Summer is in full swing (for English standards at least) and with the humidity and temperatures rising steadily, so was the humidity under my armpits. All my life I have been trying to combat my sweat problem only to feel like I was fighting a losing battle. I sweat in the summer, I sweat in the winter, I sweat when it’s hot and I sweat when it’s cold. I’m partially blaming it on the amount of body hair I used to have (read how I got rid of it here), but even with constant shaving and hair removal, I still can’t seem to stop sweating. So as much as I love summer, I wish I could go out without constantly smelling my armpits just to make sure I still smell acceptably for the outside world. I have tried and tested a variety of products in my life to combat the wet issue and found a few that are the best options for other sweaty Betties out there.
I have used the amount of deodorants equal to what 5 people will use in their lifetime. Nothing has ever worked to a degree I wanted it to – I always had big patches of sweat on my tops and I always had to plan my outfits according to how much I could predict I would sweat that day. What a nightmare. And after what can only be considered as a battle of deodorants and antiperspirants, I think I have found the one. The one that I have been searching for my whole life. A big shoutout to Hannah Gale for sharing it with everyone. I am talking about Sure Maximum Protection Sport Strength antiperspirant. I was a bit skeptical about whether it would actually work on a person who sweats laying down doing nothing in winter, but it was on offer in Tesco so it naturally found its way into my basket. A month in and I am a convert. This thing actually works and no matter what I do during the day, I will not smell of the unpleasant body odour.
I do find these to be a bit of a hit and miss. I haven’t used too many and the ones I have purchased could be bought without a prescription from your GP, however, I do recommend booking an appointment with a doctor first. I have tried using both Etiaxil and Medispirant and have had different experiences with them. I purchased Medispirant in a gel first to help with my sweaty feet (nice TMI there) and it worked wonders, I was really happy with it and never had any side effects. However, when years later I bought their roll-on for armpits I was heavily disappointed as I have come up in a rash wherever I applied the product. I was probably sensitive to some of the ingredients which I didn’t expect since the gel version was just fine on my feet. Etiaxil is a bit of a stronger product – it does tend to sting a little when applied and I wouldn’t recommend putting it on if you have just shaved. OUCH.
The bad thing with both unperspirants is the fact that you do have to put it on before bed and wash it off in the morning. It’s not a case of applying it whenever you feel like it and forgetting about the problem. I did forget to apply it before bed a few times or didn’t have enough time in the morning to wash it off which can be a right pain and make the products less effective. Applying such a product at nighttime, when your skin is at its most vulnerable, is also looked down upon by many people in the medical field. It is said that it can even sometimes impact your sweat glands in a negative way, though there is not enough research to prove that theory. So it’s your call what you make of it.
This is definitely a more permanent solution. Though not cheap, it’s proven effective and I am definitely tempted to try it out at least once in my life. If you’re wondering how a product developed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles can stop the sweating, don’t worry, I’ve done my research. Botox works by numbing your muscles (to get rid of wrinkles) and by numbing the nerves to stop them from sending an impulse to the brain that the body needs to sweat. The procedure consists of numerous injections placed in a designated sweaty area after which you’re good to go about with your life like nothing happened. It can take up to 2 weeks for it to start working properly, but what’s 2 weeks compared to a whole lifetime of sweating. So far, the research shows that the procedure works the best under the armpits, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work elsewhere – there is just not enough evidence to support a 100% success rate. The bad thing is that you do need to reapply the treatment every 6 months or so which means spending quite a big amount of money on nothing else but my armpits.
Even though I have not tried the botox injections yet, it’s definitely on my list as I know people who swear by this method. But that will come when I have enough spare money, which means I still get to wait a while. Let me know in the comments what you use to fight sweaty patches and maybe I can find yet another product to help me!
Until next time xx