PHILADELPHIA, March 18 Today the InternationalHyperhidrosis Society (IHHS, online at www.SweatHelp.org) announced theimplementation of its Seal of Recognition program for over-the-counterantiperspirant products. With so many products entering the market claimingto be "clinical strength" the IHHS created the program to research andinvestigate products and their claims, in order to help consumers makeeducated decisions. Secret(R) Clinical Strength was awarded the inauguralSeal of Recognition.
"We developed the Seal of Recognition program to encourage new science andtechnology applied to products benefiting the hyperhidrosis community and tohelp people who sweat excessively to make effective treatment choices," saidLisa Pieretti, Executive Director of the IHHS. "Through the board'sinvestigation and review, Secret(R) Clinical Strength has proven to be astrong partner in the fight against excessive sweating and we are proud togive them the first award."
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a chronic and debilitatingcondition estimated to affect millions of people. In fact, a recent Harrissurvey found that up to 13 percent of people said that they sweat too much ormore than they would like. Excessive sweating can devastate a person'squality of life by negatively impacting relationships, career choices andmental well-being. Fortunately, symptoms are often treatable by products suchas clinical strength antiperspirants or by visiting a qualified dermatologist.
"We are thrilled that Secret(R) Clinical Strength has been recognized bythe International Hyperhidrosis Society as a safe and highly effective productfor people who suffer from excessive sweating," said Mike Thomas (Research andDevelopment Scientist, Procter and Gamble). "We hope that the Seal ofRecognition program will bring awareness to this very debilitating conditionand options to improve quality of life."
Each product that applies for an IHHS Seal of Recognition is reviewed bythe IHHS Board of Physicians, a group of world-renowned hyperhidrosis experts.The Board reviews published literature, sweat reduction test results and FDAapproval comments, while studying the science behind product claims, in aneffort to determine whether the product meets or exceeds FDA and IHHSstandards for its sweat-fighting abilities. Applications can be found onwww.SweatHelp.org.
About the International Hyperhidrosis Society
The International Hyperhidrosis Society is an independent global non-profit organization that strives to improve quality of life for those affectedby excessive sweating. The Society promotes research and conducts education onthe physiological effects of hyperhidrosis, raises awareness about itsemotional and economic impact, holds physician education seminars andadvocates for patient access to effective treatments. The InternationalHyperhidrosis Society is composed of physician and patient members from allover the world, making it a true international network for people who treat orsuffer from hyperhidrosis.
The International Hyperhidrosis Society's Web site, SweatHelp.org,includes a Physician Finder to help anyone with excessive sweating to findmedical help, information on additional treatment options, and a comprehensivecollection of insurance and reimbursement tools, including downloadable forms,which can help sufferers work with their physicians and health insurance plansto get the correct coverage for necessary treatments. There are practical tipsto make the most out of appointments with physicians and information onclinical trials and a free newsletter that will keep everyone current onhyperhidrosis news and medical breakthroughs. A self assessment tool is alsoavailable to help people determine how much sweat is too much. And becausehyperhidrosis usually starts in the teen years, the IHHS has created an onlineteen forum to help teenagers lear