Hyperhidrosis is a highly misunderstood, underreported, and stigmatized condition whose effects are wide-ranging and life-altering. It affects 365 million people worldwide, yet people are still suffering in silence. With your help, we are changing that.
Explore the unique stories of those living with hyperhidrosis below. Read their stories to get a glimpse into the everyday life of a hyperhidrosis sufferer and the unique challenges brought forth by this condition.
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Roy H.
Lebanon
#218
I have always suffered with hyperhIdrosis, since I was young my hands have always been sweaty, I am always afraid of touching someone or shaking someone's hand, even holding my girlfriend's hand. 3 years ago I also started suffering from excessive sweating in my armpits, I started to use underarm pads, I even tried a lot of antiperspirants but it is getting worse. At university, I used to run away after classes because of my sweaty armpits, and I always damaged the papers because of my sweaty hands.
Teresa F.
Japan
#88
Having hyperhidrosis means needing to always remember to have a "sweat towel" with me at all times. It means thinking about my future wedding dress and trying to figure out what exact style would hide my armpit sweat. It means touching shoe materials to see if my feet sweat would erode its color within weeks like they usually do. I was trapped in a bubble of my condition, but with Dermadry, I'm free. I have never been more social in my life. I still can't believe I can wear a gray long sleeve and not get stares. I'm finally me.
Julia Z.
Canada
#188
Growing up with hyperhidrosis, while not knowing what it was, nor that I had the condition, took a toll on my self-confidence and mental health. Especially being a kid who was surrounded with judgmental children and adults who couldn't tell me why I would sweat uncontrollably, and also having people not believe me, because I was just a kid, was difficult. The hidden struggles of hyperhidrosis eventually accumulated and manifested itself into this powerful being that made me feel overly anxious about how I was being perceived by others and into being shy. That is, until I changed my perspective on my struggles. At some point in my journey with hyperhidrosis, I decided to own this insecurity, and to take the power away from things that used to control me. I became open with my hyperhidrosis while educating my friends, instead of hiding it the best that I could. The worst thing for people who suffer with hyperhidrosis is to feel like they should be ashamed of it, and to hide it, instead of seeking help and owning it! Making this change made me feel free, and not tied down by things I couldn't control, because I've taught myself better than that. (no, seriously. learning more about hyperhidrosis made me realize that I could actually adopt treatments that would get rid of my sweating, like Dermadry, which I use now). I hope my story can get out there and encourage others to conquer the anxiety and the sweat, and to let them know that they aren't alone!
Jwency R.
Philippines
#126
I grew up with severe hyperhidrosis. As a child, I lost my confidence. Many times I choose not to socialize with others. As I grow older, it really makes me feel I am different. I am afraid to shake-hands with corporate people since most of them will wipe their hands after, I always bring extra towels and I feel down every time there are people who will tell a joke about my situation. I am depressed and helpless.
Stefanie I.
Canada
#49
It all started when I was 15. I had begun my tryouts for a new soccer club (a very highly ranking one) and noticed that I was sweating much more than normal. I was used to sweating while playing, but at school I noticed it too. I would be in 2nd period and my underarms were soaked. It was embarrassing. I tried all kinds of tricks over the years to hide my hyperhidrosis, even so much as wearing hoodies in the middle of summer to hide my embarrassing armpits. I shared with my mom my concerns, and she re-assured me she had gone through the same thing during puberty, so I chalked it up to that in the hopes that as I got closer to 20, it would disappear. I was very wrong. My sweating continued and nothing could keep it away. I tried every “medical strength” deodorant, those underarm pads (which didn’t even stick to the shirts?!), but nothing could stop it. I got so upset having to throw out shirts because they got stained so badly and as much as I wanted to buy shirts that I loved the style of, I couldn’t bear doing it because I knew what would happen to them due to my sweating. Going to events as an adult was horrible because it would only be 20 minutes in, and my underarms were totally soaked. It made me very unsocial. I looked into the laser removal but it was far too expensive for me. I got to trying a product I found called ZeroSweat and it actually was working! I wasn’t sweating as much, but it was a bit of a painful product to use. It also required me to grow out my armpit hair which was a bit awkward for me in the summertime. Eventually it didn’t feel like it worked all that well anymore. About 2 months ago, a company called Dermadry reached out to me wondering if I would like to try their machine in exchange for review on my social media. After looking into the product, I was excited. Since using it, I have noticed a staggering difference! I’m not as embarrassed anymore to put on shirts, and I feel far more comfortable going out in public or with friends because I don’t feel like my sweating will be as bad. It is an ongoing journey but I have discovered that the good people won’t point it out to embarrass you, they won’t pay it any mind and if you want to bring it up, they will be happy to listen.
Erica V.
Canada
#157
I have hyperhidrosis all over my body, but my feet seem to sweat the most. I almost always wear socks and close toed shoes for fear of other people noticing the sweat dripping off my feet. I can’t count the number of times I’ve dried my feet off with toilet paper in the bathroom during an event for which I wore heels. The discomfort and embarrassment from my sweating have caused me to always focus on trying to hide my condition when I’m out, rather than just enjoy myself.
Cherry M. S.
Philippines
#55
It is very uncomfortable, whenever I go outside I prefer to wear socks and rubber shoes. Even nowadays (I'm 35 years old), I don't even buy sandals because it's very useless since I cannot wear them because it gets very slippery and sticky. I prefer to wear socks even at home to prevent washing my feet always. Even on my palms the sweat is terrible . Also my 5 year old daughter has already inherited it, I feel sad for her when she's always complaining why her hands are sweating all the time. She will stop writing or do her drawings just to pat dry her hands. Our armpit, hands, feet and even our whole bodies are sweating.
Jiin K.
#212
I am severely suffering from heavy sweat on my hands and feet. I often sweat on my hands, like sweat drips down year-round since I was a little girl. I believe that the photo shows everything about my hyperhidrosis.
Han C
United States
#204
Since I was a child, I’ve endured many criticism from people because of excessive sweat on my hands. It was constantly on my mind while I was out with my friends and during other social interactions. I am constantly self conscious because it affect my daily activities negatively.
Fukuda
Japan
#152
I've been suffering from armpit sweat for 30 years, but I was ashamed of myself and couldn't tell my friends, family, or staff at work. I tried various products that are out in the world to solve the problem, but I could not get the desired results, so I considered Botox injection and sweat gland surgery. Occasionally, I used a tight medicine to make my skin shattered. Then I met Dermadry. It has changed my life. I have a lover and can go out to play in the summer. Above all, I am confident in myself and everything is fine. I would like to recommend it to people who have the same problems, and I want them to gain confidence and live with vitality.
Mary A. S.
Philippines
#195
I've been experiencing hyperhidrosis and it affects my daily life. Every single day. It's so embarrassing. I thought it was normal...it's become more obvious that it isn't. Although I suffer from hyperhidrosis all over and not just a specific body part, the most extreme parts are my face and armpits. It's so awful and very inconvenient to perform tasks with a sweaty face and armpits. I sweat all the time.
Nyah S.
Canada
#179
I've had sweaty hands since I was 7, and it's been a nightmare since then. My confidence has deteriorated because of it and I refrain from touching people to avoid embarrassment. I write with a tissue so my paper doesn't get wet and it's just something that has been holding me down for a very long time.

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Hyperhidrosis, also know as excessive sweating, is a highly misunderstood, underreported, and stigmatized condition whose effects are wide-ranging and life-altering. It affects over 365 million people worldwide, yet people are still suffering in silence.

We are dedicated to empowering those living with hyperhidrosis and continuously striving to educate this public on this widely misunderstood condition, which is why we decided to launch a new awareness campaign called Voices of Hyperhidrosis.

What is Voices of Hyperhidrosis?

Voices of Hyperhidrosis is an awareness campaign dedicated to destigmatizing hyperhidrosis and breaking the silence regarding excessive sweating. We are asking people around the world to join us in raising awareness about hyperhidrosis and its mental, physical, emotional, occupational, and social challenges.

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