Friday, 30 June 2017

Hyperhidrosis: My Odaban Solution

I was recently approached to try out Odaban anti-perspirent*. This came as quite a surprise, because I have never publicly said that I have hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive sweating. I didn't even mention to the person who contacted me about trying Odaban that I had this condition. 

If you don't know what Hyperhidrosis is, it's profuse sweating with no obvious cause that interferes with your daily life. It is thought to be connected to the nervous system, and a failure of the area of the nervous system which controls sweat. My own GP, when I saw her about it, explained her personal theory that it is linked to a salt imbalance in the body (however this is unconfirmed). If you want to have another read about this conditon, here's the link to the NHS page

 I was diagnosed with this condition when I was about 12/13. I would be at school and noticed - no matter the weather, hot/cold, or how I had dressed - that my t-shirt would be drenched. From under my arms all the way down to the hem of the shirt would be soaked. No matter what deodorant I used, how inactive I stayed, how cool I kept myself, my arm pits would sweat absolutely uncontrollably. This was abnormal in itself, but what concerned me most was that this sweat was totally odourless.  I knew I didn't smell; I had no BO, my clothes didn't smell at the end of the day, and I asked people I trusted to tell me the truth. I appreciate that in a way that's a good thing, but it was definitely an indicator to me that this wasn't normal sweat, which is why I then went to the doctor. 
Up until I tried Odaban, for the past nigh on a decade I had been using an over the counter medicated roll on deodorant, that contained literal acid that inhibited the sweat glands (the more long term treatment for Hyperhidrosis is botox injected into the sweat glands every few months). The acid did work, but the lack of sweat patches also came at a high price: it burnt. So bad. My armpits would be red, sore and peeling; I'd even missed some days off of school because the burns were so severe. 

Odaban has given me a solution that is simple and straightforward and, most importantly, it does not hurt. Although I was sent this product to review, I can't stress enough that from my own experience I can tell you that this has had such such an impact on my life. On my trip to Bournemouth last weekend, I was spending all day, every day walking around in 30+ degrees heat. To really give Odaban the test, I wore colours that I knew sweat would show up on. Not once did I experience sweat patches, and that was with just a couple of sprays under each arm pit first thing in the morning, no "top ups" needed! Odaban smells a little chemically but it's not overpowering or lingering. Other than that it doesn't have a fragrance, so I use it first, then layer over the top of it with a fragranced deodorant. 

If you suffer with hyperhidrosis, or even if you just want to be secure in the knowledge you won't get sweat patches throughout the day, give Odaban a go. My personal problem is under arm sweating but it's fine to use on the face, feet, torso and intimate areas if that's where you struggle. It has really worked for me, and has made me so much more comfortable by easing the burden of excessive sweating or burns from the medicinal deodorant, as well as helped me to feel much more relaxed day-to-day, safe in the knowledge I don't look like I've been dunked into a swimming pool from the torso up!

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*Gifted by the brand/PR sample


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  1. Honestly this post is a godsend! I am so used to planning my outfits around sweat, packing spare clothes, or even stuffing tissues in my armpits, and I have also foudn medicated deodorants to be harsh on my skin. Odaban sounds absolutely perfect, I'm so glad they could help you, I know all too well how embarrassing hyperhidrosis can be x

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