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embarassing sweat marks...gross!!


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OK, so I hope this was the right forum to post this in.....

When I was heavier, I wore loose fitting T-shirts in the summer and I never got any sweat marks on my armpits during my normal daily routine (it includes some repetitive lifting).  However, after a year of working out and losing weight I can now wear more fitting shirts that are against my armpits and now I notice that whenever I do even the slightest amount of work, I get sweat marks on my pits!!!  They are gross and embarrassing at work.  At the gym I wouldn't care as much cuz I SHOULD be gross and sweaty, but at work??  YUCK!

So I tried buying the clinical strength deoderant and the same thing happens.

Could the sweatiness have anything to do with the fact that I work out more now? Maybe I sweat more or something?

Any ideas for avoiding these embarrassing moments?  Or do I just have to go back to wearing big shirts so it doesn't happen?

Thanks!

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I found the opposite happened to me... once I started working out more, I sweat less outside the gym! I stuck to dark coloured shirts and used an over-the-counter deoderant called Drysol that seemed to work though.

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I've always had this problem, at any weight.  I use the prescription strength, over-the-counter deoderant called Certain Dry; it works really well for me.

I use a brand called certain-dri, its a roll-on you use at night. i think its supposed to like help close some of the sweat glands or something, but don't quote me on that, jsut read the package i would say...hehe.. but it worked great for me!

Here in Australia we got lynx(roll on) and it works great.

Thanks I'll try those brands. 

If you put it on at night, can you shower in the morning or will you wash it away??

I usually shower at night, and give my body a break from antiperspirants while I sleep.  I put them on in the morning. 

Also, you may not realize, but deodorants and antiperspirants are different. 

Deodorants allow you to sweat, but conteract the odor.  Antiperspirants block the pores and prevent the release of perspiration. 

There are also these things called dress shields that you wear under your clothes.  They keep sweat from seeping through the fabric and making pit stains.  You can find them online, at some drug stores, and often at fabric stores.  

I used to sweat like a fiend and would slather on anti-perspirant every day.  Then I read that the aluminum in anti-perspirant may have links to breast cancer, so I stopped using it altogether.  I now use Tom's of Maine lemongrass deoderant and Burt's Bees baby powder.  There are very hot/humid days where I still get armpit sweat, but for the most part I no longer have a problem.

Beware though - if you decide to try going off anti-perspirant, the first couple weeks you will sweat waaaay more than normal.

The one study that tried to show a link between aluminum and cancer has been debunked by experts.

The clinical strength antiperspirants are meant to be used at night, and according to the information that came with mine, they will not "shower off" in the morning because overnight your pits have absorbed whatever they needed to to keep you dry during the day.

For extreme cases, I've heard of people getting Botox shot into their sweat glands, but the idea of needles going into my armpits has a high "yikes!" factor for me.

for the nighttime certain dri, you still use regular deoderant in the morning i do believe, showering is fine and everything. so i guess its an addition. i havent used it in a while, i cant remember exactly but i think after a while i wasnt even needing it everyday, just every few nights when i remembered to use it

Original Post by apophenia:

The one study that tried to show a link between aluminum and cancer has been debunked by experts.

The clinical strength antiperspirants are meant to be used at night, and according to the information that came with mine, they will not "shower off" in the morning because overnight your pits have absorbed whatever they needed to to keep you dry during the day.

For extreme cases, I've heard of people getting Botox shot into their sweat glands, but the idea of needles going into my armpits has a high "yikes!" factor for me.

 what about aluminum and alzheimers?

well Web MD isn't sure:

http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/controv ersial-claims-risk-factorsAluminum

 ...One study found that people who used antiperspirants and antacids containing aluminum had a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. Others have also reported an association between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer's disease.

On the other hand, various studies have found that groups of people exposed to high levels of aluminum do not have an increased risk....

My daughter is 13 and has had a sweating problem for a few years already. We have tried everything- regular antiperspirant, clinical strength, prescription dri-sol. It is so hard for her because she will have sweat marks on her shirt for no reason, even when it is not hot out. You know how embarassing everything is to a teenager. Well I took her to her dermatologist and they prescribed a medication that controls the sweating. So far it has worked. They also suggested if that didn't work there are other therapies such as botox and electrical current that will control the sweating. I don't know how invasive anyone is willing to be to control it. The medicine is not covered by our insurance though thank goodness it is not expensive at $40 a month.

Original Post by crazydiamondchrysalis:

 ...One study found that people who used antiperspirants and antacids containing aluminum had a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. Others have also reported an association between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer's disease.

On the other hand, various studies have found that groups of people exposed to high levels of aluminum do not have an increased risk....

 Oh gawd! We're all gonna die of something! Might as well die smelling pretty and without the unsightly sweat marks in the pits! ;)

Some people are prone to sweating more than others.  Sweating is not a good indicator of how hard a person is working out..that is generally a myth. Use a good anti-persp. and baby powder.  If it's severe enough to warrant a dr., he/she may prescribe medication for it.

I wouldn't use aluminum-based deodorant/anti-perspirantif you paid me. That stuff is dangerous. For every study debunking the danger there's another confirming it. There are other options without all that baggage. I use Tom's of Maine and just reapply once during the day if I need it.

I shower in the morning and then use the Mitchum solid antiperspirant. It's good.

spend $17 and buy Drysol. The stuff works like magic for everyone I know who has tried it.

You dab it on once a day for about a week. Then you stop sweating from your armpits completely. Eventually you wont even need to use it anymore- it just cures the problem.

I was a HUGE sweater- only wearing black all through highschool and college til I tried Drysol. Now I apply it once every 8 weeks and I never sweat through anything.

I got it at Walmart.

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The one study that tried to show a link between aluminum and cancer has been debunked by experts.

 

Yeah, I know it's not been proven.  My take on it was this:

 - I was trying to prevent my body from doing something NATURAL, which struck me as unhealthy.

-The fact that my body reacted to going off anti-perspirant by sweating an insane amount seemed to confirm that it was unhealthy.

-By using natural products I have eliminated the excessive sweat AND any odor therefore, in my case, I was correct in assuming the anti-perspirant was not healthy for me.

And when I say I used to sweat like a fiend, I mean that I would have so much armpit sweat happening that it would run down my arms.

If the heavy duty antiperspirant doesn't work well enough, look into getting botox in your pits.  Supposed to help for about 6 months.

Original Post by crazydiamondchrysalis:

Original Post by apophenia:

The one study that tried to show a link between aluminum and cancer has been debunked by experts.

 what about aluminum and alzheimers?

I remember my mom getting in a panic about her aluminum cookware years ago after she got one of those "Email everyone you know!  Danger!  Aluminum!" mass emails.  I pretty much discounted it because, you know, mass emails are usually panic-driven exaggerations.  Especially the kind my mom sends me.  Undecided

Last I heard, actually, the strongest indicator for Alzheimers was genetics.  (But I'll admit I haven't read up on it.)

@pavlovcat, I appreciate that you found something that works for you, but why perpetuate a myth if you know the truth?

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