My Lifelong Struggle with Excessive Sweating

My Lifelong Struggle with Excessive Sweating

This post is brought to you in partnership with Dermira. All opinions are my own.

#DearHyperhidrosis,

I’m determined to find out if you’re the reason I’m always sweaty and why I feel held back from living my best life sometimes.

I’ve struggled with excessive sweating my entire life, and I never realized this issue could potentially be a real medical condition known as hyperhidrosis. My earliest memory of my sweating was the first time I realized I was embarrassed by it. I was 5 years old and one of my friends told a few other kids that my hands were always slimy and they all laughed that day. I remember how much I felt like something was wrong with me. My grandma bought me antiperspirant shortly after that because she noticed I was sweaty all the time. I felt ashamed for years and it wasn’t until I became an adult that I learned that there are lots of people with the same issue.

My Lifelong Struggle with Excessive Sweating

I’ve found some ways to cope with the excessive sweating over the years. Just this summer, I went to a wellness event with plans to meditate and exercise. I found myself sweating before I even started to exercise and at the end of the session, I had to excuse myself to the bathroom immediately, so I could change my shirt and sports bra. I was so embarrassed by all of my sweat I never posted the selfies I took that day – but I’m bravely posting these photos today in honor of November being #HyperhidrosisAwarenessMonth.

I want to ensure that I share that hyperhidrosis is a real medical condition that affects over 15 million Americans and 10 million Americans experience hyperhidrosis in their underarms.Both men and women struggle equally with this issue. I hope we can remove the stigma and make it less shameful to talk about, and I ask those of you with a loved one or friend who struggles with hyperhidrosis to be compassionate and supportive.

If you sweat excessively like me and think you may have hyperhidrosis, talk to a dermatologist to address it and check out resources on CheckYourSweat.com. You can also share your own #DearHyperhidrosis story there, as well as in the comment section below.

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