How I stopped sweating for no reason

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.

Hyperhidrosis, How I stopped sweating after 10 years

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.

But…

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:

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25 Comments

  1. Tracey Abrahams
    November 15, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Im really glad you’ve found something that works properly for you. #fortheloveofblog

  2. November 15, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Wow. What an amazing product. I’m so happy you have found something so simple that works for you. Especially if it means not having to use things like botox. X #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. November 15, 2017 / 9:24 am

    I use this product for my daughter as she suffers from sweaty palms – great product.#fortheloveofBLOG

  4. November 15, 2017 / 9:56 am

    That’s great that you found something that works

  5. November 15, 2017 / 11:55 am

    This sounds like an amazing product! I’m so glad you’ve found something that works for you 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

  6. November 15, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    It’s great that you found something that works – what a stressful problem and inconvenient problem to have, especially in a cold country! #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. November 15, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Finally managed to get your blog to load and I am so glad I did. I’m suffering from excessive sweating at the moment so I’m on Amazon as we speak buying ‘Perspirex’! I’ll report back on how successful it is! #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. November 15, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I have a friend with this issue. I’ll email them the link to this! Glad you found some relief. #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. November 15, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    I have never heard of Perspirex before. I’m so glad that you found it and it is helping you out tremendously. I’m so sorry you have had to deal with this for a long time. I’m glad you finally found something that can help you out! #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. November 15, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    I’m so glad you found something that works, everyone deserves to feel their very best! #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. November 15, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    It is great that you have finaaly found something that works for you.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. November 15, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    It is great that you have finaaly found something that works for you.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. November 15, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    It must be so nice for you to have found something that works #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. November 16, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Nothing like a confidence booster in a bottle. Wait until you hit menopause–when you’ll schvitz like that everywhere, for like :10 seconds, randomly and often! Oy #fortheloveofBLOG xoxo

  15. November 16, 2017 / 11:11 am

    We tried this recently and it’s fab isn’t it! It’s always hard to believe that such a product will work and we too were sceptical but it is fab x
    #fortheloveofblog

  16. November 16, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I’m so pleased you found something that works! It sounds like it is £9 well spent!!
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. November 17, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Its so good that you’ve found something that works for you! i always get so paranoid I get stinky armpits!! poor hubby gets the short straw with checking for me hahahah! #fortheloveofBLOG

  18. November 17, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I always panic in the summer or when I have been rushing so to have it every day must have been a nightmare! Glad you’ve found something to help and get your confidence back. #fortheloveofBLOG

  19. November 17, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Haha at the bay leaf, ‘glorious chemicals’ and ‘pit stop’!!!! I’m so glad you’ve found a solution; it can’t have been easy living with that problem. Here’s to a sweat patch free zone! #fortheloveofblog

  20. November 18, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Must be such a relief to find something that actually works for you !! #forthelovofBLOG

  21. November 18, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Wow, you must be so relieved!! How wonderful to have found something so simple that works! I was going to suggest putting pantyliners inside your top as an alternative, but it sounds like you don’t need it now!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  22. November 20, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Wow this sounds like an amazing product, and I’m so glad that it’s working for you. It’s great how science has advanced these days. Claire x #fortheloveofBLOG

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