2-Year Dermadry Case Study: Natalie
Natalie's Hyperhidrosis Profile
Natalie suffers from hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet. In the fall of 2018, we reached out to her to document her journey and experience using Dermadry. Hyperhidrosis is something Natalie had been experiencing for several years, and her sweating had increased in recent years. She describes her hyperhidrosis as mild to moderate, experiencing an increase during Montreal’s hot and humid summers.
For the past couple of years, Natalie has used Dermadry to keep her excessive sweating under control. She has documented her experience on her Natalie Loves Beauty blog and YouTube channel. In her first video published in November 2018, Natalie discusses her experience with hyperhidrosis, about Dermadry, and does an unboxing and demo of all three zones.
In her 2-year update, Natalie walks us through her initial treatment phase and what her maintenance phase treatments look like now, 2 years on! As a fellow Montreal native, Natalie also got the opportunity to meet one of the founders of Dermadry and has learned a lot about hyperhidrosis and iontophoresis over the past 2 years. You can watch the following videos to get a glimpse into Natalie’s two-year long Dermadry journey and her first-hand experience with Dermadry’s anti-sweat device.
Natalie’s Dermadry Unboxing, Demo, & First Impressions
I have a confession to make, and honestly, it's kind of embarrassing, but I'm doing this video in hopes that it might help others who are suffering from the same condition. And the condition I'm talking about is excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis.
Excessive sweating is actually more common than you might think, it affects approximately 20% of the population. I know I'm not on my own dealing with this. It's very normal for you to sweat, it's a natural body function, it helps regulate your body temperature and keep you cool, so it's perfectly normal to be sweating after an intensive workout, or when you're outside on a hot summer day.
It does start becoming an inconvenience when you start experiencing excessive sweating when you are at rest, not physically exerting yourself, or going through a stressful situation, where you would normally sweat. The main areas where you may experience excessive sweating are your underarms, your hands, or your feet.
There are a few solutions to excessive sweating, and throughout the years, and through my research, I have tried getting prescription antiperspirant, which did not work that well. Other more invasive solutions, I would say, are getting Botox injections, and you can even get surgery to help neutralize your sweat glands, but that's something I personally don't see myself going forward with because that would be kind of scary to go through.
And there is a much safer solution to this problem, and that is using an iontophoresis device!
For this video, I am partnering with Dermadry, and I'm going to be taking you through my iontophoresis device use journey. This is something I have been using for the past few weeks, and I'm really excited to be sharing the results with you, and I'll also be taking you through the advantages of using an iontophoresis device. And I'll also be showing you how I actually use it. Dermadry makes three different devices. They have one specifically for hands and feet, one specifically for just the underarms, and one that is called Dermadry Total, which treats all three areas, and that's the one I'm going to be reviewing for you today.
I personally experienced excessive sweating in my underarms and on my hands. My hyperhidrosis, I would say, is mild to moderate. A good way to know the severity of your hyperhidrosis is to look at how much you are actually sweating. I could be at rest, and I can feel my hands being quite moist, same with my underarms. Moderate hyperhidrosis is when you have pearls of sweat forming in those areas, and more severe hyperhidrosis is when the sweat actually drips.
The technology behind iontophoresis is actually quite simple and brilliant, it uses tap water to deliver an electromagnetic current through your skin surface, and then that turns off your sweat glands. Studies have shown that this treatment is very effective with regular treatments. So, when you first start using the device, you will have to use it between three to five times a week for a couple of weeks, and that depends on the severity of your hyperhidrosis. And that is called your initial treatment phase.
Once you have completed that phase, you go through a maintenance phase which is, when you will upkeep your treatment, you’ll do them less often but do them every few weeks. And, again, that depends on your hyperhidrosis severity.
As I mentioned the results are not immediate, but you can start seeing results after about two weeks, and depending again on your severity, you can go up to six weeks. I personally started seeing results after the two-week mark.
The Dermadry Total box comes with a case which holds everything you need for your treatment, except for water. The case is made out of plastic, and you can actually split it in two and use it for your hand and feet treatments. Then you also get your controller, you get two hands and feet electrodes, and two underarm electrodes. You also get two towels, which you place on top of the electrodes for your hands and feet, as well as two pairs of underarm pockets, which you insert the underarm electrodes into.
The case also comes with two cables which connect the electrodes to the controller, and then you also get a plug adapter which connects your controller to a power output. And then, of course, you get your handy instructions manual, which is super important to read before you start using the device.
What's really great is that the settings on the controller are programmed for each profile. For example, for your underarms, the timer is set to 15 minutes, and the strength will gradually increase as you activate the device. But if you desire, you can also increase the stream to yourself.
For the hands and feet, the treatment time is 20 minutes. Again, it is programmed, so you don't really have to change anything, but if you find that your body can tolerate a higher current strength, you can, of course, increase it. A great safety feature too is that if you remove your underarm pockets or remove your hands or feet from the towel that covers the electrodes, the device will automatically pause, and if you put your electrodes back under your arms or put your hands and feedback on your electrodes, the device will automatically resume, and will gradually increase the current strength, so you won't get like electrocuted.
I also want to mention that the device is very safe to use. It's certified by Health Canada, it is recommended by dermatologists, and the device is very high quality. It is considered a medical device, and it is made in Canada. You do get a one-year warranty and 60-day money-back guarantee.
There are some contraindications if you suffer from certain health conditions that you should check with your health professional first if this device is a good solution for you. There are some side effects that you might experience, it might feel a bit of tingling, which I primarily have experienced in my hands, not so much my underarms or my feet. And, again, this feeling is temporary, so I only feel this when I'm using the device, and after that, I don't feel the tingling sensation anymore.
You might also find out that your skin reddens a bit after treatment, which is not something I personally experienced. And also important is to make sure that your towels and pockets are covering the electrode as well. Also, don't get discouraged if, after a few treatments, you find out that you're actually sweating more, this may actually happen. And once your body adjusts to the treatments, you will start seeing that your excessive sweating is being lessened.
For an underarm treatment, basically what you have to do is get a glass of water and soak your underarm pockets in it, then you have to squeeze out any excess water. You slip your electrodes in, then you will plug your cable on each end of the electrode into your controller, and then plug your controller into the wall.
What's really great is that the settings on the controller are programmed for each profile, so for example, for your underarms, the timer is set to 15 minutes, and the strength will gradually increase as you activate the device, but if you desire you can also increase the stream to yourself. Once you place the pockets under your arms, the device will start delivering the current. For the hands and feet, you can split your casing to get two trays. So, for your hands, you can place the tray on a table, and for your feet, you basically place the tray on the floor. And then you will place the two electrode plates at the very bottom, and place the towels on top to cover them. Then, you will pour water on each towel so that they are soaked, and then, basically, again, you will plug those two cables into the front of the plates and plug your controller in. Then, you can activate your device, like the profile. Again, you choose hands or feet.
Then, you can set the current level if desired, and then, your device is ready to be used, so you can simply place your hands and feet on the towels.
Again, as I mentioned, it is a process, so you won't get quick results just like this, it is something you have to commit to weekly, especially at the beginning.
I've been using the device for the past six weeks, and I started noticing my excessive sweating significantly decreasing after the two-week mark, and I've been upkeeping my treatments every other week since then. I can honestly say that I basically don't have this issue anymore, it's actually kind of incredible. I used to wake up and have palmar hands, or be sitting and not doing anything strenuous, and have sweaty underarms, and that's not the case anymore.
Something that's really funny is that I never really needed hand cream because my hands are never particularly dry, because, again, they would often be quite moist, and now I have to use hand cream because my hands are more dry. And that's something to keep in mind - you will need to moisturize after the treatments.
The Dermadry Total is definitely an investment, but when you take into consideration that you don't have to pay or shell out thousands of dollars for clinic treatments or go through something more painful such as Botox or surgery, meaning this treatment is not invasive, it's drug-free, it's pain-free. I think this is really the best solution, and from my research is the most effective one, long-term as well.
The Dermadry Total retails for approximately $499 American. And international shipping is available, and it is free, which is awesome.
This device has been life-changing. It is more of like a silent condition, so it's not something that can be visible to other people but it can be debilitating in some ways because it is an embarrassing thing to have to deal with.
If you're someone who deals with hyperhidrosis, or you know someone who deals with it, I hope this video was helpful and fully it will help you make an informed decision as to whether an iontophoresis device is the right solution for you.
I'll leave the link to where you can purchase the Dermadry Total in the description box below. I also will leave a link down below to my blog, where I did a full review on this device as well, and I'll catch you in my next one. Bye!
Natalie’s 2-Year Dermadry Update
It's been nearly two years since I started using Dermadry, a brand that makes iontophoresis devices. It's used to treat hyperhidrosis, which is a condition I've been living with for many years. Basically, it's a medical term for excessive sweating.
I remember being quite skeptical when I was first introduced to Dermadry. But after doing a bit of digging around and research, I decided that I was ready and that I would also document my journey using it as well.
What really appealed to me is that a lot of time and effort went into developing this product, and what really sealed the deal for me is that it has a medical device license from Health Canada. Not only that, but the company is actually located in my city here in Montreal, and I even got to briefly meet one of the founders of the company. It's always nice to put a face to the name, and that also really showed me that there are good people behind this brand.
Not too long ago, I even came across an article, which explained how Dermadry even came to fruition. So, it's basically three men and one of them suffered from hyperhidrosis. And they each had their own careers, but they decided to put their minds together and get into this new business venture. And, from that, came this amazing product that I'm so excited is now a part of my life.
I first documented my experience using Dermadry in a YouTube video and on my blog. So I would highly recommend you check those out, if you haven't already. I definitely felt vulnerable sharing this condition and sharing my experience back then, but in hindsight, I'm so happy that I did, because to this day I still receive a lot of direct messages and comments under my video from you guys, from my viewers, seeing how much this device has helped you. And that honestly makes me so happy to know that my video has helped others. That is like my mission accomplished when it comes to my videos if I can help someone and let someone know that they're not alone, that we're going through similar struggles. That seriously makes my day.
Dermadry is an iontophoresis device, as I mentioned, and it's FDA cleared, it's licensed by Health Canada, and also by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. Basically, what an iontophoresis device does is that it sends a mild current through your skin and it neutralizes the connection between your sweat glands and your nerves. Through multiple studies, it's been shown to be a very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. The Dermadry website is such a wealth of information when it comes to this condition—I actually learned so much just from reading and browsing through the website. So, if you want to learn more about studies that have been conducted and just want to dive deeper into this topic, I would highly recommend you check the website out. Dermadry conducted a survey, and they found that 98.3% of respondents found success in using the device, and what's great is that you basically get to experience up to six weeks of dryness.
Honestly, that's such a blessing if you've been dealing with hyperhidrosis because it's usually a daily struggle. So knowing that you can go that long without dealing with those symptoms is amazing. Also, this device is dermatologist recommended, which, again, is reassuring for me personally. If you have questions regarding how the device operates, I did do a full demo walking you through step by step on how to use this device, so make sure to check that out if you have any questions or concerns regarding that aspect. Dermadry offers three devices. They have the Dermadry Total, which is what I have, it treats underarms, hands, and feet. They have one just for the underarms and then they have one just for hands and feet.
But, since I deal with excessive sweating in my underarms and in my hands, the Total just made the most sense for me. I initially used the device three to five times a week. And I did that for six weeks. The first week I did it three times just to get my body accustomed to it and just feel like if I had any adverse reactions or side effects, but everything was fine. So for the following five weeks, I did the treatment five times a week.
I was really surprised at how painless of a process it is. I only experienced slight discomfort on my hands and it was just a mild tingling sensation, but that was only while using the device. I would say I felt it more in the first two weeks, but after that, I didn’t really experience that anymore. I would say I started seeing a decrease in my sweat productivity after the two week mark, which was so exciting to me because literally the results came quite quickly, which I kind of wasn't expecting. I was thinking it would take at least like six weeks to even notice the difference.
The fact that I noticed results so early on was really amazing. So, after six weeks I basically gave it a pause and I waited six weeks for the following treatment. And basically ever since then, I've been doing a maintenance treatment every six weeks. I want to stress that this isn't a cure for hyperhidrosis, you have to be on a regular schedule and be using the device and maintaining treatments so that you keep reaping the benefits.
I started using the device in the fall two years ago, but for me, the real test was seeing how I would survive the hot and humid months because it gets so crazy hot here in Montreal and my excessive sweating tends to go kind of like through the roof in the warmer months. Well, it's been two summers since I first started using the device and I'm happy to report that I've been able to keep my hyperhidrosis under control through the muggy sticky weather with continual use.
I wanted to mention some of the benefits of using the device because there are many. Firstly, this device is very cost effective, it is definitely an investment. I keep saying that, but in the long run, you will be saving money because you're not spending thousands of dollars at the clinic. Dermadry now lets you pay in interest free monthly installments, which is really great, and they offer international shipping. So if you go to their website, there are a ton of different currencies you can pay in. And their product is also available on Amazon too right now, which is really great. The device is also super easy to use. I mean, like very easy, you basically just press a button and just put the electrodes on your body and it does all the work for you.
You can basically just relax, let time pass by, and it's a very pleasant experience. It's very safe to use and you don't experience any severe pain. What's great is that the results are long lasting. Another benefit is that you can basically manage your condition from the comfort of your own home, which in these times we can all certainly appreciate.
I also find that I just generally feel less self conscious and I feel more confident. I'm able to wear clothes that I like, and I don't have to worry about like sweat marks or anything like that. As I mentioned, you can experience some temporary side effects, such as a bit of skin redness or burning or tingling, but that is just temporary, these are not long term side effects, so they are definitely manageable if you do end up experiencing them. And the last thing is that you might experience a bit more sweating before you start seeing a decrease, but that is normal as well.
If you are considering purchasing a device from Dermadry, I have a discount. [Watch Natalie’s video for the discount code!]
I invite you to check out my previous content because I think it will be very helpful and it basically covers anything I might've missed in this video. Overall I'm super pleased that I was introduced to this product because it has seriously been a godsend.
I hope this device helps you as much as it has helped me if you decide to give it a try.