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How to use prescription deodorant without the pain

I had a major sweating problem since I turned thirteen.
When I learned about prescription deodorant, I rushed to my dermatologist and was prescribed something called Drysol.
As anyone who has ever used prescription deodorant knows, while they can be incredibly helpful, prescription deodorant can be incredibly uncomfortable, sometimes even painful to use.
My dermatologist prescribed Drysol but didn't give me any instructions other than to apply it to my armpits at night.
Excited to use it, I went home, hopped in a hot shower, shaved my armpits, quickly dried them off and then applied the serum.
Within second I was screaming in pain.
After much trial and error I was eventually able to recognize certain parameters you need to follow when using any prescription deodorant.
Since Drysol can cause significant itching and burning it is important to have not showered for at least two hours before application. When you take a hot shower, your pours open up and are more susceptible to irritation.
The same goes for shaving. After the agony of my first experience, I learned not to put the deodorant on for at least thee days after my last shave. Since it is so strong, luckily you don't need to use it every day. I only use it once or twice a week so I make sure there is enough time between shaving and application.
Another thing I recommend is when you apply the Drysol, let it set into your armpits for about 10 minutes and then put on a shirt that you don't mind getting ruined. I recommend this kind of shirt because Drysol has been known to stain clothes, although I have never personally experienced it. If the itching gets really bad, simply tuck the tshirt in your armpit to keep from chafing.
I've also found that most of those sudden horrible itchy sensations tend to pass after about two hours so if you leave yourself enough time before bed, you won't be shocked out of sleep with a killer itch.

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