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I often sweat a lot in the armpits even when I'm not doing much. Not in my back or anything, just there. And it's not all the time, but maybe every other day. I've been through several deodorants/antipersirants of different strengths and types. Some of them seemed to work, but after awhile, seemed to work less well. Also, I hate ending up with nasty, hard stains on my clothing.

What works for you all? What about reports that deodorant can cause breast cancer?

Mon. Aug 14, 10:49am

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i use a deodorant-not anti-perspirant, which keeps you from sweating-and always all natural, without any aluminum. i use tom's of maine. however, i also sweat alot and am concerned about odor, so after putting on the deodorant, i also use an essential oil (usually frankinsense & myrrh). i don't have any issues with the oil getting on my clothes, and i use a roll-on, not stick deodorant without any mess. good luck! i think the bit about breast cancer links has to do with the common ingredients used in many popular brands. you generally use deodorant when getting out of the shower, when your pores are really open to absorption, so any chemicals will be brought into your system pretty directly. that is why i am ultra careful about reading the labels for such products.

Monday, August 14, 2006, 11:05 AM

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Certain Dri - its a lifesaver. Apparently some pharmacies carry it but I usually just order it online. Its awesome and very reasonably priced.

Monday, August 14, 2006, 11:10 AM

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It's hard to find but...

I use Almay Clear Gel. It's GREAT!

Monday, August 14, 2006, 11:11 AM

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See the link for information on a study that shows no correlation between deodorant/anti-perspirant use and breast cancer

I have the same problem with anti-perspirants losing their effectiveness after a while, so I trade off occasionally between Degree and Arrid Extra Dry - if I really need to stay dry (for instance, if I have to go somewhere in a suit in the summer), I use Arrid Extra-Extra Dry, but it's kind of harsh on my skin, so I don't use it often.

Oddly, Almay gel didn't work for me at all, and I was disappointed, because I loved the fact that it came in a frangrance-free version.


Monday, August 14, 2006, 12:19 PM

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I use a deoderant too, but they do not stop one from sweating - only from stinking. Thus I really don't have any advice except to say that if none of the suggestions in this thread work out for you and this continues to be a problem a dermatologist could likely help you and I just read an interesting article where Botox injections can stop people from sweating excessively. I'm sorry I don't have a link, but I would imagine it would be easy to search for.

Best wishes and good luck!

Monday, August 14, 2006, 12:23 PM

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Adidas Deodorant Stick - No Aluminum

I used to sweat a lot and used the strongest anti-perspirant/deodorant I could find. Then I started to worry a little about the aluminum, although there have not been any rock solid links to health issues. Anyway, in my efforts to try to live a little cleaner, I tried a few natural deodorants. I felt as though they did not help with the sweat issue (which technically they aren't supposed to) and just didn't get the job done for me...I felt icky and wet all the time. Then in my perusal at the local Wal-Mart, I ran across Adidas anti-pers./deodorant that contains NO aluminum. I started using it about a year ago and I love it. It doesn't leave a white film, it has controlled my perspiration better than anything I have ever used and I feel better about not having the aluminum there. Anyway, I would recommend it. :)

Monday, August 14, 2006, 12:33 PM

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i'll second Certain Dri- it works wonders. yes it contains aluminum, so i know it isn't good for me, but it really stops the embarrassing stains and general wetness! I only use it for special occassions-like when wearing a light colored bridesmaid dress to a wedding, or if i have a big presentation to do that i'm nervous about.

the drawback on certain dri is that you have to put it on the night before (never right after a shower or when your pores are open!) and it takes a few days to help . . .you have to "plan" to use it. Although if you are using it often, according to the friend who recommended it to me, after a few weeks of use, you only need to apply it every other day or so.

Monday, August 14, 2006, 1:30 PM

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I use Secret Soft Solid (it's the best I've ever used), but NOT the kind with Olay lotion in it - that doesn't work as well.

Monday, August 14, 2006, 2:43 PM

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More than a deodorant

I had to order this stuff on the internet, but I hated having to worry about what color t-shirt to wear because my sweating would show, and the stains on my shirt that you talked about. It was a little expensive, but worth it for me. I only use it 2-3 times a month and that seems to do the trick for me. Anyway, it's called Maxim, and it says it's an anti-perspirant for excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis.


Monday, August 14, 2006, 7:07 PM

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My daughert swears by certain dry... you can find it at CVS.
good luck

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 1:33 PM

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I'm a heavy sweater at the gym, to the point where the last dry parts of my t-shirt are the armpits. I use a men's deo -- Gillette Series ClearGel.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 2:08 PM

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