Today’s “beauty” review is actually a medication, called glycopyrrolate. I was recently prescribed this to treat my hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a condition where a person sweats excessively, sometimes for no reason - which is me to a T. I sweat pretty much all over my body as soon as it’s a little bit above room temperature and I sweat from my face and chest whenever I’m nervous.
This causes me anxiety and it’s affected my social life - no one’s been rude or anything about it, but I’m definitely conscious of it. Hyperhidrosis affects about 0.6 to 1.0% of the population, but seems to affect East Asians at a much higher rate...between 6 to 10% depending on the study.
My sweating has even caused me to slowly alter my wardrobe into dark clothing that won’t show sweat stains. On the upside, it’s led me to the discovery (or rediscovery) of linen - for me, it works better than quick dry performance fabrics, and the best thing is that it’s biodegradable and a natural fiber - so doesn’t contribute to microplastic pollution like a lot of performance fabrics which use materials like polyester.
So, glycopyrrolate is an oral medication that acts as an anticholinergic, it competes with acetylcholine in our body - the effect is a reduction in secretions like sweat. Because it has a quaternary ammonium group it can’t pass the blood brain barrier - unlike some other anticholinergics, so it doesn’t have central nervous system effects. You might recognize quaternary ammonium as it’s also added onto conditioners to help them bind to the hair!
There are side effects, and in one clinical trial about 30% of the patients experienced some form of a side-effect. The most common are dryness, palpitations, and headaches. You must talk to a doctor before considering this. The reason why I’m sharing this is because this option wasn’t presented to me by my family doctor or a dermatologist. At this point in my life, the potential risk and side-effects are “worth” it to me. ...Read on in the comment section!