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Does the sight of someone extending their hand toward you for a friendly shake strike fear into your heart? If so, we’re guessing you could be one of the 15 million women in the US alone who suffer from hyperhidrosis of the hands — otherwise known as sweaty palms.
While the condition can be an embarrassing one, to be sure, we’ve found a product that will work like magic to control your palm sweat, allowing you to shake right back with confidence: DERMAdoctor’s MED e TATE Antiperspirant Wipes ($48.00, Nordstrom).
These genius little wipes, which come 30 packets to a box, can be popped into your purse and taken with you, so if you feel the telltale tingle of your sweat glands ramping up for action, you can put them to good use.
Infused with botanicals, including tomato and ginseng root extract, the patented formula also includes aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine — a powerful chemical compound that’s used in many deodorants. It works by diffusing into sweat glands and blocking the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface, leaving your hands comfortably dry for hours.
Besides being amazingly effective, these wipes are hypoallergenic (so they won’t cause irritation), noncomedogenic (so they won’t clog your pores), and cruelty-free, meaning they weren’t tested on animals. They’re also paraben-, phthalate-, fragrance-, oil-, dye-, and gluten-free.
That’s good news for patients with excessive sweating of the hands, feet, or other parts of the body, which can develop as a result of hyperhidrosis, of which there are two types: primary hyperhidrosis, which is associated with an overactive sympathetic nervous system and is limited to one area of the body (for example, underarms, palms, soles of the feet, or face), and secondary hyperhidrosis, which affects the entire body and is caused by an underlying medical condition or is a side effect of prescription medications.
Though hyperhidrosis tends to ease up with age (only 2.1 percent of people older than 65 suffer from excessive sweating, proving getting older does have its benefits!), it can wreak havoc on your confidence in the meantime.
“I’ve suffered from hyperhidrosis most of my adult life,” wrote one DERMAdoctor wipes reviewer. “The first day I used [these wipes], I wanted to cry — [they] worked SO well. I did not sweat the entire day.”
Wrote another happy customer, “I don’t know the secret ingredient or how they work, but they do. And they’re individually wrapped, so you can stick a couple in your wallet.”
Need another reason to try these game-changers? Here are two: Shipping is free, and they’re made in the USA. What more could we ask for?
Where to buy: $48.00, Nordstrom