Carpe Antiperspirant Review: Does it work?

Last updated on October 16th, 2019 at 04:57 am

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There are people that have suffered from hyperhidrosis for decades and then they go above and beyond to find a solution to the problem.

Carpe was discovered by Kubica and Spratte who had been suffering from hyperhidrosis for years. When they found the solution to their problem, they started selling their product and it has made its way into the market and thousands of people have been helped.

In this Carpe antiperspirant review, I will share how this product works and what it exactly is. I will also share the product that I have been using for years and works on me. So stay tuned. read more

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Odaban Review: Another Effective Sweat Stopper?

If you have suffered from hyperhidrosis for many years, like I have for almost 2 decades, and have looked for a solution to your excessive sweating problem, look no further. I got you covered with this honest and full Odaban review.

In this review, I will talk about the history of Odaban, what it is, pros and cons, and how to use it. And of course, I will share my favorite product that has stopped my excessive sweating problem.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Before I share all about Odaban, I need to tell you who should use Odaban and who should not use it. read more

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What is Compensatory Sweating?

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When people sweat excessively in any part of the body they will always be searching for a way to stop the sweating, which can be terribly annoying and interfere with your daily life.

In this modern world, solutions have been found to stop excessive sweating, but sadly, some of these methods have irreversible secondary effects that nobody wants to live with.

In this post, I will talk about “What is compensatory sweating?” and give you some tips to prevent it and what to do if you have it.  read more

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How to Reduce Sweating in Armpits

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As much as sweating is healthy for your skin and helps you regulate the temperature of your body, sweating in your armpits can get in the way and prevent you from having a normal life.

Today I will show you how to reduce sweating in armpits. So stay tuned to the end of this post and check what I did to not only reduce sweating but stop it completely.

My Story

I have lived with axillary hyperhidrosis for over half of my life and I know exactly what it means to have sweaty and drenched armpits for the better part of the days. read more

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Difference Between Eccrine and Apocrine Glands – What You Need To Know

Last updated on November 8th, 2018 at 04:41 am

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Difference Between Eccrine and Apocrine Glands – What You Need To Know

When someone deals with abnormal or excessive sweating, he will most likely come across the two types of sweat glands that are causing us to sweat.  Because there are different reasons why people sweat, it is important to understand which sweat glands cause what kind of sweating.

In this article, I am going to talk to you about the difference between eccrine and apocrine glands, which are the sweat glands that are located all over our body.  I am also going to share what to do about your sweating.

Why Do We Sweat?

First of all, it is important to understand why we sweat.

Sweating is a natural process in our body that helps us to reduce and deal with all kinds of stress.  For example, when the temperature of our body rises, our heart rate increases, which puts the body under stress.  Our body knows that if the temperature continues to rise, it could lead to many things, including a heat stroke.  Therefore, our brain is alarmed and looking for solutions.

The sweat glands are the ones that can help cool the body down.  Whenever the temperature of our body up, our brain quickly signals the sweat glands to quickly produce sweat.  Sweat evaporates through the pores of our skin and each sweat drop takes along a little heat, which quickly helps the body to maintain the temperature.

Sweating is, before anything else, the cooling system of our body!  But that is not all.

When we are in great fear, in lots of pain, and suffering from depression, for example, our bodies are under great stress.  And stress hormones are released into the bloodstream, which also makes our heart race, and our brain goes nuts.  We also sweat under these circumstances because our sweat glands are triggered by the nervous system, by which our body can help to keep those nerves under control.

By nature, when we are nervous or in a panic attack, our body temperature quickly rises and in no time all our sweat glands are heavily busy to maintain the temperature, but also release that stress that is trying to build up in our body.

Therefore, sweating is a very important body function that not only maintains our body temperature but also helps our nervous system to become calm again.

The Eccrine and Apocrine Sweat Glands

We have two types of sweat glands in our body which serve different purposes.

In this next table, I am going to describe each one of them, where they are located, each of their functions, among other important things about them.

Eccrine Sweat Glands

Apocrine Sweat Glands

On what parts of the body are they?

These are found all over the body, with higher concentrations in hands and feet.  It is known that you will have around 300/cm². We humans have the highest concentration of these sweat glands compared to animals.

 

The sweat glands are only found in a few parts of the human body: In our armpits, in the ear, in the areola of the breast, in the external genital area, and in the eyelids.

There are not nearly as many apocrine sweat glands per cm² as there are eccrine sweat glands.  These glands concentrate more in places where many hair follicles are found, which I explain in another answer.

Where are they located?

They are located in the dermis, which is close to the surface of the skin. These sweat glands are located deep underneath the skin.

What is the primary function of them?

The eccrine sweat glands are responsible for temperature reduction in our bodies.  When our body temperature goes over the regular 98.6 Fahrenheit degrees, our brain signals these sweat glands to produce sweat.  Sweat evaporates and takes a little of the heat along with each drop.

The eccrine sweat glands also carry stored toxins away.  It is a way of helping the kidneys and liver reduce excess toxins.

And there is another great function, it unclogs the pores from all the chemicals that you put daily onto your skin.

There are modified versions or the so-called sister glands of the apocrine sweat glands.  For example, in the areola of the breast, breastmilk is produce and in our ears, earwax is produced.  However, in the other body parts, a fatty liquid is excreted because of emotional and psychological factors.

Its function is to reduce stressing factors, because our body needs to release that energy produced by stress somewhere, and one way this can be done is sweating through the apocrine sweat glands.

Sweat comes out periodically and happens not just because of emotional induction.  Sweat from the apocrine sweat glands attracts the opposite sex, as much as in humans as in animals.

What is the secretion made of?

Sweat from these glands consists of water, although small quantities of sodium chloride (salts) come along. Sweat produced in the apocrine sweat glands is a fatty substance (earwax, breast milk, for example).  It is mostly made of sialic acid.

Sweat itself is odorless, yet sweating stinks when bacteria that live there, feasts on this protein-loaded sweat and breaks it down.

How does the sweat come out?

This watery fluid is pushed directly through the pores onto the skin.  The secretory part of these glands is really small when compared to the apocrine sweat glands. Since these sweat glands are located deep underneath the skin, they push out there sweat through a duct into the hair follicles and which then contract until the sweat comes out.

These sweat glands are large compared to the eccrine sweat glands and their secretory part is also large.

Who has these glands?

Eccrine sweat glands are fully developed when an infant is born, which is why small babies can sweat the first day after being born.

Everybody has sweat glands, but in some cases, these are not active (a condition called hypohidrosis).  As you age, your sweat glands become less and less active.

These sweat glands are all over the body when an infant is born.  However, they change over time and will eventually only be in the above-mentioned body parts.

These glands are not active until the onset of puberty, which explains why teenagers start to smell so bad when they reach that phase.  These sweat glands also become less active as you age.

What are they good for?

Eccrine sweat glands regulate the temperature of our body.  If we could not sweat, we would be prone to heat strokes and other health issues.

Therefore, sweating is not only beneficial, but necessary for our whole body, but especially for our skin.

Sweating a lot means that bacteria and viruses on our skin are washed away in a timely manner before they can enter our body. Sweating is really an antibody.

Unlike the eccrine sweat glands, these glands do not regulate or control body temperature. They release tension that is produced by emotional stress or psychological factors.

Because the modified versions of these sweat glands produce earwax, our ears are being protected and oiled all the time.  And in breastfeeding moms, these sweat glands are responsible for a rich milk that feeds the baby.

However, that is not all, these sweat glands contain a substance that attracts the opposite sex.  Although not perceivable, our brain immediately senses it.  Therefore, sweat from these sweat glands stimulates the opposite sex.

That explains why people find each other attractive and hot even when they are sweaty.

When are these glands active?

Since these sweat glands are responsible for temperature regulation, they get active only when our body temperature is raised.  This can happen through induced sweating like fitness routines, working physically, being in the heat, relaxing in saunas, and others.

However, they can also become active when emotionally or psychologically induced through anxiety, panic attacks, fear, sexual stimulation, among others.

The latter ones are because most of them make our vital body organs being stressed, which produces heat in our bodies.  Emotional induction seems to affect our palms and feet more than other body parts.

These sweat glands are active periodically, as stated above.  But the more emotions, the more sweat is going to be pushed out. People that get nervous tend to sweat a lot in their armpits.  Also, people suffering from depression and anxiety also tend to have very active apocrine sweat glands.

How much sweat do they produce?

Both sweat glands produce as much sweat as much needed.  The more these sweat glands are triggered, the more they will produce.  For example, the apocrine sweat glands will produce an awful lot of more sweat when a person is sexually stimulated.  And the person in the gym doing a rigorous exercise routine will also produce more sweat.

There is, however, a rare disorder in the sweat glands known as hyperhidrosis, a condition in which a person sweats more than 4 times the necessary amount.

Primary hyperhidrosis is when the sweat glands just do not know how much sweat to produce and there is no real reason behind it.  Also, not a cure is found for this disorder.  Around 2% of the population suffers from this condition.

However, secondary hyperhidrosis is when a person sweats excessively, but for a known reason.  There are many reasons for a person to sweat excessively, namely heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, pregnancy, and others.  It can also be induced by the foods that you consume (spicy foods trigger excessive sweating, etc.)

Can I Stop Sweating?

As you can see, sweating is not only necessary, it is good for your body!  Sweating in normal quantities is also not embarrassing or annoying.  However, things are different when you suffer from hyperhidrosis.  In many cases, there is nothing you can do about it while you can find a solution in other cases.  When you sweat excessively the worst thing is the embarrassment it causes.

You are living, depending on what type of hyperhidrosis you have, in constant embarrassment.  I mean, who likes to sweat all over the body when sitting in the living room?  Who wants to have completely wet palms when going to a social gathering?  Nobody!  But that is what happens when people suffer from primary or secondary hyperhidrosis.

If you suffer from secondary hyperhidrosis, you can (in many cases) find the cause and a cure for it.  For instance, you can try to lose weight, if your excess weight is causing you to sweat more than necessary.  When you are pregnant, you know it will go over as soon as your baby is born.  If one of the side effects of cancer is excessive sweating, you know that it will stop if you beat cancer.  The list could go on.

However, when you suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, things are quite different.  Excessive sweating for no reason can be highly annoying.  Running around with sweaty palms or huge sweat marks in your pits is not particularly attractive.  You feel embarrassed all the time because you cannot be yourself.

Since there is nothing you can do about the condition, you need to find other solutions to reduce the emotional side effects that this causes.

My Story and Solutions

I have lived with primary hyperhidrosis ever since the onset of puberty and it is not cool.  You can read about my story here.  The good thing is that after years and years of searching for an answer, and even accepting the fact that I was confined to live with this condition for the rest of my life, I found the solution.

Every single day I use the Thompson Tee sweat proof undershirt because it soaks up all the sweat produced in my armpits before it can reach the outer layer of clothes.  Although I do not sweat less by using this shirt, I can prevent the embarrassing sweat marks that come with excessive sweating in your pits.  Also, I do not have to worry about what kind of clothes I wear, neither do I have to worry about having them spoiled in no time.

Although the Thompson Tee is a great solution to my primary hyperhidrosis, I also periodically use Sweatblock.  This is a clinical strength antiperspirant which I apply into my armpits to block the apocrine and eccrine sweat glands temporarily but completely.  I have been able to stop sweating for 7 days with just one application of Sweatblock.

Both of these products are absolute life-savers as they have given me back the confidence that I had been lacking for so many years.

If you are interested to read more about the mentioned products, please read the complete product review of Sweatblock here, and the complete review of the Thompson Tee undershirt here.

Bottom Line

We do sweat for a reason and it is good that we sweat because we would face quite a few health issues if we didn’t have the amazing sweat glands.

Summarizing, we learned that the eccrine sweat glands are primarily for temperature maintenance, while the apocrine glands help our body to deal with stress factors, and the modified versions feed babies and keep our ears healthy.  Both have different functions, and they are both important for our bodies.

 

That is it for now.  I hope you learned something new today.  Did you know the difference between eccrine and apocrine glands?  If so, of which difference were you aware of and which ones not?  Please leave me a comment, question, experience, or opinion below.

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Generalized Hyperhidrosis Causes – What Makes You Sweating Excessively?

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Hi everyone,

did you know that some people sweat excessively but for a known reason?  In this post, I am going to discuss some interesting facts about the causes of general hyperhidrosis, also known as secondary hyperhidrosis.

There are many people around the globe that sweat excessively.  Some of them do not even think of it as an indicator of a condition that is medically known.  In fact, I was one of them for years.  I knew that I was sweating more than other people and found myself very often looking at other people’s armpits to see if anyone sweat as much as I did.

However, it never dawned on me that I had a condition called hyperhidrosis.  Something that wasn’t causing any discomfort, just lots of embarrassment.  It was many years later that I found out that I suffer from primary hyperhidrosis.

But today, I am not going to describe primary hyperhidrosis, I am going to talk about generalized hyperhidrosis causes, treatments and solutions.

Why Do We Sweat?

Most of the people on this planet sweat, some sweat a little and others sweat a lot.  However, most of us do sweat for a good reason.

Our body has two types of sweat glands, of which the eccrine sweat glands are our body’s air conditioning system.  When our body temperature goes up, our brain signals de eccrine sweat glands, which are all over our body, to produce sweat.  With each drop of sweat from the eccrine sweat glands, a little heat is evaporated.  After a short time, our body is cooled down again and kept at a correct temperature.  This sweat is almost only water; therefore it does not smell bad.

The apocrine sweat glands, in contrast, are triggered by adrenaline.  Whenever we get excited, anxious, nervous, panicky, or stimulated, our brain signals the apocrine glands to produce sweat.  These sweat glands are located in our armpits, forehead, groin, palms, and feet.  This sweat is a thicker fluid and contains lots of proteins and fats.  Because of the contents of sweat from the apocrine glands, bacteria feasts on it and the breakdown causes the unpleasant odors.

So, on one hand, we sweat because we need to control our body temperatures, and on the other hand, we need to sweat so we can discharge energy produced by adrenaline.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Now that we have the idea why we sweat, we need to look at the term hyperhidrosis itself.

As said, almost everybody sweats.  Small babies start sweating from the day they are born.  Since their sweat glands are not fully developed, they can sweat a lot in the first weeks of life.

In fact, the eccrine sweat glands are the only ones active during childhood.  At the onset of puberty, the apocrine sweat glands will start to kick in.  That is why children do not need to wear deodorant because they do not have the unpleasant odors that teenagers and adults have when sweating.

Hyperhidrosis is the term used to describe excessive sweating.  There are people, like me, that sweat more than we need to sweat.  A person suffering from hyperhidrosis can sweat at least 4 times the needed sweating per day.

The interesting thing though is that when somebody is suffering from hyperhidrosis, it does not mean that he will sweat excessively only during workout routines.  Individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis sweat literally all the time, no matter what activity they are doing.

What Is Generalized Hyperhidrosis?

There are two types of hyperhidrosis, namely, primary and secondary hyperhidrosis (the latter one is also referred to as generalized hyperhidrosis).

While people suffering from primary hyperhidrosis sweat for no obvious reasons, people suffering generalized hyperhidrosis, do have a reason behind their sweating.

Also, when you suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, you live it from the onset of puberty until you die, while generalized hyperhidrosis can affect you for any given time at any given age.

Let’s look into common causes for generalized hyperhidrosis.

Generalized hyperhidrosis: 10+ Causes

There are a number of things that can cause generalized hyperhidrosis, but they all have one in thing in common: You sweat excessively because of an underlying health issue.

Yes, you heard me right, if you have started sweating excessively only lately, and you are not a teenager or in your early adulthood, it can be a strong indicator of things that are different in your body from what they were.

Let me describe some common causes for generalized hyperhidrosis.

Disclaimer: The information presented in the following paragraphs contains general information about medical conditions and treatments.  It is not intended as advice, and should not be treated as such.  You must not rely on the information on this article as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.  If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.  If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention.  You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

It is important to understand that generalized hyperhidrosis affects your whole body.  When you have one of these medical conditions, your eccrine sweat glands are usually the more active ones, which is different when you suffer from primary hyperhidrosis.  Only the apocrine sweat glands are excessively active when having primary hyperhidrosis.

1) Ovulation, Pregnancy, And Menopause

While this is considered among the generalized hyperhidrosis causes, it is not a medical condition that requires immediate attention.

However, women tend to sweat more when they are ovulating.  The body temperature goes up when the egg is released from the ovaries, which is why women tend to have a slightly higher body temperature, which can result in extra sweating.

Sweating during the fertile days is probably not noticeable for many women, but some will see a difference in their sweating every month.

Pregnancy is a different story.  Your vital organs have to work “double” to support the new life in the womb.  Obviously, your heart rate will increase to pump the blood around the body and into your uterus to feed the baby and get all the necessary nutrients there.  That triggers the brain to signal the sweat glands to produce sweat in order to reduce your body temperature.

Especially in the last 3 months of pregnancy women tend to sweat more than usual.  I remember when my wife was pregnant with our first baby.  Since I suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, I sweat so much and used to tend my clothes all over the place so they could dry and then go into the laundry.

It ever frustrated my wife, because she didn’t like all the clothes hanging around.  When she was around seven months into the pregnancy, she told me that now she understood why I didn’t want my wet clothes directly in the laundry.  She did sweat a lot more during pregnancy.  I think she got a little idea what it is to sweat excessively.

As the baby grows in the womb, the load gets heavier and the harder a women’s body has to work to supply the baby’s needs.

And lastly, when a woman nears the menopause, she tends to sweat an awful lot more than she is used to.  Although it is not a condition worth getting medical advice, the added stress and hormonal change that this represents to a woman, sweating can severely affect her self-image.

Even though these causes are positive to some degree, you know that they will go away once the underlying issue is gone. You can live with the hope to not have to sweat your whole life, as I do.

The only advice that I give you when sweating excessively during these phases in your life, especially pregnancy is to stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of water and avoid the hot burning sun for extended periods.  Avoid radical temperature changes as much as possible to protect your baby and yourself.

2) Heart Diseases

This is a no-brainer and among the most common causes of secondary hyperhidrosis.  When you have heart disease you can expect to sweat a lot as a symptom.

I have often seen individuals suffering from any heart disease how they sweat an awful lot, which makes things more uncomfortable than they already are.

The apocrine glands become active because the body is under stress.  Your heart has a hard time doing what it is supposed to do and it sends out signals to the brain that it is running out of energy, which is when your adrenaline kicks in, causing the apocrine glands to sweat.

Also, since your heart is doing the best it can to get the blood supply to all your blood vessels and carry nutrients to each and every cell, your body temperature will naturally increase, causing the eccrine glands to produce an extra amount of sweat.

There are, however, some interesting facts about this issue.  Studies have found that generalized hyperhidrosis causes unpredictable sweating.  Patients with heart disease tend to develop strange sweating patterns that are a sign of more serious problems.

For example, you might start to sweat only in your right or left armpit, or just the right or left side of your body.  It gets even stranger because patients can sweat across the left and right side of the body, for example, sweat on the right side of your face, but in your left armpit.

Excessive sweating due to heart disease requires medical attention as soon as possible.  Some people might have had heart disease for some time without knowing it.  If these individuals have started seeing strange sweating in the recent weeks, it is a good sign that a doctors appointment should be very soon.

Some reports suggest that excessive sweating can be a sign of a heart attack.

I suggest that if excessive sweating has set in recently and you are older than 22, or you if have a child that is younger than 12, please do not wait to seek immediate attention.  The ones that are in between that age range can have primary hyperhidrosis, which should be ruled out first by a doctor.

3) Fever

Fever is another type one of the generalized hyperhidrosis causes.  When our body temperature rises above the desired 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, our eccrine sweat glands are immediately triggered to produce sweat to take the heat out of the body.

A fever occurs when our body is trying to get rid of bacteria or virus.  Fever is a natural mechanism to kill harmful bacteria and virus by heating the body.  When the infections are taking over and our antibodies cannot deal with them anymore, our brain is triggered to send signals all over to produce heat and wipe harmful bacteria or virus out.

This natural mechanism produces sweating!  Although sweating because of a fever is not always necessary to treat, it is always good to observe how things progress.  If things do not change, there might be an infection that needs to be treated with antibiotics or other medications.

Therefore, if you or any of your family members get a fever, do not try to lower the fever.  Instead, make sure that it does not go too high, but let the body do its job in fighting harmful bacteria and virus.  And if sweating happens because of that, know that it is another natural mechanism to keep the temperature within the normal range.

4) Anxiety Disorders; Depression

As I said before, our apocrine sweat glands respond to stress.  Panic, anxiety, fear, and other disorders in a person triggers the apocrine glands.

That is why people who suffer from behavioral disorders tend to have excessive sweating phases.  The intensity of the disorder at any given moment will rule the intensity of sweating.

Why is that secondary hyperhidrosis?  You might think that this is something an individual should be able to have control over.  Whoever has had anxiety or depression, or has lived with someone that had it, will know that you are not in charge of your emotions when going through something that difficult.

There is absolutely nothing you can do in those moments; thus you need to seek help.  Be it clinical depression, or whatever type of behavioral disorder, you need to seek help to get out of the “dark pit”, as I like to call it.

Once you get help and excessive sweating goes away, you will know that you did the right thing.  There is no use in using antiperspirants or to clutch at any straw to keep symptoms away.  Go to the root of the problem, and symptoms will go away.

5) Obesity

In the modern western world, there is an abundance of food, but not only food, but there is also an abundance of unhealthy food.  Sugar and flours have taken over and you can not find many products today that are natural, organic, and healthy.

For instance, walk into the nearest convenience store and go through all the labels on the products.  You will be amazed at what you are buying daily!  When I realized that, I became completely nostalgic.

I had to learn that most of the things on the shelves today are highly addicting, which is why we overeat and naturally we will gain weight.

There are a few restaurants that have healthy options when it comes to delicious food.  Of course, most of them hide the real ingredients because the food industry has complete control, and sadly, politics participate in the fake campaigns for healthy eating.

Here is a quick example: Why would research centers worldwide offer recipes on their website that have beef as the primary ingredient?  It is common sense that beef is not healthy for individuals suffering from diabetes.

Anyway, I got carried away by the frustration this causes me.  Back to the topic: Skyrocketing obesity rates in our modern western world also increase generalized hyperhidrosis rates.  Obesity makes us prone to far more problems and diseases than probably any other thing.

Because people that are obese have more fat rolls, more heat is generated and they sweat more.

I was obese for the past 15 years of my life.  Measuring 6’6″, I weight around 290 pounds.  Sometimes I thought that losing weight would stop my sweating problem.  Nevertheless, it didn’t.  After losing around 50 pounds, there was no difference in my sweating, which means I am suffering from primary hyperhidrosis.

I don’t know about you, but if you started sweating excessively after gaining too much weight, try losing weight, and see if you can get back to normal.  If I would have a chance to not sweat excessively, I would take it.  Too bad it is not working on me.

6) Diabetes

I mentioned diabetes in the previous section.  People suffering from diabetes tend to sweat excessively as well.

It is the same problem that I have explained a few times in this article.  Your body is working overtime when having certain diseases like diabetes.

This hard work causes the body to generate heat, which again causes sweating.

Of course, diabetes is another issue that needs medical attention and advice.  If you can get your diabetes under control, or become free of it, your sweating should cease.

7) Hyperthyroidism

Another very common problem that is among generalized hyperhidrosis causes is hyperthyroidism.  Hyperthyroidism means that your thyroid glands are overboard with producing thyroxine.  This can have many symptoms like an unexpected loss of weight, increase of heart rate, and of course secondary hyperhidrosis.

Hyperthyroidism is a hormonal imbalance that affects your whole body, but sadly, it is often not found.  The problem with our thyroids is that they can mimic other health problems and you have a hard time to find out what the real problem is.  For example, an increased heart rate could point to heart disease, but it is the thyroid glands that causes it.

The overactive thyroid glands can make excessive sweating look like primary hyperhidrosis when it really is among the generalized hyperhidrosis causes.

Especially if excessive sweating has set on later in your life, but there is no apparent problem, it would be helpful to check if your thyroid is working properly.

The problem is normally treatable with medication or by complete removal of the glands.

8) Medications

Although only around 1% of patients that use medication that causes excessive sweating, it can cause discomfort and embarrassment for those.

There is a series of medications and drugs that can cause individuals to sweat excessively when using them.

The most common medications that can have excessive sweating as a side effect are the following (this list is not exclusive):

  • Pain relievers
  • Antidepressants (neuropsychiatric)
  • Some antibiotics and antivirals
  • Medications for heart disease
  • Chemotherapeutics
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Urologic
  • etc.

If you want to learn more about medications that can cause excessive sweating, I recommend that you visit sweathelp.org, which offers a deeper understanding of the topic.

If you suppose that a medication is causing you to sweat, ask your doctor to switch the prescription to see if anything changes.

Conclusion

The list of generalized hyperhidrosis causes can be continued because there are many other diseases and conditions that can cause excessive sweating.  There are:

  • different kinds of cancers, including Leukemia
  • certain types of tumors,
  • different types of fevers like Malaria,
  • pulmonary diseases, like Tuberculosis,
  • nervous system diseases, like Parkinson’s Disease
  • among others
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    What Is Primary Hyperhidrosis? The Facts Explained

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    Hi everyone,

    every time I write a new article, the question “what is primary hyperhidrosis” comes up, because this website is all about helping people that suffer from excessive sweating.  However, the term hyperhidrosis is not very well known.

    In fact, I had the excessive sweating problem for many years until I finally found out that hyperhidrosis is the term used for excessive sweating.  After that, I was still confused with that hyperhidrosis was, because heard people claiming that they suffer from hyperhidrosis, which did not make sense to me, because they had a different problem that I did.

    After years of doing my research, I have come to a fuller understanding of this terms and others that can be quite confusing.

    A Little About Sweating

    Over 98% of the worlds population sweats.  There is just a small 1-2% of people that suffer from hypohidrosis, the condition where they do not sweat.  The ones that sweat, have sweat glands all over our bodies.

    Sweating is there to primarily regulate our body temperature but also aids the skin to protect our vital organs.  Sweat prevents toxins from coming into our skin, but it also keeps our skin healthy and hydrated.

    We all sweat differently, some more and others less.  Some sweat more on their foreheads, others in their armpits, others in their backs, and still others on their feet and palms.  There is a 2-3% of the population that sweats more than necessary and normal.

    These individuals (numbers could be significantly higher because many cases are not accounted for because not all people see a doctor when they sweat more than necessary) suffer from hyperhidrosis.

    However, before I describe hyperhidrosis a little more in detail, let us look at where sweat comes from and what in our body produces it.  For that, we need to study a little about the sweat glands.

    2 Types Of Glands Described

    Eccrine Sweat Glands

    To understand hyperhidrosis better, we have to look at the 2 types of glands: Eccrine and apocrine sweat glands.  The eccrine glands are the ones that are triggered by the part of your brain that is responsible to cool you down.

    People that do not sweat, or whose sweat glands have been altered commonly suffer from headaches, and other symptoms.  Since sweating is there to reduce the body temperature, individuals that cannot sweat when their bodies get warmer, tend to have more difficulties.  For example, being in the hot sun for extended periods can even be dangerous for them.

    The eccrine sweat glands are located all over our bodies and are there only to regulate the body temperature.  These sweat glands produce a watery solution that contains few minerals.  With every drop of sweat that comes out of the pores, a little heat is evaporated, thus cooling down the body in a short time.  Since they are all over the body, it does not take long for our body to cool down.

    Sweat from the eccrine glands does not smell bad at all, neither does it make you feel all filthy and ready for a shower.

    Apocrine Sweat Glands

    If you look at the apocrine glands, you will see that they are located deeper underneath our skin than the eccrine glands and their functions differ greatly from those of the eccrine glands.  Also, these are not all over the body.  You will only find them in your armpits, forehead, feet, palms, and groin.

    The composition of the sweat they produce is also completely different from the sweat produced by the eccrine glands.  Sweat from the apocrine glands contains proteins, fats, minerals, and salts.  This sweat is a thicker liquid that gets “sticky” if not washed off after some time.

    Sweat from these glands does not smell bad itself, but as it is being broken down by bacteria living on our skin, especially in humid and hot body regions, like armpits, groin area, and feet, the breakdown process can be quite unpleasant as much for yourself than for others.

    The apocrine sweat glands are not connected to the temperature regulation; they are triggered by our nervous system, in other words, they are pumped by adrenaline.  Therefore, when you are in panic, in great fear, in great emotions, sexually stimulated, these sweat glands start to produce sweat.

    It is known that in us humans the apocrine glands are producing an odor only perceived by the brain to attract the opposite sex.

    What Is Hyperhidrosis?

    Now that we know the functions of each of the sweat glands, we can make sense of hyperhidrosis.

    Individuals that sweat excessively, do so no matter what the weather conditions are.  You know that you suffer from hyperhidrosis when you sweat in situations where you would not expect someone to sweat.  It can be during a cold winter night, before writing an examen, while on a date, when dining in at home with family.

    When you do your workout routine or work in the hot sun, go into a sauna, you expect yourself to sweat.  The harder you work, the harder you sweat.  However, that is not excessive sweating, because hyperhidrosis, as stated, occurs in circumstances where you don’t think you will sweat.

    For example, you have a free day and you decide to stay in pajamas for the day, sitting back and resting, reading a book, watching a movie, among other things.  You are not stressed, you are not in a hurry, but you sit there and sweat.  That is a sign of excessive sweating.

    Another example is that you only recently started to sweat more than you are used to when cooking your favorite meal and it happens repeatedly.

    That is when you know that you could be suffering from hyperhidrosis.

    What Happens In Our Bodies When We Have Hyperhidrosis?

    The sweat glands that can be linked to hyperhidrosis are the apocrine sweat glands and not the eccrine glands.  All people who sweat excessively sweat either too much on their feet, palms, groin, forehead, armpits, and sometimes in their neck.  However, you will not see someone with this problem that sweats excessively on their legs, or on their back.  That is because the eccrine glands aren’t triggered to produce more sweat than normal.

    Interestingly, someone who sweats excessively is not bound to weather conditions to sweat less or more.  These individuals may sweat excessively in a cool room, and others may sweat when they are not doing anything.  Of course, when it gets very warm, sweating can increase, but that does not necessarily mean that they suffer from hyperhidrosis.

    I often hear people say that they suffer from hyperhidrosis during summertime.  That is not true.  When you have hyperhidrosis, you sweat excessively year-round, and sweating is only predictable to some degree.

    For instance, I have suffered from this condition ever since my early teens.  I know that when I am going to a social event, I will be sweating.  But there are winter days when I sweat a lot while at home, and there are warm summer days when I sweat little compared to the heat.  Also, there are social gatherings when I sweat a little, and other times I sweat so much that I can hardly deal with it.  Also, I sweat mostly in my armpits.  Sometimes my forehead and groin get sweat as well.

    When you suffer from hyperhidrosis, your brain does not stop sending signals to the sweat glands to produce sweat.  It is as if your adrenaline was constantly telling you to produce sweat, even if it is not needed.  Remember, when suffering from hyperhidrosis, you sweat when it is not necessary.

    Research has yet to determine why the brain triggers the apocrine sweat glands to produce so much sweat.  It seems like there is a hormonal imbalance when that happens.  However, balancing out the hormones does not give the wanted effects.  Therefore, it is a mystery why that happens.

    What Is Primary Hyperhidrosis? Interesting facts

    It is primary hyperhidrosis that has me puzzled, and I believe researchers too.  This is the condition in which there is no reason found why an individual sweats that much.

    Let me share a few facts about primary hyperhidrosis:

  • Primary hyperhidrosis affects around 2-3% of the population, as mentioned before.
  • Primary hyperhidrosis starts in the early teens or into early adulthood.  It prevails for life and there is nothing you can do about it surgical intervention.
  • Although primary hyperhidrosis is a condition for life, it will diminish as you age, because aging causes the sweat glands to literally “dry up”.
  • If you do not want to sweat excessively, you either need to remove the sweat glands through surgery, or go to clinical strength antiperspirants.
  • This condition does not affect your health in any way, nor are there any secondary or long-term effects when suffering from this condition.
  • Primary hyperhidrosis only affects your mental well being very much, because your world turns around the fact that you will sweat so much and it will be embarrassing when everybody notices.
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    Dermidry Reviews: The Natural Approach to Hyperhidrosis

    Last updated on August 3rd, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Dermidry Reviews

    I am going to share with you another review of a novelty product for all of those searching for a solution to hyperhidrosis.

    People that sweat excessively, as I do, are often desperate for a solution. I remember how I often tried my best to avoid social gatherings like birthday parties, weddings, among others just because of my sweating problem.

    However, when I knew that I had to go, I was hastily looking for the best and appropriate shirts to wear to minimize the ugly look of huge armpit sweat stains. The only problem was that I was not very successful at finding the correct shirt. You must know that when people sweat excessively in their armpits, there is no regular shirt, undershirt, sweater, or jacket that can cover it up effectively.

    I was looking for a solution for many years. Back then I did not know that there were awesome products out there that could help me overcome the predicaments that I had with huge armpits stains.

    Possibly you have looked for Dermidry reviews to help you make an informed decision about this product. I am here to share my knowledge an experience which can help you to decide whether this is for you or not.

    My History With The Natural Approach To Hyperhidrosis

    I remember my frustration with my sweating problem and how I came to my wit’s end with it. Then one day I started to do research on the internet. I was stunned at the things that I found. This is over 10 years ago.

    First off, I did not know that excessive sweating is a known condition and that it affects around 3% of the population. I also found an e-book that promised to solve my problem once and forever. I was so short on money that I did not know how to pay 40 USD, but I decided to give it a try because I was literally fed up with all that sweating in my armpits.

    Long story short, I bought that e-book. Read through that 40-page book. I was a bit disappointed with the information that I found in there. It talked about sweating in general and how herbs, vitamins, and other natural products would stop my sweating.

    Believe me, I tried those things, but I never found real success in any of those methods described. I came to the conclusion that I would have to deal with my sweating problem for the rest of my life.

    What Is Dermidry?

    What does that have to do with Dermidry? I have a long history with natural products for my sweating and they were not nearly as effective on me as they promised to be. However, let me weigh that out in a moment. Let me first tell you what Dermidry is.

    Dermidry is a 100% natural product in the form of capsules that has a concentrated amount of herbs and vitamins that relieve you from your sweating.

    It contains Sage, GABA, Passion Flower, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Astragalus, Chamomile, among other herbs that can all have a positive effect on your sweating problem.

    By taking a capsule every day, you gain more control over those unstoppable sweat glands.

    Why Use Natural Products To Reduce Sweating?

    In this modern world, we are always looking to ditch conventional household products and exchange them for natural products. That is a great approach and in many cases possible.

    But are natural products effective in reducing sweating? In my experience, natural products are not enough to reduce primary hyperhidrosis enough to avoid embarrassment. When you sweat excessively in your palms, feet, groin, neck, forehead, and armpits, you need a different approach.

    By sweating excessively, I understand that you sweat when it is not hot, or when you are literally not doing anything. For example, I sweat when sitting on the couch and watching a family movie. I also sweat in the middle of cold winter when I run out of propane to heat my house (…but not because I stress myself). And I sweat even more when I get nervous and when at my job.

    I sweat excessively primarily in my armpits, but also in my groin and forehead. I rarely put my clothes on a second time without washing because they are always soaked in sweat. That is what excessive sweating is in my world.

    Ever since I started to sweat so much (I turned 15 when I first found out), I have been looking for solutions. Herbs and natural approaches have often been on my “best solutions” list. However, I had to get it off my list because it just did not work as well as it was supposed to work.s

    Surely, sweating is reduced when using chamomile and sage; but never to the point where my armpits stayed dry enough to make only small stains on my shirts.

    Since sweating is our body’s natural temperature controller, we do not want to stop sweating altogether, but reducing it is always a great thing to do, especially when sweating becomes embarrassing.

    Who Will Benefit From Dermidry?

    Since Dermidry is a 100% natural product, you do not only get natural products into your body that will help you reduce sweating naturally, but you also get the other health benefits that it brings to your body.

    If you suffer from primary or secondary hyperhidrosis, please do not rely solely on this product, since it will most likely not be as effective as it claims to be.

    Primary hyperhidrosis refers to those individuals sweating excessively for no reason. Research has yet to determine why the sweat glands in some people do not know when to stop producing sweat. If you suffer from this condition, you should not be worried, because it is a natural condition that does not harm your body. It only affects your self-image greatly, as I have already said.

    Primary hyperhidrosis usually kicks in when you are young, in your early teens or twenties and stays for the rest of your life, although the problem diminishes as you grow older. It comes with no other symptom, nor can it be predictable. One day you will sweat a lot more than on other days. Sometimes you will sweat in the night (which is not very common) and other nights you will stay dry.

    In contrast, secondary hyperhidrosis refers to those sweating excessively because of a medical condition. Underlying issues like heart disease, pregnancies, obesity, various cancers, among others can trigger excessive sweating. In that case, you want to see a doctor. Also, secondary sweating can affect anybody at any age, and it will go away as soon as your condition is treated or over.

    If you suffer from any of these conditions, Dermidry is a great product to use and it will surely have an effect because the natural products that it includes have proven to reduce sweating. Therefore, Dermidry can help you to some degree.

    Sweating when doing physical activity is completely normal and important for your body. However, it can become annoying when you do your workout routine or you work in the hot sun and sweat starts dripping from your forehead or your armpits.

    By using Dermidry for a few months, you should have that problem. You will likely still sweat a bit, but you will notice how it has reduced. These individuals are the ones that will benefit most from Dermidry.

    Is The Answer In Our Body?

    Dermidry claims that the answer to the sweating problem is found within our bodies, thus they use products to address the problem.

    To some degree, I find that is very true, but again, not for everybody. For instance, I was obese ever since my early teens. You would think that by losing weight, my problem would be gone. When suffering from primary hyperhidrosis, obesity is not the cause.

    During the past year, I lost well over 40 pounds (I am currently around 30 pounds shy of my goal weight). I achieved weight loss not by any exercise but solely by eating healthy. Eating lots of organic, natural foods are providing me with vitamins and minerals. I also used supplements to strengthen my immune system and overall health.

    If the theory of Dermidry was true, my sweating would have been reduced drastically. Sadly, that has not happened. I sweat as much as I did before. I see a very little change in the amount I sweat. Therefore, the answer is not only found in your body. That is why I do not rely only on Dermidry to solve my sweating problem. I use other products to help me reduce and stop my sweating.

    Now, don’t get me wrong: I believe in Dermidry because almost any product has a good side. I love Dermidry because it provides my body with vitamins and minerals that it needs, and in essence, it gives to me what my sweat glands and my brain needs to gain more control over sweating.

    Nevertheless, I am trying to tell you that Dermidry will not be the only product you will want to use when you suffer from hyperhidrosis. Along with other products, you will get the best out of Dermidry.

    What Do Users Of Dermidry Say?

    When you look at reviews of this product, which claims to be 100% effective, you will find that what I said here in this review is very true.

    There are those happy customers that sweat a lot during the hot and humid summer months which have found this product to be the hit. Those are the ones that only sweat exactly when your body notices a rise in body temperature. These customers say that they use Dermidry during the hot summer months and that they have great success with it.

    Then there are those that are suffering from excessive sweating who report that they do not see improvements after using for weeks and months. Do you recall that I said that people suffering from hyperhidrosis would not benefit from using this product only? Here is proof of that. I am not so sure about their claims that there is no change to be seen, because using natural products that help reduce sweating, you will definitely see a change.

    The only problem with sweating is that it is not really measurable. I have tried to figure out very often if it reduced by using certain products, but I find it hard to decide because primary hyperhidrosis is so unpredictable.

    And lastly, there are those desperate customers that want immediate results. They give up only after using for a day or two. For your body to adjust to changes and perceive a change it will need time. The company recommends using this product at least 2 months before expecting results. The only way to find out if this product will have a positive effect on you, you need to use it for a full 60 days.

    Check out the price for Dermidry for a 60-day supply.

    Conclusion

    As you can see, in the Dermidry reviews, you will find very happy customers, as well as unhappy customers that do not like this product. It is not my personal favorite, but it is not all bad. Assess your problem and understand your condition, and based on that, decide whether Dermidry is for you or not.

    Dermidry contains herbs and vitamins that research has proven to be effective in reducing sweating; therefore, either small or great success with this product does depend very much on your sweating condition.

    As I read through reviews, I can see how it is easy to jump to conclusions without enough evidence on hand. I am here to share with you my experiences and knowledge of natural products and sweating. And in my experience, as explained above, natural products are not as effective for me as I would love them to be, but I am aware that they do have a small positive effect on me, which could be great for you.

    As a final thought, don’t let 2 or 3 stars in Amazon ratings discourage you from buying this product.  Decide for yourself what is best in your case.

    Have you made your decision yet?  Buy Dermidry today.

    If you found this review helpful, please don’t forget to share with family and friends. Also, why not leave a comment with your thoughts, questions, and personal experiences? Have you tried natural products like Dermidry? Do you suffer from hyperhidrosis? What effect did natural products have on you? I love to hear about my readers, so please share your thoughts.

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    Schmidt Natural Deodorant Review: Stop Awful Odor From Your Pits

    Schmidt Natural Deodorant Review

    Hi everyone,

    today I am going to share with all of you the Schmidt natural deodorant review. Honestly, we all want to smell pleasant whenever we leave the house (oops… at home too!).

    We all need deodorants to achieve that. There are so many bacteria living in our armpits that enjoy sweat to the fullest and then they produce the gasses which smell very bad when they break down sweat.

    Sweat itself does not smell bad, although in our armpits it contains proteins and fats that could smell bad over time. However, the bacteria that feasts on our sweat enjoy the proteins and bacteria multiply rapidly. So if we don’t do anything with it, we smell bad after only after a few hours.

    The good news is that there are great products that help with the sweating problem.

    Who Came Up With Schmidt Natural Deodorant?

    When deodorants first came up in the late 1800s, conventional deodorants became the norm very quickly. However, in recent years, many people have been looking for a more natural and holistic approach to products they use on their bodies.

    People want to make sure that whatever products they use will not leave secondary unwanted effects on their health.

    Janie Schmidt is among those that wanted something else for her family. As a young woman from Oregon, she was well aware that conventional deodorants could not give her what she was looking for.

    Instead of seeking out for alternatives on the market, she decided to try to make her own. It did take a lot of research and hard work to finally come up with an alternative to what was found on the market. But this deodorant was everything else than conventional. This deodorant, what is now the famous Schmidt Natural Deodorant, was 100% natural, cruelty-free alternative to those that had many chemicals that Mrs. Schmidt did not want.

    Naturally, if you have come up with a great idea and it works, you start to share it with your neighbors, family, and friends. That is exactly what Mrs. Schmidt did. In no time her circle of friends had asked her for the deodorant. And she was more than happy to share her knowledge with them because she realized that people do not know much about deodorants.

    Local news spread quickly, and in no time, the new deodorant was a favorite. Neighbors pushed Mrs. Schmidt to expand. Only a few years after launching, this product is internationally sold and well accepted.

    What Does Schmidt Natural Deodorant Contain?

    Instead of the common parabens, zinc, and many other chemicals and ingredients found in conventional deodorants, this deodorant uses only top natural products.

    The secret behind this proven formula is arrowroot powder, shea butter, baking soda, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and candelilla wax.

    This deodorant also contains Vitamin E, which helps our skin. Many people have very sensitive skin in their armpits, which is why many fear new deodorants like I do. I have tried so many conventional deodorants in the past and most of them give me a terrible rash after using them for 3 days.

    Mrs. Schmidt thought about those that have sensitive skin and added Vitamin E to prevent the other ingredients from causing a rash or irritation.

    And one last ingredient that Schmidt Natural Deodorant uses is essential oil. This gives the deodorant a final touch because depending on the oil that is used, is what you will smell during the day.

    Essential oils are so strong that they can cause a rash and irritation as well, thus vitamin E.

    As you can see, there is wetness absorbing ingredients like baking soda, which will help to stay dry a little longer.

    However, don’t be fooled like I was when first using wetness absorbing deodorants. I suffer from hyperhidrosis and that is why that does not work on me. The small amount of baking soda is simply not enough to help you stay dry when you sweat excessively.

    Deodorants do not reduce sweating, they just help to absorb wetness. If you sweat too much or you would love to sweat less, you need to take a look at my favorite antiperspirants, which will do that job very well.

    What Is So Special About This Deodorant? Schmidt Natural Deodorant Review

    The number one reason to buy this product is that of the natural ingredients. I love 100% natural products in my household because they give me peace of mind. The fewer chemicals we have in our homes, the better.

    Natural deodorants are not just cool because they are natural, you will only want to buy them if they are effective. Schmidt Natural Deodorant has not disappointed their customers, even though not everybody is 100% happy with the product. Check out the Amazon ratings: +50% 5-star from over 5,000 verified customers. That is a great number, considering that this statistic has been taken from only a few scents. There are many others that are very well liked by their customers.

    I will go a little more into detail shortly on why some customers are not happy with this deodorant.

    Environmentally friendly products, like the Schmidt Natural Deodorant, are also always welcome. This family business is dedicated to bringing the best product to your home, without compromising your health and nature. It is always great to find those.

    Something very important to me when buying a product is customer service. The Schmidt company has that covered very well. Because they have tried their products in their own family, they know what they are talking about and what to expect from their customers.

    They stand out in their customer service because a family owned business usually takes clients serious because that is what they depend on. If you encounter a problem with their product, a quick email will do and they will get back to you. They are listening to you and ready to help and assist. Because they tested the products on themselves, they also have great tips on using the product.

    These are a few reasons why I can recommend this product.

    What Is Not So Great About Schmidt Deodorant?

    As always, there are downsides to each product and this deodorant is no exception to that rule.

    One thing that is not great about this product is the fact that it stains your clothes. Natural deodorants are supposed not to stain your clothes, but somehow this formula does.

    Although staining is far less than in conventional deodorants, be aware that you could see some stains after using this product continuously. The formula for this product is especially unfriendly to your clothes, unlike many other natural products.

    Another issue that I have with natural deodorants is that, depending on where you live, you can have a hard time finding the correct room temperature for them. If you let them get too hot, they will be too soft and you put on too much. If they get too cold, you can hardly get enough into your pits. Yet, that is no reason to not buy them. Just find the right spot to put them so you don’t encounter this problem.

    Skin irritation is very common in this product. Although it contains vitamin E, if you have very sensitive skin, you could face this problem. If you are used to conventional deodorants, you know that we like to put on an extra amount to go on the safe side. With natural deodorants, the less you put on, the better it is. There is no difference in putting on very much or very little. Take that into account when buying this product.

    The last thing that I dislike about natural products is the price. You get what you pay: Top grade natural ingredients, compared to conventional ingredients that are less expensive and easy to get ahold of. If you consider buying natural products, it is important to know that you will be paying hefty prices for natural deodorants. That is the sacrifice to make when going the natural way.

    Check out the price for this product here.

    Why Do People Complain About This Product? Schmidt Natural Deodorant Review

    If you read through reviews on any given natural deodorant, you will find that most of the complaints are very much alike.

    I will share 3 common complaints and give an answer to each one:

    1) “My armpits are turning dark.”

    A very common problem is that armpits tend to turn dark after switching from conventional deodorants to natural deodorants. That usually freaks people out.

    The matter of the fact is that you accumulate chemicals in your armpits during the time you use conventional deodorants.

    Be advised that these dark spots will go away after sticking to natural products. It takes time until your body can get rid of all those chemicals that got their way into the pores of your skin.

    Also, dark armpits can be a sign of clogged pores, which means that all those chemicals are somehow blocking sweat from coming out and clean everything out.

    When buying the Schmidt Natural deodorant, don’t worry too much about those dark armpits.

    Give it some time. It is usually not anything serious. Exfoliation could be necessary.

    2) “My armpits smell terrible when using natural deodorants.”

    This is another common question that is asked when people change from conventional deodorants to natural ones. The answer is similar to the previous one.

    Until your body gets rid of the accumulation of chemicals, it can be quite some time and you have to give your body time to settle with this change.

    My wife recently switched to natural deodorants, and fortunately, she did not have to go through the detoxing process, most likely because her body was able to shove chemicals out effectively after every use.

    But, if a bad smell is of concern, mask it with some extra perfume and a frequent shower and exfoliation, until the problem is solved.

    3) “My skin gets very irritated when using natural deodorants.” read more

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    History of Deodorant And Antiperspirant: Learn About It Here

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    Hey guys,

    today I am back to talk a little about history. Who likes to hear that? Often time people tell me that history sucks and there is no use in it. To a certain degree we live today and what lies a hundred years behind might not be appealing to hear. However, there are interesting facts about many things that we do not even think about today.

    So, I am going to talk a little about the history of deodorant and antiperspirant. Why is that relevant?

    150 years ago people did not use deodorant at all. They did not use anything to keep those terrible armpit odors away. In fact, they even did not wash their clothes after wearing them for a long time. I have often wondered how such a thing is at all possible. I feel uncomfortable wearing my shirts for more than a day, especially because I sweat excessively in my armpits.

    That is why the history of deodorant and antiperspirant is relevant for me. I like to share a bit how they did it back then and how they managed with armpit odors because they did not have antiperspirants to stop them from sweating nor did they have deodorants to help them smell better.

    But before I go more into the history of deodorant and antiperspirant, I will tell you a little about what deodorants and antiperspirants are.

    What Are Deodorants?

    Although few people don’t sweat at all, most people sweat on a daily basis, some a lot and others less. Sweat is a watery liquid that is produced in our sweat glands. Various triggers make these sweat glands to work and produce sweat, mainly to regulate our body temperature.

    Sweat from our apocrine glands, which are located in different areas of our body, including our armpits, rarely smells bad, but bacteria that live in these regions thrive on sweat. The breakdown of sweat caused by these bacteria causes the bad odors.

    Deodorants are used to control the bacteria living in warm regions (where they multiply at an incredible rate) to stop bad odors.

    Contrary to the belief of many people, deodorants to not stop sweating; they only reduce bacteria to avoid sweat breakdown, which smells bad. If you can control the bacteria effectively, you can sweat a lot and still not sweat.

    What are Antiperspirants?

    Many people have overactive sweat glands that produce excessive sweat, which these individuals cannot control. People suffering from this condition have what is called hyperhidrosis. There are 2 types of hyperhidrosis and each one of these types can have different causes.

    People that sweat a lot have a harder time to find the correct deodorant because they cannot catch up with the rate of multiplication of bacteria. Whatever deodorant they put on, it will have an effect for only a few hours and they will smell bad again.

    So, often people that sweat a lot opt for an antiperspirant, that usually contains aluminum chloride, to reduce the sweating, so deodorants will have an effect. That again helps them to have pleasantly smelling armpits.

    Therefore, antiperspirants affect the sweat glands directly by blocking them and preventing a person from sweating.

    You might like: Difference between Deodorants and Antiperspirants

    Life In My Community 50 Years Ago

    I grew up in a place where people lived without electricity and cars until the 1970s. My grandparents were even shunned by the local church because they were too progressive when they bought their first car.

    It took many years of hard work on behalf of community members to progress.

    What does that have to do with deodorants? Maybe a lot. Let me show you.

    My parents grew up when all radical changes in the community took place and modernization started to kick in. My parents often tell stories about the way they grew up and it is hard to believe that one generation can make such a big change.

    Let me record a few of things that I believe are relevant to the history of deodorant and antiperspirant.

    How Could People Live With Armpit Odor?

    Back in the early 1970’s, people were poor and the wardrobe was extremely small, things were often handed down from older siblings to younger ones, and sometimes even generations down the line.

    Church clothes were worn exclusively for church and they were never washed. Baths were taken only once a week, where the whole family shared the same water (unbelievable for me).

    In all this, people did not use deodorant. My parents often tell me that back then nobody was offended by the extreme odors people would spread.

    Can you imagine a whole week without bathing? The interesting thing though is that they worked physically hard out in the sun. Life was similar to life in a small frontier town. Everybody owned a little piece of land, a few cows, pigs, horses, and chickens, and of course, a small garden. By the weekend, people would not be fresh anymore and definitely needed a bath. Because water was not readily available like we have it today, people were more careful with it.

    Growing up in families with 10+ children was not an easy task and cost an awful lot of money, which most of the times was not available. That explains why the wardrobe was scanty and would not be washed. That would keep it new for much longer.

    I often wonder if people did not feel dirty after working without being able to take a bath. They must have been used to it, or maybe (just maybe…) nowadays we live too high expectations.

    Nevertheless, body odor can become offensive when not tended to in time, but probably they did not notice.

    Ancient Deodorant History

    If we look to the Greek, Egyptians, Romans and other ancient cultures we find that they already had a notion of masking body odor.

    Perfumed baths were very common, for those who could afford. The perfume was also used in armpits, which would help reduce the odors from sweating.

    Also, different concoctions from oils were made by these cultures to help with body odor (not only pits). However, most of the perfumes and concoctions that were made did their job partially.

    The problem was that most of these did not address the bacteria living in the armpits so it would not be effective for body odor. Perfumes would help more with covering the odor by smelling fresh.

    However, we can imagine that it was not effective, except if baths were taken daily (which is not very likely).

    After the church took control over everything, people were taught that being naked was really bad, so they even stopped taking baths at all. The last resource of smelling as pleasantly as possible was taken from them.

    Life A Few Hundred Years Ago

    If we go back in wardrobe history, we will find that people wore thick layers of clothing, especially people from the high society.

    If you look at what a noblewoman was dressing for a ball in the 1700s, you will be amazed at how many layers of clothing she had to put on before she was ready. When you think the dress is now complete, there are more layers to follow.

    Also, for middle-class men, they did not just wear simple underwear, a pair of jeans and a shirt and done. There was so much to put on before one was ready.

    The interesting thing is that they wore many layers of clothes as a nightgown, also for work, and for social activities. There was always so much to put on.

    Don’t you think that that was part of the trick to mask bad smells? That also explains, why most of the wardrobe was never washed. It would simply not get dirty, sweaty, or smelly after wearing because there were simply too many layers of clothes.

    People back then were aware of the bad odors from the armpits could be nasty. Would you go dancing with a partner that was not fresh? Therefore, they had to find ways to deal with these odors, and they did so by using lots of clothes.

    When Were Deodorants Born?

    Although there is not much to be found about deodorants that were used before conventional deodorants came to life, I firmly believe that some families must have tried through natural approaches to stop sweat from smelling.

    In fact, since there are natural ways to reduce sweating and also natural ways to eliminate bacteria in armpits, methods could have been used long before conventional deodorants came to life.

    My grandma used milk as a gel to comb her daughters. That was an easily available resource to fix everyday problems. Too bad she is not here anymore to tell me what she did with body odor.

    Back in the late 1880s, in the USA, the first deodorant was developed by Edna Murphy and patented later on. It seems that no other deodorants were patented and invented after this first one for nearly half a century.

    However, it was years after WWII that Helen Diserens made the first ball-point deodorants, which was a newly invented technology back then. However, it was still the same deodorant that was invented by Mrs. Murphy.

    Deodorants were initially made for women only, and only in the early 1950s, they were also made for men.

    From there, it only took a few years before deodorants were a multi-million industry and over 50% of the adult population was using deodorants.

    And today, not many cultures can be found that don’t know about deodorants. It is common sense today to use deodorants.

    When were Antiperspirants born?

    Jules Montenier patented the first antiperspirant in 1941, but it had been formulated since 1903.

    Aluminum chloride was used at first, but since it is highly acidic, many people were not able to use it because it caused skin irritation.

    Mr. Montenier was able to neutralize the product by using soluble nitrile, which made it more accessible to people.

    Nevertheless, in the early 1960s tests were performed on animals. Science and medicine wanted to determine if there were side effects of antiperspirants.

    Studies showed that cancer, dementia and other diseases could be traced back to the use of aluminum chloride.

    When the light was shed on these facts, antiperspirants became more and more rejected, regardless of the positive effect they had on people that suffered from hyperhidrosis.

    Today, around 95% of Americans use deodorants, from home-made to organic, to natural, to conventional, to dab-on, roll-on deodorants. The whole deodorant and antiperspirant business has become an $18 billion dollar industry.

    Are Deodorants and Antiperspirants Really Unsafe?

    As said, throughout history, researchers have done their best to determine whether aluminum chloride (used in antiperspirants) and parabens (commonly used in deodorants) are detrimental to health.

    Do you remember the emails that you received back in the early 2000s that told you to stop using any of these products because you could get cancer and other life-threatening diseases? I do recall those, but I never stopped using deodorants, because I did not know what else to do.

    Smell bad all day long? Or continue to use deodorants? It was like a necessary evil, as we use to say.

    However, recently, light has been shed on new research that has not found enough evidence to prove the theory spread back in the 60s.

    It is believed that either zinc, parabens, aluminum chloride, and others cause as much harm as was once thought. Our skin was designed to protect our body from outside harm. Our skin does everything possible to not let harmful things in. Therefore, research believes that very little of the ingredients found in deodorants and antiperspirants actually comes into our body.

    More harm is done to our body by what we smell, eat and drink.

    As said before, the history of deodorants and antiperspirants is not only important but also interesting to read about.

    It is interesting to see how people have dealt with body odor over time and how it has evolved into something so effective that we have today and is readily available whenever we want and need it.

    Are you in need of a great deodorant, please check out my favorite deodorants and antiperspirants.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you found this article helpful. If so, please share with family and friends by clicking the social media buttons below.

    Also, I would love to hear your comments and questions. Any thoughts about the history of deodorants and antiperspirants are appreciated.

    As always, I am happy to help,

    Oscar

     

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