Tips to beat sweating and hyperhidrosis.

Remember that hat you always used to wear? You know, the one that fit perfectly? The one you always relied on? Maybe it’s the one tucked away on the top shelf or hiding under the bed riddled with sweat stains.

Wanna get rid of those unsightly sweat stains? Here are several ways to remove sweat stains from hats. Choose wisely, depending on what your hat is made of, certain methods will work better than others.

6 Ways to Get Sweat Stains Out of Hats:

  • 1. Hand Washing
  • 2. Dishwasher and Cap Cage (top rack)
  • 3. Spot Treatment
  • 4. Washing Machine
  • 5. Dry Cleaning
  • 6. Enzyme Treatment

Proceed with caution, using the wrong method could destroy your hat … along with any sweat stains. Before moving ahead with any of these hat cleaning methods, verify the following details:

Hat Material: You can usually find manufacturing and material information on the inside of your hat. If there isn’t a tag or it doesn’t specify what the hat is made of, check the manufacturers website for additional details.

Manufacturer Washing Instructions: Washing instructions can also be found on the inside of your hat. Again, if you can’t find any tags indicating washing or manufacturing information, check the manufacturers website.

Is the Hat Colorfast? Before you attempt to wash your hat, find out if it’s colorfast. Moisten a clean, white cloth in lukewarm water and rub it on a hidden part of the hat to see if the dye runs. If some of the colored dye transfers to the rag, don’t completely soak the hat in water as that will ruin it. If the hat’s color doesn’t transfer to the rag, it’s colorfast.

A few other tips to remember:

  • ALWAYS follow recommended washing instructions from manufacturer.
  • Don’t use bleach or detergents that contain bleach.
  • Don’t chuck your hat in the laundry with the rest of your dirty clothes. (trust us, it won’t end well.)
  • Don’t put your hat in the dryer… ever!
  • Don’t put your hat in the dishwasher with dirty dishes.
  • Don’t air dry your hat in direct sunlight.

1. Get Sweat Stains Out of Hats by Hand Washing

We’ll start here as hand washing is truly the best and safest method for removing sweat stains from your hats. Hand washing is particularly useful for hats made of cotton — like baseball caps and golf hats.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT use this method on hats or caps made of felt, leather, silk, wool or satin. For best results, make sure your hat is colorfast.

  • 1. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of powdered or liquid laundry detergent. Be sure to use a bleach-free detergent to avoid fading. Stir mixture until detergent disolved fully into water.
  • 2. Spot treat stains. Before putting your hat in the water/detergent mixture, pre-treat the sweat stains with a spray stain remover like OxiClean or Puracy Natural Stain Remover. If you’ve got some real stubborn stains, try using a soft toothbrush to spot clean.
  • 3. Place the hat in the water and swish it around a few times. Let the hat soak for up to four hours while stirring ocassionaly.
  • 4. Rinse with cool water. After the hat has soaked for several hours, remove from water and rinse with cool water. Rinse until all the soapy water is removed and the water runs clear. Lightly squeeze the hat to remove the excess water. Take care not to ruin its shape.
  • 5. Let the hat air dry. Stuff the wet hat with a rolled-up hand towel and allow the hat to air dry. Drying time can take up to 24 hours or longer depending upon the ambient humidity. Do not air dry the hat in direct sunlight and do not put it in a clothes dryer unless you want it to be several sizes smaller.

2. Use Your Dishwasher to Get Sweat Stains out of Hats

As strange as it may seem, using a dishwasher to remove sweat stains from hats can work in some instances.

IMPORTANT: If the hat is made of cotton, jersey mesh, or a blend of polyester fabrics, the dishwasher method should work. If the hat’s brim is made of cardboard, DO NOT wash it in the dishwasher. Spot clean instead.

Follow these simple steps to get salty sweat stains out of hats using your dishwasher:

  • 1. Use the top rack. It’s vital that you put the hat on the top rack to keep it away from the heating element in the bottom of the machine. Otherwise, you could shrink or warp your beloved cap beyond recognition. For the best possible outcome, use a “cap cage” or “baseball cap rack” to protect the hat’s shape. These can be purchased at many hat stores or from online shopping sites.
  • 2. Use a non-bleach dishwashing detergent. Carefully read the ingredients of the dishwashing detergent you use as chlorine bleaches will permanently alter hat’s color. If sweat stains aren’t too serious, try washing without detergent.
  • 3. Use a cold water washing cycle and deactivate the heated dry option. Use the gentlest cycle your machine offers. Wash the baseball cap or golf hat alone. You don’t want sweaty hat residue on your dishes or last nights lasangna on your hat.
  • 4. Reshape and dry your hat. Once the wash cycle is done, remove the hat. Using your hands, gently reshape the hat and brim if needed. Place it on a towel to air dry. Using a fan will speed up the process. Wait to wear your clean hat until it’s completely dry.

3. Spot Treatment

IMPORTANT: This method works well for leather hats you don’t want to completely soak. Do not try this method on your felt hats, unless you love that greasy stain look.

  • Check for colorfastness.
  • 1. Pretreat affected areas (if needed). If the sweat stains are particularly nasty, try applying a mild stain treatment. As always, make sure you’re not exposing your hat to a bleaching agent such as chlorine.
  • 2. Mix up a mild cleaning solution. Use a small amount of mild detergent (bleach free) or shampoo and mix with cool water in a pail or container. Stir to mix completely.
  • 3. Gently scrub the stain. Using a clean cloth, dip a corner in the cleaning solution you just mixed up. Gently rub it on the stain(s) until gone. Use unused portions of the cloth to wash individual sweat stains. Clean the hat’s sweatband in the same way. White vinegar can also be used to remove sweat stains. Apply 1 tablespoon of white vinegar onto each sweat stain and gently scrub until the stain is gone.
  • 4. Rinse with cool water. After the sweat stains are removed, use a new cloth and cool water to wipe away the soapy cleaning solution. If the hat is made of cotton or other water-safe material, you can use a gentle stream of cool water to rinse. If your sweat-stained hat is made of leather, use a moist sponge to rinse the sweat stains.
  • 5. Air dry your hat without added heat. Let your hat air dry. Don’t dry in direct sunlight and don’t use heating devices (hair dryer or clothes dryer).

4. Cleaning Hat Stains with Washing Machine

While not a recommended first option, a washing machine can be useful in removing sweat stains from some hats.

IMPORTANT: This method should only be used with colorfast ball caps, golf hats or knit hats made of cotton, twill or a washable polyester blend. Do not use the washing machine method if the brim or bill of the hat contains cardboard.

  • 1. Pre-treat with stain remover. If the hat is badly sweat-stained, use a prewash stain removal product. You may want to place the hat in a garment bag if you’re going to wash it with other clothing.
  • 2. Wash hat on gentle, cold cycle. Set the water temperature to cold (never use hot water). Add laundry detergent according to the maker’s instructions. Do not add any bleach and be sure the laundry detergent does not contain bleach (color-safe bleaches may be okay.)
  • 3. Remove hat promptly and air dry. Once the wash cycle is complete, remove the hat and form it with your hands. Allow it to air dry completely. Do not place the hat in the dryer or use any means of heated drying.

5. Dry Cleaning Sweat-Stained Hats

Some sweat-stained hats can be damaged with water-based cleaning methods. Felt hats, top hats and fedoras, for example, do not take well to water.

It’s not recommended to dry clean top hats or fedoras. Hats made of felt, like cowboy hats, can be dry cleaned to remove salty sweat stains. They will likely need to be reblocked after cleaning to restore their shape. Be sure the dry cleaner you choose has experience dry cleaning hats.

If you have a dress hat that needs to have sweat stains removed, take it to a hatter, a haberdasher or a Western wear store. Specialized treatments will be needed to remove the sweat stains from dress hats.

While baseball caps and similar style caps can be dry cleaned to remove sweat stains, it’s often not worth the cost.

6. Enzyme Treatment for Hat Sweat Stains

  • 1. Mix warm water with an enzyme-based cleaner like those used to clean pet urine. These can be found online or in retail stores. Fully dissolve the enzyme cleaner.
  • 2. Soak. Soak your cotton or polyester blend hat in the mixture for 20 minutes. It may take an hour or two if the stain is stubborn.
  • 3. Wash. Hand wash the hat or place in your washing machine as instructed above.

Sometimes you need a little more help, like if the stains are particularly stubborn or if the hat is white. Here are some tips to help in these cases.

How to get stubborn sweat stains out the hats

Some sweat stains are just plain stubborn and won’t come out with any of the methods we’ve covered so far. To get stubborn sweat stains out of hats, try the following method using baking soda.

  • 1. Make a sweat stain removal paste. Put four tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl or container. Mix in warm water and stir until all the baking soda is moist and a paste is formed.
  • 2. Apply the paste to the stain. Dab some of the paste on the sweat-stained hat with a spoon. Using a clean soft bristle toothbrush, scrub the baking soda mixture into the stained area. Allow the paste to soak in for several minutes, up to an hour.
  • 3. Rinse the baking soda paste away. Once the clock has ticked away 60 minutes, rinse the paste away with a stream of cool water. Rinse until all the baking soda has been removed.
  • 4. Air dry the hat. Stuff a small clean towel into the hat to absorb excess moisture. Let the hat air dry completely. A fan or open window can shorten the drying time. Do not put the hat in a clothes dryer or in direct sunshine.

How to get sweat stains out of white hats

White hats stained with yellow sweat stains can be especially difficult to clean. But all is not lost. Using hydrogen peroxide you can salvage that pristine look. Be aware: Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful bleaching agent. Use cautiously.

  • 1. Carefully drip a few drops of hydrogen peroxide onto the yellow stains on the brim of the hat.
  • 2. Gently scrub the stain with a clean, soft bristle toothbrush.
  • 3. Let the hydrogen peroxide soak each stain for about 10 minutes.
  • 4. Using cool water rinse away the hydrogen peroxide and allow the hat to air dry.
  • 5. If the hat is washable, you may want to wash it by hand or use one of the other methods described above. Do not use hydrogen peroxide on colored hats.

How to Prevent Sweat Stains in Hats

The best way to get rid of sweat stains in your hat is to avoid them altogether. That’s easier said than done. We all sweat and sweat even more when wearing a hat. But there are some things you can do to prevent sweat from ruining your favorite hats.

Tips to preventing sweat stains in your hats and caps:

Sweat Less

Sweating can occur for a number of reasons: heat, stress, anxiety, diet, physical activity, etc… If you can prevent or reduce the sweating in the first place, you can cut down on the sweat stains.
Pssst… here’s a few tips to prevent unwanted sweat.

Hat Saver Spray

This hat spray treatment repels sweat and oils from your head. Just spray on your hat and let it dry for 15 minutes. It can keep sweat stains away and keep your hats looking new.

Hat & Cap Liners

Hat liners go on the inside of your hat and create a barrier between your head and the hat. The liner prevents sweat stains by absorbing the sweat instead of your favorite hat.

Face/Forehead Antiperspirant

Prevent the sweat and you can prevent the sweat stain. If you suffer from profuse face or forehead sweating, you may want to try a facial antiperspirant to reduce sweating.

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.

With all the women’s antiperspirant brands out there, it can be difficult find the one that works best for you.

If you sweat more than the average woman, then you already know that some of these so-called “best antiperspirants for women” hardly work at all!

You’ve tried different deodorants and other solutions. And while some of them may smell nicer than others, nothing seems to truly provide sweat relief, right?

This is why you need to be a little more prudent when trying to find the best antiperspirant. Here’s a few things to consider when choosing the best antiperspirant for you.

What’s the Best Women’s Antiperspirant? 6 Things to Consider

1) Do You Want to Stop Sweat or Stop Body Odor?

What do you actually want to do? Stop sweaty underarms or get rid of stinky armpits? Or both? It’s important to get clear on your goal. Many women would say “both”. Others might just want to cover up body odor or stop embarrassing sweat stains. Here’s the thing, antiperspirant will control sweat, deodorant will mask body foul odor. Understanding the differences between antiperspirant and deodorant will help you figure out the best solution for you.

Do you want to stop excessive sweating? Choose a strong antiperspirant. If you’re just trying get through the day without smelling like a jungle woman, go with your favorite women’s deodorant. But honestly, using deodorant and antiperspirant will get you the best results (staying dry, smelling fresh).

Here’s a little tip: Apply antiperspirant at night to clean, dry armpits. Then apply your deodorant the following morning. This trick will keep your underarms dry and odor free throughout the day. Antiperspirant deodorant combos aren’t nearly as effective as applying the two separately.

2) What is the active ingredient?

The first important step to finding the best antiperspirant for women is to eliminate all the options that are NOT true antiperspirants. This includes all the deodorants that are designed to merely mask the scent of body odor.

A true antiperspirant uses active ingredients like aluminum chloride that can block sweat. When considering antiperspirant options, look for something that has at least 12% Aluminum chloride. This will give you the best chance at stopping unwanted sweat.

Whats the most effective antiperspirant for women? Honestly, the best antiperspirants will work for both men and women. Men and women both have sweat glands that operate on the same set of biological rules. Stress, high temperatures, physical activity, or hyperhidrosis will make anyone sweat… regardless of gender.

3) Does it work? Is it highly rated/recommended?

Thanks to Amazon, Facebook, and other social platforms – we can learn quickly what products work and which ones don’t. Do a quick search on Amazon or Google and you’ll find thousands of reviews for antiperspirants.

Choose an antiperspirant that has a high number of customer reviews and no lower than a 4 out 5 star rating. This means that the antiperspirant has been tested on a large scale and the results are reliable. A 5-star antiperspirant with 3 customer reviews should probably be avoided.

When comparing antiperspirants, take the time to look for feedback from customers who have tried the product first-hand. Read some of the good reviews and read some of the bad. Not every product works for everyone. But reading reviews can help you get an idea of who is using the product and how they get the best results.

4) Is it safe?

You want to be sure that the antiperspirant you’re applying to your skin is safe to use – regardless of what the manufacturer claims. Do your homework to find out if the product has been independently evaluated and recommended by prominent medical professionals. Look for antiperspirants that have been FDA approved or use FDA approved formulas.

5) Does it have a money-back guarantee?

There’s no reason why you should be wasting money endlessly on antiperspirants. Stick to products that offer a money-back guarantee.

This not only ensures that you’ll get a refund if you’re not satisfied by the results, but also, it’s a sign that the manufacturer stands by the quality of its product and cares about its customers.

6) Is it strong enough for extreme sweating?

If you suffer from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), traditional drug store antiperspirant just won’t cut it.

Nobody understands the embarrassment of sweating more than hyperhidrosis sufferers. Women (and men) with this condition sweat profusely regardless of physical activity or emotional state. The sweat just comes… and most of the time it comes without warning or explanation.

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you need a strong antiperspirant. SweatBlock clinical strength antiperspirant was tested on the Rachael Ray show. It had no problem stopping sweat for firefighters, yet it continues to be a popular antiperspirant choice for women.

Here’s just a few of the reviews from women who use SweatBlock:

The best antiperspirant I’ve ever ordered from Amazon – Cristina

“I just got SweatBlock the other day and it has already been life-changing. I always sweat through my clothes, can’t tell you how many shirts I’ve ruined. The biggest problem I have is work clothes – those silk type button up shirts from express, nice blouses, dresses, etc…always ruined or just embarrassing walking around with sweat stains. I keep a fan on at work, and always wear a sweater to hide my sweat, or I’m running into the bathroom to try to dry up with paper towels. I tried a “life hack” I read and tried sticking panty liners in my shirts for awhile…but once they got wet they’d just fall off (even more embarrassing than sweat stains are random wet panty linters falling out of your shirt).”

“I actually stumbled across SweatBlock because I was looking for the sweat guards you can sew into your clothes for a more permanent solution. I read the glowing reviews on this product and since I have prime I was able to get it the next day so I figured I’d try this first. I followed the directions and dabbed one of the pads in my armpits. I made sure to dab the whole area and get the sides, a little on my back – just everywhere in that area where I sweat. I let it dry while I brushed my teeth, and put on a sweatshirt and laid down in bed to read a book. I woke up the next morning thinking I had screwed it up because usually when I accidentally fall asleep in a sweatshirt I sweat all night. I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed my sweatshirt wasn’t wet! I went to work that morning in a sweater I usually sweat through and didn’t have any issues all day! I was SHOCKED. The armpit areas of this sweater always get soaked but I’m able to hide it by keeping my arms down. I couldn’t believe I didn’t have to do that this time.”

Sweat, I Banish You! – Shannon

“I have been using SweatBlock for about a month now. The results of this product have exceeded my expectations. I have been living my life as an excessive sweater since middle school. I would always wear sweatshirts to cover up my sweat stains and learned to accept this uncomfortable feeling physically and emotionally. Entering my career in an office setting gave me anxiety because I knew dressing professionally would mean that I would not be able to wear what I want, or suffer the consequences of embarrassing sweat stains. All the money I spent on clothes that were quickly ruined by yellow deodorant stains were costing me a fortune. All the time I spent in the bathroom trying to dry my shirts was affecting my productivity at work. I couldn’t even go to a meeting or have a conversation with my boss, a coworker, or a client with out sweat running down my arms. I had enough! I was researching getting Botox injections to help with my excessive sweating when I came across SweatBlock. I figured I would give it a try as my last resort option.”

“The first week I used the product I was applying it every night after the first 3 or 4 days. I used the same wipe for 3 applications. I was still sweating but not as much. I ordered a Thompson Tee thinking I would still need some extra protection. I started applying Certain DRI as my normal deodorant in the morning. THE SWEAT STOPPED! I returned that Thompson Tee without having to wear it once! I have regained my confidence in the workplace even in the most stressful of situations. I am not constantly thinking about how I move my arms and trying to hide my sweat stains. I can buy clothes and not worry about having to throw them out within in a month because of yellow deodorant stains.”

This Product is Amazing! – Lorena

“This product is amazing! I was diagnosed with hyperhidrosis when i was 16 and nothing worked i thought i would give this a shot. To my surprise i applied it as directed with much doubt but it works! I did not have to reapply (i thought as much as i sweat i would surely have to reapply more than the directed once a week) but its working. Im in shock that finally at 37 years old i can wear what i want raise my arms, its so freeing.”

SweatBlock literally changed my life – Kim

“I had tried everything- prescription antiperspirant, prescription medications, natural products, bulky stick on sweat pads, and clinical strength products. Nothing really worked and I had just resigned myself to picking clothes based on whether they would hide my sweat stains. A friend recommended SweatBlock, and I figured I didn’t have anything to lose. It is amazing! I immediately had a significant reduction in perspiration and was even able to wear a light color shirt for the first time in years! I have been a loyal user ever since and recommend it to everyone.”

SweatBlock has worked wonders! – Emi

“I was never a big sweater, but once I got laser hair removal on my armpits , I was like a POOL under there. Sweaty, smelly, all things I never experienced before! So of course, I googled for a remedy that wasn’t Botox and I came across Sweat Block! My order came VERY quickly and I’ve been using it for two weeks now and, I have to say, they work! I work out a few times a week and do hip hop and Zumba and, even though I may still sweat, there’s really NO SMELL! Nothing is going to stop you from sweating fully unless you do something invasive, but Sweat Block really has worked wonders for me and I’m grateful. I’m on my 3rd box !! Highly recommend.”

Sweaty Hands…

It’s difficult to understand how frustrating they are until you experience them. And we’re not talking about the occasional sweaty-palm experience…

We’re talking about embarrassing, sweaty handshakes that sabotage first impressions. The clamminess that keeps you from holding your partner’s hand on a date. Or the hand perspiration that soaks keyboards, important paperwork and game controllers.

But we don’t have to tell you how bad it is. You already know. That’s why you’re here. You want to know WHY and HOW to stop those sweaty hands and palms.

While we may not have the perfect sweaty hands cure for you, we do have a few tips to get you going in the right direction.

7 Tips and Remedies to Stop Sweaty Hands

  1. Use a specialized Hand antiperspirant
  2. Keep alcohol hand wipes handy for a quick fix
  3. Use baby powder or cornstarch to absorb palm sweat
  4. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your body cool
  5. Avoid sweat-inducing foods like caffeine, alcohol, red meat and spicy snacks
  6. Eat vitamin-rich foods that promote balance and healthy digestion
  7. Home remedies such as sage tea soaks, rose water, or coconut oil (see below)

Before we break down these tips in detail, let’s explore some of the causes of sweaty, clammy hands…

sweaty palms causes

What Causes Sweaty Palms?

Most people experience sweaty palms during stressful situations, anxious moments, high temperatures, or physical exertion. For example, it’s not uncommon to get clammy hands during a tense movie, playing your favorite video game, climbing, or weightlifting.

These activities and higher stress levels will raise your body temperature. This makes your sweat glands release extra heat via sweat. Unfortunately, your palms don’t get a pass on this cooling process.

Can Anxiety Cause Sweaty Hands?

Anxiety, stress, and nervousness are actually some of the main culprits of sweaty hands. In fact, you’ve probably noticed that your hands start sweating before you have to speak in front of an audience or during an intimate first date. It’s completely normal.

Stress, anxiety, and nervousness are all feelings that trigger a fight-or-flight response in our bodies. These responses release the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.

While the hormones help you cope with whatever is making you anxious, they raise your body temperature too. Of course, your body sweats to regulate your temperature, so when you’re anxious, your sweat glands are activated.

Are Sweaty Palms Genetic?

If your hands consistently perspire, you might have inherited a few bad genes. Excessively sweaty palms can actually skip generations, so it’s possible that you inherited the problem even if your parents don’t have it.

According to studies, two-thirds of patients with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) have a family member with the same condition.

Hand sweat is normal, but for some, it happens in Niagara Falls-like proportions and for absolutely no reason at all. This type of sweating is called palmar hyperhidrosis.

What is Palmar Hyperhidrosis?

Palmar Hyperhidrosis is excessive and uncontrollable sweating of the hands or palms.

If this describes your situation, you’re not alone. Palmar Hyperhidrosis affects about one percent of the American population.

While anyone can suffer sweaty hands periodically, if the situation persists it is important to seek a medical assessment from a dermatologist to determine if you have palmar hyperhidrosis.

Symptoms can appear anytime, regardless of your age, but they commonly appear during adolescence, and in some cases persist throughout life.

What Causes Palmar Hyperhidrosis?

Experts don’t know the exact reason for sweaty palms. Some believe that a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system could be the cause.

The sympathetic nervous system manages the fight-or-flight response which releases adrenaline, increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and controls sweating. In other words, a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system can result in hyper hand sweating.

Palmer hyperhidrosis can wreck confidence and cause extreme stress. This can impact social interactions as well as professional ones, causing real issues in every aspect of your life.

In fact, many dermatologists believe that palmar hyperhidrosis causes a more significant negative impact on patient’s lives than any other dermatological condition.

sweaty hands, palms

How to Stop Sweaty Hands

So, how do you get rid of sweaty hands? We’ve put together a list of helpful tips, popular home remedies and professional treatments below.

1. Antiperspirant for Hands

Antiperspirant is the easiest way to really stop sweat. It’s accessible, affordable, and likely the most effective remedy on this list. Antiperspirants work by plugging up and shrinking your sweat pores. As a result, you’ll sweat less wherever you apply antiperspirant.

Will any old antiperspirant do the job? We recommend a specialized hand antiperspirant like this one.

Antiperspirant hand lotion is the best sweaty hand treatment that won’t cost you a fortune or require invasive procedures. Gamers, musicians, professionals, athletes, weight lifters, climbers and nervous sweaters love this stuff.

How does it work? Dab a pea-sized amount of hand antiperspirant on your palms, rub it in, and let it dry for 30 seconds. The trick is to apply while your hands are completely dry. If they are wet -or- sweaty, the antiperspirant lotion won’t keep your hands dry.

You can apply 1-3 times a day to avoid potentially embarrassing situations. (awkward handshakes, slippery handholding, etc…)

2. Keep Alcohol-Based Hand Wipes Handy

If you need a quick fix for clammy hands, grab an alcohol-based hand wipe and rub it on your palms. Alcohol is an astringent that, when applied topically, can help keep your hands temporarily dry with its pore-shrinking abilities. This useful trick comes in handy right before an important interview or social event.

3. Use Baby Powder or Cornstarch to Absorb Sweat

Baby powder absorbs liquids. So every time you start to feel sweat on your hands, simply dust them with a small bit of baby powder. Consider carrying a travel-size bottle with you or keep one at work to use throughout the day. Look for a talc-free powder or you can use baking soda or cornstarch.

4. Drink Plenty of Water to Stay Hydrated and Keep Cool

Drink a generous amount of water throughout the day. Staying hydrated can cool your core temperature and help reduce excessive sweating.

Did you know that we humans often misdiagnose our thirst for hunger? Sometimes we interpret our body’s plea for water as a plea for a cheeseburger (spoiler alert: sweat-trigger!). So drinking more water can also help you avoid foods that trigger unwanted sweat.

confuse thirst for hunger.

5. Diet and Detox

If you’re searching for a sweaty hands cure? Food might be the “best medicine”.

Did you know that your diet can impact your sweating? Certain foods will increase your sweating while other foods can help you sweat less.

A healthy diet leads to balance and a healthier body. A poor diet leads to imbalance — physical, emotional, and mental. Imbalance can lead to chronic illness, weight gain, anxiety, and you guessed it: excessive sweating.

So… Less bad stuff + more good stuff = a happier, healthier, and less-sweaty you.

So examine your diet. You might be able to get rid of those sweaty hands with a few simple tweaks. Start with avoiding caffeine, alcoholic beverages, and spicy, fatty, fried, and processed foods. All of these can raise your body temperature and increase heart rate. When your body temperature rises, you perspire more to release the extra heat.

Next, replace the bad stuff with good food options like whole grains and almonds. Vitamins B and D can also be very useful in promoting balance. Here are a few of our favorite vitamin-rich food sources:

  • Low-fat or skim milk
  • Calcium-rich foods
  • Olive oil

You should also add fruits and vegetables that have a high water content to your diet. Like regularly drinking water, they help keep your body hydrated, which regulates your body temperature. Some options include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Oranges
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Radishes
  • Celery

6. Home Remedies for Sweaty Palms

With home remedies, we always like to ask why and how? Why dump oatmeal on your head when you have acne? How will placing a banana in your armpit stop uncontrollable flatulence? So we’re not only going to give you the what, we’ll also throw in the how and the why.

SAGE TEA SOAK
Sage is known as Mother Nature’s antiperspirant. It contains a natural astringent called tannic acid. The tannic acid has the ability to constrict and shrink your skin and pores. This shrinking helps reduce sweat just like an antiperspirant.

How to use it:
1) Add 4-5 sage tea bags to a quart of boiling water.
2) Let the tea steep until it’s cool enough to touch.
3) Once cooled, soak your hands in the sage solution for 30 minutes.

Feeling Brave? Some “experts” claim that drinking sage tea can also reduce excessive sweat. Word of advice: don’t drink the tea you used to soak your hands. This also works well for sweaty feet.

ORGANIC ROSE WATER
Rose water can be purchased from any store that sells makeup and skincare products because it’s typically used as a skin toner. It works by closing the pores in your skin, which reduces the amount of sweat produced.

To use rose water on your sweaty hands, dip a cotton ball in it then, rub the cotton ball over your palms and let it dry. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar can also be applied to your hands this way, but if you use either of them, you should rinse your hands off once they dry. As an alternative, you can also use witch hazel.

COCONUT OIL
After your daily shower, take a small bit of coconut oil and rub it between your palms until they are fully coated. Coconut oil is a natural antiperspirant and it has several other skin-related benefits so it will help keep your hands soft to the touch too.

REGULAR EXERCISE
It might seem odd to you to see exercising on a list of home remedies for sweaty hands. After all, when you exercise, you sweat. The thing is, exercise also helps reduce the amount of stress your body is going through. Because of this, your body’s core temperature sits lower on a regular basis, which reduces the amount of sweat your body produces overall.

It’s a good idea to fit in about 30 minutes or so of exercise five days per week. If you don’t want to hit the gym, consider taking a walk or riding a bike through your neighborhood each evening. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime or you could have a hard time falling asleep.

Advanced Treatments for Palmar Hyperhidrosis

If palmar hyperhidrosis is what’s causing your sweaty hands, your doctor may recommend some of these treatments. However, using a clinical-strength antiperspirant is typically recommended before prescription treatments and surgery.

Prescription Medication

If antiperspirant doesn’t solve the problem completely, your doctor might recommend trying prescription medicines. These typically come in the form of topical lotions and creams. Some doctors may also suggest an anticholinergic medication. These come in pill form and work by blocking the neurotransmitter in your brain that controls your eccrine glands.

Botox Injections

When used to treat excessive sweating in small areas — such as the palms of your hands — botox has been known to effectively reduce between 82 and 87 percent of sweating. However, when used to treat sweaty hands, you have to get injections every six months and it can cause temporary pain and weakness in your hands. Because of this, it’s best to discuss all of your options with your doctor before trying botox injections.

Iontophoresis Treatments

There is also a treatment available for palmar hyperhidrosis called iontophoresis. This treatment has been known to reduce the amount of sweat produced in one’s hands by up to 81 percent, but the treatment can be a bit painful so it’s typically used as a last resort.

The treatment uses a medical device to pass a mild electrical current through water and the skin’s surface. No one is 100 percent sure how this works to prevent sweaty hands, but it’s thought that the electrical current and the minerals in the water thicken the outer layer of your skin, which in turn, blocks the sweat from getting to the surface.

You can have this treatment completed in your doctor’s office. Or if you prefer to complete the treatments at home, your doctor can write you a prescription that lets you purchase the medical device.

In some areas, the tap water is too “soft” for the treatment to work. Basically, this means that the water doesn’t have enough minerals and electrolytes. If this is the case in your area, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to your treatment tray.

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) Surgery

This surgery is by far the most invasive of all hyperhidrosis treatments. The list of side effects is long and undesirable: irreversible compensatory sweating, extreme hypotension, arrhythmia, and heat intolerance.

This surgery is permanent. If cutting nerves and awful side effects sound appealing to you, this treatment might be up your alley. We stand with most doctors and recommend you steer clear.

You don’t have to let your sweaty hands control your life. It’s a common problem that can be treated. So instead of stressing yourself out over your condition, try a few home remedies and antiperspirants to see if they help. If you can’t find a solution on your own, talk to your doctor to determine what type of treatment is right for you.

If you’re concerned about the type of chemicals you put on your skin, natural deodorant might be a good option. It’s not simply deodorant made with all-natural ingredients. It works to eliminate body odor but doesn’t include chemicals normally found in store-bought deodorants such as parabens, triclosan, and formaldehyde. Before you transition to an all-natural deodorant, learn more about it, how it works, and how it differs from antiperspirant to make sure it’s the best option for you.

Making your own natural deodorant at home is super easy! And it only takes about 20 minutes. We’ve included a few DIY natural deodorant recipes below, but first, you need to decide which ingredients you want to use.

Top 6 All-Natural DIY Deodorant Ingredients

  1. Baking soda
  2. Cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Essential oils
  5. Shea butter
  6. Beeswax

Simple Recipes to Make at Home

There are a million reasons people choose to make their own deodorant. Some do it to save money, others want control over what they put on their body for health or skin sensitivity reasons. As mentioned above, most homemade deodorant recipes use the same basic ingredients — baking soda or cornstarch — and add different items depending on skin type and personal preference.

When choosing essential oils to use in your recipes, consider which scents you like and who will be using it. Some good options for women include lavender, sage, and lemon. Cypress, rosemary, and bergamot are all good options for men. You could also use patchouli, frankincense, or tea tree oil to scent your deodorant.

Easy, Cost-Effective DIY Natural Deodorant

If you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective option, this DIY natural deodorant recipe only uses three ingredients:

1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of baking soda
40-60 drops of essential oils
To make the deodorant, put the coconut oil in a mixing bowl. Then, mix in the baking soda. Lastly, add the essential oils you’ve chosen. You can store this homemade deodorant in a small glass jar and apply it using your fingers.

Natural Deodorant Recipe for People Worried About Excess Body Odor

If you’re worried about having a strong body odor, this recipe helps eliminate even the manliest, musky scents:

3 tablespoons of baking soda
5 tablespoons of arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch
6 tablespoons of shea butter
30-60 drops of essential oils

To make this natural deodorant, put the baking soda, arrowroot (or non-GMO cornstarch), and shea butter in a large mixing bowl and use your hands to combine the ingredients. It might seem like the deodorant is a bit powdery at first — that’s okay. Add your essential oils, and then, use a hand mixer to whip the mixture together until it becomes creamy. Store the deodorant in a 4-ounce jar and apply sparingly with your fingertips.

If this recipe is too harsh for your skin, you can replace the shea butter with four tablespoons of melted coconut oil and eliminate the essential oils. This is a good option for anyone with really sensitive skin because it shouldn’t cause a pH imbalance.

Calming DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe for People with Sensitive Skin

Did you know that frankincense has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties, but it’s still gentle enough to use on sensitive skin? That’s only one reason why this recipe for natural deodorant is a great option for anyone with overly sensitive skin — the rest of the ingredients are also gentle.

  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons of tapioca, arrowroot, or potato starch
  • 50 drops of frankincense essential oil

Place the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil into a glass measuring cup. Then, fill a pot partially with water and place the measuring cup into the water — this makes a double boiler. Simmer on medium heat until the beeswax melts completely. Once the beeswax is melted, remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the baking soda and starch. Make sure it’s completely mixed in, and then, add the frankincense oil.

Before the mixture hardens, pour it into two 2-ounce tins. You can keep this deodorant in the tin for up to 12 months, as long as the tin is kept in a cool, dry place. The mixture won’t harden completely, so it’s easy to apply with your fingertips.

The Effectiveness of Natural Deodorant

Many people avoid switching from their go-to antiperspirant and deodorant because they think that natural deodorant won’t work as well. After all, who wants to be the person in the office with a funky body odor? The good news is, natural deodorant works a lot better than you probably think.

Are Natural Deodorants Effective?

Natural deodorants are effective, but it’s important that you understand the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant before making the change. All-natural deodorants control body odor, but not sweating. For that, we recommend an antiperspirant like our SweatBlock towelettes. They help cut down on sweating and they can be used to provide relief for issues such as clammy hands, in addition to underarm sweat.

What Ingredients Are in Natural Deodorant?

All-natural deodorants are made using organic ingredients. These are typically plant-based components and essential oils that work together to reduce unpleasant odors.

The essential oils are used to scent the deodorant, so it’s possible to purchase or make non-scented versions as well, which is a good option for anyone with extremely sensitive skin. Natural deodorants that aren’t scented are typically used solely to neutralize unpleasant body odors. So basically, they will help eliminate body odor, but won’t make your armpits smell like flowers.

Some people prefer using a DIY natural deodorant instead of a store-bought option. These are typically made using ingredients such as baking soda, cornstarch, lemon juice, and rubbing alcohol. They’re pretty easy to make at home and can be used with an antiperspirant that helps control sweating.

How Do Natural Deodorants Work?

Did you know that your sweat doesn’t stink? Body odor is actually the result of protein-packed sweat mixing with the bacteria that sits on your skin.

So deodorants, including natural ones, work by reducing the bacteria on your skin to neutralize body odor. Most are scented to help mask the smell of body odor throughout the day. For example, a natural deodorant for women might be scented with lavender essential oils to give it a fresh, flowery smell, while options for men might use a more masculine-smelling oil such as bergamot. The type of essential oil you use is completely up to you, but before you make a selection, consider researching the benefits of specific oil types — beyond scent. For example, if you choose an option that’s anti-bacterial, it will also reduce the bacteria under your arms, which can help control odor even further.

The Pros and Cons of Natural Deodorant

Like everything else, natural deodorant has both pros and cons. However, for most people, the good outweighs the bad. The biggest concern for most people who want to switch is finding an organic deodorant that works.

Many people think that because natural deodorant doesn’t include an antiperspirant it isn’t working. But it’s easy to find one that works. In fact, most do work — really well.

Remember, natural deodorant blocks odor but doesn’t prevent sweating. So if you sweat a lot, it’s important to use an antiperspirant with your new deodorant to help prevent stains and wet spots on your clothes. SweatBlock antiperspirant is a great option for this because our towelettes help cut down your sweating for four to seven days. Also, if excessive sweating is a major concern, there are several sweat-reducing foods you can eat to help alleviate the problem.

Because there are so many different ways to help prevent excessive sweating — and avoid embarrassing pit stains — the fact that natural deodorant doesn’t have a built-in antiperspirant isn’t really much of a “con.”

Why Natural Deodorant is Better

Natural deodorant is a better choice for most people because it doesn’t include the harsh chemicals found in regular deodorant and antiperspirants. It’s common for deodorants and antiperspirants to be made using ingredients that are considered toxic or harsh such as propylene glycol, which is known to cause eye and skin irritation. Other potentially harmful ingredients normally found in conventional deodorants include parabens, which can affect your hormones; triclosan, which is actually used as a pesticide; and bleach, which can irritate your skin.

Ingredients used in organic and do-it-yourself natural deodorants are, as you would expect, natural. In most cases, the plant-based ingredients used to make natural underarm deodorants that work are a lot more gentle, making them ideal for people with sensitive skin.

Why You Should Switch to a Natural Deodorant

Switching to a natural deodorant is a great option if you have any type of skin issues or you’re prone to rashes. Because you’re eliminating the use of harsh ingredients by making the switch, it’s possible that you won’t have as many skin problems or it won’t become irritated as much once you start using natural deodorant.

When you switch from conventional to natural deodorant, there is a transition period. But once your body has eliminated all of the toxins in it, you may actually notice that you sweat less than you did when using conventional brands.

All-natural deodorants are also a good option for anyone concerned about the environment. They feature environmentally-friendly ingredients, and many come in recyclable packaging.

Also, one thing many people don’t realize is that switching to organic deodorant can actually save you a few bucks. Sure, some products labeled “all-natural” or “organic” will be more costly, but when it comes to deodorant, it’s so easy and cost-effective to make at home.

Which Natural Deodorant Works Best?

There isn’t one “best natural deodorant” on the market or a natural deodorant recipe that’s one-size-fits-all. The fact is, everyone’s body is different, so one type of all-natural deodorant may work great for you, but not your best friend.

The key to finding the best all-natural deodorant is reading product labels. You might think a product is all-natural when it actually includes some harsh chemicals. So be sure to read the ingredients on the label carefully.

Also, remember that you won’t find a product that’s really the “best natural deodorant for sweating” because natural deodorants only mask odor. They don’t include an antiperspirant that helps prevent sweating. That’s why, if you’re worried about getting sweat stains on your clothing, we recommend that you use an antiperspirant, such as SweatBlock, in addition to your new natural deodorant.

Ultimately, when it comes to finding the most-effective all-natural deodorant for you, there’s a good chance you’ll need to try a few different options — whether you buy them or make your own. Homemade organic deodorants work just as well as store-bought options, so it’s really just a personal preference. Regardless of which option you choose, you should consider using an antiperspirant, such as SweatBlock, with your new natural deodorant to help cut down the amount of sweat your body produces.

How to make natural deodorant.

Do you ever feel like you’re the sweatiest person in the room? Is excessive facial or forehead sweat getting in the way of life? (dictating your wardrobe, your social activities, and even where you sit in a bar or restaurant)

The embarrassment and humiliation are enough to drive one to a life of isolation.

You’ve probably asked yourself, “Why do I sweat so much?

Anxiety, stress, medications, diet, and climate are all possible causes of profuse face sweating.

For some of us, the cause is more mysterious and the sweat is even more extreme.

This type of excessive sweating is called hyperhidrosis. In fact, there are several types of hyperhidrosis.

In this article we’re going to focus on craniofacial hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the face.

Hyperhidrosis affects an estimated 15 million people in the United States. Roughly 10% of them suffer from excessive forehead and facial sweating. Like you, they want to stop their excessive sweating.

While there isn’t a sure-fire cure for hyperhidrosis, there are tips and treatments that can provide relief from forehead and facial sweating.

9 Ways to Stop Face & Forehead Sweating:

  1. Handkerchiefs, Bandanas and Cooling towels
  2. Diet Hacks – Less carbs, sugar and caffeine. More vegetables, vitamins and H20.
  3. Reduce Stress + Anxiety
  4. Stop Focusing on the Sweat
  5. Clinical Strength Antiperspirants
  6. Prescription Strength Antiperspirants
  7. Botox Injections
  8. Iontophoresis
  9. Medications for Craniofacial Hyperhidrosis

How to Treat Sweaty Forehead and Facial Sweat

Let’s take a closer look at each one of these tips and treatments designed to stop sweaty forehead. Some are simple and inexpensive. Some aren’t so simple and will set you back a hefty chunk of change. The seriousness of your condition and what you may have already tried will determine which one(s) you choose.

1) Handkerchiefs, Bandanas or Cooling Towels

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap fix. These sweaty face hacks can provide some minor relief. Carry a clean handkerchief in your back pocket to wipe away excess sweat throughout the day. You can also wear a bandana to soak up extra sweat. While not a viable solution for everyone, it can help. If you live in a hot climate, a cooling towel can be very helpful in bringing down your body temperature and reducing sweat.

2) Diet Hacks to Tame Facial Sweating

Here’s the deal… you’re health is often times a reflection of your diet. If you have a poor diet, things aren’t going to work as well. Before you start taking crazy medications or undergoing life-altering surgeries, take a shot at optimizing your diet for less sweat.

What can you do? Here’s a few tweaks you can make to give yourself a fighting change at beating face/forehead sweat.

More Water: If you’re not getting enough water, your body is going to have a hard time cooling down.

Less Caffeine: Caffeine promotes the release of adrenaline and puts your body into beast mode “fight or flight”. Your heart rate goes up, blood pressure rises, and for a few hours you feel unstoppable. All the super powers that come from your favorite energy drink or morning coffee have side effects. Yep… with that gain comes some pain – more sweat.

Less Alcohol: Alcohol can increase heart rate and dilate the blood vessels. This can increase body temperature and cause more sweating than normal.

Less Carbs and Junk Food: Many hyperhidrosis sufferers claim that low carb diets and Keto diets can be very effective at treating face sweating and hyperhidrosis.

More Vegetables: Vegetables do a host of things to make your body work smoother. Aside from promoting balance, veggies can aid in smooth digestion which helps reduce sweating.

More Vitamins: Vitamins, like Vitamin B, help your body carry out critical metabolic functions and inter-nerve communication that keeps things running smoothly. A smooth running body works less and sweats less.

You’ll also want to avoid spicy foods and hot foods. Spicy foods trick your body into thinking temperatures are rising and you end up sweating more. Hot foods, like coffee or soup, increase core body temperature and promote sweating.

Excessive sweating is also a common side effect of being overweight. By implementing some of the above diet hacks with some regular exercise, you can lose weight and boost your confidence. (both can drastically decrease embarrassing forehead sweat.)

3) Reduce Stress & Anxiety

A lot of people who suffer from excessive facial sweating also suffer from anxiety. In fact, anxiety and emotional stress are one of the most common sweat triggers. It makes sense that reducing the stress in your life can also eliminate the stress sweat that comes with it. Here’s a few tips to reduce anxiety.

4) Stop Focusing on the Sweat

One of the biggest triggers for sweat is thinking about sweat. If you suffer from profuse face sweating, you know what I mean. You walk into a room, you start to think “please don’t sweat, please don’t sweat.”, your body kicks into fear/survival mode, you start sweating, you wonder “do they notice my sweat? I hope they can’t see it”, more sweat follows… and the vicious cycle continues. Eliminate your fear of sweating and it’s perceived consequences and you can eliminate much of resulting anxiety sweat.

5) Clinical Strength Antiperspirant

These antiperspirants contain higher concentrations of the active ingredients that stop profuse sweating. One of those ingredients, aluminum chloride, works by plugging sweat glands. Sweatblock is one of these. Sweatblock is stronger than the antiperspirants you’ll find down the personal care aisle as it contains 14% aluminum chloride. For many people, these enhanced-concentration antiperspirants are the best solution. They are considered the first line of attack to control excessive facial sweating. Because you can apply them with a towelette, they can be used anywhere on the body, including the forehead and face. They are also available in cream or ointment form. Applications are often repeated every four to seven days as needed.

6) Prescription Strength Antiperspirants

If you’re under a doctor’s care for your sweaty forehead, he/she may prescribe an antiperspirant with a higher concentration of the active sweat preventing ingredient. These are only available by prescription and contain up to 30% aluminum chloride hexahydrate. These antiperspirants are applied on the affected area with special applicator pads or a towelette. Be careful, these prescription strength antiperspirants can cause serious skin irritations so it’s important to follow the guidelines for use and application exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Both clinical strength and prescription strength hyperhidrosis antiperspirants are formulated primarily for underarm use but they have also proven effective for treating face and forehead sweating.

7) Botox Injections (Botulinum Toxin)

Treatment with botulinum toxin (Botox) is a long-term solution for face and forehead sweating. It temporarily blocks the chemical that switches on the nerves that cause excessive sweating. If you and your doctor opt for these injections, your skin will first be anesthetized. Each affected area of your head and/or face will receive enough injections to ensure that all the nerves have been treated. The injections are shallow and penetrate just below the surface of the skin. Botox injections performed on the face and forehead are delicate procedures so you’ll want to find a skillful and experienced practitioner. The procedure is normally not lengthy and can be done in the doctor’s office. The desired effects will last 4 to 12 months, after which the treatments must be repeated. Botox injections have been shown to reduce forehead and facial sweating up to 87%. While safe and effective, this treatment is painful. Some people experience temporary muscle pain in the treated areas. Botox injections have also proven effective in treating gustatory sweating, also known as Frey’s Syndrome. This condition leads to profuse sweating after eating even mild foods and can even occur when only thinking about eating.

8) Iontophoresis for Facial Hyperhidrosis

Iontophoresis is a treatment that has been used to treat excessive sweating since the 1940s. It’s usually applied to the hands or feet but recent improvements in its application have made the treatment more effective for craniofacial hyperhidrosis too. An easy way of understanding this procedure is to think of it as an injection without a needle. It is non-invasive and uses a low-level electric current to drive medications through the skin’s surface with the use of special pads. The process is usually repeated two or three times a week until the desired results are realized. At this point, recipients are switched to a maintenance schedule of once per week. Iontophoresis devices can be purchased allowing patients to self-medicate at home. The equipment is pricey and probably not covered by your insurance.

9) Nerve Blocking Medications for Hyperhidrosis

These medicines are called anticholinergics and are taken by mouth. Glycopyrrolate is the most commonly used. Its use as a treatment for facial sweating is considered “off-label,” meaning that while it is effective in controlling forehead and face sweating, it was formulated to treat other medical conditions. Anticholinergics work by blocking chemical messengers from reaching the receptors in the sweat glands. There are other similar receptors located in various parts of the body. Because these medicines cannot target only facial or forehead sweat glands, sweating is reduced throughout the entire body. Reduced sweating everywhere may cause overheating in some situations, so be cautious. Also, side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, blurry vision, difficulty urinating and even heart palpitations can occur. Researchers have recently found a potential dementia link in older patients (65+) using anticholinergics.

Sweaty Face and Forehead Home Remedies

There’s no shortage of do-it-yourself home remedy tips that claim to successfully treat profuse face and forehead sweating. Most are astringents used to constrict your eccrine glands and reduce sweating. They can, according to the claims, also balance pH levels. Among the most popular are drinking apple cider vinegar, sage tea or chamomile tea. Adding some honey to these teas seems to help the medicine go down. Tea tree oil is also an astringent that can be applied to the skin. Essential oils are another way to attack forehead sweat. Suggested essential oil remedies include cypress, lavender, lemon, lime, niaouli, peppermint, petitgrain and pine.

Surgery for Facial and Forehead Sweating

Surgery to remedy excessive sweaty forehead and face is not recommended – except as a last resort. The surgery most often used is endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). It’s a permanent solution intended for people with hyperhidrosis of the hands but is sometimes used for extreme cases of craniofacial sweating. The procedure clips nerves from the spinal column that trigger sweat glands in the forehead and face. Serious and unintended consequences can result including excessive compensatory sweating in other parts of the body.

Why Does My Face Sweat So Much?

You already know that sweating is nature’s way of regulating body temperature. Sweating is natural and beneficial… except when it’s not. Normal sweating occurs when we’re overheated or when we’re stressed or nervous. When we sweat much more than is needed to control body heat or when we sweat excessively when we’re nervous, it’s considered primary hyperhidrosis.

Another cause of excessive sweating is diaphoresis. It differs from hyperhidrosis in that it is caused by an unrelated medical condition. Menopause, pregnancy, diabetes, thyroid disorders and heart attack are common causes. Diaphoresis usually affects the entire body and not specific locations.

Your face and forehead are covered with a high concentration of eccrine glands. Sympathetic nerves trigger eccrine sweat glands to secrete water directly to the surface of the skin where it cools the body by evaporation. With craniofacial hyperhidrosis, the eccrine glands go crazy.

Excessive sweating of the face and forehead is a physiological condition. It’s thought to be an inherited, genetic trait that affects the sympathetic nervous system. It can also be triggered by stress and anxiety as well as body temperature. But unlike normal sweating, it’s profuse. So profuse and excessive that it’s embarrassing, distressing and it can be debilitating if it negatively affects your quality of life. Those beads of sweat dripping from your forehead and covering your face like a sheet of heavy rain are more than annoying. They can make you want to take your cold sweaty forehead and retreat into hiding.

Here are six common complications that can occur from excessive forehead and facial sweating:

Skin Infections

Sufferers from a sweaty forehead and face are more prone to skin infections. Frequently moist skin can promote the growth of bacteria that cause common skin infections. These are particularly prevalent around hair follicles.

Maceration

Maceration is the scientific term for the mushy, wet appearance the skin can take on with profuse and chronic forehead and face sweating.

Stinging Eyes

There’s nothing quite like the sting that hits like a tsunami when waves of forehead sweat wash over your blinking eyes. Wiping your sweaty brow may not keep up with the deluge. If you’re swimming, working outside in warm weather or trying to drive, stinging sweat in the eyes can be a serious problem.

Acne and Pimples

Excessive sweating by itself does not cause acne or pimples. But, when sweat combines with over-productive oil glands, the glands can become clogged resulting in pimples, or even worse, acne.

Heat rash

Heat rash occurs when sweat droplets are trapped in blocked pores and cannot get to the surface of the skin to evaporate. The inflammation that results causes a rash. The common symptoms are red bumps popping up on the skin and a prickly or itchy sensation. Getting rid of heat rash is simple in theory, but not easy for people with overly sweaty foreheads – keep the head and face dry.

Social/emotional

The social and emotional fall-out from your cold sweaty forehead problem can be the worst complication of all. If you’re like most people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, you worry. You worry about how you look. You worry about feeling embarrassed in social situations. You worry about your sweaty forehead when eating out with friends. You worry at work. You live in fear of speaking in front of coworkers or clients. You worry about your relationships with significant others. Is there any social interaction you don’t worry about?

All these worries stemming from your overactive sweat glands could lead to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is rarely the cause of hyperhidrosis but can become a secondary symptom. It messes up your life. You may lose interest in things you love and even lapse into hopelessness.

If you experience any of these symptoms of secondary anxiety caused by hyperhidrosis, it’s vital that you seek treatment as soon as you possibly can.

Summing up

If you’re reading this article it’s likely because you suffer from facial hyperhidrosis or you’re close to somebody who does. It’s a real thing, a serious condition. The cause is probably hereditary and there is no known cure, but there are numerous treatments that can reduce or eliminate the symptoms. Life can be livelier. Life can be easier and free from sweaty embarrassment.

The treatments vary in complexity and cost. Whether it’s a clinical strength antiperspirant like Sweatblock or a nerve-blocking oral medicine, something is bound to work. Your runaway perspiring can be controlled. There is no reason to suffer in silence or for a moment longer.