My entire life I have suffered from sweating on top of my head and forehead when I get embarrassed, feel confronted or caught in an error or feel judged. This happens a lot. And when it does, my sweating snowballs. It is an instant amount of sweat and it collects and then starts streaming down my face. The extreme sweating happens within seconds and I find myself wiping away at my head when the person isn’t looking so they don’t see my embarrassment. It doesn’t help that I went bald at a young age and shave my head daily so I have clean shaven head. So the sweat has nothing to hold on to when it starts. It’s so bad that I dread meeting new people, being in social situations, being the center of attention, meetings, being in front of people and of course avoid anything where I may feel judged.
In the last few years I started using Sweat Stop and Sweat Shield wipes on my head and found that they work great the day after and for a few days after that but of course it eventually wears off. After applying I experience 30 minutes of extreme itching, pins, needle, pricking and utter hell. But it goes away. I recently started using Carpe on my head too which doesn’t have this hellish effect of discomfort. It works great completely stops my head sweating even in social situations. It’s amazing – I feel confident when I know the sweat has been freshly blocked. I will feel the hot flashes start when I’m embarrassed but it quickly goes away and I touch my forehead just to confirm it’s bone dry (and it is) to my utter delight. These days are the best. I can go to meetings, social situations and I’m not afraid. The snowball effect is gone!
The issue now is I’m afraid of what the chemicals in these products are doing to me. My forehead and scalp skin are naturally thinner- I’ve never had burns or bad reactions (just minor dry itchiness which isn’t a bid deal). I dread what kind of long term effects this may have on my health (aluminum) but the relief I get from the sweat is too powerful to stop using these products the day before a big meeting or some social situation. My dred of the sweating drives me to use these chemicals on myself. Is there an alternative to extreme scalp and forehead sweating caused by anxiety, stress, social interactions?
Anyone have any advice?