I know that between my plus size rant and this post, most of you who once thought I was cute will now think I'm an ugly fat hag. That'll be a shame because I am not-I'm an everyday normal woman who likes to look nice and usually does. (Although I once told someone that my true personality comes out if you look closely or know me well-I'm the girl who looks all put together until the wind blows-then my hair gets stuck on my lip gloss and I fumble to get it off before anyone sees). In any case, here's the deal: I have something called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis affects approximately 7 million Americans and millions more around the world according to the American Academy of Dermatologists-but this doesn't make me feel any better when my face is dripping with sweat for no apparent reason.
From what I gather, this is a hereditary disorder-and I can tell you 100% that I believe this, as all of the women on my mother's side of the family have the same problem (though affected in different areas). My sisters both have it. There's really no cure for it, though there are treatments and in most extreme cases, surgery. No one knows why is happens either. So, pretty much, I'm stuck with it.
This has been a problem my entire life-even when I was skinny. (My littlest sister, incidentally is extremely thin and fit and it happens to her as well). What's embarrassing to me is that when it happens in public, I feel like people see me and think it's because I'm overweight. Of course, it's not because of my weight, it's because of the gene I have for this stupid disorder.
It happens with sudden changes in temperature (going from cold to hot) or when I'm outside. It even happens when I am nervous. My face gets soaked and the back of my hair is drenched. The rest of my body? Not sweating. Normal. No worries, pit stains or swamp ass. Just the face-the most visible and embarrassing (and I think my best feature) part of the body-out there for everyone to see.
I'm writing this post because I was so happy to find out about hyperhidrosis. I knew it ran in our family, but I just thought it was a weird O'M@&@ trait. I am finding comfort in the fact that millions of other people are suffering too. (That sounds horrible-let me rephrase.) I am not alone. And that feels good.
Recently (yesterday) I researched different topical solutions to the problem and found a highly rated spray that is specifically used on the face and neck. You are supposed to put it on at night and wash it off in the shower the next day. Within a week, you should see significant changes in your symptoms. I haven't yet gotten it, but I can tell you that of all of the other things I've purchased online (new phone upgrade, present for someone) I am most excited about this. Not only for myself, but for my sisters, friends and family who who this problem too.
I'll let you know if it works!