Finding deodorants and antiperspirants that don’t irritate the skin is a top concern for members of myHSteam. Sweating increases friction, and both excessive sweat and friction can further irritate the skin, so finding a gentle but reliable antiperspirant may help with HS. Body odor is also a worry for many with HS, which means having a good deodorant is important. Many people with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) cycle through endless tubes and spray cans searching for a product that doesn’t aggravate their symptoms.
Scars and lesions under the arms make using deodorant difficult for many members on myHSteam. Members worry about irritating scars or triggering additional flares under their arms. “I started having flare-ups in my armpits a few years back and have found no relief for that area at all,” a member wrote. “I can't use anything! Not being able to use deodorant during the summer is awful and causes more flare-ups,” another member commented.
The search for deodorants that work for hidradenitis suppurativa can be discouraging. “I’ve tried so many lotions, soaps, and deodorants. Nothing has ever helped. I feel stuck in misery,” a member shared.
Through trial and error, some members have found products that have helped their HS symptoms or prevented skin irritation. Consult your dermatologist about new skincare products. Some ingredients may not be suited to your needs.
“I finally began using Arrid XXDry and it has been working wonders. My armpits smell a lot less, and flare up a lot less than before when I was using roll-on deodorants. it's the ONLY thing I can use that helps me (besides staying stress free).”
“Antibiotic Mitchum is what I used to use to keep from irritating my boils under the arm.”
“I use a coconut oil charcoal deodorant that is very mild, works amazingly, and the skin in my underarms is actually clearer. NO aluminum or antiperspirant.”
Some members of myHSteam skip deodorant entirely and opt for alternate methods to control sweating or odor. “I carry flushable wipes and wipe my underarms throughout the day,” a member explained.
On myHSteam, the social network and online support group for those living with hidradenitis suppurativa, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Finding a deodorant is one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about deodorants:
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