SweatBlock towelettes

That was the best I could come up with for this blog post title. There’s just nothing glamorous about having to seek out clinical strength antiperspirant for the face.

I have always despaired that my body seems to try to cool down through channelling sweat through the bridge of my nose and upper lip instead of through armpits like normal people (seriously, it actually comes out as beads). Sunscreen and make-up usually stand zero chance of holding up on my face on hot days. With New York being 35°C (95°F) for the last few weeks, desperate times have called for desperate measures…

SweatBlock comes in a box of 8 pre-soaked towelettes. It claims to reduce sweat for up to 7 days per use. I paid $19.99 for a box from Amazon. It seemed expensive for just 8 wipes, but one of the reviewers on Amazon suggested that you could get several uses out of one towelette as long as you seal it back up in its packet each time.

The active ingredient is 14% aluminum chloride which can be found in other antiperspirants. The reason why I chose SweatBlock was because it doesn’t need to be applied every day and it is a liquid (on wipes) and not a roll-on. That would just be too weird using on my face. There have been rumours about antiperspirants being carcinogenic but I figured I hardly ever use antiperspirant on my underarms so I’m probably ok on balance.

SweatBlock was designed to be used for underarms but on doing a few Google searches, it seems that a large proportion of their customers use it to prevent excessive facial sweating too.

I was a bit hesitant to use antiperspirant on my face because blocking sweat ducts sounds like a one-way ticket to blocked pores and spots. But like I said, desperate times!! (Fortunately, my skin has been completely fine.)

SweatBlock box

The towelettes come in sealed packets, and I use a bulldog clip to seal the packets back up to preserve wipes for future uses.

SweatBlock packet

The towelettes should be dabbed onto dry skin, not rubbed. They are designed to be used before going to bed so that the active ingredient can work overnight. The wipe comes out of the packet very wet so it really needs just the lightest touch onto the face otherwise it’ll drip and taste gross. The smell is designed to be a “pleasant clove smell” and actually isn’t too bad but it does leave a slight chemical smell until it’s washed off the next morning.

SweatBlock instructions

After applying the SweatBlock around my nose and upper lip and leaving it to dry, my skin stings and tingles for several minutes. It feels like having dry, tight skin after using a strong astringent product. It was a bit worrying at first but the feeling passes, and there’s no redness or rashes at least. After it dries, I apply my night moisturiser on top.

The day after applying, my skin always seems a bit drier and tighter than normal. But it really does stop my face from sweating. I have found myself waiting for trains at subway stations (which I can only liken to being in an oven) checking out people with sweat literally dripping down their faces, thinking “that’s usually me…” I haven’t noticed any side effects (apart from the tingling after the initial application, and the slight tightness the next day) and my pores seem clearer if anything.

Not having to constantly pat tissues on my face when I’m outside in the sun or underground in subway stations has made my second summer in New York even more enjoyable. I would say this has been a successful venture into facial antiperspirant!

I didn’t want to write too much in this post, so I’d recommend checking out the FAQs on the SweatBlock website if you have any specific ponderings as the answers may well be there.

The full ingredients of SweatBlock towelettes are:

Active ingredient: 14% aluminum chloride hexahydrate
Other ingredients: Water, polyoxyethylenesorbitan monolaurate, polyethylene glycol 8000, eugenol, vitamin E oil, assorted tannins and phytosterols derived from natural plant extracts, 0.15% benzoic acid for preservative

18 comments on “SweatBlock antiperspirant wipes: Tried and tested on a sweaty face

  1. Oh wow, this sounds great. May have to add it to my purchase list. I too suffer with the beady upper lip – and my temples too. Not a great look!

    I’m a bit of a sweaty betty in general so I’ve looked into things like botox injections (eek) and some other remedies. But I’ve heard with stuff like that, that if you stop sweat from one area, you’ll just produce more from another area. Did you find that happening with these?

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    1. Yeah I assume that the sweat would just come out another place because the body still needs to sweat to cool down. If the sweat has just relocated though, I can’t say I’ve noticed… but in any case, I’d much rather sweat on my body than my face anyway!

  2. I think I need to get these in my life – my sweaty nose and upper lip are something I feel highly conscious and embarrassed of so an end to the sweaty face would be amazing!!

    Thanks for this post!



  3. Oh I’m totally going to try that out!! I have the same problem, it’s super embarrassing and it always makes my glasses fog up 🙁 People are always rushing around to get me tissues, it’s so bad! My derm gave me a cream to use but there really wasn’t much difference and it messed up my skin.

    1. If the cream didn’t work, definitely give this a try. It keeps my face nice and dry in situations when I’d normally be patting away with a tissue. Hope it works for you!

    1. On the face? Yep I’d say so, just because it is a liquid and easy to apply straight from the towelette. And it’s also meant to last several days so it doesn’t need to be reapplied too often.

  4. You could always try Botox. I’m pretty sure they use a different technique for hyperhydrosis than when used for lines/wrinkles. I think they use less and it’s more superficial, since they’re targeting sweat glands vs. muscle. Those needles are so tiny most people don’t even feel them.

    I’ve been using Certain Dri roll-on for my underarms. I don’t have a major problem and have never seen a doctor for it, but I sweat more than I like. Like you, I haven’t noticed any new places dripping with sweat. Your body can sweat from “all over” in small amounts without you knowing it though.

    1. I didn’t know botox for sweating could be done on the face – for some reason I’ve only ever thought of it as a solution for sweaty underarms or hands! Still, I think I’d rather stay away from the needles!

      Haha I liked your comment about “Your body can sweat from “all over” in small amounts without you knowing it though.”. Very true.

  5. I had botox on my face and head for sweating. It is exactly the same as they use for wrinkles, it is incredibly painful and they put eighty injections in my scalp and face. It was very unpleasant. It stopped my forehead sweating but then I just sweated from my upper lip and cheeks. I strongly urge any not to get botox for scalp and facial sweating not fun.

    I just goy some sweat block wipes, I look forward to trying it. Thanks for the great post.

  6. Thank you for your great information and Im glad to hear that it helped you out! – I just had my first wipe on the face, forehead and under my eyes is my sweaty problem. Good luck to everyone and may sweatblock work for us all ^^

  7. Thank you all for sharing and thank you Beauty Scribbler for a great post! I too have a facial sweat problem, mostly from my forehead – Ive had it all my life and Im 24 now. Its been affecting me bad, but of course you learn to live with it. Ive been searching for a solution a long time, but never really had the guts to try any of the ossibilities. That was until I searched on youtube, for people with suggestions and stories about what works for them. I stumbled over a video with a guy using SweatBlock. He explained alot, just like you do and therefor I decided to test it out and order some to Denmark where I live .. This bringe me to the point, that Ive just putted it on for the first time, and tomorrow is Destortion, so I can really test it out ^^ – I hope this works for all of us. Thanks again for sharing, and good luck to you all 🙂

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