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sweat patches under the arms...aghhhhhhhh

(12 Posts)
whoneedssleepanyway Thu 26-May-11 10:20:26

Does anyone have any tips as to how to avoid this...

I am wearing a gorgeous new green linen dress today but have got huge sweat patches under the arms blush (yes I did put deoderant on this morning).

It is the kind of colour that does notice so am sat with arms clamped to my sides at the moment.

Do I need to change my deoderant or is there some other trick (seem to remember someone once telling me talc under the arms works)....

Thanks

iWILLdothis Thu 26-May-11 10:27:32

is it an anti-perspirant deodorant or just deodorant? Needs to be anti-perspirant to stop the sweating. Deodorant only masks the smell.

If you still have a problem, you can get sweat pads which I think stick into your clothes to absorb the sweat....never used them myself but a friend had this problem so needed them for certain clothes. she got them in a pharmacy iirc

whoneedssleepanyway Thu 26-May-11 10:32:11

i had run out of my own deoderant this morning which is Dove which I think is anti persperant so used DH's maybe that isn't an anti persperant....

going to have to sit with arms clamped to my sides all day!

iWILLdothis Thu 26-May-11 10:34:37

awww poor u. and I'm sure you were looking forward to wearing your new dress today before this happened.

chinateacup Thu 26-May-11 10:35:34

Do you have a thin T shirt you could wear underneath that would absorb sweat in the first instance?
I used to live in a hot country and as I do get a bit sweaty too always wore a vest as is stopped dampness showing on the outside (generally)

whoneedssleepanyway Thu 26-May-11 11:07:23

sadly no chinateacup.

I know iWILLdothis, my boss is taking me to afternoon tea this afternoon to at a posh hotel....am just hoping the marks won't stain the dress....

moragbellingham Fri 27-May-11 14:06:23

Dove or sure max - the ones that cost a fiver make a big difference.

SindyTellsMe Fri 27-May-11 14:11:10

I use a little bit of Driclor once a fortnight and it cuts sweating right down. I think it says on the bottle to use it daily but it is very very strong and it stings.

It's not a very nice chemical to use, but I decide to take the risk as I can get quite sweaty and I really don't want to wear black tops my entire life, or never come within a foot of anyone except my DC.

BabyReindeer Fri 27-May-11 15:48:50

Maybe iut is something to do with linen - I only have this problem with the Boden linen shirt dress I'm wearing today. I'm not normally a sweaty person but even the heavy duty anti perspirant I bought last week doesn't make any difference with this dress.

TattyDevine Fri 27-May-11 16:05:35

Get some Driclor or Perspirex - they are bad-boy sweat blockers - you can get them in Boots.

Basically, you use them at NIGHT after a shower (or on a clean armpit, a wash would do) - they work best when used when the sweat glands are at their most rested state.

I don't know how they work but they really really work. You wash it off in the morning, and just use a regular anti perspirant.

They can be a bit itchy/stingy - but its worth persevering even if you only use it to wear this dress.

I saw a photo of myself wearing a tight t shirt and there were obvious sweat patches and I didn't even realise on the day it wasn't till I saw the photos and I was mortified. My friend when I squealed with indignation told me about Driclor and I'm a convert. I dont have to use it much now - once in a while, the rest of the time I use Mitchum 48 hour roll on which is great.

I'm not a "regular deodorant" kinda girl. Its my thing I have to watch! But I never have smelly feet...that's my selling point wink

wendihouse22 Fri 27-May-11 16:24:45

You need ANTI-PERSPIRANT deodorant.

TattyDevine Fri 27-May-11 16:41:47

Babyreindeer, Linen is a hollow-fibre and therefore more "absorbant" than most other fibres. Its why linen towels are considered a nice luxury - they mop up moisture that much more quickly. I've got a dishwasher but when I go to the inlaws and am on "drying" duty with the dishes I always hunt around for a proper linen teatowel instead of a cotton jobby and MIL thinks I'm bonkers but it makes much shorter work of drying things whereas I just feel I'm spreading water around with the other types.

Well, a linen dress will "absorb" or wick away more moisture than other fibres. Its unlikely its actually causing the sweat, as its such a breathable natural material but its unforgiving in terms of putting on display exactly what you have produced!

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