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Excessive sweating when nervous -interview, what anti perspirant do you recommend?

(26 Posts)
IlsaLund Sat 25-Feb-17 13:38:15

On a normal day I hardly sweat at all and just use sure roll on deodorant with no problems.

However, when I'm nervous I sweat excessively - last summer I had an interview and by the time I arrived I had huge sweat pools of sweat underarm which were really obvious on my top. I had to rush to the toilets and dry my top on the handryer and then keep my jacket on for the interview.

Years ago I remember using Arrid cream to successfully prevent this issue - having looked online I can see this is no longer available in the UK and online reviews suggest the formula has changed.

Can anyone recommend something similar as I have two big presentations and an interview coming up

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Sat 25-Feb-17 13:40:18

Can you take some sage for a few days prior the interview?

IlsaLund Sat 25-Feb-17 13:42:08

If it works I will - I think the problem is I want something that guarantees that I won't be sat there with huge sweat rings visible on my clothes.

Shelvesoutofbooks Sat 25-Feb-17 13:43:01


ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Sat 25-Feb-17 13:47:04

How long until the event?

It will work on nerves induced sweating,
but you need to give it time,

Do use a strong deodorant as well, dryclor or similar and do not wear silk. Silk is very sweaty.

Gamtanner Sat 25-Feb-17 13:49:51


Gamtanner Sat 25-Feb-17 13:51:46

Meant to add my DD is prone to excessive sweating and after much trial and error, she said Persiguard has been the best.

tigerdriverII Sat 25-Feb-17 13:52:10

Vichy 48 hour is really good. I'd also stick on a bit of talc and think about what I was wearing.

tigerdriverII Sat 25-Feb-17 13:54:20

I may have misremembered this but someone I know was worried about the same thing for her wedding and had ??Botox??? injections into her armpits.

hippoesque Sat 25-Feb-17 14:02:47

I used to sweat all the time, literally would have damp puts from the very short school run in the morning! Switched to mitchum roll-on, never had a problem since.

KatyS36 Sat 25-Feb-17 15:07:55

I used to have this problem. I used to wear a smart merino wool top in black. It didn't stop the sweating, obviously, but it meant it never showed or smelt.

IlsaLund Sat 25-Feb-17 15:24:41

I'm definitely thinking carefully about what to wear, but ideally I'd really like not to have to worry about the whole issue (be too busy trying not to fuck up interviews/presentations)

Thank you for the recommendations, I'll try them and see what happens.
The Arrid that I used to use successfully was a cream, but I'm happy to use a roll on as long as it does the job.

Satishouse Sat 25-Feb-17 15:34:35

Sweatshield undershirts are great. They are thin t shirts worn under clothing with absorbant panels inder the arm pits. No dampness, no smell, machine washable. Google them! I think you can only get them online. Good luck with the interview!

Shelvesoutofbooks Sat 25-Feb-17 15:34:37

Just use driclor and you'll stop sweating quickly.

Logoplanter Sat 25-Feb-17 16:02:09

I used to sweat quite a lot, partially whilst nervous. I now use Sure Maximum Protection or Dove Maximum Protection. They're both around £5 and work really well. I won't use anything else. Used to use Mitchum deodorant and these are loads better. I don't think about what I wear at all anymore.

CarabellaSmella Sat 25-Feb-17 16:07:06

perspirex You put it on the night before and wash off in the morning. Works brilliantly!

IlsaLund Sat 25-Feb-17 16:43:03

Thank you all - am spoilt for choice now!

I guess my only problem is because I don't normally sweat I'm not going to know if it works until the day itself!

IlsaLund Sat 25-Feb-17 16:49:46

Satishouse I like the look of the sweat shield undershirts, thank you.

PurpleNurple69 Sat 25-Feb-17 17:31:59

Mitchum roll on for me. A bottle lasts me a year! I sweat like a bastard when I get nervous or anxious but no problems with my underarms, or oxters if you prefer.

My worst area for nervous sweat these days is the back of my neck. So I bought Neat 3B facesaver gel which I'm going to try next time I have a work meeting/event.

barefoofdoctor Sat 25-Feb-17 18:26:00

Anhydrol Forte. Amazing. You only need to use it every few days. Look on

MeadowHay Sat 25-Feb-17 18:45:34

Driclor if it's really that bad. I used to use this when medication I was taking made me really sweaty. It works very well and you can get it on prescription from your GP, I think you may be able to buy it over the counter as well though?

retainertrainer Sat 25-Feb-17 19:26:05

You can also buy pads that stick to the inside of you clothes (a bit like sanitary towels but a different shape).

Unicorn81 Sat 25-Feb-17 19:27:52

Triple dry or perpirex from boots. More expensive but work. Triple dry is better

dudsville Sat 25-Feb-17 20:22:42

Good luck op!

IlsaLund Sat 25-Feb-17 20:55:45

Thank you!
All I have to worry about now is not fucking up the interview!
Mind you, back in the Summer when I had my unfortunate pre-interview sweats it meant I spent the 15 minutes before the interview frantically drying my top and washing my armpits in the toilets instead of dry retching and deep breathing!

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