, people need antiperspirant formulas that are stronger and that will be able to sufficiently block their sweat glands for a reasonable length of time. This is where products like Driclor come in. 

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How Driclor Works

Driclor’s main active ingredient is Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate 20%, which is an Aluminum salt that forms a temporary plug inside your pores when it reacts with water on or in your skin. 

When your sweat ducts and pores in the area are sufficiently blocked sweat will not be able to leave your skin through your pores. Instead, the sweat is reabsorbed by the body and excreted through your urine. So, the effect is that your skin remains dry and odor-free. 

However, keep in mind that Driclor is not a deodorant. It does not contain fragrance. It will prevent body odor indirectly by preventing sweating, but it will not mask any residual body odor with specific scents. 

Remember that body odor occurs when the sweat we excrete mixes with the bacteria and fungi on our skin, which causes them to multiply and produce a smell. Less sweat means fewer microbes and less odor! 


This antiperspirant is very basic and only contains:

  • Ethanol (Alcohol)
  • Purified Water
  • Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate 20%

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How To Use Driclor

Driclor usually comes with an information leaflet that contains detailed instructions on how to use it, what to expect, possible side effects and everything that you need to know. I recommend reading the leaflet before using the product. 

However, to make all our lives easier, I will tell you what the instructions are here.

First, you need to prepare the bottle itself. It comes with a small, sealed cap and you’ll have to fit the roller onto the top. Here is what to do:

  1. Put the bottle on a flat surface and carefully unscrew the cap. You can throw this small cap away.
  2. Gently push the rollerball into the neck of the bottle.
  3. Screw the larger cap onto the bottle. This will secure the rollerball in place.
  4. Once the rollerball has been fitted, Driclor is ready to use.

Then, it is time to use your Driclor:

  1. Make sure the area(s) you will apply Driclor to are clean and dry before you apply it. Ideally, you should shower first. 
  2. Use the roll-on applicator to apply Driclor to the affected area at night, just before you go to bed.
  3. After application, replace the larger cap securely and store the Driclor in a dry place, out of sight and reach from children and pets.
  4. In the morning, wash off the Driclor from the areas but do not reapply Driclor.

Important to note: When you first start using Driclor, apply it once a day at night. This should stop your sweating during the day. However, once your daytime sweating has stopped, you can reduce the amount of Driclor you use. Apply it twice a week or less.

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Where You Can Apply Driclor

Driclor has no skincare ingredients so you should not apply it on areas that are broken or super sensitive. 

It was designed to be used on:

  • Armpits
  • Feet
  • Hands

If your skin does not react badly, you can also use it under your boobs and your butt cheeks (at your own risk). However, I do not recommend trying to use it anywhere else. 

Driclor is not pH-balanced and is not designed for sensitive skin. So, you should not use this on or close to your private parts or anywhere where you might be prone to acne and ingrown hairs (this includes your groin area, butt, back, etc). Also, do not use Driclor on your face. It is much too harsh to be used on the thin skin of your face. 

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How Effective is Driclor – What to Expect

Driclor has been reviewed by thousands of people and by a few of our friends here at Sasily. The general verdict is that it works! 

Based on our research, Driclor managed to successfully help at least 75% of people who tried it with their excessive sweating. Some of the others experienced a few side effects (which we will get to) that made it unsuitable for them, but not everyone will react the same. 

Based on our experience, our sweaty guy friends here at Sasily say that Driclor was effective when used on their armpits and feet. I, myself, am not a big sweater. So I didn’t feel like I would be the best person to test this out.

But I will tell you that my armpits remained bone dry after an intense workout session (lots of cardio!). I think that was as much sweat as I have ever worked up! And not a drop came from my armpits. 

I also have very sensitive skin so I was worried about how my skin would react to this formula with zero added skincare ingredients. So what I did, was I put moisturizer underneath and let it completely absorb and dry down. Then I applied the Driclor. I am pleased to say that I have seen no negative reactions in my skin. 

Of course, I will always recommend that if you are going to try this, patch test first! 

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How Long It Takes To Work

Driclor will take a few weeks to be fully effective. It will not work immediately. 

You will need to apply it once daily (at night as instructed above) until your daytime sweating has stopped. You will know when you need to reapply it when you start seeing daytime sweating again. 

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Will it stop sweating permanently?

Driclor will not stop sweating permanently. This temporary treatment will need to be maintained regularly to work as intended. 

Once the aluminum plugs have been removed from your pores, you will start sweating again unless the formula is applied again so new plugs can form. 

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1-Driclor Deodorant| Prescription Doctor 

2-Driclor – Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) – (emc) 


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