My Drysol Review: The Side Effects You Need to Know About

If you sweat severely in your underarms, you've spent a good portion of your nights (and paycheck) searching for heavy-duty solutions. Some people go the Drysol deodorant route when over-the-counter options don't work.

After a long, brutal battle with hyperhidrosis, I was also prescribed Drysol. In this post, I share my Drysol review, common side effects and some ugly truths your doctor might not disclose.

How I Ended Up With Hyperhidrosis

My Drysol review and story begin at 12 years old — when I first experienced cranial hyperhidrosis (excessive head sweating). Extreme sweating affected my self-confidence for years until a doctor finally diagnosed me with hyperhidrosis in my 20s.

I underwent endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) surgery to treat my cranial hyperhidrosis. You can read more about my experience with hyperhidrosis surgery here.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the potential side effects before surgery. Although the procedure stopped my head from sweating, I started sweating profusely on my chest and torso.

It turned out I was suffering from compensatory sweating – the most common side effect of ETS surgery. With compensatory sweating, your body compensates for not sweating in the area treated with ETS by sweating excessively from other areas.

I thought ETS would cure my sweating problem for good, but instead, I was sweating worse than before. I was back to the drawing board, looking for another cure.

Trying Hyperhidrosis Medications

I started experimenting with different prescription medications to correct my compensatory sweating. The doctor prescribed me Ditropan XL, an oral medication for hyperhidrosis that works by drying up your whole body.

When Ditropan XL and other prescriptions failed to work, the doctor prescribed me a much stronger hyperhidrosis medication – Drysol.

What Is Drysol?

Drysol consists of aluminum chloride hexahydrate, an antiperspirant that affects the cells that produce sweat.

Most over-the-counter antiperspirants contain aluminum-based active ingredients. While regular antiperspirants usually have 12-25 percent aluminum concentration, Drysol contains up to 30 percent. It’s much stronger than anything you’ll find in the deodorant aisle.

Drysol deodorant/antiperspirant penetrates sweat glands and blocks them from producing sweat. You apply it overnight because you sweat less while sleeping. You’re supposed to notice an improvement after several nightly treatments. But my experience was not so positive.

My Ugly Drysol Side Effects

The doctor instructed me to rub a dosage of Drysol all over my torso before bed and wrap myself with Saran wrap. The next morning, I had to unwrap myself and rub baking soda on the affected area to neutralize the drug so it wouldn’t harm my skin.

Sleeping was difficult, to say the least. Saran wrap was uncomfortable to sleep in, and aluminum chloride reeked of metal.

On the second night, I woke up suddenly with a painful, bright red rash across my chest and torso. At that point, I knew Drysol wasn't the right cure for me.

Should You Try Drysol?

Internet reviews are mixed when it comes to Drysol. Lots of people report experiencing severe skin irritations like I did. Itchy, painful rashes and dry skin are common Drysol side effects. Some people say Drysol didn’t solve their sweating problem at all.

If you have sensitive skin, you need to be extra careful when using Drysol. If you shave regularly, you’ll need to wait 24 to 48 hours after shaving before applying the medication to decrease irritation. Plus, the skin has to be completely dry before applying. Water causes irritating hydrochloric acid to form on your skin, causing pain and burning.

If you’ve tried every other sweat medication on the market and nothing seems to work, Drysol might be worth a try. But if you have sensitive skin or prefer natural remedies, you may want to exhaust other options first.

Check out our complete list of axillary hyperhidrosis treatments.

An Alternative to Drysol Deodorant

For people with hyperhidrosis, medications like Drysol just aren’t enough to stop the sweat. They usually cause more discomfort and irritation than relief. Although there's no permanent cure for hyperhidrosis, solutions exist that can improve your life and self-confidence.

At Thompson Tee, my co-founder Billy Thompson and I relate to the struggles of excessive sweating and the pain of many treatments on the market. We've both dealt with the condition for most of our lives and set out to create a safe, affordable and convenient solution to help others stay dry and confident.

Thompson Tee is the only patented sweat proof undershirt guaranteed to block underarm sweat from soaking through your outer layer. Our Hydro-Shield sweat proof technology completely absorbs armpit sweat and allows it to evaporate, keeping you sweat mark-free all day long.

I hope you found my Drysol review helpful. If you need a safer solution to hyperhidrosis, try a Thompson Tee risk free today!

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