Hyperhidrosis stigma, silent disorder, and DRYSOL® topical treatment

Dr. Benjamin Barankin Dermatologist, Medical Director and Founder, Toronto Dermatology Centre


  • Hyperhidrosis (also known as excessing sweating), is a social, emotional and occupational disability. Studies show that hyperhidrosis impacts quality of life similar to or even greater than other well-known dermatological conditions, such as severe acne or psoriasis.
  • Most of the sufferers have the primary genetic form of hyperhidrosis.

A Silent Disorder

  • fact, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, 25% to 32% of people with social anxiety experience hyperhidrosis. When patients have social anxiety, they may have intense stress when they are around other people.

    “Many of my patients are significantly anxious about their hyperhidrosis which unfortunately worsens the condition even further.”
  • When a patient is worried about excessive sweating, this can manifest into anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is more likely to develop as a secondary symptom of hyperhidrosis.
  • GAD is not usually a cause of hyperhidrosis. However, it can develop over time when a patient worries about excessive sweating. The patient might find themself concerned about sweating all the time. The worries may keep the patient up at night, or even interfere with concentrating at work or school. In fact, those with hyperhidrosis tend to have more disability, fear, avoidance, and other arousal symptoms.

What are topical treatments and Drysol®

  • Topical antiperspirants are generally considered as first-line treatment for palmar (hands), plantar (feet) and axillary (underarms) Hyperhidrosis (HH) because of their ease of application, high efficacy and safety, and low cost. As a first-line treatment, if properly planned, topical therapy can eliminate the need for time-consuming or expensive therapies such as iontophoresis and Botox injections. Unfortunately, for some patients, topical antiperspirants only provide temporary, short-acting relief of sweating and tend to be most effective for mild or moderate cases of HH.
  • Aluminum chloride (main topical treatment ingredient) is thought to work by physically obstructing the pore of the sweat gland and/or by causing atrophy of the secretory cells. In Canada, the over-the-counter antiperspirant preparations contain a maximum concentration of aluminum chloride of 6.25%, 12%, 20–25%. The most limiting side effect of aluminum chloride is skin irritation. This irritation is thought to arise from the creation of hydrochloric acid upon mixing of sweat with the aluminum chloride and may be limited by application of neutralizing baking soda, or hydrocortisone cream“One might consider starting with the lowest concentration, and working their way up; as well, moisturizing the affected area in the morning is often helpful. Taking breaks at the earliest sign of redness or irritation is important, moisturizing, then returning to the treatment.”

About Drysol®

  • DRYSOL® contains a unique ingredient, Aluminum Chloride, each molecule can covalently bind six water molecules and tightly bind another shell or two of 6 molecules, with a further third shell, all “making the water very viscous such that the muscles that push sweat out of our sweat glands are unable to move the sweat to the surface of our skin,” the plug’, physically blocks perspiration from escaping the sweat glands.1

Drysol®– proven effective

  • Drysol® – contains Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate, which is a unique maximum-strength topical antiperspirant. ACH has a 98% proven efficacy in controlling sweat and a 30% reduction in sweat volume.
  • Drysol® 20% passed the HRIPD test and meets the criteria of The Canadian Dermatology Association’s Skin Health Program. The product does not contain specific ingredients that can cause irritation and negative reactions to the skin.2

Which Drysol® is right for you


The most effective antiperspirant for hyperhidrosis

Clinically proven to reduce perspiration 98% of the time, with a 30% reduction in volume

Ideal for the toughest cases


Ideal for more moderate cases

When skin may be sensitive to use of DRYSOL Extra Strength 20%


Ideal for more moderate cases

When skin may be sensitive to use of DRYSOL Extra Strength 20%

Drysol instructions and tips1


Drysol® topical treatment is an effective choice to help your HH condition or excessive sweating.

“Drysol® is readily available and affordable, with a long history of usage by dermatologists, and thus is the go-to starting treatment of hyperhidrosis.”

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* https://dermatology.ca/industry/industry-recognition-programs/shp/

1: Drysol product label​
2: Haider A. Solish N., Focal hyperhidrosis: diagnosis and management, CMAJ January 4, 2005; 172 (1), p. 69-75​

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