How to Stop Sweating : Simple tips to stop embarrassing sweat stains!

Sweaty Armpits

Updated: Jan 15, 2018

Excessive underarm sweating is “the pits” – pun intended. If you’ve ever experienced the embarrassment of giving a sweaty hug, extending a sweaty handshake, or soaking your shirt during an important presentation, then this article is just for you.

Ask yourself this question: “What would dry underarms mean for me?”

More confidence? More success? Less embarrassment? More living? Less hiding? Freedom to be, do, and wear whatever you like?

Let’s be honest… stopping sweat and regaining that lost confidence can be game-changing.

In this post we’ll explore tips and tricks to help you sweat less…

Six quick tips to stop sweating so much:

  1. Use a clinical strength antiperspirant
  2. Apply antiperspirant properly
  3. Dress strategically
  4. Watch what you eat – Spicy, fatty foods are often sweat triggers
  5. Exercise regularly to combat stress and promote balance
  6. Don’t sweat (stress) your sweat

Let’s take a closer look…

1. Use a Clinical Strength Antiperspirant to Stop Excessive Sweating:

Tip #1 - Use a Clinical Strength Antiperspirant.
Take your old, chalky, shirt-yellowing antiperspirant/deodorant combo and throw it out the window. You need a product dedicated to stopping sweat – a clinical strength antiperspirant. For sufferers of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, a high concentration of aluminum chloride is required for an antiperspirant to be effective. Most store-bought antiperspirants do not have enough active ingredient to be effective for excessive sweating. Look for products with 12% or higher aluminum chloride content. There are many over-the-counter antiperspirants with a high enough aluminum chloride content to be considered effective for treating hyperhidrosis.

In the event that a stronger concentration is needed, your doctor can recommend a prescription antiperspirant. Using antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride is the most cost-effective way to topically treat hyperhidrosis and profuse sweating. Though the relief they provide is temporary, lasting anywhere from hours to days depending on the brand, these antiperspirants are easily accessible, safe, and highly effective.

2. Apply Antiperspirant Right, Apply Antiperspirant at Night:

Tip #2: Apply Antiperspirant at Night for Best Results.
How hard can it be to apply an antiperspirant? You’d be surprised. For an antiperspirant to be most effective, it should be applied at night before going to bed. Why? Because the active ingredient (aluminum chloride) needs time to create a block in the sweat gland. Most importantly, applying at night is important because typically this is a time when most people sweat less or not at all.

A few more secrets to get the most out of your Antiperspirant:

1. Apply at Night: Ya ya… we already said this, but it’s THAT important.

2. Ensure the Underarm is CLEAN and DRY: Meaning… your underarm shouldn’t have any residue or trace of antiperspirant/deodorant from the day. It is recommended that you shower before hand to ensure a clean underarm.

3. Make Sure Antiperspirant Has Optimal Skin Contact with Underarms: Hairy armpits can be your worst enemy when trying to achieve favorable results from your antiperspirant. For best results, consider trimming or even shaving your underarms. However, do not apply antiperspirants or deodorants immediately after shaving as this can cause unnecessary skin irritation. It’s best to shave and then apply your antiperspirant at least 24 hours later.

4. If at First You Don’t Succeed… Try, Try, Again: Sometimes you won’t see a substantial stoppage in your sweat after just one antiperspirant application. But don’t give up. Often times it can take up to 3-4 nights of applying a strong antiperspirant consistently until you achieve the desired results. Once antiperspirant is effective, you can apply as needed.

3. Dress Strategically:

Tip #3: Dress Strategically to Stop Excessive Sweat.
Our wardrobe changes with the weather and with varied life situations. We dress light when it’s hot, we dress heavy when it’s cold. For most people who suffer from excessive sweating, the sweat comes no matter the weather, the outfit, or the occasion. So, we have to be strategic about how we dress in order to reduce the sweat and hide it too.

Dressing in light, breathable fabrics with ample ventilation can be helpful in reducing sweat, but it’s not always effective or appropriate. That leaves us with our next best option… hiding sweat. If you can’t stop it, hide it. Let’s start with colors to avoid. Keep your light blues, grays, and solid brights in the closet. They’ll always reveal your sweaty side. Dark blues, black, dark colors and distracting patterns will conceal sweat the best. Jackets and sweaters are also useful tools for keeping your sweaty secret… a secret.

But seriously… let’s just forget this whole “dressing strategically” section. Find yourself a great antiperspirant and you can wear what you want, when you want, wherever you want. We’ve heard this one works AWESOME!

4. Watch What You Eat – Avoid Sweat Triggers:

Tip #4: Avoid Sweat Triggers in your Diet.
Spicy foods are an obvious culprit here. If you already sweat more than you want to, it is recommended you stick with the more mild flavors and foods to avoid causing a meltdown from within. You see, your body reacts to spicy food the same way it would to a hot sunny day… It tries to cool things down. That’s done by sweating. Avoid the spicy foods when possible to stop excessive perspiration.

In addition, there are other food triggers that can make your sweating worse. That daily coffee or energy drink you love could be contributing to your excessive sweat problem. Caffeine works its magic by stimulating your central nervous system, giving you a bit of a jolt that gets you moving faster and thinking clearer. This jolt causes your adrenal glands to kick in, in much the same way as the “fight or flight” response does. Basically, your body responds to caffeine like it would respond to danger. This response stimulates the production of sweat on the palms, feet, and underarms. Reducing or eliminating your caffeine intake won’t necessarily stop your hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, but chances are it will significantly lessen the amount of sweat produced by your apocrine glands (stinky sweat).

Other foods can actually help reduce sweating. While avoiding the sweat triggers above, seek out fruits, vegetables, b-vitamins and other calcium rich foods to help curb your sweat output. It’s not a guarantee, but it can’t hurt.

5. Exercise Regularly, Promote Normal Sweating

Tip #5: Exercise to Promote Healthy Sweating and Reduce Stress Sweat.
Regular exercise will trigger the release of endorphins, promoting a sense of relaxation and satisfaction. The lowering of stress hormone levels through aerobic exercise, combined with endorphin release, puts your body at ease and lessens the chance of triggering an adrenal response to stressors (sweating is a result of an adrenal response). To enjoy the benefits of this effect, you’ll need to exercise five days a week for about 30 minutes. Aerobic exercise, that is. This is commonly referred to as “cardio” and includes pretty much anything that gets your heart and lungs working harder for an extended period of time.

6. Don’t Sweat (Stress) Your Sweat:

Tip #6: Don't Stress about Stress Sweat.
As you’ve probably figured out… stressing about your sweat will just make it worse. We call it the stress/sweat cycle. Your unwanted sweat leads to stress which leads to more sweat and on and on the vicious cycle goes. Manage your stress and you’ll be one step closer to managing you sweat problem. To manage specific stressors, you’re going to trick your body into thinking they’re no big deal. It’s not difficult, the body’s easy to trick–in fact, nervous sweat is the result of your body being tricked into thinking it’s in danger. So what you’re actually doing is de-tricking it out of panic mode. To accomplish this de-trickery, follow these four steps when you find yourself under pressure:

1. Prepare:
When you know ahead of time that you’re going to be in a stressful situation (i.e. going on a date, attending a party, delivering a presentation), you have the advantage. Study your thoughts regarding the situation–ask yourself what you have to be nervous about. Don’t answer “the meeting” or “failure”, be specific. Become aware of what it is you’re truly worried about, then write it down. You will find that establishing the source of your stress and putting it in words will provide the clarity you need to manage the situation instead of fretting over it. Once you’ve established the source of your stress, practice the meditation techniques described above to prepare your mind for the situation.

2. Breathe: Tell yourself to breathe. Your body usually takes care of this one automatically, but in the midst of an adrenaline rush you may find yourself breathing harder and faster. Taking a slow, deep breath tells your body that it’s not in any sort of danger, that you are calm and relaxed. To get the most out of this exercise, inhale deeply and slowly through your nose, hold the breath for three seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this ten times.

3. Focus on the Moment: Don’t get caught up in all the worst-case scenarios and “what if…” moments that stress puts you through. If you do, you’ll end up sweating over those instead of the situation itself. Keep your focus where it belongs, on the task at hand. Chances are, the task itself isn’t nearly as stressful without all those hypothetical disasters that come to mind while you do it.

4. Don’t Obsess Over the Sweat: If you start to sweat, don’t worry about it. You don’t need to add another layer of worry to the worry-cake which induced the sweating in the first place. Push the sweat from your mind for the time being–not doing so is likely to result in more sweat so do your best to focus on anything else (bonus points for focusing on your breathing!) while you calm down.

Stopping embarrassing sweat is sometimes easier said than done. Unfortunately, not everyone will find a sweat fix in this list. But don’t give up. Sweat relief is out there.

It may require a more aggressive sweating remedy. Have a conversation with your doctor about possible hyperhidrosis treatments for your unique situation.

Common Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options:

  • Botox for excessive sweating
  • Miradry for profuse underarm sweating
  • Oral medications for hyperhidrosis