The Sweet Ride: Sweaty Situations

I NEED YOUR HELP! This is a serious issue. I can laugh all I want, but it is really just to make myself feel better.

With all the stressful situations in my world right now, I have developed a problem I haven’t had in nearly a decade”¦SWEATY, SMELLY PITS. I can normally get through my work day without feeling like I smell like a pig, but the moment I get home all hell breaks loose. Or when I am at work and something unexpected comes up, I will start to smell then. I think we can all see why this is a problem, but just in case you can’t read between the lines”¦I DON’T WANT TO BE A FUNKY BRIDE! Yes, read that sentence with an attitude and a black girl neck role. (It’s OK for me to say “black girl” because I am black”¦who am I kidding, it’s funny as hell.) I just can’t do it! I don’t want to go around raising my arms and being offensive!

Before this problem, I saw articles citing research saying that stress sweat smells worse than normal sweat. Before I didn’t believe them. Before I laughed in the face of stress and threw my arms high to the sky and twirled for the world to smell. Well, now I am getting comments from Papa Scooter that I should look at doing something about it. Even Mr. Scooter has suggested that I use his deodorant.

I am currently using Secret, but she isn’t good at keeping them. So I am thinking maybe Degree. When I used to have this problem I had prescription strength, and I used clinical protection for a while. I thought I had it all under control, so I started using regular deodorant. Surprise surprise, that has gotten me nowhere.

What should I do? Which clinical protection is better, Degree or Secret? Would powder help this situation?


Mrs. Scooter

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:39 am

    Oh girl, I’m sorry! I have weird sweat issues of late too, but mine are my hands and feet – it’s so strange! I can’t help on the deodorant, but I’ve heard of people getting (I think, Botox?) injections into their armpits or even their feet to help with sweating issues. That seems extreme, but…

    Maybe someone else will have a better suggestion than something so severe!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 6:44 am

    This may be significant enough to invest in a doctor visit, but if you want to experiment more at home, try cleansing your pits with rubbing alcohol before applying your deodorant. That removes any traces of bacteria that may be hiding there and will help make your deodorant more effective. Let the alcohol dry completely before adding deodorant. I run and really fight this problem in the Texas summers, but several types of men’s deodorant work well for me. Look for “sport” formulas that contain both antiperspirant and deodorant ingredients. Good luck!

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    slc201329 1237 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:51 am

    The clinical strength works for me. I have been using it for the last couple of years. But I use both Degree and Secret…depending which one I can get a $1 off of. I will say that my favorite is Secret Clinical Strength Stress Sweat protection. It seems that when I have tried to switch back to normal deodorant such as Sure it does not work for me as well anymore. I suspect that if your underarms get used to the clinical strength, when you try to switch back it won’t work because your underarms have been conditioned to the clinical strength…but I don’t know how accurate this is.

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    Anna, Guest @ 6:56 am

    You should consider this:

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    Hope this helps.

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    veggie_rachel 575 posts, Busy bee @ 6:56 am

    For what it’s worth, I use Secret clinical protection and LOVE IT. I don’t even bother with anything else. Good luck!

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    vorpalette 11300 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 7:02 am

    Girl, I totally understand! I decided not to stress about it–I was too busy dancing and having fun to worry about being funky (which I was). Because I have sensitive skin, I rub witch hazel under my arms after I shave and then apply my deodorant. The Clinical Protection ones are nice, but look for CertainDri in the same aisle. It’s a liquid that you roll on at night (DO NOT put it on freshly shaved, trust me) that closes your pores.

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    panda247 16 posts, Newbee @ 7:03 am

    The problem I encountered is that I would find something that worked, but only temporarily, eventually I grew immune to it.
    I would recommend taking a quick trip to your doctor. I had a friend who was getting married and finishing grad school at the same time, super stressful! She was prescribed this gel stuff that she applied to the sweaty areas (armpits, feet, and palms) and it completely cut out the problem. Much easier than botox or failed anti-perspirants, and she didn’t worry about it for the wedding!

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    ykyegbride 650 posts, Busy bee @ 7:42 am

    I have a girlfriend who has a similar problem, and she actually uses men’s deodorant. Apparently deodorant for men is significantly stronger than women’s, so this works great for her. The key would to be getting a non-scented one, so you don’t smell like musk or old spice!

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    kit_kath 1327 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:45 am

    You should look for Certain Dri. You put it on at night time (it can stain clothes if not dry so beware if you have nice pjs). It gives a bit of a tight, dry feeling. But that’s because it basically tightens things up so sweat can’t get out.

    My fiance has been having some sweat issues latley. After destroying most of his undershirts we turned to this and it really helps. He uses it at night and a normal deodorant in the morning.

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    cakeyp 2562 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:48 am

    To be honest, I am afraid to use strong deodorant for issues like this, because it clogged things up so much in the past that my lymph nodes under my arms became extremely inflamed and painful.

    Anyway, try washing your underarms with baking soda in the shower. I’ve heard it helps. Look into your diet as well… could be something that you’re eating.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:49 am

    I use the Adidas one with the orange cap, it’s basically clinical strength without the price tag. Good luck!

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    monh13 154 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:53 am

    I love the Secret Clinical Strength. I think it works better than anything else!

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    emilygrace07, Guest @ 7:55 am

    Secret Clinical Strength works really well for me. I have tried using my husband’s deoderant but it made it worse lol. This time I cheaped out and got the CVS brand clinical strength, but it does NOT work as well. Don’t cheap out. Get the Secret Clinical Strength.

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    Meghan, Guest @ 7:57 am

    I’ve always had that problem, and I use the deodorant my mom did, Lady Mitchum. I never leave home without wearing it!

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    edgebee 526 posts, Busy bee @ 8:06 am

    I totally understand! I started using DH’s Gilette Mens gel deoderent when I ran out of secret on a vacation over a year ago. but it works SO well! and its clear, dries quick, and smells like DH! to be honest I hated the perfumy secret smell that would build up on my clothes anyway. Every now and then someone will look at me funny in the locker room, but hey, I don’t want to smell me either, and stress sweat is the worst!

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    drod 107 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:14 am

    I’m going to go real old school on you here. Growing up in the caribbean this problem was common place in tweens and for that our parents would make up rub limes under our arm pits for a week or so when we were bathing. Trust me, that shit works like a mofo. Try it for sure!

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    mkendrick 824 posts, Busy bee @ 8:17 am

    Yes, check out CertainDri! It has changed my daughter’s life. Really. She is a teenager and would sweat through clothing so she was always self-conscious. I know I sound like an ad, but it is a miracle for her. Try it!!!

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    Valerie, Guest @ 8:47 am

    I had this same problem for a couple of years, I tried dozens of deo’s, none worked, till I tried Mitchum. It’s fabulous, lasted all day.
    What also helps is what someone already mentioned above; rubbing alcohol in your arm pits to make sure all traces of bacteria are gone. Another thing I do is use a small washrag and really scrub my pits till they’re practically raw. It’s traces of old bacteria that make you smell.

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    mill 325 posts, Helper bee @ 9:06 am

    I love secret clinical! It is the only deodorant I will buy!

    I used to use CertainDri way back in high school and it worked really well. You just have to remember to apply it at night and you can’t put it on right after the shower/shaving (it WILL burn…). So if you’re a night shower kind of girl then it may not be the best option.

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    beckys0 2246 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:23 am

    I swear by Secret clinical! Just make sure you apply it as directed- twice a day, once in the AM & once at night…. Any other deodorant it seems my body gets used to before I even finish a bottle & I’m back to sweaty & smelly nastiness- but not with the Secret Clinical!

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    jmaeberry 85 posts, Worker bee @ 9:53 am

    I used to have this problem. After trying SOOO many deodorants, I landed on the cheapest one out there… Ban! Works like a charm for me.

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    NVACat 349 posts, Helper bee @ 9:55 am

    I definitely vote for the degree clinical strength. I like secret as well, but always feel like I have to reapply.

    I think I might be the sweatiest person on the face on the plannet, and I got married in July—in a giantic dress–outside–in Virginia. But Degree worked like a charm. And I totally reapplied while we were bussling my dress.

    I also set the thermostat in my dressing room SUPER low (like 60). we were all freezing while we were getting ready but it meant I didn’t start sweating until I got that dress on.

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    pocketfox 677 posts, Busy bee @ 9:59 am

    I found Degree Clinical Strength to be great while hiking in Israel.

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    MrsScarlet 69 posts, Worker bee @ 10:19 am

    I have hyperhydrosis and my doctor recommended CertainDri to me and it’s awesome! I had gotten lax about using it and was just using regular clinical strength deodorants, but they don’t work nearly as well without the CertainDri. I definitely need to get back on the regimen of using it- my shower was this past weekend and I was sweating through my dress!
    It definitely does the trick!

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    solsticedark 254 posts, Helper bee @ 12:18 pm

    I always use lady mitchum deodorant I can’t use that other stuff.

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    keliz 11 posts, Newbee @ 12:38 pm

    I used to have this same problem too. I tried Certain Dri, and the clinical versions of Secret and Degree-neither of them worked.

    I swear by my Avon deodorant called “Feeling Fresh”. It’s less than a $1.00 for a tube and it’s my stand-by. :)

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    msscooter 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:39 pm

    Thank you ladies. These are great suggestions! Sounds like I have 4-5 deodorant options along with some practical tips I could you! You all are awesome!

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    Sara, Guest @ 1:46 pm

    Be very careful with Certain Dri. I tried using it beginning in junior high when my sweating was out of control, and that stuff hurts like hell. Seriously, just thinking about it now makes me tear up. It BURNS.

    I have used Secret Clinical and Degree Clinical off and on for a few years and they work the best for me (though I put on a lot — use it at night AND in the morning, and more than two clicks!). The waterproof Secret Clinical I think is the best but I prefer the smell of a couple others.

    Good luck!! I feel your pain. :)

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    scone 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:54 pm

    Honestly, Dove Clinical works better for my chemistry sometimes and sometimes Secret Clinical. There was no way I could get away from stinking at our wedding (it was 106 outside)… if you start feeling less than fresh you can take an alcohol wipe and clean off your pits to reapply. Good luck!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:35 pm

    Girl, Mr. PT always makes fun of me for wearing the ‘sport’ clinical protection deodorant because I do not even REMOTELY play sports. My pits are cray. I also once read that your body’s chemicals start to accept the chemicals in deodorant, therefore rendering it useless, so I change it every ‘stick’. I alternate between Secret Clinical Sport Protection and Degree Clinical Sport Protection. Both work VERY well, but I have to be diligent about the switching because my body is apparently on its A-game.

    Sending you tons of luck! Gah, what a thing to have to worry about. <3

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:10 am

    I just want to put in a vote for Cerain Dri. It works well.

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    sapphire-dreamer 3478 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:33 am

    I like Degree. Even My FI uses it.
    Secret or Dove are great too
    But Degree.

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    Kristin, Guest @ 8:41 am

    I had exactly the same problem. Saw “Sweat Block.” Bought a box of 8 packets, had to use them for about 3 consecutive days, but it was a freaking miracle. Supersaturated wipes of the active ingredient in antiperspirant. It worked better for me than certain dri.

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