Everything you ever wanted to know about sweating. Why, How, Whatever…

For most people, excessive sweating is simply caused by slightly overactive sweat glands. But that’s not always the case. Sweating a lot can also be a sign that there’s an underlying medical condition or it could be a side effect of a prescription medication that you’re taking.

Medical Conditions That Can Cause Excessive Sweating

  • Endocarditis
  • Diabetic hypoglycemia
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Fever of undetermined cause
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Heart attack
  • Leukemia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Menopause
  • Stress
  • Tuberculosis
  • Obesity

Medications That Can Cause Excessive Sweating

While other medications may cause excessive sweating, the main culprits are:

  • Painkillers
  • Hormonal medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Cardiovascular drugs

Why Does My Body Sweat So Much?

Producing sweat is how your body regulates your overall body temperature. Basically, any time your body temperature rises, you produce sweat, which helps cool your body down to normal temperature.

Because your body produces sweat any time your internal temperature rises, there are several things that could impact the amount of sweat you produce, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Hormone levels
  • Outside temperatures
  • Medications
  • Physical activity

Your body is always sweating — even when you don’t feel it. If you’re lucky, the sweat your body produces evaporates quickly. But if you produce a lot of sweat, it won’t evaporate as it’s produced, and you’ll start to see small droplets on your skin.

You have more than three million sweat glands on your body, so sweat can be produced pretty much anywhere. However, some parts of your body — such as your underarms, the soles of your feet, your groin area, and the palms of your hands — have more sweat glands than other areas. That’s why you might see more sweat production in those areas.

Can Excessive Sweating Be Cured?

While we’d love to tell you there’s a sure-fire cure for excessive sweating, we just can’t. Body chemistry, sweat severity, diet, anxiety levels, and medications can all impact our sweating. Which makes finding that one-size-fits-all cure pretty difficult.

However, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can help you sweat less.

If you sweat a lot, consider a clinical strength antiperspirant. While not a permanent fix, antiperspirants (not deodorants) can provide temporary relief while you explore a longer term solution to your excessive sweating.

If you’ve tried different home remedies and clinical-strength antiperspirants and haven’t found anything that works, you should consider consulting your doctor for advice. In some cases, doctors and/or dermatologists might prescribe an anticholinergic to help reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. This medication is either prescribed in pill or cream form — depending on which part of your body sweats a lot. For excessive head sweating, some dermatologists use botox injections as a treatment. The botulinum toxin freezes the glands in the treated area so they don’t produce sweat.

Beta-blockers (propranolol) and benzodiazepines also may be prescribed if your excessive sweating is a result of anxiety. While these don’t reduce the amount of sweat you produce, they do help control your anxiety levels, which in turn, reduces sweat production.

Does Sweating Too Much Lead to Dehydration?

You become dehydrated when your body loses more water than you consume. So if you are profusely sweating on a regular basis and you aren’t drinking enough water to replenish the amount your body loses, you could become dehydrated. Normal, non-active people should drink between eight and 12 glasses of water per day. But if you sweat excessively on a regular basis, you should consider increasing your water intake slightly. Even an extra glass or two of water per day could keep you from becoming dehydrated.

What Causes Excessive Sweating on the Head, Neck, and Face?

Facial sweating is common, but it certainly isn’t desirable. In fact, many people battling excessive sweating have the hardest time coping with the stuff that develops on their face and/or neck — mostly because it’s difficult to hide.

Medical conditions, such as diabetes or chronic heart conditions, can cause you to sweat on the head, neck, and/or face, but this type is also caused by anxiety or nerves. Additionally, when it comes to excessive head sweating your diet could be the problem. You should consider eliminating any hard-to-digest foods from your diet to see if that solves your problem.

What Causes Extreme Armpit Sweating?

Excessive underarm sweating is the pits! No one wants to be known at work as the guy or gal with pit stains. Unfortunately, there isn’t one specific cause for extreme underarm sweating. Like other types, it can be caused by a medical condition, nervousness, medications, or overactive sweat glands.

It is important to note that there are more sweat glands on your underarm area. So when your body produces sweat, you’re likely to notice it more there than you would elsewhere on your body. The good news is, with the help of a good antiperspirant, most of the sweat your underarm area produces can be kept at bay.

Will Excessive Sweating Stop After Puberty?

Sometimes excessive sweating is caused by overactive hormones, which is why teenagers, pregnant women, and women in menopause typically sweat more than the average person. The good news is, this also means that if your sweating is caused by overactive hormones, it could stop after puberty. Once the hormones in your body settle down a bit, your body won’t produce as much sweat. In the meantime, consider using a clinical-strength antiperspirant, such as SwaetBlock towelettes, to control the amount of sweat our body produces.

Common Health Problems Associated With Excessive Sweating

Before you decide the best way to stop excessive sweating, you need to determine the cause of the problem. For most people, the cause is simply overactive sweat glands. But sweating a lot can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.

Is Excessive Sweating a Sign of Diabetes?

Excessive sweating is one of several symptoms of diabetes. However, diabetes typically causes very specific types of sweating, all of which are common. So you should consult your doctor to determine whether or not diabetes is really your problem.

Night sweats are common in people with diabetes. They are often caused by low blood sugar levels. However, exercising close to bedtime and drinking alcohol in the evening can also cause you to have night sweats. People with diabetes also commonly experience normal hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), but it’s typically only one of several symptoms. Gustatory sweating is unique to diabetes, though. So if you find yourself breaking a sweat when you’re eating or drinking, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Is Excessive Sweating a Sign of Pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones and the added weight gain from your pregnancy can both cause a bit of excessive sweating. Once you have the baby and your hormones regulate again, the amount of sweating your body produces should go back to normal though.

In the meantime, try drinking more water. It helps keep you hydrated and regulate your body temperature, which can help reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. Also, try your best to wear lightweight clothing and stay out of the heat. Anything you can do to keep cool will help prevent sweating.

Is Excessive Sweating a Sign of Cancer?

Night sweating is a sign of certain types of cancer such as:

  • carcinoid tumors
  • leukemia
  • lymphoma
  • bone cancer
  • liver cancer
  • mesothelioma

However, you shouldn’t assume that you have cancer just because you sweat more at night. Night sweating is actually really common, and people who experience night seat caused by cancer usually have other symptoms of the disease as well such as rapid weight loss and unexplained fevers.

Is Excessive Sweating a Sign of Heart Disease?

Excessive sweating can be a sign of heart disease. This type of sweating is caused because your body has to work extra hard to push your blood through the clogged arteries in your heart. Even though excessive sweating is one symptom of heart disease, it’s important to note that heart disease usually causes cold sweats and clammy skin. So if you suddenly start randomly breaking out in cold sweats that make your skin feel clammy, you should consult your doctor for further testing.

Medications and Excessive Sweating

If you’ve started a new medication, and then, noticed that you’ve started sweating a lot more, the medicine could be the cause of your problem. Not all medications can cause sweating, though. The side effect is typically associated with painkillers, antidepressants, cardiovascular drugs, and hormonal drugs.

Antidepressants are one of the most common medications that cause sweating. In fact, about 19 percent of people taking an SSRI or SBRI antidepressant report increased amounts of sweating. So if you’re taking Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, Lexapro, or Symbyax, and you’ve started breaking out in sweats, you may want to discuss other options with your doctor.

Even though increased sweat production is a sign of a hormonal imbalance, it can also be caused by the medication you take to balance your hormones out. This includes thyroid regulators, endocrine hormones, testosterone drugs, vasopressins, and certain types of birth control, specifically Depo-Provera.

Excessive sweating is also a side effect of analgesic painkillers such as Vicodin, Methadone, OxyContin, Vioxx, Ultram, Celebrex, and any fentanyl-based drug. While it’s most often associated with withdrawal, these medications can cause you to sweat while you take them. Prescription Midol and Aleve can also cause you to sweat more than normal. The good news is, there are other painkillers available. If one of these options increases the amount of sweat you produce, talk to your doctor about switching to prescription-strength IB Profen, Tylenol, or another non-narcotic painkiller.

Lastly, there are 17 classes of cardiovascular drugs that can cause you to sweat profusely. Some of the more common medications include Norvasc, Digitek, Cardura, Zestril, Altace, and Bumex.

When to See a Doctor

Even though hyperhidrosis is annoying and embarrassing, it isn’t a condition that’s medically serious. You should consult your doctor if you are having trouble treating the condition on your own, using clinical-strength antiperspirants and other home remedies. Your doctor may be able to give you a prescription medication or cream that will help you. However, most doctors and dermatologists suggest their patients use clinical-strength antiperspirants before trying prescription-strength medicine.

If you believe that your excessive sweating is caused by a more severe medical condition, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. If this is the case, you would probably notice all-over body sweating, because it’s more associated with other medical conditions than sweating in one part of your body. Also, there’s a good chance you’ll have other signs of the illness as well. Regardless, no one knows your body the way you do, so if you’re concerned that the excessive sweating you’re experiencing is caused by something more severe, go to the doctor.

If you’re taking medication and you think that medication is causing your excessive sweating, you should also talk to your doctor. You never know, your doctor may be able to suggest a similar medication that doesn’t make you sweat a lot.

The fact is, excessive sweating is always annoying. It can be really embarrassing too. But with a combination of clinical-strength antiperspirants, such as SweatBlock, and your doctor’s recommendations, you can reduce the amount of sweat your body produces.

Everyone sweats. Some… more than others.

Perspiration is the body’s way of cooling down, both physically and emotionally. Sweat is healthy and normal in most circumstances, but not always.

To understand the science of sweat, we first need to understand how sweat glands work.

There Are Two Major Types of Sweat Glands

Sweat glands are also called sudoriferous glands. This is from the Latin “sudor” which simply means “sweat”.

Sweat glands are endocrine and exocrine glands. The major glands in the endocrine system are the pituitary, pineal, adrenal, parathyroid and thyroid glands, the pancreas, testes, ovaries, parathyroid gland, and the hypothalamus.

There are more than 2.5 million (up to 4 million on some people) perspiration glands spread out all over the dermis layer of the average person’s skin. A sweat gland consists of a long, coiled tube of cells. The coil is actually sweat ducts connecting the gland to the pore or hair follicle on the skin’s surface. Myoepithelial cells are above the base membrane of blood vessels. They are the cells that contract and excrete the secretions, like in salivary glands. The seromucous glands are in your nose, to keep it moist.

There are also nerve cells from your sympathetic nervous system that connect your nervous system to the sweat glands. That’s why both being nervous, or being hot can make you sweat.

The two major types of sweat glands are eccrine glands and apocrine glands.

Eccrine Glands

The most numerous of the two types are eccrine sweat glands. They are found in virtually all of your skin. They are most dense on your palms, the soles of your feet, and your forehead. There are some, but fewer, on your trunk and on your arms and legs. On the skin surface, each eccrine sweat gland ends in a pore.

The word “eccrine” is from the Greek word “ekkrinein”, which means “secrete”.Sometimes referred to as the merocrine sweat glands, these function to keep us cool. Your eccrine or merocrine glands are in charge of thermo regulation, the hard work of regulating our temperature and kicking into action when we are too hot.

The eccrine sweat glands are activated by the neurotransmitters connected through your nervous system. Your nervous system recognizes when you are too hot, and then uses the neurotransmitters to communicate with your eccrine sweat glands when you need to cool down.

Eccrine sweat has no odor. It is 98-99% water, with some sodium chloride and is used for thermoregulation.

Apocrine Glands

Your apocrines are mostly in your armpits. They are also in your eyelids, groin, and around your nipples. As they reach the surface of your skin, they end up in hair follicles instead of just a pore.

When we say something “smells like sweat”, we are referring to the odor of the apocrine sweat glands. Apocrine secretions are scented, in armpits, groin and around the nipples on the mammary glands. They function to create the odor, but don’t contribute to keeping us cool.

Chemically, the secretions from your apocrine sweat glands are very different than the eccrine sweat glands that secrete mostly water. They secrete steroids, proteins and lipids. The secretions don’t smell as they leave, but when they encounter outside bacteria, the chemicals start to decompose. It is that decomposition that we smell and recognize as “body odor”.

This is what is responsible for causing some people to produce a stronger odor than others. As you would expect, they are located on the palms and soles and your armpits (axillae).

The ceruminous glands are specialized sudoriferous glands that are located subcutaneously in the outer third of your ear canal. This is why some people also have excessive ear wax.

Our bodies are constantly sweating, even when we don’t realize it. You are always working at maintaining a constant temperature, and much of that means staying cool. The amount you sweat depends on the external temperature, but it also depends on your physical activity level. Of course, perspiring can also be a nervous reaction, as it often accompanies anxiety. Your glands function in many positive ways, unless they become overactive to make you sweat excessively.

Why Some People Sweat Excessively

Some people sweat more than other people. Some people perspire excessively. When you sweat too much it is called hyperhidrosis. Some people say they sweat so much, they even sweat while in a swimming pool.

Most of the time, even sweating excessively is harmless. Sometimes, it can be a symptom of an underlying condition that may require medical treatment. Doctors will only diagnose you as having a medical condition if you are perspiring more than would be required to maintain your temperature.

When it is hot outside, everyone will perspire some. It is not a medical problem until the person is dripping wet to the point where the perspiration could actually drip right from the palms of your hands. The profuse wetness can happen without cause; without physical activities, without high external temperatures, a fever and without internal anxiety.

Hormones play a part, too. Puberty, pregnancy and menopause are all prime times for extra sweat. The sweat glands that cause odors during puberty are present in the body from the time of birth. The glands are activated by the puberty hormones, which is why teens are prone to so many unpleasant odors.

Usually, the perspiration that is produced gets carried to the epidermis when one of the triggers for the neurotransmitters signals that there is a reason.

Basal cells make up the innermost layer of the epidermis. They continually divide, so new cells push the older ones towards the skin’s surface, where they are shed.

When the temperature rises, if you have a fever, when you exercise, or when you feel nervous, anxious, or are under stress, your perspiration controls get signalled to go to work. After these issues are no longer a factor, the nerve fibers signal the actions to go on hold.

With hyperhidrosis, between 1% and 2% of the population have glands that never shut off. Even when the situation doesn’t call for cooling down, their bodies don’t get the message to take a rest.

What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is an extreme sweating condition that affects an estimated 4.8% of the worldwide population.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis

Focal, or primary hyperhidrosis, causes excessive perspiration on the palms of the hands, the underarms, the face, and the feet without any apparent cause.

Generalized, or secondary hyperhidrosis causes excessive perspiration over a larger area, or all over. This can be caused by some medications or by some underlying medical conditions.

Primary Causes

Primary hyperhidrosis is somewhat mysterious. Experts have yet to identify a specific cause or causes. But recent research suggests that genetics might play a role.

Secondary Causes

Unlike primary, secondary hyperhidrosis has many known causes:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Some medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Gout
  • Lymphoma
  • Infections

Complications – Can Sweat Glands Get Infected?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a long-term chronic disease of the apocrine sweat glands. The glands in the groin and underarm areas clog and become infected. The inflammation of the apocrine sweat glands leads to painful lumps of pus. Often, this is a very painful sweat glands disease and causes an unpleasant body odor.

Since the condition is chronic, flare ups happen repeatedly. The flare-ups do not tend to go away over time, so the skin becomes significantly scarred. The flare ups are often as a response to stressful situations.

Some doctors advocate for a long-term treatment using systemic antibiotics such as tetracycline, or erythromycin combined with metronidazole, but generally the disease treatment tends to have poor outcomes.

Treatment Options

Now we know that the apocrine glands contribute to focal (primary) hyperhidrosis so that’s where we need to focus for treatments. Since apocrine glands are not essential to keeping us cool with thermoregulation, they can be targeted for treatment without risking any bodily functions.

Options for the treatment of primary hyperhidrosis include:

  • Botox injections for armpits
  • Aluminum containing prescription-strength or over-the-counter antiperspirants
  • Iontophoresis: Treatment using a low-intensity electric current
  • Anticholinergics: A medication that affects nerve signals

Botox

Botox is actually Botulinum toxin. Injecting botulinum toxin A is a treatment option. This is the same medicine that is injected into the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Botox is specifically FDA approved for the treatment of excessive sweat in the underarms, but it is also used by some doctors on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands.

Botox blocks the neurotransmitters that signal the glands to begin their activation. The treatment may require several Botox injections at once, but results often last for up to a year.

Antiperspirants

Antiperspirants are generally the first step for treatment. Most people already use an antiperspirant daily. Antiperspirants use aluminum salts to block the perspiration when you apply them to your skin.

Antiperspirants are available over-the-counter at supermarkets and drug stores, or there are prescription-strength antiperspirants, too. The over-the-counter products are often less irritating than the prescription-strength antiperspirants. Always begin with over-the-counter brands before asking your doctor about prescriptions.

Often antiperspirants are combined with deodorants. This combination will help to control the odors from your sweat as well as the wetness.

You can apply antiperspirants on any area where you sweat. You can apply them to your hands and feet or even to your hairline.

Applying antiperspirant more frequently will keep your drier. Apply it at bedtime as well as in the morning.

A proprietary formulation such as SweatBlock often manages excessive sweat in almost all cases. If you have not used it yet, do so before moving to the more invasive treatments.

Iontophoresis

A low-level electric current moves through water in a shallow tray. You place your hands and/or feet in the tray for 20 to 30 minutes. The treatment needs to be repeated several times a week, but some people find that after several treatments, they no longer need more.

You can purchase a home-use machine. You may only require a few treatments monthly after the initial period, for maintenance.

Experts tell us Iontophoresis blocks the sweat from the skin’s surface but, no one knows exactly why it works.

Iontophoresis is generally considered safe, but because of the electrical current, it is not recommended for pregnant women, those with pacemakers or metal implants, heart conditions, or epilepsy.

Anticholinergics

Doctor occasionally recommend prescription medicines like anticholinergic drugs after several other treatments have failed. Taken orally, these anticholinergic drugs are able to stop the activation of perspiration.

They do have some side effects for some people, like heart palpitations, blurred vision and urinary issues.

Surgery – Can Sweat Glands be Removed

As a last resort, surgery is considered for severe issues with the hands and underarms. Removing glands entirely or destroying the nerves that send the messages, are both surgical options.

Steps to Take at Home to Control Excessive Perspiration

In addition to any recommendations from your doctor, here are some home remedies to help support your treatments:

  • Wear light, breathable clothing.
  • Bring along an extra shirt.
  • Wear merino wool or polypro socks that wick moisture away from your feet. Bring along a second pair.
  • Shower daily using an antibacterial soap. This controls the bacteria that can cause odors.
  • Dry yourself off completely afterwards. Then apply antiperspirant.
  • Consider using an antibacterial cream.
  • Use shoe inserts and underarm liners to absorb the sweat so it won’t ruin your clothes or smell.
  • Eliminate spicy foods and alcohol. Both can make you sweat.
  • Avoid hot drinks like coffee and tea.

At the risk of sounding brash, we can’t end this article without recommending SweatBlock. Although it may not cure hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating for everyone, it can help most people. It’s certainly worth a try with our “Love it, or it’s free!” guarantee. Try our clinical strength antiperspirant today!

The Science of Sweat Infographic

Did you know that deodorant and antiperspirant aren’t the same? It’s okay if you didn’t; most people think they’re interchangeable — but they aren’t.

5 Key Facts About Antiperspirant and Deodorant

  1. Deodorant controls odor but isn’t very effective at controlling sweat.
  2. Antiperspirant blocks sweat glands, reducing the amount of perspiration your body produces.
  3. Using a combination of deodorant and antiperspirant gives you the best solutions of both worlds.
  4. Neither deodorant or antiperspirant cause cancer.
  5. Deodorant and antiperspirant together contribute more to sweat stains than sweat.

Beat the Stink with Deodorant

Here’s the thing: sweat doesn’t stink.

Yeah, you read that right. Most people associate body odor with excessive sweating, but your sweat doesn’t actually stink.

Body odor occurs when the proteins and fat in your sweat mingle with the bacteria on your skin. The parts of your body that do produce an odor when sweating, have two things in common: more bacteria growth and apocrine glands.

See, not all sweat glands are created equally. The apocrine glands, located primarily around your underarms and groin, tend to be the most stinky because they sweat they produce is laced with fat and proteins. When this mixes with the bacteria on your skin, it creates a funky odor.

Also, because some parts of your body are more prone to bacteria growth, they are also more prone to unwanted odors. Areas that aren’t prime breeding grounds for bacteria can still sweat, but they won’t stink.

For example, you might sweat a lot on your face or have a problem with clammy hands, but your face and hands don’t have an odor when you’re sweating. On the flip side, areas of your body that are prone to high levels of bacteria, such as your armpits and groin area, do get a funky odor when you sweat.

Basically, body odor is produced by that specific combination of fat and protein in your sweat mixing with bacteria on your skin.

How Does Deodorant Work?

Deodorant works by killing the bacteria on your skin. This way when you sweat, there isn’t enough bacteria sitting on your skin to create an odor. Your armpits and pubic area have thousands of hairs. These hairs hold on to bacteria and sweat, which is why, when it comes to body odor, these are the most problematic areas of your body.

When and Where Should You Use Deodorant?

Deodorant is meant to be used on your armpits. However, some women also use it underneath their breasts. It’s also common for people to swipe deodorant along their upper inner thigh — the bikini area — to help mask odors and prevent chafing. But it’s important to remember that these aren’t places that deodorant is meant to be used. For these body parts, baby powder is a much better — and safer — option.

You should apply deodorant to your underarm area when you get out of the shower. But you need to wait until your skin is fully dry.

You can also apply deodorant mid-day if you feel like you’re starting to get a bit funky. After all, you don’t want to be the person in the office that’s stinking up the room. It’s embarrassing. Fortunately, you can purchase travel-size deodorants to keep at work, in your gym bag, or even in your purse to make mid-day applications easy and convenient. In addition to layering on the deodorant and baby powder, you can also use body spray, perfume, or cologne to help mask any unwanted odors throughout the day.

Which Deodorant Is Best?

If you’re on a mission to find the best deodorants on the market, you might be a bit disappointed to know that there’s not really a one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone’s body is different. So the deodorant that your bestie swears by may not be the right option for you. That’s okay though because there are plenty of products available. You could even opt for an all-natural or homemade deodorant over a more traditional brand.

Most of the options you find at the store are a combination of deodorant and antiperspirant. So if you pick up a product from a popular company, such as Secret, Speedstick, or Dove, and read the label, there’s a good chance you’ll notice that the product is actually both a deodorant and antiperspirant. This is a good option for you if you want to mask body odor and prevent sweating. But if you sweat excessively, the antiperspirant that’s in your deodorant may not be enough. You should consider using a stronger antiperspirant, such as SweatBlock, in addition to your deodorant.

Natural and homemade deodorants don’t have an antiperspirant in them. This means that unless you rarely sweat, you would need to use an antiperspirant too. Most natural options are made using plant-based ingredients and scented with essential oils. If you have sensitive skin, consider purchasing or making unscented natural deodorant.

If razor burn is a problem for you, consider using a spray-on deodorant that includes a moisturizer. Just make sure it’s alcohol-free so it won’t burn when you apply it. If you have sensitive skin, consider using a deodorant made using coconut oil. This should help avoid any skin irritation problems you might be experiencing. If you experience excessive sweating, pick up a deodorant with a clinical-strength antiperspirant.

Stop the Sweat with Antiperspirant

If you’re worried about sweat stains on your clothing, your sweaty feet stinking up your shoes, or you’re embarrassed by your clammy hands, you need antiperspirant, not deodorant. Antiperspirant helps you stop sweating, deodorant doesn’t.

Your body is covered with sweat glands, and there are two different types: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. This means your body can produce sweat in any area, even though some areas are more problematic than others.

Sweating helps regulate your body temperature. So even though it can be embarrassing, it’s perfectly normal. But people don’t just sweat while doing strenuous activities. You might sweat excessively when you’re nervous or stressed too.

How Does Antiperspirant Work?

Antiperspirants use aluminum salts to dissolve the moisture on the surface of your skin. As it dissolves, it forms a gel that temporarily sits on tops of your sweat glands to help prevent additional sweating. This reduces that amount of sweat your body produces.

When and Where Should You Use Antiperspirant?

Unlike deodorant, antiperspirant can be used anywhere on your body. That’s why people prone to excessive sweating should use a clinical strength antiperspirant in addition to their deodorant. Products, such as SweatBlock, can be used to reduce the amount of sweat produced on your underarm area, face, groin area, and hands — and the results last between four and seven days, making it a great option for anyone who’s prone to excessive sweating.

But unlike deodorant, you should actually apply antiperspirant at night — before you go to bed. See, it takes awhile for antiperspirant to start working. Also, your sweat glands are less active when you’re sleeping because your body temperature naturally cools when you rest. This means the antiperspirant you choose doesn’t need to work as hard to give you the results you desire.

So if you plan to use a clinical strength antiperspirant, you should take your shower at night. Then, when your skin is completely dry, apply your antiperspirant and wait for it to dry completely — about five minutes or so. Once it’s dry, all you need to do is go to bed and let the antiperspirant do its thing.

Which Antiperspirant Is Best?

Because antiperspirant is a product that you use on your body, what someone deems the best antiperspirant may not work for you. Basically, you need to try different ones on your own to determine whether or not it’s right for you. Of course, we’re partial to SweatBlock towelettes. (Insert smiling winky face here.)

If you don’t sweat excessively or you hardly sweat, an antiperspirant and deodorant combination might work really well for you. However, if you’re prone to excessive sweating, you should opt for a product with a clinical-strength antiperspirant such as SweatBlock antiperspirant towelettes. (Heck, even if you do use a deodorant with a clinical-strength antiperspirant, you should keep SweatBlock towelettes on hand to use in a pinch.)

Deodorant vs Antiperspirant: Which One Is Better?

If you’re trying to compare deodorant and antiperspirant to determine which one is better, you won’t really find a good answer. They are two different things that serve two entirely different purposes. Instead of comparing the two, you need to think about the problem you’re trying to solve, choose the option that will help you solve it, and compare different brands until you find the one that works best for your body.

Deodorant vs Antiperspirant Difference

The difference between deodorant and antiperspirant comes down to what they do. Deodorant masks your body odor and antiperspirant helps reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. It’s that simple.

If it’s body odor you’re battling, you should be comparing different deodorants to find one that works well for you. If you’re trying to combat excessive sweating, you need to compare antiperspirants. You can also use a combination of products to get the results you desire. For example, if you experience slight body odor and excessive sweating, you could use a deodorant with a clinical-strength antiperspirant every day and use SweatBlock towelettes in your most problematic areas every four to seven days. This way you eliminate your body odor and greatly reduce the excessive sweating.

Remember, everyone has their own unique body odor and everyone sweats. So while it can be embarrassing, it’s completely normal. You aren’t the only one fighting these problems. And the best part is, sweating and body odor are conditions that are treatable. With the right products, you don’t have to worry about having clammy hands on a first date, sweating through your shirt during a business meeting, or having funky-smelling armpits halfway through that job interview.

The interwebs are full of juicy rumors, tall tales and “fake news”. The topics of sweating and perspiration are no stranger to these myths. In this short post we explore some of the most popular sweat myths and attempt some debunkery along the way.

1) Sweating is a Bad Thing

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It’s true, sweaty armpits and sweaty hands won’t do your social life any favors. You might even think ending all your sweat could end ALL your problems. The truth is, normal perspiration is essential to keeping you healthy… and alive.

(Fact: The inability to sweat is called Anhidrosis. Anhidrosis can lead to heatstroke and even death.)

Sweat isn’t all bad. In fact, it’s pretty darn good.

Your sweat glands are your built-in air conditioning unit. When your body gets too hot, it releases sweat to expel heat and cool things down.

Can too much of a good thing… become a bad thing?

2) Sweating is a Good Thing

excessive sweating
Wait, didn’t I say sweat was a good thing? It is. BUT, excessive sweat isn’t always a sign of great work ethic. It’s one thing to sweat your guts out during an intense workout. It’s another to sweat your guts out for no reason while doing absolutely nothing at all. (exception: it’s 900º outside or you’re sitting in a sauna).

If excessive sweating is unpredictable and uncontrollable, it’s not a good thing. In fact, this kind of perspiration is classified as hyperhidrosis. Many people suffer from hyperhidrosis and don’t even know it. Hyperhidrosis isn’t always explainable. But it can often be a side affect of underlying health problems or a result of poor diet.

3) Sweating is natural, so you shouldn’t try to stop it.

perspiration is natural
Says the person who’s never struggled with hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Yes, sweating is natural. But it’s also natural to be yourself, wear what you want, go out with friends, give hugs, and dance your heart out — WITHOUT having to worry about embarrassing sweat!

Isn’t it medically dangerous to block sweat on specific parts of your body? According to medical expert, Dr. Kery Peterson, “The answer is No. We have millions of sweat glands and our underarms represent a very small percentage of them. You’ll be able to cool off just fine by using all of the other sweat glands in your body.”

4) Sweat is the cause of “Sweat Stains”

sweat stains
Sweat often gets blamed for those flattering yellow stains that ruin your shirts. But is sweat really the cause?

What about antiperspirants and deodorants? Did you know these anti-sweat products actually do most of the staining in your shirts?

Antiperspirants react with the protein in your sweat creating yellowish armpit stains.

Deodorants contain oils, fragrances and other ingredients that absorb easily into your clothing. This can cause a similar yellowing and staining.

Tips to avoid “sweat” stains:
When applying deodorant, wait a few minutes for it to completely dry. This way the deodorant will not absorb into your shirt.

Apply antiperspirant at night. Your antiperspirant will work better and it won’t mess up your shirt the next day.

Not all deodorants and antiperspirants stain. Here’s a great antiperspirant that keeps you dry WITHOUT leaving unsightly stains.

Here are some quick tips to remove sweat stains.

5) Sweat Stinks

sweat stinks
Why does sweat stink? Regardless of educational background, we all know that water is wet, fire is hot, and sweat… stinks! Not so much…

Sweat actually doesn’t have an odor. It’s made up of 99% water and the other 1% is salt, protein and fat-based metabolites.

Body odor is a by-product of protein-laced sweat mixing with bacteria on your skin. Your armpits, chest and groin area are full of sweat glands that produce this type of sweat.

Wanna avoid this stinky bacteria-protein cocktail? Keep your skin clean, use an antiperspirant to block sweat and a deodorant to kill the bacteria.

6) Sweating Out Toxins

sweating out toxins
Fitness gurus, sauna salesman and mommy bloggers love to tout this monster myth. But it just aint so. You can no more sweat out toxins than you can sweat out gold nuggets.

Your body releases extra heat via your sweat glands in the form of sweat. Your sweat is mostly water and salt – NOT toxins.

Your liver is the official detoxifying organ in your body, not your sweat glands.

Want to detoxify? Drink plenty of water, eat clean food and exercise regularly. Cut out sugar (artificial stuff too), caffeine, alcohol and smoking. Get plenty of sleep and antioxidants. This will do more for your detox journey than any amount of sweating.

7) Sweating Makes You Lose Weight

sweating weight loss
Does sweating help you lose weight? Sure. Do you actually lose body fat when you perspire? Nope. The only thing you’re losing when you sweat is water. Loss of water weight will not result in loose fitting jeans, flat stomaches, or beach bodies.

Real weight loss comes when excessive sweat meets intense exercise (calorie burn). If you want to lose weight by sweating, do it the old fashion way – in the gym or on the track.

8) More Sweating = A Better Workout

sweaty dude
Sweating isn’t the best measure of how effective your workouts are. If you perspire more during exercise, it most likely means you have more sweat glands. Your heart rate is the best indicator for calorie burn and effective workouts.

9) Antiperspirants Are Bad

lady finger wagging
Is antiperspirant bad for you? Another wide-spread myth is that Antiperspirants cause cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

However, the American Cancer Society has a different opinion. In fact, their official take on this matter is that “all of these claims are largely untrue.”

But what about the aluminum in antiperspirant? Shouldn’t you be concerned about that? Again, the American Cancer Society says “no.” They go a step further to point out that “the actual amount of aluminum absorbed (from antiperspirant) would be much less than what would be expected to be absorbed from the foods a person eats during the same time.”

10) Deodorants Stop Sweat

deodorant
Do you know the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant? Most people don’t. Deodorants deodorize and mask the smell of bacteria-laden sweat. But they do not stop or block sweat. If stopping sweat is your goal, you need a strong antiperspirant. Antiperspirants cause your sweat pores to swell and block unwanted perspiration.

Looking for the best deodorant for sweat? Stop looking for deodorant and begin your search for a strong antiperspirant.

11) Baby Powder Helps with Sweating

too much baby powder
Baby powder is often mentioned as a natural remedy for stopping excessive underarm sweat. Baby powder absorbs sweat, but it doesn’t actually stop it. Aside from the messy application, the wet baby powder can also ruin ones clothing.

Want to stop embarrassing sweat? Put down the baby powder and check out these tips and tricks to stop sweaty armpits.

It’s time to accept that sweating is just an everyday part of our lives. Humans sweat, animals sweat, and yes, even celebrities sweat. Here are just some fun tidbits about this sometimes unpleasant, and slightly embarrassing, human function.

1. Men sweat 40% MORE than women

man sweating profusely
Here’s a cool fact: Women actually have more sweat glands on average than men, but still sweat less. Sorry, guys, it’s the truth. In recent studies on sweating patterns, researchers have found that when their subjects were under stress from high temperatures or an intense work out, regardless of what kind of shape they were in or how much body fat they had, men almost always beat out women in the sweat category. Why the unfairness? Women are just better sweaters. In other words, female bodies can evaporate sweat more efficiently on their skin which cools down the body without a ton of perspiration, unlike men.

2. The normal human being sweats around 278 gallons EACH year

278 gallons of sweat
This is said to be enough to fill up the gas tank of three mid-size SUVs. Maybe sweat should be the next alternative fuel. Instead of having to pay hundreds of dollars a year to fill up your car, you could just sweat it out at the gym a few times a week. It’s just the stench you’d have to deal with.

3. An estimated 360 million people worldwide suffer from “extreme” sweating

excessive sweating
Unfortunately, there are people who sweat excessively all the time and for absolutely no reason. This extreme sweat condition is called hyperhidrosis. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis often experience excessive underarm sweating, sweaty handshakes and other awkward sweating. This extreme sweat is notorious for sabotaging social life and causing depression in some.

3. In some Micronesian cultures, sweat is thought of as a WARRIORS ESSENCE

sweaty warriors
To drink such an essence, especially that of a fellow warrior, is considered a great honor. It’s a good thing America hasn’t picked up on this “great honor.”

4. Did you know that cows sweat through their noses?

cow sweat
It’s true. Dairy farmers often have to spray off their cows in order to cool them down in the summer. They say a comfortable cow is an economical cow.

5. Your feet have OVER 250,000 sweat glands.

feet sweat glands
That’s a lot. We have more sweat glands on our feet than on our backs. That nasty smell from your sweaty feet isn’t caused by sweat, at least not entirely. It’s the sweat loving bacteria that cause the unforgettable foot odor.

6. Hippo’s sweat blood

hippos sweat blood
Did you know that Hippos sweat blood? At least that what’s the ancient greeks used to believe. But modern science reveals that this red, bloodlike substance is actually just sweat. Not to be confused with ordinary sweat, Hippo sweat is infused with sun-blocking and bacteria killing powers.

7. Pigs can’t actually “Sweat like pigs” – Only us humans 😉

Sweat like a pig
Pigs don’t sweat that well or that much. They have to bathe in mud to cool their bodies down. The saying is thought to have come from the way pigs actually smell, instead of how they sweat. I think it originated from that guy at the gym who literally showers his “essence” on the treadmill and walks away without wiping up. Can you be more “piggy”?

8. Horses have armpits that sweat like humans

horse head
No joke. Aside from humans, horses are one of the few other mammals that regulate their body temperature through sweat. Here’s another cool fact: A soap like protein called latherin is found in a horse’s sweat and helps spread the sweat over their coat to maximize the evaporation of water to cool them down. I’m just glad my body sweat doesn’t have a soap like consistency after I go to the gym…

9. Swedish scientist have created a delicious beverage machine that dispenses freshly secreted sweat… mmm.

swedish sweat machine
The “sweat machine” works by sucking the moisture out of sweaty clothing and purifies it enough to drink. In case you aren’t sweaty enough to try out this fascinating machine, there is an exercise bike attached to get your sweat glands working. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

10. Humans can sweat blood

sweat blood
It’s a rare condition called Hematohidrosis. Hematidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to discharge blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. This condition is so rare, not many cases have been recorded. Leonardo Da Vinci described a soldier who sweated blood before battle. The phenomenon has also been observed in individuals condemned to execution, a case occurring during the London blitz, and in the case of a sailor, a storm coming.

11. Emotions can change the smell of your sweat

nervous sweating
Emotions trigger changes in the chemical makeup of your sweat. In an Austrian study, participants wore pads to collect their sweat while watching scary films on the first day, and then neutral films the next day. A second group of volunteers smelled the pads and were able to recognize which pads were worn during the thriller. This fouler smelling sweat is also known as stress sweat. Some of the most putrid and profuse sweat comes from high emotion, high stress situations. Word of advice, don’t take your hot date to a scary movie without using a strong antiperspirant.

12. Vegetarians have better smelling sweat

vegetarian sweat
This has to be one of the more important discoveries of the 21st century. I don’t know who thought of this study, but it did happen. Here’s how it all went down: Women judged the sweat smell of non-meat eating and carnivorous men. The results: These lucky females reported that the vegetarian men had more attractive smelling sweat.

Hence the saying… “mo’ veggies, mo’ ladies”

12 Bizarre Facts About Sweat

Is sweating good for you? Or… is it bad for you?

Does it help you lose weight? Release toxins? Or even attract the opposite sex?

In this article, we’ll explore the good, the bad, and a bit of the ugly side of sweat.

Let’s start with the Good Sweating


We’ve been helping people control unwanted, excessive sweat for over 10 years and we often get asked the question… “But aren’t you supposed to sweat?”

The answer: Yes. (but not always)

Normal sweating is certainly good. It’s the natural process by which your body cools itself during an intense workout or on a sweltering summer day.

When temperatures climb, your body signals your sweat glands and they work their magic; You perspire, your body cools, and you live to sweat another day.

Normal sweating can occur on hot days, during exercise, emotional stress, even when consuming your favorite spicy dish.

Are there additional benefits of sweating? It depends on who you ask. Many experts conclude that the cooling affect of sweating is its only redeeming quality.

However, natural wellness experts strongly disagree and argue that sweating has many health benefits. Here’s some popular theories on the benefits of sweating:

  • Healthy sweating clears pores helping the skin stay zit and pimple free
  • Normal sweating can help protect against germs and bacteria.
  • Some studies suggest that sweating produced from intense exercise can reduce the risk of kidney stones.
  • According to researchers at UC Berkeley, pheromones found in male sweat can raise Cortisol hormone levels in women. Cortisol is connected with arousal, stress and brain activation. In other words… more sweat = more ladies 😉 or is it… more sweat = more stress?

Now that we’ve established that sweat isn’t just for the stink, let’s explore the potential downside to sweating…

Can Sweating Be Bad For You?


Not all sweating is good. Excessive or abnormal sweating can be a sign of other health problems and the source of some extremely embarrassing social interactions.

We’re all familiar with the ugly side of sweat: sweat tacos, armpit stains, funky body odor, sweaty handshakes, awkward hugs, flattering back sweat, etc…

Here are some not-so-obvious signs that good sweating has gone bad…

  • Acidic sweat
  • Fatty, stinky sweat
  • Salty sweat
  • Fishy, smelly sweat
  • Unusually stinky sweat
  • Excessive sweat or hyperhidrosis
  • Sweat that’s gone AWAL

Can you do anything about bad sweat?


Yes, there are some things you can do to improve your sweat health, but it’s always best to consult with your doctor if you feel your sweat is abnormal or excessive.

Here’s a few tips to help deal with bad sweat:

Acidic Sweat : Acidic sweat can indicate an acid imbalance in your body. When your body has too much acid it can pass the excess acid through your sweat glands causing acidic sweat. Eating high alkaline foods like fruits and vegetables can help. Avoiding sugars, sodas, and caffeine can also reduce the acid in your body.

Fatty, stinky Sweat : This kind of sweating can indicate high stress in your life. Stress sweat is often produced by your apocrine glands which are only found in your armpits. This sweat tends to carry fat and protein that can mix with bacteria and add a not-so-sweet aroma to your underarms. Find ways to calm down, destress, and relax to reduce this kind of sweating.

Salty Sweat : Stingy, salty sweat can indicate a low sodium diet. Strange as it seems, adding a bit of salt to your diet and some electrolytes may help tame your salty sweat.

Fishy, Smelly Sweat : Fish flavored sweat can indicate a rare and extremely inconvenient problem called Fish Odor Syndrome or Trimethylaminuria. Unfortunately we don’t have any tips to offer here. It’s best to consult with your doctor about possible antibiotics, soaps or special diet recommendations that may help.

Unusually Stinky Sweat : If strong smelling sweat makes frequent visits to your underarms it’s worth looking at your diet. Foods like garlic, stinky cheese, onions, cabbage and fried foods can rise again in the form of dangerously potent body odor. Eliminating certain foods from your diet may help reduce unfavorable odors. Here’s a great article on foods that make you sweat and another helpful article that explores the foods that can reduce sweating.

Excessive Sweating or Hyperhidrosis : If you feel like you’re sweating too much or sweating more than usual, you might have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating even when temperatures, stress/emotional levels, and physical activity are low. In other words, you sweat a lot and for no apparent reason. While hyperhidrosis isn’t life-threatening, it can be extremely embarrassing. Treatments for hyperhidrosis include botox, medications, microwaving your sweat glands, and in more severe cases surgery. But the most economical and effective treatment is a strong clinical strength antiperspirant.

No Sweat : Lack of sweat is not a good thing. This can indicate that sweat glands are no longer functioning properly due to nerve damage, skin damage or other disorders. This condition is known as Hypohidrosis (not hyper) or anhidrosis. If sweat glands are no longer producing sweat, you could be in danger of overheating or heat stroke.

If you have any concerns about your sweating, it’s always best to consult with a doctor about possible treatments and underlying medical conditions that may be influencing your bodies natural sweating.

Article sources and other helpful links to learn more about healthy sweating:

www.prevention.com/health/what-your-sweat-can-tell-you/
healthyeating.sfgate.com/decrease-body-acidity-8699.html
fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2014/01/10/sweating-benefits.aspx
www.healthline.com/health/sweating-absent
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimethylaminuria
www.cnet.com/news/study-male-sweat-causes-female-hormones-to-rise/