January 29th, 2011Site News
I’ve recently been trialling SweatBlock – it’s a little towelette impregnated with sweat-blocking solution and sealed in a sachet.
The instructions are to dab the solution in your underarm regions, within the hair line, just before going to bed. Don’t rub, just dab. Wait a couple of minutes for your skin to dry off and you’re done. While you’re asleep, the solution does it’s stuff and you’ll wake up and be sweat-free for 7 days. It’s so simple that even I can do it. I marveled how anything that fast and easy could actually produce results that I’ve spent countless hundreds of pounds on and 35 years trying to find? And, no sweat at all? Surely there will be slight dampness, or maybe I’ll want to rake my underarms with the business-end of a sharp fork?
I made sure I shaved my underarm area the day before I first used SweatBlock, just in case my skin was a bit too sensitive when applying.
I duly followed the instructions to the letter – clean, dry skin – dab on solution – allow to dry – sleep. I vaguely recall having a bit of an underarm itch in the wee small hours and was too sleepy to think about what I was doing so I scratched for a second and then realised why ‘no rubbing’ is specifically mentioned in the instructions… The little patch of skin I’d scratched started to irritate but after a few minutes it subsided and I went back to sleep. When I scratched, I noticed that my skin was slightly damp in my underarm area so that was more than likely what caused the irritating – the solution had reacted with my skin as it wasn’t 100% dry. That was the first and last of any problems – not that it was actually a problem – more a brief ‘should I wash it off?’ moment that was over within a couple of minutes. I get the odd itch like that with whatever underarm product I use, my skin is pretty sensitive – to the point where I can’t use 99% of every-day antiperspirants that you can buy ‘off the shelf’ – I have to order a brand from the US and have it posted to the UK for me.
From the next morning onwards, my underarms really were dry. I occasionally remembered that I was using SweatBlock and had to check my skin was still dry because I couldn’t believe it – especially as the days rolled on.
SweatBlock for me is so simple but so effective. I always say that what works for one person doesn’t automatically work for the next but the more I looked into SweatBlock, the higher I understood their success rate to be. Their testimonials are glowing, they have 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon and have been featured on a popular US tv show.
All that and they offer a money-back guarantee. What’s not to love?!
I would recommend this to absolutely everybody – it’s gentle, affordable, easy – and most importantly, it works.
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January 6th, 2011Site News
I’ve suffered from Hyperhidrosis my whole life, I don’t know what it’s like to not have to worry about the sweat or it’s effects on my appearance and confidence. My HH is Primary Generalised and I sweat from absolutely everywhere. My sweating has long been classed as ‘severe’.
Up until last year (2009), I had never sweated excessively in my underarm region or on my palms, and I considered myself ‘lucky’ that I at least had two areas that I didn’t have to worry about constantly. I don’t know what was different about last year,but I put the extra sweating down to the natural timely progression of the disease. Of course, new sweating means a new hunt for a suitable product (or products) to help me take control of the sweating so I can forget all about it and concentrate on something altogether more important. There began my uphill struggle.
Anyone and everyone who suffers from excessive sweating has the same fight – there are so many products on the market that all claim to work – so where do you start? There are a lot of things to bear in mind – the cost (having Hyperhidrosis can be expensive), there’s topical products, supplements, books, electronics, clothing – just about anything you can think of. What are the best/worst ingredients and how do you find out what they are? How about the company you’re buying from – are they reputable? What would be the best format for you and your personal situation? What if it doesn’t work – will you get your money back? How do you go about building up an effective strategy? We’re all building strategies all the time, even if it’s subconscious – we’re trying our hardest to hit on the elusive magic solution and maybe find the perfect remedy, whether it’s to disguise your sweat or even better, effectively stop it – even if it is only temporarily.
Seeing as my situation was about finding a solution to my underarm wetness, my options were thus – I needed to block, stop or disguise my sweat in the most effective way for me. I have always had problems with antiperspirants irritating my skin. Some irritate the second I’ve applied them and others are fine for a few days and then my skin reacts to the chemicals. One thing to remember is that whilst two different antiperspirants may have the same or very similar ingredients, they could react entirely differently on your skin. There’s no easy answer – it’s about gaining as much knowledge as you can and then making your best guess. We always recommend starting off with the mildest product and working your way up in strength. The antiperspirant that I have used for years was suddenly not doing the same job as it once did so it was time to completely rethink.
I got talking with a UK-based company called Sweat Guard Ltd about my situation and they very kindly sent me some products to try – underarm sweat shields, BoneDri 24 Hours antiperspirant deodorant,. First of all I tried the underarm sweat shields. You can read my review on them HERE Next on my list was the BoneDri. It is lower in strength than Klima antiperspirant so was the next logical step. I’ve worked my way through the entire range of antiperspirants that are available in the UK – and I’ve even been buying my antiperspirants in from the US as it’s the only place I’ve been able to find the brand that has worked for me for so long.
Day one. Nerves were kicking in although I’d not even taken the cap off – not a good start! I braced myself for the burning irritation I’ve suffered in the past – even from the milder every-day brands that adorn our shop shelves. I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrance – it’s neither masculine or feminine, it’s lovely and fresh and not at all overpowering. With all topical products, I make sure my skin is as dry as possible before application. Many antiperspirants sting like crazy if you apply them to damp skin. The BoneDri applied nice and evenly, it has a ball roll-on action. I applied the product generously as per the instructions and then had to wait until it was dry so I could get dressed. It was four or five minutes before I could I get dressed. I was pleasantly surprised to not have any irritation. I thought that it would either be happening imminently or in a few days – or that the product simply wouldn’t work on me. However, it felt nice and comfortable on, it didn’t feel like something wet and sticky had been applied and allowed to dry. So far, full marks.
This summer we were doing some renovations to our house – new kitchen and both bedrooms were fitted with built-in wardrobes. We downsized a couple of years ago and are streamlining our possessions and at last finding homes for the belongings we want to keep. All this meant we had to juggle an awful lot of things – our second bedroom was chock-full of boxes from our house move and we had to make more room for the furniture in our front bedroom, ready for the fitters to work in one room at a time. Then we had to move everything from the second bedroom once the first bedroom had been finished. At the same time, we had to empty all the cupboards in the kitchen and store it all in our very small (10ft x 11ft) living room. My husband did the majority of the work because of all my other health problems but I also got stuck in here and there. My Hyperhidrosis kicks in at the batting of an eyelid, if anything was going to test the antiperspirant, the physical movement during the height of Summer certainly was. True to form, after five minutes of light moving about, I was drenched with sweat and boiling up inside. I’d go and cool down for a while and then get back to work, I’m very careful because the feeling of overheating I get is overwhelming. This went on every weekday for two weeks.
With every day that passed, I was becoming more and more impressed with the BoneDri 24 Hours. I hadn’t had a single itch in all the time I’d been using it. What’s just as important, I didn’t have any wetness at all. I grew more and more confident by the day. The BoneDri lasted me just under seven weeks – but please bear in mind for the first week I was using the BoneDri under my right arm and my existing antiperspirant under my left arm. That’s the only true way to know how effective an antiperspirant/deodorant actually is as our sweating can be different from day to day.
My verdict on BoneDri is that it has to be a 10/10. I couldn’t tell I was wearing it – there was no irritation, no build-up of product, no lumpy, sticky or flaky bits where the product had dried badly, no unwanted underarm odours, no foul smell where the product had reacted with my skin chemistry and my confidence was sky-high, considering the endless sweats the BoneDri had seen me through. It really is a perfect place to begin in your attempt to combat your underarm sweat.
Whilst we can’t tell you what product to ultimately choose or who you buy it from, we can at least help you in your search and make some recommendations based upon our own knowledge and experiences. VSB has taken a lot of the leg-work out of this often overwhelming task by finding many reputable companies who are prepared to put themselves out to help their customers with their in-depth knowledge of Hyperhidrosis related products. They all sell top quality products that have been expertly formulated and are proven to have some fantastic results. Unfortunately there is no one product that will work for everyone, our bodies are all different and our relationship with our sweat is unique.
My thanks go to Sweat Guard for being so helpful at every stage, and for helping me to find BoneDri. Should my underarm sweating become worse over time, I’ll have to rethink my strategy – but for now, I feel very lucky to have found my solution so easily.Tags: antiperspirant, axillar, bonedri, excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis, klima, products, review, skin, sweat guard, test, treatment, trial, underarm
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