Stopping the Sweat, pt. 2: SweatBlock to the Rescue?
In an earlier post, I wrote about my attempts at controlling my chronic excessive perspiration…. how tired I am of sweating through shirt after shirt all summer long, even when not doing anything remotely physical.
My first attempt at trying something was the most natural remedy I could find, an herbal supplement containing sage. There are testimonies all over the web singing the praises of sage, and how miraculous it is at reducing the amount of sweat the body produces. It sounded too good to be true, but being all-natural and relatively inexpensive for a bottle, I decided to start with the sage. Judging by the handful of people visiting the site every day, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of interest in the topic, but dammit it’s important to me, so I’m continuing….
What’s my verdict on sage? Well, it sounded too good to be true, and I have to report that yes, indeed, taking sage to control sweating IS too good to be true. I took the recommended dosage every day for over a month (the ‘experts’ online claim it takes two weeks to start working), almost an entire bottle. Nothing. Other than making my breath smell like a fresh organic herb garden, the sage did nothing. Still sweating. A lot. No reduction in the volumes of moisture pouring from my body. The sad part? This summer is relatively cool, and we haven’t had many really hot days. But still I sweat.
Oh, how I was hoping that the much-ballyhooed sage tablets would work wonders, and magically transform me into someone who only sweats profusely when it’s socially acceptable. Doggone it.
If someone tells you that sage will cure your excessive sweating, or control menopausal hot flashes, or do anything else, you need to take that information with a grain of salt, because based on my experience, they’re full of shit. The 7 bucks I spent on the bottle of sage was a waste of money. But now I know: Ripoff. This is probably just the first example of online quackery I’ll come across in my quest for dryness.
So now what? Well, I’m going to take some advice from that expert on everything, Rachael Ray. She endorses a product called “SweatBlock,” an anti-perspirant product that claims to control hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating, which is what I have) for up to 7 days.
Like all good ‘As Seen on TV’ products, SweatBlock‘s description contains all the proper keywords that make it sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s “Doctor Recommended!” It’s “Clinical Strength!” “FDA Compliant! Guaranteed to work or your money back! Made in the USA! Extra Strong! Safe and Effective! My God, how could I NOT order this stuff?
So, I’ve got a box of the stuff ordered and on the way. One box of SweatBlock set me back 20 bucks. This shit better work, because it’s not cheap. But if it’s good enough for Rachael Ray to accept money in exchange for her endorsing it, it just might be good enough for me.
I’m skeptical whether it will perform as promised. One box contains 8 applications, each of which is supposed to last up to 7 days. Hmmm…. Well, it does have almost 1,700 reviews on Amazon, most of which are quite positive. I hope they’re right.
Are you a sufferer of hyperhidrosis? What do you do to control excessive sweating? If you have anything that works, I’d love to hear about it, and I’m sure there are lots of others who would, too!
*Disclaimer Stuff* I’m not being supplied with any of these items by their manufacturer. I’m buying them, at regular prices, like any other consumer. The results I write about are mine. Others’ results may be different. If you use sage to control excessive sweating, let me know about it in the comments. Like I said, they did nothing for me.