May 9, 2016

No sweat – Finnish research develops antiperspirant device

The device consists of three elements: electrodes that are flexible, replaceable and disposable; a rechargeable control unit; and a mobile phone interface for operating the control unit.
The device consists of three elements: electrodes that are flexible, replaceable and disposable; a rechargeable control unit; and a mobile phone interface for operating the control unit.
VTT

Just in time for summer, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a safe and consumer-friendly treatment device for excessive sweating.

Utilising water as the active substance, the operation of the device is based on iontophoresis. By introducing charged particles found in tap water into sweat glands, this in turn reduces sweating.

Treatment sessions for excessive sweating typically last less than half an hour for a few times a week, before becoming weekly.

Treatment sessions for excessive sweating typically last less than half an hour a few times a week, before becoming weekly.

VTT

Portable and lightweight, the device consists of replaceable treatment electrodes, a small control unit that communicates wirelessly with a mobile phone, and a mobile phone software application. It can be used in hospitals and beauty salons, as well as at home.

“The device can be adapted to different applications by tweaking the software and the control unit components and by changing the electrodes,” explains project manager Saara Tuurala from VTT. “In addition to treating excessive sweating, the device can also be used to introduce substances such as anti-inflammatory drugs and cosmetics into the body locally, without breaking the skin.”

VTT is currently looking for a commercialiser for the solution.

 

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