If you’re like me and you’ve tried all the other antiperspirants out there, then Drysol maybe something that could work for you. Drysol is the strongest antiperspirant for excessive sweating that you can buy. It contains a 20% concentration of aluminium chloride in an alcohol based solution. It works for the vast majority of people, but yes it does have its side effects. The usual itching, burning, and tenderness can occur as with the prescription strength antiperspirants I talk about here.
I for one have tried a few prescription antiperspirants including Driclor (UK equivalent to Drysol) and Odaban (UK sold but ships worldwide), and Drysol works equally well if not better than those. They all contain the 20% solution of aluminium chloride, which is the strongest available. As I’ve just said, the burning and itching can and will most likely occur after application as the solution gets to work. However it’s as can be expected given the strength of the solution. Some reviews of this product point out that the itching and burning are so severe that they simply refuse to apply it again. That said, these are also the people that haven’t followed the directions of use in the majority of cases.
I personally have been using Drysol for over 20 years (jeez, that’s making me feel old!), and I must admit I did feel a slight burning sensation and itchiness when I first applied it. Given I’d just hit puberty, my skin still had its baby softness, which is most likely why I felt uncomfortable after applying it. The itchiness and burning soon went though after a few applications however, I will still experience them every now and again. However, when I feel as though it’s starting to burn/itch, I rub a cooling moisturizer (preferably containing aloe vera) onto the skin then let it dry and pat talcum powder on too for good measure. That always seems to do the trick for me. I can honestly say the burning/itching has never been that bad for me, but that’s not to say it won’t for you. Some people may experience a lot, some people may experience none at all, everyone is different.
Research has been carried out on fellow hyperhidrosis sufferers (don’t worry no people were hurt during this), and they were given the 20% solution of aluminium chloride to use on hands, feet, and underarms. In this research 691 people waiting for surgery were tested. 86% of these sufferers were completely sweat free on the underarms, however those suffering from hand sweating saw just a 30% drop in sweat production on the hands. The conclusion from this was that a much higher concentration (30% +) may be needed to effectively stop sweating from the hands and the feet.
I personally can back that research up and say that Drysol hasn’t been as effective on my hands or feet as it has on my underarms. That being said, I continue to use Drysol on my hands and feet as it does provide me some relief. I tend to combine Drysol on the hands and feet with various other products such as Med e Tate wipes and a bromi-talc (also used to treat bromidrosis), and they have reduced the sweating on my hands and feet considerably, so much so that I can remain sweat free while walking around in flip flops or working in the office. Your reactions may be different to that of my own so I’d recommend trying a few things out to see which products/methods work best for you, it maybe that this method will also work for your sweaty hands and feet too!
There’s been a lot of debate on whether Drysol can lose its effectiveness over time, and from my personal experience that is true to a certain extent. As you know, I’ve been using Drysol for over 20 years and I still use it for a reason, because it helps to stop my excessive sweating! But I must say that I have experienced times when it may not have
worked as well as it usually does. Now I just mean days here, not anything long lasting. I’ve experienced this loss in effectiveness generally when I’ve used it too often throughout the month, say I had an important interview or meeting, I’d apply it again the night before when you’re only supposed to apply every 4-6 days. I can honestly say over the whole 20
years of using Drysol I’ve never once experienced an increase in underarm sweating, unless of course I’ve applied it too often, when that happens I stop using it then start again after a week or so.
If you’ve you looked at every other type of antiperspirant that’s out there and this is your last topical option, then go ahead and give it a go! Make sure you follow the instructions on the leaflet; dab onto dry skin (do not rub onto wet skin!), apply before bed, be careful of staining fabrics, be prepared for some burning and possibly itching. (For burning/itching try the method I described above, it’s worked for me and it may just work for you too)
With a retail price of anywhere above $30+ for 60ml it’s good to know that you should only need to apply every 4 days or so, and if you’re lucky maybe even less than that. It depends on how you react to it. You can purchase Drysol without a prescription from several online suppliers, when I was in the US instead of getting a prescription I used to get mine from Canada from Well.ca
I hope you find the same success with Drysol as I have. If you want to submit your experience of using Drysol and any tips you have when using it then leave your comments below. Alernatively if you don’t want to order from outside the US, the Extra Strong Maxim roll-on does provide similar results for many people, it’s only $13.95 from Amazon.com
Thanks and good luck!