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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Cameron C.
United States
#93
I have been dealing with skin issues my whole life - acne, sensitivity, sunburns, and sweating. Hyperhidrosis of my hands and feet has been a source of my embarrassment and annoyance for so many years. I was always too afraid to hold hands on first dates, too self-conscious to shake hands with job interviewers, and too embarrassed to talk about my condition. Only after hearing others share their stories have I come to accept that this condition is not a fault, but merely a fact of many of our lives. I remember when I first told my best friend about my hyperhidrosis; I will never forget the acceptance he offered me. Being vulnerable and sharing that I suffer from a stigmatized condition is anxiety-inducing, but necessary for me to move toward self-acceptance and self-love.
Grace
Philippines
#170
I’ve been suffering excessive sweating since elementary. My hands, feet, face, and underarms, it's so embarrassing and it lowered my self confidence. I'm really shy to shake hands, to hold hands, can't wear flip flops longer because it's too slippery, Mostly I wear black and white color shirts, I remember when I was in school I'd write on paper and caused a big struggle because my paper and pen get wet. Now i use my cellphone it's so annoying too because my hands and fingers get so sweaty. I tried different stuff to treat this condition but nothing worked. So hoping this machine can help me treat this. I have not received my order yet but it's on its way.
Jaime J.
Canada
#173
Hyperhidrosis has affected and challenged me in many ways. My first memory is when I was just 10 years old during physical education dance class. No one wanted to be my partner because they didn’t want to hold my hand. Similar scenarios continued throughout my adolescence and into adulthood, including: Growing up trying to date and explain to your date or boyfriend why your hands are soaking wet (thanks to my partner now, he’s very supportive, but I still miss hand-holding!) Having an anxiety attack right before an interview, but not fear of the questions but because of the obligatory handshake. Constant slipping on my yoga mat. Not being able to give high fives to my students. Only wearing linen or cotton clothes; polyester is an absolute sin for us hyperhidrosis folk! Carrying a cloth in my handbag at all times for a quick wipe of the palms. Leaving a puddle of sweat where my palms rest on computer keyboards. Unable to unlock my phone because it requires a dry fingerprint. Only being able to wear certain sandals that can absorb sweat. Having to purchase new shoes frequently because of how quickly the excessive sweat destroys the insoles (and the smell too!) *See the photo of my footwear that is less than a year old - I feel this image captures the accuracy of excessive sweat from my feet more so than a photograph of the beads of sweat. And so the list goes on. From simple daily tasks, to social, emotional or occupational turmoil. But I mostly feel sorry for the little girl at the beginning who was so vulnerable and didn’t feel in control of her own body. And with no one to talk to who could understand or empathize with her. Now I am a confident woman who does not feel ashamed or embarrassed to speak out about the silent condition of excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis. I now openly talk about it to friends, family, acquaintances and strangers as a topic of conversation. I now understand I am not alone; we are a community. So let’s share our voices and stories in hopes to reach out to those who need to hear it the most - just know, you are not alone.
Marie-Eve L.
Canada
#12
I have been suffering of hyperhidrosis since forever! When I was a teenager, it was awful: I was only wearing white or black. Even now, in the summer, I prefer to wear socks and closed shoes so my feet don’t slip! I work as a recruiter and I have to meet a lot of different people. I am always stressed to have to shake hands because my hands are always wet! I avoid all hands contacts with my friends and my partner! Sometimes, I can’t unlocked my phone with my fingerprint because it’s wet and my phone doesn’t recognize it.
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.
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.
Iwona W.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
#61
Ever since I remember, since childhood, I suffered from excessive sweating of my hands and legs. When I had to shake someone's hand it was often a very stressful situation for me. I remember a very unpleasant situation from my childhood, when no one wanted to be with me in kindergarten, only because my hands were always wet. Only when I found Dermadry on Facebook did my life change by 360 degrees. Shaking hands is no longer stressful for me, I do it with a smile on my face, and most importantly in summer I can wear sandals when I couldn't before because my sweaty feet smelled like decaying skin. Today, thanks to the use of Dermadry, I can function normally and enjoy life.
Syazwan H.
Malaysia
#70
The earliest memory I have of my condition was as early as 6 years old. I was in kindergarten at the time and the teacher would always pull me aside after each assembly to change my t-shirt as it would be soaked in sweat. Then as I got older I realised that it was not normal for anyone to sweat as much as I did back then. None of my other siblings suffer from it. At 16 years old, I had the hyperhidrosis surgery to control my sweating problems. At first I thought it would be the cure to my condition but now after having the surgery, my sweating got worse, as can be seen in the photo above. I'm blessed to have a wife who understands my condition and now does the clothing shopping for me.
Isabel C.
Australia
#56
I have had sweaty hands and feet all my life. My dad told me he used to have it in his youth and that it would stop once I reached adulthood, but unfortunately this never happened for me. I come from Singapore and because of the humidity there, I was always sweaty. I think my sweating is mainly caused by anxiety, and when it is hot. I remember during school exams, I would tear through the writing paper because the paper got too wet from my sweat, and embarrassingly I had to ask for more paper to write on. Once when I was on the bus, a man told me to keep away from him because he saw all my sweat from my hands on the grabrails. This made me very upset but I try not to let other people’s comments bring me down. Because they don’t understand what people with hyperhidrosis have to endure. Now that I live in Adelaide it is better. I don’t sweat as often, only when I exercise or it’s extremely hot, like in summer. I also started pole dancing last year and discovered that there are other people like me! It’s nice to meet other people who have hyperhidrosis, so that I don’t feel like I am the only person with this condition.
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.
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.
John
United States
#214
Hyperhidrosis can be maddeningly frustrating. Normal every day tasks become difficult. It can be very embarrassing at times.

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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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