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crazychicky
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I have sensitive skin. So much so that I much use a baby landry soap for my clothes and anything that may come in contact with my skin or I break out in hives.

The most sensitive parts of my skin are my lips and my underarms. I can only use one kind of chapstick or my lips trun bright red and swell up. And for my underarms, I was told to use an hypo-allergenic fragrance free deodorant. I do. The brand I use is Almay. Its frangrance free and hypo-allergenice gel and it says that it's an anti-perspirant and deodorant. But I have noticed that no matter what, I sweat a lot! Way too much if you ask me! I'm afraid to wear some shirts I own because I know that I will sweat through them before I even leave my house!!!

I don't know what esle I can use becuase I was told that what was probably wrong was that I can't handle the fragrance. I had to stop using scented lotions and soaps for a time but now I am able to use pretty much any kind I want.

I have tried different chapsticks and just break out ever time! So I'm a little scared to try a different deodorant. But I don't want to sweat so much anymore!

I have also noticed that I most of the time sweat a little less if I am not wearing any deodorant (depending on the time of day). I have also noticed that it is more effective if I don't wear anything for a day, but I still sweat alot!

Is there anything esle I could try? All the hypo-allergenic deodorants all seem to be gels and I have tried a other kind and it didnt work as well. I would still sweat and I would smell bad! Should I try a normal deodorant with no fragrance? Or keep to the hypo ones since I have sensitive skin?

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I'm sorry about the double add! I don't even know how I did that!
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I don't have direct experience with your problem, but maybe I can help--I have sensitive skin too, just not as severely. [Smile]

Anyway...first off, with antiperspirants, even the very strong ones, they don't stop you from sweating altogether, they only reduce the amount of sweat. So you can slather the stuff on, but if you tend to sweat profusely, the best you'll see is a reduction in the amount of sweat.

However, if you've noticed that you seem to sweat less when you aren't wearing deodorant, then maybe you could try taking a break from the antiperspirants. If you go to a health food store, you should be able to find a range of deodorants using herbal ingredients--they don't contain any antiperspirant, but many of them use herbs that inhibit the growth of bacteria, and it's the bacteria that actually cause your sweat to smell unpleasant. And I think some of them are hypo-allergenic.

If that doesn't work for you, you can always go back to the deodorant your doctor recommends, this is just meant as an alternative for you to consider.

Other than that, maybe try to make sure you're wearing clothes that breathe, so that when you do sweat, it can evaporate more easily.

And honey, do bear in mind that everyone sweats, and the people you're around should be able to accept that. [Smile]

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I'm going to step in, because we've had a few of these threads, and voice an opinion I'm not certain will be received well, but I just want to be sure that someone says it so y'all who stress out all kooky-like over things like this can hear it.

It's sensible, of course, to worry about, say, sweating through your shirt when you're winning the Nobel Peace Prize, applying for an amazing fellowship, or having a promotional photo taken where your arms are raised 9though the latter is easily fixed in retouching, so, even then, not so much).

But when a worry like this, that most days, is really totally inconsequential, and not at all important, starts getting in the way of your daily life, the answer isn't to find THE product to fix it, but to do yourself a favor and stop worrying about it so darn much.

One half of my family is hardcore italian stock. We sweat. It's just a thing. So, sure, I'm going to do the basic hygeine every day and the bare basics to not be a giant drippy sweat strem unto people when it's not appropriate. But I also have WAY to many important things to worry about, and valuable things to do -- life's short! -- than to worry about if I have sweat stains. I'm a mammal: we sweat, and my daily life isn't a stage, and shouldn't be a stage. Plus, while I know I'll sound like the crunchy hippie I am when I say this, and that's not a shared aesthetic, I have to say that I LIKE sweat. It detoxifies, it makes people smell..well, like real people, not chemicals, and it's pretty. [Razz]

Confidence is a great product: it's free, for starters, it doesn't make you sick, and it's very useful in life. So, I'd suggest developing more of that, and investing energy in trying to just not worry so much about this stuff, rather than going nuts trying to fix it. Take care of your general health, for sure, and be kind to your body and skin. use a deorderant or antiperspirant if you want, but it IS optional, as is how much time you invest in it, okay?

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I'm a hard-core sweater as well. Wait, that doesn't sound correct...well, anyway. I've got Italian genes for hairiness and sweatiness and the general tendency for my feet to look like a hobbit's. (Though that might be just my family, and TMI. Sorry.)

Though I'm not allergic to deodorants, so I dunno what that would be like, I've *tried* a bunch, and I think it's likely that for some of us they just don't work. The best antiperspirant I ever had was not an antiperspirant at all, but a roll-on liquid deodorant from L'Occitane. More expensive than anything else in my daily routine, but that stuff made a slight but noticeable improvement. It's supposedly hypoallergenic or natural or something--but I'd check with your doc.

Naturally it was too costly for my tastes so I gave it up for a plain old sport antiperspirant after a while. But it's nice to have a bit for dressy occasions.

Basically, there are the Shirts that Show Nothing which form the staple of my fancy wardrobe, the Normal Shirts which will variously show arm stains that I can't really care too much about, and the Oh Dear Shirts that I just cannot wear--I have to hand them off to my apparently sweatless hairless little sister. Having your entire side or front damp is not only kind of embarrassing but it can get COLD and unpleasant.

But on the whole, I certainly get Heather's point: there's no way for me to stop it (short of something like Botox, and dear lord in heaven no I'm not going there) so I have learn to live with it. ;D Mostly I've found sweat rather clean and often very refreshing: I always know when I'm exercising hard enough because I start positively DRIPPING from my bangs and I can taste salt. ;P Anyway, no one's ever said mentioned sweat stains in a nasty way that I know of--and if you look, nearly everyone's got 'em. We're just the secret club that REALLY gets 'em.

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