Some types of hyperhidrosis are more difficult to treat than the others. I am one of those unlucky hyperhidrosis patients. I have underarm sweating, but my main problem is excessive head sweating, which is especially unpleasant on the face.
Having to wash my hair every day is yet another pesky consequence of the condition: because of this, I didn't want to grow my hair long since childhood. Even shoulder length feels too long sometimes!
Then there is make-up. With a sweaty face, I feel the most comfortable when my face is entirely make-up free, and this can be really frustrating if I want to apply some beauty products. Usually, I try looking for high-quality, water-proof products that give matte effect, to hide the regular glistening of my skin.
There are some days when I feel like a fighter, and others when I feel like giving up on everything and just staying in my bed all day. What bothers me the most is the idea of living with hyperhidrosis for the rest of my life. Our society can be very shallow – everything is about appearances these days, and then I feel even more pressured to hide my excessive sweating.
Under this pressure, once, in my teens, I did a very stupid thing.
I was going out on a concert with my friends. It was an open-air concert and the night was pretty hot. All day I was nervous about how much I will sweat in the crowd, and I sort of decided not to drink water. I felt that, the more water I put into my body, the more I'm going to sweat. I barely drank anything the whole day, and as a result, nearly passed out at the concert.
The moral of the story was to look for better ways to fight hyperhidrosis. Botox seemed like a good way to fight off underarm sweating, but my family wouldn't even hear about it. After that, I tried natural remedies with ingredients like apple cider vinegar and honey. This even helped a little, but not much. More useful were the Maxim Sensitive Wipes for my face, and herbal teas that helped ease my general sweating. I also take good care of my diet, avoiding foods that encourage excessive perspiration.
At the end, hyperhidrosis is not the end of the world, and I am comforted by the fact that there are many hyperhidrosis treatments left for me to try. Some of them just might yet work.