Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion

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Thanks to an email from Caryn (from JustaLittleSweat), I recently got to know about Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion.

Now, I have tried several antiperspirants for hands in the past and none of them stuck (pun intended). However, Caryn's email got me a bit curious about Carpe and I decided to give it a try. I ordered Carpe from my favorite store in the world (right, Amazon) for $14.95 and got a shiny 1.35 Ounce (40 ML) pack the next day.

This post is my review of how it worked out. You must note that this is my initial experience after trying out Carpe for a few days. I still do not know the long term impact.. hopefully I will write another post once I have had chance to see this in action for some time.

Anyways.. here we go.

Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion for sweaty palms

Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion for sweaty palms

Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion: Ingredients

The active ingredient in Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion is Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate (15% ). Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate is used as active ingredient in several antiperspirants available over the counter today (most notably the Mitchum line of products), and is found to be effective for palmar hyperhidrosis without significant side effects by atleast one study . However, there are potential side effects of this compound (including respiratory toxicity, asthma etc). It is also one of the restricted components for cosmetics in Canada.

Apart from Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate, Carpe also contains other ingredients including Eucalyptus oil that provides a pleasant scent on application. All in all, its a relatively simple formula.

Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion: Initial Experience

As per the directions on the pack, I washed and dried my hands before application. Once hands are dried, I applied a small amount of the lotion on my hands ans rubbed it all around for 10-15 seconds. Initially it was a bit sticky, but once it dried up I could not feel it anymore. The effect was instantaneous and my hands were dry like never before in a matter of minutes. It did get a bit too dry, and I felt a bit of itchiness due to extreme dryness. However, I will take that over sweaty hands on most days. Over next few trials, I will try to find the right amount of lotion for my condition – one that gives me dry hands without extreme dryness.

The first time after I applied the lotion, I needed to wash my hands again as I touched my pet birds. I was a bit worried that the lotion will get washed off and I will need to apply it again – but I was wrong. This stuff holds on to its own even after thorough washing. My hands were totally free of sweat for the entire evening. That was great as I had to meet a roomful of people and it was great to feel 100% dry hands while extending my hands for handshakes.

The manufacturer's website mentions that the effects of Carpe compound over time -“as long as you use Carpe, even if you wash your hands, the activity of your palm sweat glands will be increasingly reduced, leading to better and better results as you use for multiple days and weeks in a row.”

Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion: Long Term Review

I am writing this after about a month since I wrote my initial experience (above). In the meanwhile, I have tried Carpe Lotion in a variety of places/situations and have had somewhat mixed results. It does work very well in most cases – the sweating on the hands is down by 80% on most days/situations and that is a great thing.

However, once in a while it simply does not work. I haven't been able to find the factors which will make it work vs. not. Stress and humidity are surely two factors that reduce the effectiveness a lot, but don't explain all the variance in my experiments. Times when I had to have an important meeting and needed sweat-less hands, that's when it failed! Other times, it was a bit cloudy/rainy/humid and the sweat broke out almost as soon as I applied the lotion.

Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion: My Verdict

Overall, Carpe looks very promising and really works great! This might be the best solution to one off days when you are going for a date or interview or a social occasion and are not on iontophoresis or oral medication. This is easy to apply and can be used at the last minute instead of planning in advance.

I think this is one of the best over the counter antiperspirant solutions available for hand sweat. Nothing else I have tested came close in terms of effectiveness or ease of usage. However, it falls short of being the only thing you could rely on to get through palmar hyperhidrosis.  You'll need to supplement this with other tools in your arsenal to really manage your hyperhidrosis.

I still need to research a bit more on how safe Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate is in the long term. As of now I am not fully comfortable recommending this to children, or people who have sensitive skins or people with history of asthma or other respiratory diseases. I  might be over-reacting to some of the stuff I found on my initial research, but better safe than sorry!

NOTE: In the comments below, you can see discussion around the research on Aluminium Sesquichlorohydrate. The manufacturers believe its safe for the concentration they have used in the product (15%). I have not independently verified it yet, but wanted to let the readers know in any case.

Go ahead.. try Carpe if you suffer with Palmar Hyperhidrosis. Its not a long term solution like iontophoresis or oral medications, but a great addition in your kit to manage hyperhidrosis.

PS: You should subscribe to Caryn's newsletter... great posts on stuff related to Hyperhidrosis! 🙂

PPS:  Like most people suffering with excessive hand sweating, if you also sweat from underarm area, I highly recommend you to check out this article on sweat proof undershirt.

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Really like this product!

I was not expecting to like this product as much as I do! A very small amount disappears into your palm and sweat for at least 48 hours without another application. I haven't had embarrassing sweaty hands in a while now. I would highly recommend this product.

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I have had hyperhidrosis (palms and feet) since my childhood. I have tried/researched almost every treatment for hyperhidrosis over last decade, and in the process have acquired considerable experience that I hope will help others suffering with hyperhidrosis. I am happy to help you in whatever way I can to manage your excessive sweat problem - see the About page for more details and my contact information. Remember you are not alone, and that hyperhidrosis is entirely manageable with informed treatment. Good luck! PS: I recently published all that I have learnt about Hyperhidrosis in my book No Sweat! I encourage you to check that out as I believe its the best resource out there to understand and manage hyperhidrosis without falling for the miracle cures. Will love to hear your feedback on how to make it better.

16 Comments

  1. Great review! Thanks for the rec. Just fyi, I have done a lot of research on antiperspirant active ingredients. Based on the literature, aluminum sesquichlorohydrate does not have any side effects at a concentration of 15%. Once you get above 25%, potential side effects exist, but even these are not backed up by significant research. The concerns you brought up really only exist in aerosols.

    • HyperhidrosisNetwork on

      Not yet Rachel.. haven’t tried it on my feet yet. I will update once I do. If you end up trying it on feet before I do, please drop in a comment!

  2. Thank you for the write up on the cream as I was about to buy some but as I am a chronic suffers of asthma I thought I would give it a miss 🙂 I will stick to keeping my hand towel in my handbag for those moments when I need to dry my hands 🙂 I only suffer under stress with Sweety hands or on days that are really hot for the rest of the time it’s only mild and easy to rub my hands on down my side in a hurry 🙂

    • HyperhidrosisNetwork on

      Thanks for the comment Angela.

      Ofcourse, do what you feel comfortable with. Just a data point – I have been a chronic sufferer of Asthma for a long time. I have used Carpe quite a bit and haven’t faced any adverse effects (yet).

      I guess it depends on how pained you are with your sweaty palms. If you are enough, you can try a small dose of Carpe and see if you get any bad effects.

      In the end, I don’t mean to give any medical advise. If you have any doubts, ask your physician.

  3. Thank you for the post. I am about to get it. I am already using antyhydral. I will try it by using both at the same time. Antihydral has been very efficient. However, it is not like 100%. It’s like 70%. Maybe Antihydral + Carpe will be more efficient.

    Felipe from Brazil.

      • Well, I was not succeed by mixing them. In fact, Antyhydral is the only one that has worked so far. Unfortunately, carpen did not work in my case. Btw, I started sweating even more so I quit. I hope either carpen or antyhydral get you sweat free.
        Good luck.

  4. Hi!

    I received a sample of this product a few weeks ago and immediately felt results. I was recommending this product the day I tried it!

    What was great about this product is that it is a non-invasive solution for sweaty hands. It’s something you can take on the go and use as you need it. It can be used daily and will keep your hands sweat-free for hours!

    I find this product especially good for people with hyperhidrosis who have not yet explored other treatment options, children with HH, and people who have occasionally sweaty hands. For people who haven’t explored any other treatment options, this lotion is the perfect way to start.

    Carlyn

  5. I like this product. Effective for me, it absorbs quickly with no chalky residue, a little goes a long way so there is no need to apply like a regular hand lotion and slather it on. Use a dime size amount and work into your palms and allow it to dry. It is non-greasy, and has non-irritating feeling. There is also no residue. Because of moisturizing components, the lotion leaves your hands feeling natural and sweat-free, not necessarily dry.

  6. hi,
    I have some pretty severe hyperhidrosis so my hands sweat immediately after i wash and dry them. will carpe still work if i apply it with sweaty hands?
    please help 🙁

  7. Lisa Korba on

    Hi, just checking the product out for my 16yr old son who complains about sweaty feet non stop. I didnt know there was a medical issue with it. I found you by googling the safeness of the product. In regards to the asthma side of all this. It fully depends on each and everyones own tolerance to the product and could also depend on how their asthma is at each time they apply it. Now typing that I just had the thought that the % of aluminum that is “safe” by the literature, is also dependent upon each persons make-up. Like you told another commenter its up to them and their Dr to find out if it could be safe to even try it.

  8. Hi I’ve suffered from palmar hyperhidrosis for a few years now since I was a teenager. Even my feet sweat a lot too. After reading this post, I thought I might give this product a try. However, I couldn’t find this product from where I live and they do not shipped here. What should I do? Your response is very much appreciated! Thank you.

    • HyperhidrosisNetwork on

      Hello Joyce – where are you from?

      Carpe is just one of the several products, and it is likely that your location has some equivalent products. You may want to search for hand antiperspirant, palms antiperspirant or other such keywords.

      If all else fails, generic clinical strength antiperspirants that come in concentrated form (e.g. roll-on) may also work for this purpose, though less convenient.

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