I have no shame in admitting that my armpits could easily out sweat the entire defensive line of any NFL team. Winter, spring, summer, fall, early in the morning, late at night and even in my sleep my armpits always seem to be sweating.
As far back as I can remember I have always had sweat issues. And I can tell you that short of surgery I have tried every antiperspirant, deodorant and sly little trick out there. I’ve doused my armpits with witch hazel and then powder puffed them with cornstarch. I’ve layered three different brands and formulas of drugstore deodorant all at once. Lining the underarm of my sleeve with panty liners? You’d better believe it.
In high school I spent countless hours in the bathroom with my underarms under the hand dryers trying to dry out my shirts. It has now come to a point that I avoid purchasing or wearing certain colors or fabrics because I know I’ll (as a friend calls it) “pit them out” within moments of putting them on.
While I have lived many of life’s greatest moments with my hands at my side I have come to realize I am not alone. According to society it’s not “womanly” to sweat. But I dare bet a good majority of us do. Thankfully some companies are coming out with products to help those of us with more active sweat glands to lead a more “hands in the air” kind of life.
~ Secret has come out with a “Clinical Strength” deodorant. While the $8.99 price tag for a 1.6 oz. tube of deodorant made me skeptical and my wallet screech, I decided it was worth a try (an even smaller sample size is available free through the website along with coupons). Instead of applying in the morning, the product is applied at night. It claims to regulate to your body temperature while you sleep and “plug” your sweat glands. Supposedly there is no need to apply in the morning, even if you shower, but routine has me reapplying as I dress for the day. Aside from the awkwardness that is applying deodorant at bedtime, the product really seemed to help after about three days of consistent use. While I’m still not sweat free I feel that I now sweat as much as the “average” woman “should” sweat.
~ Degree has also come out with a “Clinical Protection” deodorant that shares the same claims as Secret and also the same price tag (there is however, a $2.00 off coupon available through the website).
There are of course more drastic steps that can be taken towards the control of underarm sweating, but all of them involve doctors and most of them involve needles and painful outpatient or inpatient surgical procedures. While I’d like to not have to worry about “pitting through” my favorite shirt when I’m out to dinner with my husband, the pain and cost associated with these procedures just isn’t in my budget or pain tolerance. (And almost the procedures are not covered by any sort of insurance. Hello? Shouldn’t embarrassment be covered by some sort of insurance?)
So what about you? Do you sweat or do you glisten? How far would you go to control you underarm sweating? Come on over to Blissfully Domestic Living to discuss how far you’d be willing to go for sweat free sweat pits.