I think it also has something to do with living in the south, where in the summer, you sweat standing still. Well, summer, fall and spring. And parts of December.
Anyway, I have tried several various deodorants to limit my sweat output. Out of high school, a friend recommended I try Certain Dri.
This stuff actually works really well. The only thing about it is that you have to put it on at night, before you go to bed. And you can't put it on after showering or shaving. So you can't shower before bed. BUT it does all but stop underarm sweat (which I began to wonder if that was unhealthy or not) and after I stopped using it, for a long time, I still sweated less.
But of course, like stupid acne, the sweating came back. I guess the excessive sweating phenomenon is sweeping the country, because starting some time last year, several major deodorant brands came out with their own "prescription strength" products. I myself have only tried the Dove version. Behold:
What I like about this deodorant is that it smells great, like regular deodorant. However, this one is a little bit tricksy.
The directions say to apply the deodorant at night, before bed, like the Certain Dri.
I have some friends who also tried this, and they discovered that if you put it on in the morning, like regular deodorant (or whenever you put on your deodorant), it works so much better than applying it at night. I recently ran out of this and have been using regular anti-perspirant/deodorant and I have not been sweating excessively.
There you have it, friends. My secret to smelling great and being confident when raising my hand. At least until this stops working and I start pouring sweat again. In like, May.