Do you sweat when you’re nervous, stressed or anxious?

Does internal panic ensue at the slightest sign of sweat on your brow or the palms of your hands?

Do you melt with perspiration just thinking about your next social interaction?

It may not make you feel any better, but a lot of people experience this same kind of extreme, anxious sweating.

Some sweat is good… in fact, it’s critical to your health. But marathon-like sweating during a job interview or after a simple handshake is NOT good… EVER!

You should only sweat like you’ve just run a marathon… after running a marathon. Right?!

The truth is nervous sweat is a major distraction to living the life you want. It can negatively affect your career, social life, and relationships.

We think it’s unfair. Why should some people sweat more than others? Why does a pair of sweaty armpits get to dictate how you feel about yourself and how others feel about you?

If nervous sweat is a constant thorn in your side, here’s a few tips that might help calm your nerves and curb the sweat.

Quick Tips: 7 Ways to Stop Nervous Sweating

1. Don’t Panic

Don’t panic at the first drop of sweat. The fear of sweat is often the reason we end up sweating like a cold can of soda on sweltering day. The key is to prevent your body from switching into “fight or flight” mode. This survival mechanism will ultimately lead to increased breathing, blood flow, and sweating.

It may take some jedi mind trickery, but you need to FORGET the SWEAT. Convince yourself that sweat is no big deal and that your current situation (first date, job interview, etc…) doesn’t require you to run or fight for your life. Stay calm and don’t panic.

2. Relaxation + Meditation

When you feel a bit worked up, try a relaxation techniques to help you stay calm such as focusing on your breathing. Take slow, deep breaths, hold the breath in for a few seconds, and then, release it. Repeat the process until you feel calm again. Deep breathing slows down your heart rate, which in turn, helps prevent anxious sweating. Also, consider adding meditation sessions to your normal routine to help keep any unwanted stress at bay.

3. Exercise + Weight Loss

Regular exercise can help manage sweat-inducing stress. Less stress can result in less sweating. Another benefit of exercise is potential weight loss and increased confidence. The more confidence you have, the better you can handle potentially stressful situations.

4. Know your Sweat Triggers

Certain things can trigger excess sweat. Knowing these triggers can help you avoid sweaty situations and prepare for the unavoidable ones. Common sweat triggers include job interviews, dates and speaking in public. Some not-so-obvious triggers include caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and processed junk food. Medications, your clothes … even your very thoughts can trigger abnormal sweating. Know your sweat triggers and avoid them if possible.

5. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of H2O to keep your body temperature cool. This will reduce the amount of heat your body has to release in the form of sweat on your skin.

6. Be Prepared, Arm Yourself with a Strong Antiperspirant

Life happens. You can’t avoid every potentially stressful situation and you can’t live the rest of your days out in a cave. One way to combat nervous sweating is by using a clinical strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock. Unlike deodorants that simply mask odor, antiperspirants have the ability to block sweat. Arm yourself with a strong antiperspirant to reduce sweat and boost confidence.

7. Dress Strategically

The strategy here is to dress in a way that doesn’t produce more sweat and doesn’t promote nervous sweat. Wear light, breathable fabrics that keep you cool. Wear patterns, darks, blacks or light jackets to hide sweat. Don’t promote your sweaty armpits by wearing solid colors, grays, and light blues. For sweaty hands and face, keep a handkerchief handy. You can quickly wipe away sweat before it compounds into extreme sweat.

Why We Sweat When We’re Nervous

Any type of excessive sweating can be embarrassing, but nervous sweating is probably the worst. Just think about it for a minute.

Have you ever…

• Dealt with clammy hands on a first date?

• Had beads of sweat appear all over your forehead before giving an important presentation at work?

• Felt really anxious about something, and then, noticed that your feet are suddenly sliding around in puddles of sweat?

It’s not fun. But you don’t have to stop living your life to the fullest because of it either. Instead, learn more about why you’re prone to nervous sweating and how to deal with it once and for all.

Can Being Nervous Cause Sweating?

When you’re nervous it activates your stress hormones. And when activated, those hormones cause your body temperature and heart rate to increase slightly. This sends a message to your sweat glands telling them it’s time to produce sweat to cool your body off a bit.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a process that you can control. The best thing you can do to avoid nervous sweating completely is to practice different stress and anxiety-relieving techniques, such as deep breathing, to keep yourself as calm as possible. If you do this every time you start to feel nervous, stressed, or anxious, there’s a good chance you can prevent nervous sweating altogether. But if it doesn’t work, there are plenty of other things you can try too.

What Causes Nervous Sweating?

When it comes to being nervous, anxious, or stressed, everyone has their own triggers. You might become really nervous before an important meeting or before you have to give a big speech, while others may be really nervous when they meet someone for the first time or any time they go on a date. Of course, if you’re in a situation that makes you nervous, the last thing you want to do is start sweating profusely.

Unfortunately, all of these feelings send red flags to your body telling it that you’re on the brink of overheating. So your body starts producing extra sweat in an effort to stay cool. It’s a completely natural process that’s totally annoying and embarrassing.

When you know you’ll be faced with a circumstance that’s a trigger for you, do everything you can to remain calm. The calmer you stay, the less likely you are to start sweating. We know this can be hard to do. To help, wipe your problem areas down with a SweatBlock towelette in advance if possible. This will reduce the amount of sweat your body produces, giving you one less thing to be stressed about.

Which Nervous System Controls Sweating?

The sympathetic nervous system controls sweating. It’s part of the autonomic nervous system, which controls your body functions that you don’t consciously direct such as your heartbeat and breathing.

The sympathetic nervous system is the portion of the autonomic nervous system that triggers your body’s fight-or-flight response. So any time you’re nervous, scared, anxious, or stressed, it tells your sweat glands to start working so that you don’t overheat internally. Basically, this system works to protect you from the inside out.

How to Treat Nervous Sweating

There are several ways to treat nervous sweating, but there isn’t one treatment or remedy that works for everyone. So it’s important to try different types of treatments until you find one that works for your body. For most people, it’s a combination of home remedies or antiperspirants and prevention techniques.

How to Calm Nervous Sweating

The key to calming nervous sweating is calming yourself. You can’t control the amount of sweat your body produces, but you can control the way you feel — to an extent. There are two ways you should approach this problem.

First, you should try to work on the reason you’re nervous in certain situations. For example, if you get so nervous during dates that you get really sweaty hands, you might want to try working on your confidence. Consider making it a point to talk to strangers casually as much as possible. Eventually, you’ll start feeling comfortable and confident holding conversations with people you don’t know well. The added confidence you gain can help stay calm on your next date. The same technique can be used if you’re nervous about speaking in front of an audience. Practice your speeches at home, in front of friends and family members, and work your way up to speaking in front of larger crowds.

In addition to working on the main causes of your nervousness, you should practice calming techniques. These can help calm you down any time you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel nervous.

Take slow, deep breaths until you feel yourself calm down.

Remove yourself from the situation for a few minutes to give yourself time to calm down.

Practice mindfulness meditation to focus on the present. This allows you to focus on the moment realistically, instead of focusing on your fears or expectations surrounding the moment. To do this, focus on specific sights or sounds nearby. This brings you back into the present moment and gets you out of your head.

How to Stop Nervous Sweating Naturally

To stop nervous sweating naturally, the best thing to do is work on your mindset. You get nervous because you have specific thoughts, expectations, or fears surrounding certain tasks or events. For example, if you constantly think that other people are judging you or have a bad perception of you, it may make you nervous to speak in front of groups or meet new people. It’s thoughts like these that are rooted in your anxiety. If you make a conscious effort to flip the negative thoughts into positive ones, you’ll start to feel more confident and are less likely to become nervous.

Additionally, you can try different home remedies designed to keep you calm such as:

Eat more fish. Omega-3 fatty acids work to protect against depression and anxiety.

Eat a protein-filled breakfast every day. Low levels of choline are associated with increased anxiety, and eating protein at breakfast helps regulate your levels throughout the day.

Grab a snack. Anxiety and nervousness often set in when your blood sugar levels are a bit low, so grab a quick snack.

Exercise regularly. When you exercise on a regular basis it helps eliminate lingering depression and anxiety. It makes you feel healthier, which automatically boosts your self-esteem.

Use a clinical-strength antiperspirant, such as SweatBlock, to keep the sweat at bay.

Preventing Nervous Sweating on the Face

When your nervous sweat appears on your head, face, or neck, it’s hard to hide — which of course, makes it even more embarrassing. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help prevent nervous sweating on your face.

Our top recommendation for head, face, and neck sweating is using SweatBlock — and no we aren’t just tooting our own horn. It actually does work. Before you go to bed at night, wipe down your face and neck with a SweatBlock towelette. Then, go to sleep and let SweatBlock work its magic. When you’re sleeping, your sweat glands aren’t as active. So the clinical-strength antiperspirant on the towelette can easily get into your pores. While one nighttime treatment is enough to reduce the amount of sweat you produce for between four and seven days, you can also carry a SweatBlock towelette with you — just in case.

Speaking of towelettes, you can also carry alcohol wipes with you to use in the event of an emergency. If a situation arises that makes you nervous, quickly wiping down your face with an alcohol wipe will close your pores so excessive amounts of sweat can’t escape. If you wear makeup, consider wiping your face down with an alcohol wipe before applying your makeup to close your pores. Keep in mind though, alcohol is very drying. You might want to also use a lightweight moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated properly.

You should also drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. When your body is properly hydrated, your body temperature doesn’t rise as easily. And because you produce sweat when your body temperature starts to rise, it’s important to keep your internal temperature as cool as possible to prevent sweating. Also, avoid eating food that’s spicy, hot, or filled with sodium. They automatically make your body temperature rise a bit.

If you can’t find a natural remedy for nervous sweating on your head, neck, or face, you might consider getting botox treatments. When used to treat excessive sweating, botox treatments are done a bit differently than they are when they are used to get rid of wrinkles and age lines. The botox gets injected at specific points, numbing the nerves in the area completely. This way, when your brain tries to signal the nerves to produce sweat, it doesn’t work.

Dealing with Sweaty Hands

It’s common for people struggling with nervous sweating to get clammy hands regularly. This can make a simple handshake practically unbearable. Unfortunately, if the thought of shaking someone’s hand makes you panic, you automatically produce more sweat. And because there are more sweat glands in the palms of your hands than other areas of your body, your hands can get sweaty real quick.

Basically, it’s a Catch-22. The more you worry about your clammy hands, the more they sweat. So what do you do? Well, you don’t have let the thought of having sweaty hands deter you. Instead, follow these tips to reduce the amount of sweat your hands produce.

1. Carry Alcohol Wipes

Wipe your hands with alcohol wipes to dry out your hands before important social interactions. It’s a very temporary fix, but it may just help you avoid some akward handshakes and handholding. Alcohol based hand sanitizers can also work.

2. Use a Hand Antiperspirant

Want a more effective treatment for sweaty hands? Try a strong topical antiperspirant for hands. We recommend Carpe hand antiperspirant.

3. Use Baby Powder to Absorb Hand Sweat

If you feel like your hands are starting to get clammy, rub a bit of baby powder between them to absorb any excess moisture. Consider carrying a travel-size bottle with you or keeping one in your desk at work to use as needed.

4. Soak your hands in vinegar

Soak your hands in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar two to three times per week for about 20 minutes. The warm water opens your pores, allowing the white vinegar to work its way into them. When you remove your hands from the mixture, run them under cold water for about 20 seconds to close your pores back up. The white vinegar helps reduce the amount of sweat your palms produce and closing up the pores when you’re done, prevent sweat from seeping out of them. This is also a good option for anyone with excessively sweaty feet.

How to Combat Nervous Sweating in Public

If you’re worried about nervous sweating in public situations, it’s important to do whatever you can to reduce the amount of sweat your body produces before you leave your home. The more prepared you are, the easier it is to avoid profuse sweating in public, and if it does happen, you won’t need to worry because you’ve already prepared yourself to hide it.

Wear an undershirt beneath your clothing to trap excess sweat before it can stain your outer layer of clothing. This helps prevent embarrassing pit stains or sweat stains on other parts of your clothes.

Wear sweat guards underneath your clothes. Sweat guards are made to sit in the armpit area of your shirt. They absorb excess sweat so that it doesn’t stain your clothing and isn’t noticeable to people around you.

Use clinical-strength antiperspirant. You can purchase a deodorant that includes a clinical-strength antiperspirant to use on your underarm area. Or you can purchase antiperspirant wipes, such as SweatBlock, to use on other areas of your body.

Do your best to stay out of the heat and sun. The cooler you are, the less sweat your body produces. So you don’t want to do anything that causes you to sweat more.

Discuss Nervous Sweating With Your Doctor

It’s common for people battling nervous sweating to avoid talking to others about it because they are embarrassed or feel alone. But the condition is actually really common, and your doctor may be able to help you with the problem.

In most cases, doctors and dermatologists suggest that their patients try different remedies before they prescribe medication. But if you’ve already exhausted every home remedy you know and clinical-strength antiperspirant isn’t working, it might be time for a prescription.

Because your excessive sweating is caused by your nervousness, your doctor may suggest an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication to help regulate your moods.

There are also oral prescription medications that reduce the amount of sweat you produce, but your doctor may feel that a topical prescription medication is the better option for you.

Topical prescription meds come in cream form and can be applied as needed. So before you go into a situation that you know will make you nervous, simply apply the cream to the areas of your body that sweat the most. The cream works in the same way as an alcohol wipe or SweatBlock towelettes. It closes the pores and dries up the area to keep it sweat free. The only difference is that instead of being clinical strength, the medication is prescription strength, which is why it’s typically used only when other options aren’t working.

Ultimately, the key to combating nervous sweating is to do whatever you can to remain as calm as possible. If that’s not possible, you should try a combination of natural treatments to combat your excessive sweating. And if all else fails, consult your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe medication that helps prevent you from sweating so much.

Excessive underarm sweating is “the pits” – pun intended.

If you’ve ever suffered through an embarrassing sweaty hug, an awkward high-five, or a sweat-soaked job interview — this article is for you.

First, a question: What would freedom from excessive sweat mean to you?

More confidence? Less embarrassment? More living? Less hiding?

Or maybe it’s as simple as just wearing what you want without the worry of perspiration.

Let’s be honest: stopping unwanted sweat and regaining lost confidence can be “game-changing”.

Six tips to help you stop sweating so much:

  • 1. Use a strong antiperspirant.
  • 2. Apply antiperspirant correctly to maximize effectiveness.
  • 3. Dress strategically to reduce and conceal sweat.
  • 4. Manage diet to minimize sweat – Avoid sweat triggers.
  • 5. Exercise frequently to combat stress sweat.
  • 6. Relax – Don’t “sweat” your sweat.

Other helpful things we’ll cover…

  • 7. Home remedies for excessive sweating.
  • 8. Medications to control sweat.
  • 9. Advanced treatments for hyperhidrosis.

Before we go any further, you should take a look at this article about excessive sweating causes. Knowing the “why” to your sweat problem is an important step in choosing an effective treatment.

1. Use a Strong Antiperspirant

Antiperspirant Comparison Lineup.
Are you serious about stopping excessive armpit sweat? Take that chalky, shirt-staining antiperspirant / deodorant combo and chuck it out the window. You need a strong solution specifically designed to stop sweat — a clinical strength antiperspirant.

It’s not uncommon for people to reach for a deodorant to prevent sweating. Unfortunately, deodorants can only mask the smell of bacteria-laced sweat, not prevent it.

Remember: Deodorant stops smell. Antiperspirant stops sweat.

You might have also discovered that drug-store antiperspirants just aren’t effective. They do more shirt-staining than actual sweat blocking.

The best antiperspirants will likely contain higher levels of aluminum chloride. (Aluminum chloride does the actual blocking of sweat).

If you suffer from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis, look for an antiperspirant with at least 14% aluminum chloride.

Many effective over-the-counter solutions are available. If you need something even stronger, your doctor can recommend a prescription antiperspirant.

Pssst: Did you know there’s an antiperspirant that stops excessive sweat for up to 7 days? Try it today!

2. Apply Antiperspirant Correctly

Apply Antiperspirant.
Did you know you’ve most likely been using antiperspirant all wrong?

And you’re not alone…

Most of us wake up in the morning, take a shower, apply some antiperspirant and get on with the day. If you’re doing this, you’re doing it wrong.

Want to get the most out of your antiperspirant? Follow these simple steps:

  • Apply at night (or before bed): Your antiperspirant needs time and a dry surface to effectively block sweat. At night, temperatures are lower and it’s the time of day when people are less active. A full night of sleep plus lower sweat levels gives the antiperspirant ample time to work its magic.
  • Apply on a clean, dry skin surface: Make sure your underarms (or other body parts) are dirt and residue free. Even the slightest residue from deodorant could sabotage your antiperspirants sweat-stopping abilities. For best results, shower and ensure your underarms are completely dry before applying antiperspirant.
  • Optimal skin contact: Antiperspirant works best when it has optimal contact with the skin surface. Not surprisingly, hairy armpits can prevent this from happening. For best results, consider trimming or shaving that flattering underarm hairdo. Warning: Do not apply antiperspirant immediately after shaving. Wait at least 24 hours to avoid unnecessary skin irritation.
  • Don’t give up if antiperspirant doesn’t stop sweat instantly: Don’t lose hope if the sweat keeps flowing after just one application of antiperspirant. For some, it can take three to four days of consistent use to achieve desired results. Once the antiperspirant starts working, you can apply as needed.
  • Be smart: If your antiperspirant is causing severe skin irritation or burning – STOP using it. Not everything works for everyone. Test antiperspirant on a small area of skin before applying to all your problem areas.

3. Dress Strategically:

Stop Sweat, Dress Strategically.
As the weather changes, so does your wardrobe. You dress light when it’s hot, and bundle up when it’s cold.

For a lot of us, excessive sweating just happens. It doesn’t matter how hot it is, how cold it is, if you’re running a marathon or sitting on the couch – the sweat comes… and comes…

It doesn’t hurt to have a few wardrobe tricks up your sleeve to conceal and reduce sweating when it matters most.

Dress in light, breathable fabrics with ample ventilation.

This keeps the temperature down and the air flowing to help reduce sweat levels. A word of caution, sporting a tank top to your next job interview may not be appropriate or effective.

Avoid these sweat amplifying colors when possible.

If you have an important engagement or social event – ditch the light blues, grays, and bright colors. They’ll betray you and steal your confidence faster than you can say “whoa nellie!”

Keep these sweat-concealing colors and styles handy.

Dark blues, blacks, dark colors and distracting patterns are excellent sweat-camouflage. Jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts are always useful in keeping sweat marks hidden.

But seriously, let’s just forget this whole “dressing strategically” bit. Grab a strong antiperspirant and you’ll be able to wear what you want, where you want, without the worry of sweat. We’ve heard this one is pretty good ;).

4. Manage Diet to Manage Sweat

Avoid foods that make you sweat more.
Your diet can influence your health, your physique, and your sweat levels. Eating certain foods can make you sweat more than normal. Avoiding other foods can help you sweat less.

Make these tweaks to your diet and it just may solve your sweat problem(s).

  • Stay Hydrated: Aside from keeping you alive, water provides other useful benefits. In this instance, it helps cool your body. Lower core temperature means your body doesn’t have to sweat as much to release extra heat. On the other hand, dehydration can lead to more sweating. Moral of the story, drink plenty of water and you’ll sweat a lot less. You may have heard the eight cups a day rule, but experts suggest nine cups for women and 13 for men.
  • Avoid Spicy Foods: Your body reacts to spicy food the same way it would to a hot, sunny day. It makes you sweat, even if the outside temperature is cold.
  • Cut down on deep fried, fatty, processed foods: Avoid fast foods, chocolate, white bread, junk food, and other carb-loaded comfort foods. Some people swear that a low carb/no carb lifestyle can be a cure for excessive sweating.
  • Avoid Caffeine-Loaded Coffee & Energy Drinks: Unfortunately, your morning coffee isn’t just good for extra energy – it’s also great for extra sweat.
  • Take Vitamin B: Vitamin B helps your organs and other vital systems function properly. So when you have enough vitamin B in your body, it doesn’t work as hard, which of course means you produce less sweat. Even better, adding a vitamin B tablet to your daily routine can also give you more energy throughout the day.
  • Eat Your Fruits and Veggies: Eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to reduce the amount of sweat your body generates. Fruits and veggies can help aid in the digestion process and give you essential vitamins. If your digestion if off, your body automatically produces excess sweat.
  • Fruits and veggies that promote healthy digestion: Cucumbers, Celery, Watermelon, Spinach, Lettuce,
    Grapefruit, Bell Peppers, Olive Oil

5. Exercise regularly to combat stress sweat

Reduce stress sweat with exercise.
Typically, we don’t think of exercise as a way of reducing sweat. But in this case, it can do exactly that.

Here’s how:

First, exercise can lower the stress hormone cortisol. Second, exercise can trigger the release of endorphins. Endorphins reduce your perception of pain, help you relax, and provide a feeling of satisfaction, kind of like morphine.

Lower stress hormone levels combined with the release of endorphins puts your body at ease. This can minimize the chance of an excessive sweat response to everyday stressors.

Less stressing = less sweating.

6. Relax – Don’t “sweat” your sweat.

Stress Sweat.
Stressing about your sweat will only make it worse. We call this the stress/sweat cycle. You sweat — your sweat leads to stress — then your stress leads to even more sweat… etc.. etc… etc…

Learn how to manage your stress and you’ll be one step closer to managing unwanted sweat.

Here’s the key: you need to trick your body into thinking common stressors are no big deal. Common stressors include job interviews, first dates, sales calls, tests, etc… (whatever stresses you out)

Nervous sweat or stress sweat happens when your body mistakenly thinks it’s in danger. A date or job interview are hardly dangerous.

Follow these steps to keep your body from going into full-blown panic mode when you encounter potential stressors:

Prepare: Before you encounter a stressful situation, study your thoughts. Ask yourself, what do you really have to be nervous about? Write it down. Once you’ve established the source of your stress, it becomes easier to dispel it.

Practice the meditation techniques below to prepare your mind for potentially stressful situations.

Breath: Tell yourself to breathe. It’s not uncommon for people to unknowingly hold their breath when under stress. Taking a slow, deep breath tells your body that it’s not in any sort of danger. Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose, hold your breath for three seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this 10 times.

Focus on the Moment: Don’t get caught up in all the worst-case scenarios that stress puts you through. If you let yourself get carried away, you’ll end up sweating over those “what ifs” and lose focus on the moment at hand.

Don’t Obsess Over the Sweat: If you start to sweat, don’t worry about it. You don’t need to add another layer of worry to the stress ball which induced the sweating in the first place. Don’t let uninvited sweat marks distract you from important things in life.

7. Home Remedies to Stop Sweating

sage tea excessive sweating home remedy

If you’re prone to excessive sweating, there are home remedies that can help.

For the sake of transparency: These remedies are not lab tested, medically based, or proven to be effective on a large scale. It doesn’t mean they don’t work.

But, It’s important to remember that not all home remedies will work for everyone. Body chemistry varies from person to person. Some sweat more than others and for very different reasons. That’s why not every home remedy will control sweat for everyone.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural astringent. When applied topically, it tightens skin pores and helps control sweat production. It can also help rid your body of odor-causing bacteria by balancing pH levels of the body. In a way, it’s a natural antiperspirant and deodorizer.

To apply vinegar to your skin:
1) Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar until it’s fully saturated.
2) Apply apple cider vinegar to your problem areas at night just before you go to bed.

In the morning, wash the vinegar off of your skin before you start getting ready for the day.

If you prefer, you can also drink the apple cider vinegar, but be warned; it doesn’t taste like apple cider. Simply mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and honey into a glass of water and drink it daily. It helps to dry out your skin, which prevents sweat from coming through your pores.

Sage Tea

Sage is one of the better herbal remedies for excessive sweating. It contains a natural astringent called tannic acid. Tannic acid has the ability to constrict and shrink your skin and pores. This shrinking helps reduce sweat just like an antiperspirant. Sage also helps kill odor-causing bacteria found in the armpits and feet.

Sage for Sweaty Armpits…
Add two sage tea bags to two cups of boiling water. Let steep and cool to room temperature. Dab generously on underarms with clean towel. Repeat two or more times daily for best results.

Sage for Sweaty Hands and Feet…
Add four to five sage tea bags to a quart of boiling water. Let the tea steep until it’s cool enough to touch. Once cooled, soak your hands/feet in the sage solution for 30 minutes. Repeat his process daily (multiple times daily for best results).

Feeling Brave? Drink a cup of sage tea before bedtime. Some experts claim that drinking sage tea can also reduce excessive sweat.

Black Tea

Black tea makes a great natural antiperspirant due to its high levels of tannic acid. Its astringent properties tighten the skin and constrict the pores to reduce sweat.

Black tea for underarm sweating…
Add two tea bags of black tea to three to four cups of boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes and let cool. Dab thoroughly on underarms.

Black tea for hand and foot sweating…
Add two bags of black tea to four cups boiling water. Allow to steep in large basin or bowl for 10 minutes. When water is cool enough to touch, soak your palms or feet for 20 minutes. Like anything else, repetition is key. The effectiveness of the treatment can increase as you repeat this process daily.

Baking Soda

To be clear, baking soda will not stop excessive sweating. It does have sweat-absorbing properties that can keep you dry for short periods, but it’s more of an odor blocker than a sweat blocker.

Baking soda makes an excellent natural deodorant. It has the ability to lower pH levels in your body and absorb foul odors caused by bacteria. Many natural deodorants use baking soda as their primary deodorizing ingredient.

To apply, mix equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. Additonally, you can add lavender essential oil for its skin-soothing properties and sweet fragrance. Apply the mixture with a damp cloth to clean underarms. After 20-30 minutes, rinse with water. Again, repetition helps with effectiveness.

Chamomile Tea

As stated above, a great way to reduce excessive sweating is by managing stress and anxiety.

Chamomile is one of the best herbs for eliminating stress and promoting relaxation. Both things that contribute to excessive sweating. Chamomile can also aid in digestion and get rid of body odor.

What to do? Drink two to three cups of chamomile tea each day to stay calm and fresh smelling. Remember, less stress and anxiety can lead to less sweat.

You might also place a few drops of chamomile oil into your bath water for a nice chamomile soak.


Wheatgrass can influence common sweat triggers including: pH levels, metabolism, digestive system, toxin levels, and chronic illness. These are all contributors to sweat production. Adding wheatgrass to your daily regime can help keep these sweat triggers in the “off” position.

Drink wheatgrass juice daily to get maximum benefit (available in powder form also).

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is also one of nature’s natural astringents (ability to shrink skin and constrict pores). Some of the most effective antiperspirants contain witch hazel. It can be particularly helpful in preventing face sweating.

Application for sweaty face, armpits and feet: Soak a cotton pad in a witch hazel solution and apply to affected areas. You can leave the witch hazel on or wash it off after 30 minutes. Repeat this process daily for maximum effectiveness.


Some home remedy experts claim that potatoes can absorb excess sweat on the body. This one does seem a bit “out there” but many consider it an effective natural antiperspirant.

How it works: Take a small piece of potato, rub it on your sweat-prone areas. Let the potato residue dry completely on skin before getting dressed. Experts also suggest wearing light, loose-fitting clothing.

Can Baby Powder Stop Sweat?

Contrary to some advice, baby powder doesn’t stop sweat. It absorbs it. If you’re willing to put up with the mess, you can apply baby powder to sweat-prone areas. Look for a talc-free baby poweder that uses cornstarch or baking soda, especially for your more private body parts.

Can Alcohol Stop Sweat?

Alcohol doesn’t stop sweat completely. It works the same way vinegar does. It helps close the pores of your skin, which helps prevent excess sweating. You can use rubbing alcohol topically. Just apply it the same way you would the apple cider vinegar.

Alcohol wipes can be a quick, though temporary, fix for sweaty hands. Simply rub your palms with alcohol wipes before any social encounter. This can help your hands stay dry enough to avoid awkward sweaty handshakes.

Keep in mind, you can’t consume rubbing alcohol. Also, using it overnight isn’t the best way to use alcohol to treat excess sweating. It’s a better idea to keep alcohol wipes on hand to use them as needed.

8. Medications to Prevent Excess Sweating

Medications for excessive sweating
Home remedies and medications can also come in handy during your battle against perspiration. It’s important to remember, all you need to do is find the right combination of sweat-reducing methods for your body. Once you do, excessive sweating will rarely cross your mind.

What Medications Can Stop Sweat?

If you prefer to use medication to stop sweating, it’s an available option. You should talk to your doctor to determine which type of medication is right for you. In most cases, you have an option of either an oral or topical treatment.

Consider Prescription Anticholinergics

When all other options are exhausted, your doctor may prescribe you an anticholinergic medication. These work by blocking the binding of your brain’s neurotransmitters to the receptor in its nerve cells. Basically, the medication blocks the signals in your brain that tell your body to produce a lot of sweat.

Some commonly prescribed medications include:

  • Glycopyrrolate
  • Propantheline
  • Benztropine
  • Oxybutynin

Topical Prescription-strength Treatments

Instead of prescribing a pill, your doctor may prefer you try a topical treatment first. Typically, topical treatments are simply prescription-strength antiperspirants that work by closing the sweat ducts on the area of skin where the medication is applied. Prescription-strength antiperspirant typically has higher concentrations of aluminum chloride.

Most of the time, this type of prescription is only recommended to help with massive sweating problems. After all, your body needs to be able to sweat a little bit. So talk to your doctor about what’s best for you.

9. Hyperhidrosis Surgery and Other Advanced Treatments

Hyperhidrosis Treatments

Botox® to Stop Sweating

If a clinical strength antiperspirant isn’t working for you, Botox® may be a viable treatment to stop stubborn sweat. OnabotulinumtoxinA Injections (Botox®) work by blocking a specific neurotransmitter in your body that stimulates your sweat glands. It essentially blocks the chemicals responsible for turning your sweat glands “on”.

Botox® involves the insertion of small needles into sweat prone areas of your body (armpits, hands, feet, head and face). If needles make you squeamish, you may want to look elsewhere for your sweating cure.

Botox® is not a permanent fix, but it can be effective. In fact, a few injections into the armpits can prevent excessive sweating for up to 6 months. Because of this, many brides choose this option to avoid getting sweat stains on their wedding dress. Sometimes teenagers heading to prom might also get this treatment, with their parents’ approval and credit cards, of course.


miraDry is a non-invasive process where your sweat glands are “zapped” with electromagnetic energy. No sweat glands mean no sweat. Since your sweat glands don’t grow back, the results are long lasting, if not permanent. miraDry treatment costs are around $3000 and those who have undergone the procedure describe it as painful.

Studies reveal an 83 percent reduction in excessive armpit sweating. So if you can fork up the cash and don’t mind parting with your sweat glands for eternity, it might be a good idea.

Iontophoresis “Injection without a needle”

Iontophoresis is a procedure used to treat excessive sweating on the hands and feet. It’s an advanced treatment for people who suffer from hyperhidrosis or people who have failed to achieve results with clinical strength antiperspirants.

How does Iontophoresis work? It’s like an electrical injection. Patients place their hands or feet in water medicated with an anticholinergic (hyperhidrosis medication). Then the Iontophoresis device delivers the medication via electrical currents through the skin. Iontophoresis has been effective in treating sweaty feet, sweaty hands and facial hyperhidrosis.

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (most invasive)

This is probably the most dangerous treatment that involves destroying nerve endings associated with overactive sweat glands.

Curettage for underarm (axillary) hyperhidrosis

This treatment involves scraping and vacuuming out the sweat glands in the armpit area. Ouch.

It isn’t always easy to determine what type of products will work best to stop sweat for you. But there are plenty of options available. And once you find a solution that works, you can worry less about things like clammy hands, facial sweat or sweat-drenched shirts. You can hold your head high and walk into that first date or job interview with confidence.

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