Like many of the issues you see on embarrassing bodies, I’ve left my problem for too long.
Although it’s not an illness, it is an inconvenience and an embarrassment.
You see, I sweat too much. Its official name is hyperhidrosis if you want to be technical. It means that I have sweaty armpits for no reason and you’re right to think that’s a little gross.
My embarrassing body
I’d watched an episode of embarrassing bodies a few years ago, with a girl who has a similar problem to me (although far worse). They told her at the time that she’d need Botox injections to get it under control every few months.
Well… my problem wasn’t quite as severe as that. So I vowed to learn to cope as I wasn’t ready for that solution. Of course, I’d also used the almighty power of Google to try and find out why it happens, but other than a few foods that can trigger sweat (like tea), there’s nothing that really helped me to get it under control.
For me, it didn’t seem bad enough to go to the doctors. I knew what it was and I knew that there wasn’t much they could really do. I could cope. It wasn’t causing me significant discomfort or causing me harm. But it did knock my self-confidence every day.
It’s not just a problem that happens on occasion. It’s every day. I can’t remember a day in the past 10 years where it hasn’t bothered me.
I’m sitting at my desk at work and start to feel the clamminess of a summer day in the middle of winter when I’m actually a bit cold. It’s unexplainable sweatiness as if you’ve been on a jog but it’s only your armpits. I’d have been sat still for an hour and it would still happen. No exertion. No reason.
It’s literally the pits.
It’s hard seeing long sleeved tops and knowing that you can’t wear them. Well… I could, but it wouldn’t be long until those glorious wet rings appeared. Until I’d start to question whether people have noticed and what they’d think of me. Whether they’d jump to a conclusion.
Trust me, with a name like Kelly, it’s far too easy to jump to a nickname like Smelly Kelly.
Long sleeved tops for people with hyperhidrosis? Just not worth the hassle.
So for the past few years, I’ve been getting by wearing sleeveless tops. Do you know how hard it is to find sleeveless tops in winter? Cardigans when necessary but largely, I tried to keep my disgustingly sweaty pits unclothed.
If I had to wear sleeves? You can bet your life that I’ve had multiple visits to the bathroom to dry my pits. Even if I wasn’t wearing sleeves, I’d still have to have a pit stop.
I’d not done anything to physically exert myself, but the sweat would still come.
If I wore longer sleeved tops – or even t-shirts, I’d feel uncomfortable by about midday as the sweat would start to soak into my clothes and feel uncomfortable against my skin.
I used to bunch up toilet roll and shove it down my top in the years before I started using Sure’s (not so) Maximum Protection. But then could people see it? I can promise you, it’s not a comfortable solution, nor an attractive one.
It’s an embarrassment and frankly – that’s why I’ve largely not talked about it to many people.
Somebody on the Run Mummy Run Facebook group that I’ve recently joined shared a product that they’d tried out and said it was great if you’re an over sweater (probably for running related sweatiness but still… my ears perked up).
To be honest, I’m up for trying anything that suggests it can help my problem. I’d frankly given up in recent years, thinking that what I had was the strongest stuff you could have.
But it’s not.
It’s called Perspirex and you can buy it in Boots. It’s RIDICULOUSLY expensive for a tiny roll on at near to £9. But… and this is another big but…
It’s the first thing that has ever worked for me. It’s been clinically proven to stop sweating and it starts to work within 24 hours. I’m not talking about an all-natural cure where you tickle your armpit with a bay leaf (not an actual suggestion either, but you can probably guess what ‘natural’ cures are often suggested on websites…).
This stuff has lots of glorious chemicals that actually work.
For the first time in over ten years, my embarrassing sweaty armpits are under control.
I feel normal and I’ve been using it for less than a week. It cost me less than a tenner for the privilege and it’s one that I’m going to keep using.
The instructions say to put it on every night for a week (or every other night for a fortnight for sensitive souls like me) until it’s fully working… then you only need to put it on once or twice a week.
To say I was skeptical at first would be an understatement.
Waking up the night after putting it on, it says just to wash like normal – you didn’t need to reapply.
It’s a really odd sensation to wake up and not put any antiperspirant on – especially as an over-sweater, and I didn’t know how quickly it would start to work. So I added some emergency spray to my bag and set off to work.
Remarkably, I didn’t need it. Sure, I had a couple of slightly clammy instances on the first few days, but NOTHING like what I was used to.
I’m guessing that’s what normal people feel like through the day to not have to worry.
I can wear long sleeved tops and don’t have to constantly check for signs of sweat throughout the day. I don’t have to feel self-confident about my pits anymore.
For me, this is a HUGE deal. It’s something that I never felt I’d be able to move past, something I thought I’d always just have to put up with. For the most part, I was happy to just live with it. I know that many people have much bigger issues and I’m not saying that over-sweating is even close to the severity of what other people have to put up on a daily basis.
But anything that you ‘have to put up with’ on a daily basis, to be able to find something that can make it go away? It’s revolutionary and I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am that whoever it was shared their recommendation to the group – and to me.
It has changed my life already and anything that makes life happier and easier is a good thing in my books.
So Perspirex? I LOVE YOU A LITTLE BIT.
For anyone wondering where else you can buy it from, it looks like this, and is available on Amazon here: