What is Drysol?I was reading on hyperhidrosis and different products when I stumbled upon a link to try this antiperspirant named Drysol that has 15-30% aluminum chloride. I have been using products with only 12% and they weren’t quite working for me so I was curious about it. Does Drysol work? I just had to learn more about it. Drysol is a clinical strength antiperspirant that goes under different names like Hypercare or Xerac AC. As I have mentioned above, it has a stronger formulation of aluminum chloride compared to a lot of products in the market. This is why the strongest formulations need a prescription from a doctor before you’re allowed to buy it. It is very unique because unlike other brands, it’s applicator is a dab-on type that I’ve never really seen on my other antiperspirants. It is a flat surface covered with a thick mesh-like cloth. It covers a lot of area on the underarms without having to wipe it on. Instead, the instruction is to lightly pat or “dab” it on the area you want to cover.
What I Like About Drysol
1. It Is Stronger Than Most AntiperspirantsDrysol has different variants ranging from 15%, 20% and even 30% of aluminum chloride to keep you from sweating. This means that unlike other antiperspirants, you only need less product for better results than your old over-the-counter antiperspirant.
2. It Lasts LongDrysol can keep you dry for 2-5 days so your bottle lasts you for a long time before you have to buy a new one. This is why I always recommend stronger antiperspirants compared to the regular antiperspirants because although they’re cheaper, you end up buying more bottles because you have to keep on reapplying it within the day.
3. You Can Use It On Different AreaThe dab-on applicator makes it easier to apply to different body parts. I’d like to warn you about applying it on your face though. It would be safe to test it in a small area before application. A lot of people apply the product on their backs, armpits, groin, and even their chests. This makes this an all-around antiperspirant, unlike others that are in the form of a stick or cream that may be sticky and uncomfortable if applied to other areas of the body.
4. It Boosts You ConfidenceYes, I know it may not be the effect of Drysol per se, but I’d like to add this. Let me explain why. People who often have hyperhidrosis also have anxiety or vice-versa. It will definitely boost your confidence when you wake up and go about your day without worrying about excessive sweating because Drysol solved that problem for you.
What I Don’t Like About Drysol
1. It Is Hard To Find (Offline)I have read a lot of online discussions and watched a video, that people have been having a hard time getting Drysol from their favorite stores. Apparently, this is happening to a lot of people. It would be inconvenient if this product does work for you but now you’ll have a hard time finding a steady supply. Luckily, it is easily available on Amazon and you can have it delivered straight to your doorstep.
2. You May Need A PrescriptionBecause it has more aluminum chloride than most products available in stores, you may be required to present a prescription before being able to buy a bottle stronger than 20%. This means it’s harder to get because you’d have to go to a doctor first. Don’t worry, it is quite rare that you would need the strongest type of Drysol as most reviews say that they’re happy with the 15 or 20% bottles that they’ve ordered.
3. You Cannot Use It After ShavingIt is included as a warning in the bottle that you should wait 2 days after shaving because your skin is a bit raw and Drysol can cause itching and redness. Most reviews and how-to videos often show them using their products a day or two after they shave and they always mention that you should do the same. This can be so inconvenient because other products are so mild you can use it after a shave and you won’t have to worry about any red marks or itchiness. It also means you have to arrange your schedule in such a way that you don’t go out much on shaving days because you wouldn’t be able to use Drysol and you may sweat buckets.
4. It Can Cause A Bad Skin AllergyDoes Drysol work for most people? I’d say yes but sadly, if you have overly sensitive skin it may be a problem. Aluminum Chloride can cause itching and redness and can rarely cause your skin to peel. This is why you need a prescription to get the variants above 20%. Remember, if any itchiness, dryness, or peeling occurs please see a doctor immediately. An allergic reaction should always be taken seriously and you would want the discomfort to go away as soon as possible.
How To Store Your DrysolClinical/Prescription-strength antiperspirants like Drysol have to be handled and stored properly. Mishandling can lead to your product going bad and may lose its effectivity. It would be a waste to throw out a full bottle just because you didn’t know what to do. Here are some things to remember:
1. Store At Room TemperatureDo not freeze or refrigerate your product. Remember that sudden changes in temperature can cause a reaction to your product. Also freezing may destroy the bottle and may result in it cracking.
2. Store in a Cool, Dry Place Away from HeatMake sure to not expose it to moist air as it may have a reaction and for a hazardous gas called hydrogen chloride. This gas can cause serious injuries like pulmonary edema. Also, keep your Drysol away from heat as aluminum chloride is highly flammable and can cause any fire to spread.
3. Take Note of the Expiry DateI just included this as a general reminder as using expired products can cause more harm than good. After attending a cosmetic forum before, I learned that our products have preservatives that protect the item from bacteria that can harm us. Sadly, preservatives don’t last forever and using it past its shelf life can mean that there are some unwanted bacteria in our products. So throw away any expired item or medicine to be on the safer side.
How To Use Drysol
1. Screw on the Applicator and Flip Your Bottle Upside DownYour Drysol will arrive with the applicator unattached to the bottle. The bottle will have a seal on top that you have to peel off before screwing on the cover. The manufacturer sends you your product this way to make sure that there has been no tampering and that you get a new, sealed bottle. Flip your bottle upside down for the liquid to fully soak your Drysol’s dab-on applicator. This is necessary if you want enough liquid to be applied to your underarms. Remember that this step is necessary because you can’t reapply or even re-swipe the product. I will explain why as you read on how to use Drysol.
2. Give The Bottle A SqueezeGive the bottle one or two good squeezes as the liquid in your Drysol is a bit thick and squeezing makes the liquid flow faster in order for the applicator to get enough liquid before application.
3. Dab, Don’t WipeDo not wipe! Your Drysol’s dab on applicator covers so much surface area that you don’t have to wipe it. Also, it prevents you from overapplying it as this can cause some itching due to the strength of the antiperspirant.
4. Air DryTo maximize the effectivity of Drysol, make sure to air dry after application. You’ll notice that it leaves this thin, smooth layer that will keep your underarm dry for days.
5. Reapply After 3 DaysDo not reapply after dabbing it on the first time. Many Drysol users have been warned due to the strength of the aluminum chloride in the product which can cause irritation and itching. In this video, a Drysol user shows how the product should be used and how it covers a huge area by just dabbing it on the surface.
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ConclusionDoes Drysol work? It definitely does. I would recommend that you get the 15% strength bottle first before moving to higher doses as you might discover that you don’t need that much aluminum chloride to stop the excessive sweating. Just in case Drysol doesn’t work for you, I can recommend my favorite clinical strength antiperspirant, SweatBlock. It has a slightly lower aluminum chloride content at 14% but it has been proven to stop sweating for up to 10 days. I am happy that I was able to share my thoughts on Drysol. I’m sure you are now excited to get your own bottles and fight hyperhidrosis head-on. Be in the loop by reading more on hyperhidrosis here. Do you have any experience in using Drysol? Has it worked for you? If you have any questions or stories to share, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to click on the social media buttons below to share this review with people you think would need to read this. Stop sweating now, and use only the best products for your body. Until the next review!
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