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Excess sweating in armpits - what works?

(20 Posts)
lorneylou Mon 24-Nov-14 20:03:03

I've just posted another thread over on good housekeeping about a new coat that I have just treated myself to, which has probably been ruined by my excess sweating!

I have had this since my early teens and I've never really found a way to control it. It did lessen when I was pregnant for some reason (4 years ogo) but came back and in the last few months it has been really bad.

It's only my armpits and within 10 mins of having a shower I need another. I shave and wash really well, change tops a few times every day but it's really getting me down now. I have ruined so many clothes and I'm constantly thinking about it.

A few years back I tried perspirex and it seemed to work well. One application would last a good few days. I took a break from using it and bought a bottle again a few weeks ago but it gave me a really painful rash and cracked skin and didn't seem to work at all.

I normally stick to Dove or Sure as they smell quite strong and just wash several times a day. Can anyone suggest anything that has worked for them...or even helped a bit??

imalostcause Mon 24-Nov-14 20:58:03

Have you tried Trust? They sell it in Boots, it's in a little white tub with screw on lid for £8 ish.

RubberBulletKisses Mon 24-Nov-14 21:03:12

I use Mitchum, think it's called ultimate 48 hour. It's a cream rather than a stick or spray. It's not completely stopped the sweating but it's definitely taken it down to something like a normal level!

mawinter Mon 24-Nov-14 21:49:44

Dove or Rexona Maximum Protection. For Summer I use the one from Rexona and in Winter the one from Dove.

Procrastinatingpeacock Mon 24-Nov-14 21:53:31

Anyhdrol forte, available over the counter from a chemist. Only need to use it every 1-2 weeks. Wish I had found it sooner. A word of warning though, wait at least a couple of days after shaving before using it, and be prepared for it to be a bit uncomfortable and itchy the first couple of times you use it. Really amazing stuff though.

WhenDoISleep Mon 24-Nov-14 21:57:34

I've used Odaban on and off for years. It is used overnight and washed off in the morning.

Nicole2781 Mon 24-Nov-14 22:02:59

Have you tried driclor? It's sold in boots a bit like perspirex but I have found it to be great. Although definitely don't shave your armpits before applying it I just miss that day out shaving or else it will sting like mad! After a few days using it I didn't sweat at all.

Can really sympathise though it's so embarrassing having sweat patches and then you sweat even more cause your so conscious of it.

Maybe if your having a bad problem what about going to the doctors? I've heard of some sort of injections into armpits to stop excessive sweating but not sure of effects, safety etc.

Good luck anyway, hope you can get it sorted smile

ArgyMargy Mon 24-Nov-14 22:10:05

Driclor - totally miraculous. I used it about 7 years ago for a few weeks and now I rarely sweat from the armpits. I came to the conclusion that my sweating was partly psychological and the Driclor broke the cycle of nervous-sweat-more nervous-more sweat.

Bartlebee Mon 24-Nov-14 22:10:57

About once or twice a year, when I get to the stage where deodorant isn't as effective, I apply driclor after a shower and before I go to bed. Just one application.

It really stops sweating.

Lightroom Mon 24-Nov-14 22:13:34

Driclor. I hardly ever need to use it now, but it changed my life. I used to dress to conceal sweat (so always dark clothes and heavy cardies) but now I can wear anything. Amazing! Mitchum didn't work for me, but you can get Driclor in Boots.

98percentchocolate Mon 24-Nov-14 22:17:24

Another vote for driclor - used it a handful of times and now only sweat when it is very hot. I can wear anything now and no longer have to do the arms down penguin dance.

Bunbaker Mon 24-Nov-14 22:21:06

Driclor doesn't work for DD, but Triple Dry does.

lorneylou Mon 24-Nov-14 22:52:23

looks like driclor seems to be winning so far! I'm going to have a look into all suggestions tomorrow. At the moment, I'm not in the position to buys lots to try out so I will have to pick one and run with it.

Argymargy - I agree there is definately a psycological side to it, worrying about it stresses me out. Usually winter is my favourite time because I can get away with lots of dark layers, but I'm sweating so much now I'm getting more whiffy than usual and having the heating on doesn't help sad Not to mention trying to get stains and smells out of clothes! I'm really stating to get paranoid when I'm around people.

Nicole - I have heard about injections etc. I'm a bit of a wuss for that but I would consider it if I can't get this under control. I have been considering going to the GP as I have a few other issues that point to my hormones being a bit out of whack, maybe this is related.

I just want some relief at the moment and want to have a nice shower and feel clean! Since Perspirex worked the before, I'm hoping something similar will do the trick.

mejon Mon 24-Nov-14 22:53:42

I used an aerosol antiperspirant for years and used to get terribly sweaty pits. I switched to Mitchum roll-on this summer and the change was miraculous - completely dry pits and no smell. The only downside is that sticky residue on clothes but I try to dry it off with a hairdryer as much as possible before getting dressed.

WerewolfBarMitzvah Mon 24-Nov-14 22:54:45

I use Odaban. It doesn't sting like Driclor does for me.

Thehedgehogsong Mon 24-Nov-14 22:58:14

Coconut oil on the armpits stops all smells, and white vinegar sprayed on smelly clothes and left to dry before washing gets the smell out of clothes too.

MrsMargoLeadbetter Mon 24-Nov-14 23:10:17

I am a recent convert to Mitcham 48 hour. It is much better than a 'normal' deo I just wished I'd started using it sooner.

I have also used Driclor for special occasions. Just not keen on the idea of it full-time.

Mine is partly in my mind too. It is like a horrible cycle. I sweat on my face too blush

cavaliercleo Mon 24-Nov-14 23:24:11

I second Anhydrol Forte. I had a freakish right armpit that would sweat profusely, bizarrely the left one was normal. I spoke to the dr who recommended (or maybe prescribed, was a long time ago) it. Used it only a few times, several weeks apart and haven't had a problem since (20+ years since I've had to use it). It does irritate the skin and I used to put it on at night and take a paracetamol but it worked so brilliantly, it was worth it. I've used Mitchum roll on ever since but probably don't need to. Hope you get it sorted.

NoArmaniNoPunani Mon 24-Nov-14 23:25:37


InglouriousBasterd Tue 25-Nov-14 15:02:30

Driclor is fab - works so well. Can sting like hell though so make sure you haven't shaved first!

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