Good Sweat vs. Bad Sweat

Sweat… There’s good, bad and most definitely ugly. Sweating is a natural process your body undergoes to cool down and rid itself of toxins. However, not all sweating is good and in some cases it can be unhealthy and downright destructive to your social life and your wardrobe. Let’s explore the difference between good sweating and bad…


Sweating is the body’s method for cooling itself down. You may sweat after a long run, or you may sweat after being in the hot sun. These are normal sweaty moments that are good for you and your body because they demonstrate that your body is effectively regulating its temperature. Normal sweating usually occurs during exercise, emotional stress, eating hot or spicy foods, or sickness (fever).

Everyone sweats differently and some individuals sweat more than others, so don’t be too concerned if you sweat more while working out or doing some other type of physical activity than other people you know. If you know you’ll be in a situation where you will be sweating, such as exercising or being outdoors in the sun, make sure you hydrate with plenty of water.

Benefits of Healthy / Good Sweating

Although sweating has its ugly side, there are some health benefits that come with normal sweating:

  • Regulates healthy body temperature and helps to avoid overheating
  • Sweating clears pores and can help keep skin free of zits.
  • Some studies have shown that sweat can help protect against germs and bacteria.
  • If you exercise on a regular basis and work up a good sweat, studies have also shown that this type of sweating can reduce the risk of kidney stones.


We all know the ugly side of sweat… sweaty pits, stained clothing, body odor, and awkward moments… But what is the not-so-obvious bad side of sweat?

Here’s a few examples of bad sweat:

  • Sweat that is too acidic and fatty.
  • Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis
  • Or… Not sweating at all. No sweat is bad sweat.

Can you do anything about bad sweat?
Yes, it’s always good to consult your doctor first if you feel you have any of these conditions, but in the mean time here are some tips to help you overcome these types of bad sweat.

Acidic or Fatty Sweaty
If you feel that your sweat is too oily and sticky, you may have unhealthy sweat. This kind of acidic, fatty sweat can be treated by regular exercise. Only 20-30 minutes of sweaty exercise (notice the word sweaty, that’s important) a day may improve your body’s sweating mechanisms, which can help if you suffer from unhealthy sweat or a lack of sweat.

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
While hyperhidrosis isn’t life threatening, it can be extremely embarrassing. Those with hyperhidrosis will sometimes find themselves sweating even when they are in a cool room or under no extreme stress or nervousness. If you think you may have hyperhidrosis, there are many solutions ranging from home remedies such as baking soda, to more extreme remedies like Botox injections. Most people who suffer from excessive sweating use extra strength antiperspirants to help stop uncontrollable sweat.

In conclusion, if you feel you sweat too much, too little or your sweat is sticky and oily, you may have a case of bad sweat.