Hair is Gone, but Now a Sweaty Mess! - Miami

So far, I have received 9 treatments for almost my...

So far, I have received 9 treatments for almost my entire body - legs, bikini, butt cheeks, underarms, upper lip, and chin. Things were going great, and my hair was really going away and everything was great...until the sweating began. Nobody warned me that this would be a side effect, and i can't even find info on it now as i research it.

When i say sweating, I mean everywhere! My entire legs now sweat, which never happened before. Sometimes I even have to re-iron my dress pants before leaving the house. When wearing shorts, sometimes I notice sweat marks around my crotch! Sooo embarrassing! That area definitely sweats all the time now, but every once in awhile, it will actually sweat through my clothes. And there's no stopping the sweat from my underarms! it's like turning on a water faucet every day! I am also constantly wiping sweat from my upper lip and chin.

Don't get me wrong, i am very pleased with the results of the hair removal. My body is very smooth and i don't worry about the ingrown hairs anymore. But geez, i certainly didn't realize that i would end up having to deal with this sweating issue! The ladies that perform the hair removal say they haven't heard of such a thing. I asked about Botox, but they wouldn't recommend that b/c it is very expensive, painful, and only lasts for months at a time. I don't know what to do, but just hoping that over time, my hair pores shrink up now that hair isn't coming through them, and maybe this will decrease the sweating.

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This place gave me a pretty good deal on my treatment, and it came with the lifetime guarantee. I am pleased with the results, but just wish the sweat was not a problem now, which is no fault of theirs.

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I had a 4 sessions laser hair removal aswell and i found out this past few weeks my armpits are sweating , i was so worried coz no one likes to have a sweaty armpit :'( i never had one till i'm having my 4th laser treatment and the dermatologist told me to ask to the doctor maybe it's just a hormones? Bcoz sweating is not proven as a side effect :'( any suggestions what i need to do :'( will i continue my treatment ? Will the sweating will stop if i stop my laser hair treatment? Pls help me thank you
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Hi, like other people in this topic, I have the same problem as yours. I had 2 LHR sessions in my armpits 4 years ago, and the excessive sweating persists till today... so, it seems an irreversible effect. I'm using botox, hawever, after about 4 botox sessions, I developed compensatory effect, what, obviously, doctors say are not possible as a botox side effect. I don't know how I could help with the already existing problem, but I would advise you not to continue with the treatment. I'm doing an effort to gather information from people describing this LHR side effects and show this problem to convince doctors, patients and mainly researches to consider and to investigate this laser effects. If you could help us with your informations (like number of sessions, kind of machine, country, body areas...) please email me at leticiapollo@gmail.com I hope we can help one another in some way.
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Hi all! I apologize for posting twice initially - I'm was always a lurker on Real Self and finally created an account after searching for "Laser hair removal body smell" and finding this post. In some ways it's sort of comical that we're discussing our body smells and intimate details on the Internet; I even typed in the word "perianal." I suppose there's a first time for everything. It's mostly downright sad that we even have to discuss this. Nonetheless, it's an unfortunate reality with which we need to contend so I decided to post a follow-up comment. Let me issue a Matrix-style warning here, though: "This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I'm offering is the truth – nothing more." A bit dramatic for laser hair removal but when I said I really looked into this, I mean I reallllllllyyyy looked into this. I sought laser hair removal because a bikini waxer ruined my inner thighs. I had fine blonde hairs and instead of just doing the pubic area, she sought outside the area for no reason (except, I think, to make money by having me come in more). As a result, I developed public hair on my inner thighs and was mortified. So I went and had four sessions of laser done. Initially, I just wanted my inner thighs done. The laser technician, however, convinced me that "taking some in" would be "much sexier" and that the area I had never even considered (my perianal region) should be done as well because "men don't like that." So I was sort of shamed into doing more. I mean, who doesn't want to be sexy? God. Anyway, I paid for eight sessions but only did four because I realized what was happening was incredibly weird and I started googling it. One session was just the part I initially wanted; the other three were in the more "intimate" parts. Anyway, that's what got me here. I went to a dermatologist because I got so upset about what I had done. As some of you had alluded to, the doctor wouldn't even consider the claims I was alleging as to sebaceous gland damage. And why would he? Laser hair removal is BIG business. I don't want to entirely rail on the industry. I have two friends who have PCOS and it manifests as hair on their faces. Who in the hell wouldn't try to remove that? I really just wanted to be able to put on a bathing suit like a normal person again. What I can say is that laser does work. I'm confident that had I finished the sessions I would have been relatively hair free. The problem is, hair free isn't normal at all. The only parts of our bodies that don't have hair are our palms and the soles of our feet. Remember that for every action there's an equal but opposite reaction. Human sebum is not only antibacterial in nature, it helps moisturize the skin and allows it to tan evenly and well. I'm not a dermatologist, but having read what I've read and investigated medical issues, I believe most doctors don't really know what they're talking about and essentially any idiot who's somewhat decent at math and science can go through four years of medical school. It's the people who do research and ask questions that I trust and there are a few doctors out there who believe in truth, not money or convenience. With laser hair removal you are changing the entire biology of the skin. The hair shaft is what actually delivers the sebum to the surface. Without it, I don't even know what happens. I imagine that our skin resembles that of burn patients insofar as they are lacking follicles and oils. I'm curious to see how poorly the skin ages on women who have had their whole bodies done - mostly their legs. There were a few medical journal articles that I found about the subject. While the lasers have been in operation for the last twenty to twenty five years, their popularity really only skyrocketed in the last seven or so and I believe that's why we are creating discussions like this one. More guinea pigs = more problems reported. What happens when we're 65-years-old and very dry in our pubic area and we've upset the natural balance? Will we have a lifetime of yeast infections? Will it complicate sex for women of advanced age? Will we get more bacterial infections? What is the real purpose of body hair? And as we begin to understand pheromones and love and oxytocin and infant-mother bonding, will we regret having vaginas and underarms without hair? If you really want to go down the rabbit hole, you need to understand how the FDA works and you need to understand that the medical and pharmaceutical industries are driven by profit and profit alone. The FDA is a useless governing body that really oversees so little of what actually occurs and is so deeply entrenched with the profits of these industries that their oversight function is ceremonial and hollow at best. Part of why I went to law school was to take this kind of stuff on - but after time it just becomes disheartening and depressing. Just because it involves hair and just because it's widely available and widely popular doesn't mean this procedure doesn't involve serious side effects. Look at what happened to people who had LASIK eye surgery - many of them have had dry eye and vision problems that have ruined their lives because the laser actually removed the uppermost layer of their cornea. Yea......that sounds normal. Why wouldn't hair removal be different? Beware anyone who is selling you anything that alters your body. Through this I believe I have learned a valuable lesson about the medical profession and greed in this world and I thought I was smart enough to have avoided it to begin with. I don't even want to get started on the fact that my pubic hair looks like some kind of weird pornographic display that will look ridiculous when I'm 40. The feminazis can dissect that one for you. As far as any legal claims, I can't give advice. Is this a viable class action lawsuit? I'm not sure yet. Would I like to stop other women from having this done? Yes, absolutely. How can we go about that? Possibly by creating a website or a Facebook page. Finally, Smooth and Sweaty and Leticia Pollo, I appreciate your responses. I will look into the witch hazel. I was trying coconut oil because sometimes the area gets these tiny red dots but I think it was making it worse. I'm glad you've been experimenting with natural solutions. And Leticia, I can email you but I'm not sure how much benefit I will be. I can't tell you how sad I was when I realized that I smell like old milk sometimes and have to go through life with incredible excess sweat in already delicate, private areas.
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Hi GrouchoMarxette, After two LHR sessions I decided to stop treatment altogether after I found brown spots and red dots in the treated areas (legs, pubic area, snail trail, underarms) - NEVER AGAIN WILL I HAVE LASER OR RECOMMEND IT. In my opinion, the PUBIC AREA SHOULD NOT BE TREATED WITH LASER !! Given that it was a Doctor who used the Soprano machine, I took her word that lasering the inside of the labia majora was safe and that it didn't affect the sebaceous gland functioning. Two weeks before LHR I even asked a gynecologist if using laser for a brazilian was safe, "yes, of course ... take all off!", was her reply. I had only one brazilian session and one bikini session. In my personal opinion, something doesn`t feel right. It`s been almost 3 months since my first LHR and I have experienced more moisture than usual in my vulva. To my dismay, I have found 2 things the hard way. The first one is that having PUBIC HAIR is NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE GENITAL AREA. To date some hair has grown in the mound and labia majora (and also some inside of it); but the hairs are scarse and extremely thin and therefore do not provide me with the cushion to protect my pubic area against the chafing of clothing on a daily basis. The second thing is that PUBIC HAIR is THICK AND COARSE for the purpose of providing that aforementioned cushion but also to REGULATE MOISTURE IN VULVA. With no thick, coarse hair, the moisture runs along the vulva instead of beeing picked by pubic hair and avoiding moisture concentration in on sole area. Moreover, before starting treatment, the Doctor did not pose "what-if" questions regarding the decision to have a brazilian with laser. Unfortunately for me I found out AFTER LHR treatment, that any reputable professional who provides LHR services should make sure that the client is certain particularly about hair removal in the pubic region, not only due to its delicate nature but also because of possible regrets later in life. I wasn`t told anything nor did the doctor confirm with me if I was sure about going through with the procedure. In short, I was only given an explanation of how the laser targets hair. I was the one who asked the doctor before she used the laser-gun if she was sure that using laser was safe, to which she replied, "yes". Someone should stop or at least REGULATE the access to laser machines and its use. Nevertheless, I think the PUBIC should NOT be ALLOWED to be subjected to laser because in addition to the reasons you mentioned, no research exists about short term or long term consequences but most importantly THICK, COARSE PUBIC HAIR is necessary
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I'm having the same problem with so much moisture in my vulva after my 5th session and my armpits sweat more. I was never a sweaty person and now I am!!! The where I go said after only 5 session my hair will grow back, but not sure how true this is!!! Do you have any advice and has your hair grown back. Will my hair come back.
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Okay....Groucho you are spot on in the yeasty milk smell. I literally sweat enough from my Bikini line that it forms a puddle if I lay down on my back....I do love that I'm 75% hairless, but I believe that if informed about this issue, I might have not spent $2k to have it done... Here is how I have found relief. I use witch hazel on my bikini line (on a cotton ball) to stop the bacterial growth. I take acidophilus tabs to help prevent the yeasty smell, I always 100% dry before I put on clothes.. Boil underwear that I've sweat through....As if that isn't enough I use one of those stainless steel bars (the kind that washes the onion smell off you hands when you cook). My next step I will be buying some Tea Tree castile soap. Wish me luck
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I had three laser hair removal treatments done on my bikini line, including inside my perianal area. I freaked out because I started reading about pheromones and the delicate bacterial balance. I researched this to no end (I'm a lawyer specializing in pharmaceutical and medical device liability) and I realized this is a really bad idea. The reason I say so is because when the laser destroys the hair follicle it also destroys that follicle's ability to provide our skin with sebaceous oils. Human sebum provides important bacterial protection and no other chemical substance is like it. My bikini line now has a distinct, weird, yeast-like smell. The skin and area just doesn't look right. I had an ex-boyfriend tell me I smelled like "milk" after I had worked out. I can pick up on it if I'm sitting with my legs "Indian style" and it's not pleasant. The hair is there for a reason, and while I was happy to have less hair, this smell is not indicative of good health or even a safe procedure. I feel like an idiot for having done this, especially since I have to live my life with the results and probably should have known better given my background. We as women need to stop with the weird beautification procedures. This industry will likely face numerous lawsuits in the future. Contemplate how dry the skin will be in twenty years when your body cannot provide its own natural oils to the area. It's just weird. I regret having done it. Oh, I also had a pap smear and was told I have a high amount of yeast. I tried googling women who developed yeast infections afterward and generated some interesting results. And yes, I do shower regularly and use all natural products. I just never had this before laser hair removal.
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Groucho, could please write an email to my address, then we can talk about some issues: l****@gmail.com I'm in contact with some women who have developed side effects from laser hair removal (LHR). Usually people are reporting hyperhidrosis, but some also with bad smell. No doubt that 100% of these affected women regret this procedure (including me!). And I agree with you that the main cause of everything is the "weird beautification" imposed mainly to women, explored by doctors and clinincs interested in lucre. There is a resistance from the doctors in accepting this side effect, obviously. So, I briefly talked to a physicist especialized in laser over biological tissues. He says it's quite possible that the laser could have altered the sweatin process, but couldn't explain the mechanism. It's crucial that all these cases are reported in order to prevent other people to suffer the same and also to support new research regarding this area. I'm finishing my PhD related to molecular biology and proteomics, so I'm looking for scientific studies related to laser effects, which are very few. That's why we need to show the importance of reporting all the cases!

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I have noticed this as well after my underarm laser hair removal treatments. I don't notice a lot of wetness but the smell is awful. I am always cleaning my underarms during the day and re-applying deodorant. I've tried all different kinds (even the clinical strength) and none of them see to be effective at controlling the smell. This was never a problem before my underarm treatments. I'm so glad to hear that others have had this issue as well, I just thought I was losing my mind!
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I have been suffering from the same problem for over 3 years now, and I'm sure it was the laser hair removal treatments because it only affected one underarm (the one that got more treatments). Every dermatologist I have been to for this problem has been very defensive when I bring the issue up. They are scared of a possible lawsuit! There's got to be something we can do...they need to fix this. :(
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I've also had this problem for about a year now! People think I'm crazy when I tell them, but it's true! I never had any bad odor issues until I had my underarms lasered =\ I'm glad I researched it bc I can definitely attribute it to the laser. No deodorant works, I've even gone as far as using men's deodorant and they just don't work. The hair did eventually grow back so I figured the odor would go away once that happened but it hasn't, it's so uncomfortable =\
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I have the same problem too..The bikini area soaks through my clothes now. This is a real issue and I'm glad I looked it up.
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I would like to ask to all the people who had developed this hyperhidrosis side effect to write to my email. This way we can get in touch and talk about where we are from, how it has happened to each one and maybe identify common characteristics that make us more susceptible to this. I'm already talking to the Brazilian Society of Dermatology and trying to publish my case, willing the dermatologists are aware of it and talk about this with the patients. The more people reporting this effect, the more accredited we are going to be. Please write to: leticiapollo@gmail.com
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OMG!!!! I am having the same problem and I hate it!!!! I purchased a groupon and got laser on my bikini (6 treatments), underarms (6 treatments), full legs (about 3 treatments), and lip and chin (2 treatments). Before the laser treatments I barely every sweat, even after an intense workout. Now doing little things like getting dressed will leaved me drenched!!!!! I can't even dance when I go out because the sweat will literally pour off of me. I was never warned about this side effect, and if I knew, I would have never got the laser treatments. Not to mention my underarms have a strong order now. I am sooooo upset!!!! It seems like A LOT of people are experiencing the same horrible side effect. Although the ppl that do the laser treatments are saying it shouldn't effect sweat glands, it clearly does!!!! Laser hair removal is relatively new, so all of the side effects are not yet known. After doing some research and reading these posts I am certain the laser hair removal is the cause. Can we sue for this? For the people that have had the problem for a while, has it gotten any better? I pray that it won't stay like this.
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I am having the same problem! I never have had sweaty armpits until after my third visit for the laser hair removal! When I told them that about my concerns they said its the first time someone ever complain about increasing sweating after laser procedures and may be its just hormones! I missed 2 appointments, my sweating kind of stoped bothering me and I went again! And again I have to wash my armpits 4-6 times a day! they are so stinky!
Reading these reviews I think that I will stop-4 visits was enough damage done :((
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I'm glad people are talking about it, as I thought I was the only one. I had 4 laser sessions for legs & bikini, and my bikini area started to sweat like never ever before. I have to wear dry liners now, and choose my clothing very carefully. I went to see a dermatologist, who, incidently, also operates the laser hair removal clinin - and she looked at me in silence for about 10 minutes..She then said that its IMPOSSIBLE that this sweating was caused by laser, as she attends numerous conferences and has never heard of such side effect! But i know my body, and i know that this has only started after i started laser. As soon as I suspected that this new and weird sweating could be caused by laser, i stopped the sessions. Its been 6 months since my last session, but the effects are still there - although a LITTLE BIT better that before. This experience of doind laser - i regret with all my heart! Did i mention that my privates were sweating insanely in a middle of January, in -30C outside???!
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I have developed the same problem! After 2 sessions of laser for hair removal in my underarms, I've started to sweat a lot!
I've searched for all possible causes (like hormonal), but my body is completely normal. And the laser is the only possible cause.
I guess this problem is definitive, since it has started 2 years ago and there was no reduction of this excessive sweat.
I've tried deodorant containing aluminum chloride, however I've not noticed any change. So, now I use botox approximately twice a year. But it is not viable for the rest of my life.
I got very upset with this and there is nothing that I regret more in my life than this treatment.
I'm desperate trying to find some treatment to get rid off this problem, which I have never had before the laser!
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I have had clients tell me that their underarms sweat more now - and they always thought it was because they had no hair to hold the deodorant under there anymore. lol

I'm not sure of the real reason, but maybe it's something to do with the follicles being smaller?

We still have so much to learn apparently. :)
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I just finished my 7th treatment and I am almost completely hairless and so far I haven't had any sweating problems, I have never heard of that, but now I am a little scared and hope that doesn't happen to me! Good luck!
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You're right.  I looked at our Laser Hair Removal Side Effects section, and no mention of sweating.  Good to hear you're happy with the final outcome

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