No sweat – Finnish research develops antiperspirant device
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.
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.