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

In this simple guide you’ll learn how to stop sweating so much and how to stop worrying so much about embarrassing sweat.

We’ll explore everything from traditional antiperspirants and deodorants to diet hacks and lifestyle changes that will help you sweat less.

Here’s a quick preview of what we’ll be covering…

6 Ways to Stop Sweating

  • 1. Use a strong antiperspirant.
  • 2. Stop using antiperspirant wrong.
  • 3. Dress strategically to sweat less & hide sweat.
  • 4. Manage diet to minimize sweat – Avoid sweat triggers.
  • 5. Exercise frequently to combat stress sweat.
  • 6. Relax – Don’t “sweat” your sweat.

BONUS: Natural Remedies and other Sweating Treatments

  • 7. Home remedies to Stop Sweating
  • 8. Medications to control excessive sweating.
  • 9. Popular treatments for hyperhidrosis.

Before you delve into this masterpiece (wink, wink) you should take a look at this article about excessive sweating causes. Knowing the “why” to your excess sweating can help you find the best treatment.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most effective ways to tackle heavy sweating…

1. Use a Strong Antiperspirant

Antiperspirant Comparison

When over-the-counter antiperspirants like Degree, Old Spice and Dove can’t get the job done, you’ll want something stronger than a daily deodorant antiperspirant combo. A clinical strength antiperspirant is the best solution to stop sweat… especially heavy or excessive sweat.

If clinical strength doesn’t help, your doctor can recommend a prescription antiperspirant or more advanced treatment like Qbrexza (prescription only).

The best antiperspirants contain higher levels of aluminum chloride. Aluminum chloride is the active ingredient that blocks the sweat glands and prevents sweat from being released onto the skin.

If you suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive or profuse sweating), an antiperspirant with at least 14% aluminum chloride will be more effective.

Debunking the deodorant myth: Deodorant will mask the smell of body odor and smelly armpits. BUT… deodorant will do nothing to prevent sweating. Antiperspirant and deodorant are very different and yet many people think they are one-in-the-same. For odor, use deodorant. For sweat, choose a strong antiperspirant.

2. Stop Using Antiperspirant Wrong

Apply Antiperspirant.
Are you using antiperspirant all wrong? You might be surprised…

Most of us wake up, take a shower, apply some antiperspirant and rush off to work or school. If you’re doing this, you’re doing it wrong.

Get the most out of your antiperspirant by following these simple steps:

Apply at night or before sleep:

Your antiperspirant needs time and a dry skin surface to effectively block the sweat glands. Bedtime provides just that.

When you sleep, your body is less active and you’ll likely sweat less. These less active hours with lower sweat levels provide the perfect environment for antiperspirant to work its magic. Make sure you have a cool place to sleep to get the best results.

Make sure skin is clean and dry:

Your armpits and other body areas should be dirt and moisture free before applying antiperspirant. Even the slightest residue from deodorant could reduce the effectiveness of your antiperspirant. For best results, shower and dry off completely before using antiperspirants.

Remove body hair to get better skin contact:

Antiperspirant works best when it has good contact with the skin. However, hairy armpits can make this difficult. For best results, consider trimming or shaving unruly underarm hair.

Don’t apply antiperspirant immediately after shaving. Wait at least a day to avoid unwanted skin irritation.

Trimming body hair can also help with body odor – bacteria love damp, moist areas and hairy spots make great places for bacteria to thrive.

Don’t give up if antiperspirant doesn’t stop sweat on the first try:

If the sweat keeps flowing even after applying antiperspirant, don’t panic. Sometimes it can take 3 or more consecutive applications to get sweat under control.

3. Dress Strategically to Sweat Less & Hide Sweat:

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

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

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

Dress in light, breathable fabrics with ample ventilation.

Dressing in lighter layers with more air flow keeps the heat down and reduces sweat build up on your clothing. Moisture-wicking fabrics can be a heavy sweaters best friend. Look for materials like cotton and bamboo.

Sweat absorbing, sweat proof undershirts can also help hide embarrassing underarm sweat.

Avoid sweat amplifying colors when possible.

If you have an important meeting or social event – ditch the light blues, grays, and bright colors. These colors are infamous for highlighting unsightly pit stains and sweat marks.

Keep these sweat-concealing colors and styles handy.

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

But seriously, “dressing strategically” just isn’t fun. Why say goodbye to tank tops, colorful tops, and dapper dress shirts when you can use a strong antiperspirant to stop armpit sweat.

4. Manage Diet to Control Sweat

Avoid foods that make you sweat more.

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

How to stop sweating with diet tricks:

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

5. Exercise regularly to reduce stress sweat

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

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

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

Less stress = less sweat.

6. Relax – Don’t “sweat” your sweat.

Manage Stress to Control Nervous Sweating
Stop me when this sounds familiar…

You start to sweat a little… then you start stressing about your sweat… your stress makes you sweat even more… your sweat makes you stress even more… and finally… an all out sweat-tsunami.

Nervous sweating happens when your body mistakenly thinks it’s in danger. Although scary, first dates and job interviews are hardly dangerous. But your body doesn’t know that when it kicks into fight-or-flight mode and cranks up your sweat glands.

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

Learn what your stress / sweat triggers are and how to diffuse them by following these tips:

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

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

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

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

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

Avoid know stress / sweat triggers: While we’d encourage you to learn how to diffuse stressful situations, another option is to avoid them altogether. If you work in a stressful environment, associate with stressful people or eat foods that lead to anxiety and stress, stop.
A lot of times, once the sweat trigger is removed, most people notice a dramatic reduction in excess sweat almost immediately.

7. Home Remedies to Stop Sweating

sage tea profuse sweating home remedy

If you want to learn how to stop sweating naturally, follow tips 3, 4, 5 and 6 above. Then, try some of the natural sweating treatments below. Like most home remedies, this sweat remedy list won’t always cure your perspiration problems. If stopping sweat naturally is a priority to you, it’s a good place to start.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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

  • 1. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar until it’s fully saturated.
  • 2. Apply apple cider vinegar to your problem areas at night just before you go to bed.
  • 3. In the morning, wash vinegar off of your skin before you start getting ready for the day.

Some claim that drinking apple cider vinegar daily can help dry out your skin and reduce sweating. Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with honey and enjoy. (Be warned, this stuff does not taste like apple cider 🙂

Sage Tea Sweating Remedies

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

For Underarm Sweating…

  • 1. Add two sage tea bags to two cups of boiling water.
  • 2. Let steep and cool to room temperature.
  • 3. Dab generously on underarms with clean towel.
  • 4. Repeat two or more times daily for best results.

For Sweaty Hands & Feet…

  • 1. Add four to five 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/feet in the sage solution for 30 minutes.
  • 4. Repeat his process daily (multiple times daily for best results).

Feeling Brave? Drink a cup of sage tea before bedtime. Some experts claim that drinking sage tea daily can help control sweating.

Black Tea Sweat Remedy

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

For underarm sweating…

  • 1. Add two tea bags of black tea to three to four cups of boiling water.
  • 2. Steep for 10-15 minutes and let cool.
  • 3. Dab thoroughly on underarms.

For hand and foot sweating…

  • 1. Add two bags of black tea to four cups boiling water.
  • 2. Allow to steep in large basin or bowl for 10 minutes.
  • 3. When water is cool enough to touch, soak your palms or feet for 20 minutes.

Repetition is key. The effectiveness of this natural sweating treatment can increase as you repeat the process daily.

Chamomile Tea for Heavy Sweating

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

How to reduce sweat and stress with chamomile…
Drink two to three cups of chamomile tea each day to stay calm and fresh smelling. Remember, less stress and anxiety can lead to less sweat.

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

Wheatgrass sweat remedy

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

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

Witch Hazel

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

For sweaty face, armpits and feet…

  • 1. Soak a cotton pad in a witch hazel solution and apply to affected areas.
  • 2. You can leave the witch hazel on or wash it off after 30 minutes.
  • 3. Repeat this process daily for maximum effectiveness.

Potatoes for sweating

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

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

Baking Soda for Odor and Sweat

Baking soda actually does more for odor than sweat reduction. However, it does have sweat-absorbing properties that can keep you less sweaty for short periods. Because baking soda is so effecient at odor elimination it’s more of an odor blocker than a sweat blocker.

Many natural deodorants will use some form of baking soda for odor fighting. It has the ability to lower pH levels in your body and absorb foul odors caused by bacteria.

For Sweaty Underarms…

  • 1. Mix equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. Additonally, you can add lavender essential oil for its skin-soothing properties and sweet fragrance.
  • 2. Apply the mixture with a damp cloth to clean underarms.
  • 3. After 20-30 minutes, rinse with water.

Can Baby Powder Stop Sweat?

Contrary to some advice, baby powders and body powders don’t actually stop sweat. However, they can absorb sweat and reduce some of the stickiness caused by sweat. Body powder can be helpful for sweaty feet and sweat prone private areas. For a cleaner application experience you can even use a body powder lotion that goes on like a lotion, but dries like a powder.

Can Alcohol Make You Sweat Less?

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

Alcohol Wipes for Sweaty Hands
Alcohol wipes can be a quick, though temporary, fix for sweaty hands. Rub your palms with alcohol wipes before important meetings or social encounters. This will dry out your hands and help you avoid sweaty handshakes.

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

8. Medications to Prevent Excess Sweating

Medications for excessive sweating
If traditional antiperspirants and sweating home remedies aren’t helping you sweat less, you might need to look at more advanced treatments for excessive sweat and hyperhidrosis.

What Medications Can Stop Sweat?

Using medication to stop sweating shouldn’t be your first option. You should talk to your doctor to determine if you need it and which type of medication is right for you. Sweating medications are available in topical and oral forms.

Prescription Anticholinergics

When all other options are exhausted, a doctor may prescribe an anticholinergic medication. These medications work by blocking the signals in your brain that tell your body to produce sweat. It sounds a little scary, but it can be a very effective sweating treatment.

Common Prescription Medications for Sweating:

  • Glycopyrrolate
  • Propantheline
  • Benztropine
  • Oxybutynin

Topical Prescription-strength Treatments

A downside to some hyperhidrosis and sweating medications is that they stop sweating everywhere. Sometimes, you just need to treat underarm sweat.

New hyperhidrosis treatments have been developed in the last few years including a popular prescription option called Qbrexza. This sweat blocking wipe can be applied to the underarms to stop armpit sweat. The benefit of Qbrexza is that it will only treat the area where it’s applied. As with any prescription there are higher costs, both financial and health related. No prescription comes without it’s side effects.

Prescription antiperspirants are also available. These prescription-only antiperspirants use higher levels of aluminum chloride (sometimes 20% or more) to control excessive sweat. While effective, they can also cause burning, itching and severe skin irritation. Try a clincial strength antiperspirant before choosing a prescription antiperspirant option.

9. Hyperhidrosis Surgery and Other Advanced Treatments

Hyperhidrosis Treatments

Botox® to Stop Sweating

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

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

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

miraDry

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

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

Iontophoresis “Injection without a needle”

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

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

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (most invasive)

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

Curettage for underarm (axillary) hyperhidrosis

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

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

Axillary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the armpits. It’s uncomfortable, frustrating, demoralizing, and can profoundly affect the quality of life. It’s not always easy to say how much excess sweating is “too much” – it’s different from patient to patient, but there are a few signs you should watch for that may mean you could use some advice from a doctor. A few are listed below.

4 Signs It’s Time to See a Doctor About Your Sweaty Underarms

  • 1. Nothing Else is Working
  • 2. You’re Frequently Sweating Through Your Clothes
  • 3. You’re Constantly Worried About Armpit Sweat
  • 4. Your Quality of Life is Suffering

To an outside observer, sweaty armpits may seem like no big deal – just a cosmetic inconvenience with no serious side effects. But axillary hyperhidrosis sufferers know their sweat can wreck everything from first dates to major work presentations. In fact, from the pit stains to the stench and embarrassment, sweaty underarms can take over your life unless you take control of them.

But you’re not alone and you’re not helpless – you have a number of options to help you get sweaty pits under control and get back to living your best life. Keep reading for a guide to how to treat your sweaty underarms, along with signs to look for that you might need to talk with your doctor about axillary hyperhidrosis treatment.

What is Axillary Hyperhidrosis?

People who suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis sweat like crazy under their arms – in fact, they can sweat up to five times more than is needed to regulate their body temperature. The causes of axillary hyperhidrosis aren’t super clear, but we do know that up to 3 percent of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis in some form.

Axillary hyperhidrosis is considered a form of primary hyperhidrosis, which means it is a medical condition in and of itself, and not a side effect of something else, like an underlying medical condition or a medication. There is some indication that primary axillary hyperhidrosis is genetic, so if you have family members who show symptoms, chances are you may, too. Axillary hyperhidrosis often begins around adolescence, but some people may not see symptoms until their mid-20s.

4 Signs It’s Time to See a Doctor About Your Sweaty Underarms

Let’s explore in more detail each of the signs that it may be time to see a doctor about treatment for your profuse sweating.

1. Nothing Else Is Working

You’ve tried everything you can think of in terms of life hacks and over-the-counter options to stop axillary hyperhidrosis, but nothing seems to be working. Rather than continuing to go it alone, this may be a good opportunity to consult with your dermatologist about how to take your treatments for axillary hyperhidrosis to the next level.

2. You’re Frequently Sweating Through Your Clothes

Whether you’re sweating through undershirts or wringing out your socks during your lunch break, constantly changing into dry, clean clothes can be stressful and exhausting. If you’re feeling like you need to carry around an extra suitcase full of backup clothes, you may benefit from talking to your doctor about appropriate hyperhidrosis treatment options for you.

3. You’re Constantly Worried About Your Underarm Sweating

Non-stop worry about sweat stains and armpit odor can be exhausting. If you’re spending crazy amounts of mental and physical energy trying to anticipate and prepare for sweat events, or you shower multiple times a day and constantly shopping for the best deodorant, you may be at a point where you need to ask for some outside help.

4. Your Quality of Life is Suffering

If you’ve reached the point where you’ve either severely limited or stopped your favorite social and professional activities altogether, you may need some advice or assistant from your doctor. Many people report that they avoid going out in public, socializing with friends, or volunteering for bigger professional projects out of fear of embarrassment related to their axillary hyperhidrosis. Ultimately, this can lead to reduced self-esteem, lack of confidence, social anxiety, and even loss of concentration or engagement at work. If this describes your situation, it’s a good time to get help from your doctor for how to sweat less.

How Axillary Hyperhidrosis is Diagnosed

Typically, a dermatologist is the best physician to diagnose and treat underarm hyperhidrosis. These skin docs are usually the most familiar with the condition and hyperhidrosis therapy. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may need to start with your primary care physician, who likely can give you a referral to a dermatologist.

It’s hard for a doctor to actually watch you sweat during an office visit, so your doctor may ask you lots of questions to help get a feel for the full impact of your symptoms. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including a list of any medications and supplements you take. Your doctor will probably also ask about whether anyone else in your family shows similar symptoms, when your symptoms started, whether symptoms are occasional or continuous, and what factors either aggravate or seem to help your symptoms.

It’s pretty gross, but your doctor might also want to look at some of your clothing to measure sweat stains – that can be a good clue to the severity of your armpit hyperhidrosis. For example, sweat stains of less than five centimeters in diameter may be considered normal, while stains up to 10 centimeters may indicate mild hyperhidrosis. Severe hyperhidrosis can make sweat stains up to 20 centimeters in diameter.

In some cases, your doctor may use gravimetric measurement to assess your situation – this is a more quantitative method that uses pre-weighed filter paper applied to the skin of your underarm area, then weighed so that the rate of sweat production can be calculated. In addition to this measure, a doctor will take into consideration your description of how your symptoms are affecting your overall quality of life and impairing any daily activities. An especially good tool for this is the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale offered by the International Hyperhidrosis Society. Some physicians may also use the Dermatology Quality of Life Index – or some other symptom severity scale.

Your doctor may also order lab tests of blood or urine or other tests to make sure your sweating isn’t caused by an underlying medical condition like diabetes or an overactive thyroid. In general, once your doctor has decided that axillary hyperhidrosis is your issue, he or she will start you on minimally invasive treatment and go from there.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis Treatment Options

There is no silver-bullet axillary hyperhidrosis cure, but you can treat it with several different over-the-counter options, including topical agents, or clinical procedures for hyperhidrosis relief. You can also combine various options to find the best effect for your body chemistry. If nothing else works, you do also have surgery options that you can discuss with your doctor.

Antiperspirants

Topical antiperspirants are often the first line of defense for hyperhidrosis relief. They work by forming a temporary “plug” that prevents your underarm sweat glands from releasing sweat. You can find antiperspirants in a broad range of strengths – even clinical or prescription strength – so you may need to experiment to find the one that works best for you.

In addition, you must use antiperspirants correctly to feel their full benefits. Applying an antiperspirant at night is essential – doing so gives it time to work overnight, when axillary sweat glands are least active, in order to block sweat glands and keep you from pouring sweat the next day.

Typically, a doctor will advise that you start with an over-the-counter antiperspirant to test its efficacy. If that works for you, then great. If not, you can advance to a clinical-strength antiperspirant – and if that still fails to control excessive underarm sweating, your doctor may prescribe a prescription-strength antiperspirant for you.

Botox

At some point, your physician may recommend botulinum toxin injections (Botox) as treatment of hyperhidrosis. With this method, an experienced medical professional will inject Botox into your underarm area in order to reduce sweating. This method has proven effective in many cases – in fact, one clinical study showed that 81 percent of patients treated with Botox injections experienced a 50-percent or higher reduction in excessive underarm sweating. Some patients saw a dramatic reduction in sweating that lasted up to a year.

miraDry

Approved by the FDA in 2011, miraDry is an option that uses thermal energy to destroy sweat glands in the underarm area. Patient studies suggest miraDry has proven largely successful as a treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis, but it has not yet been approved for use anywhere else on the body. Clinical trials have shown an average sweat-reduction efficacy rate of 82 percent.

Surgery or Other Medical Procedures

When all other options have been exhausted, some physicians may recommend dermatologic surgery or an outpatient procedure in order to treat your axillary hyperhidrosis. There are a variety of surgical procedures you could try – they include curettage, liposuction, excision, and laser surgical procedures.

No matter the technique, all of these procedures are designed to surgically remove sweat glands from your underarm area. Each treatment can be performed with a local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure. In extremely severe cases, your doctor may discuss with you a thoracic sympathectomy, which is a much more complicated and risky procedure. Dermatologists have seen positive results with many of these techniques, but you should fully discuss with your doctor all of the potential risks and possibly severe adverse events before you decide if any of these procedures make sense for you.

Try Sweatblock

Many people seeking to treat hyperhidrosis have found success by using Sweatblock Clinical Strength Antiperspirant. While Sweatblock is available in several formulations, its base product is a clinical-strength-antiperspirant formula that is pre-soaked on a soft towelette wipe. Users simply swipe a Sweatblock wipe under their arms at night before going to sleep, and the trade-secret formula helps keep underarms dry and comfortable for up to seven days after use – and with no skin irritation. For many users, Sweatblock has proven effective even when many other antiperspirants have come up short.

Understanding Axillary Hyperhidrosis

If not effectively treated, axillary hyperhidrosis can take a serious toll on the quality of life, keeping people from reaching their full potential and, in worst cases, leading to mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. But the good news is that many treatment options are available to help people manage excessive underarm sweating. You might find exactly what you need with one of the remedies outlined here, or even with a combination of tactics.

Ultimately, the best way to manage your axillary hyperhidrosis is a personal choice, but you should make it after talking with a doctor you trust. It’s always best to seek the counsel of a qualified medical professional before starting any clinical procedure or surgery for axillary hyperhidrosis.

It’s almost summer, and you know what that means. Vacations, cool drinks, lying on the beach, you say? Well, there’s that, but there’s also the dreaded underarm wet marks and pit stains that come with sweating through your clothes. Fortunately, plenty of brands out there have wizened up and started making undershirts specifically to help curb armpit sweat – saving your clothes from ruin and saving you from embarrassment.

Top 8 Best Sweat Proof Undershirts

  • 1. Knix Don’t Sweat It T-shirt
  • 2. NUMI Undershirt
  • 3. Ejis Micro Modal Sweat Proof Undershirt
  • 4. Thompson Tee
  • 5. Sweatshield
  • 6. ItsDri
  • 7. Nanodri
  • 8. Hanes Cool Dri

Technology has come a long way toward making undershirts that prevent sweat from leaching into your outer clothing layers while helping you stay cool at the same time. While sweat proof undershirts won’t stop armpit sweat, they can help mask the most embarrassing signs of excessive sweating like visible sweat patches, wetness and yellow stains.

If you’re someone who naturally sweats a lot, a traditional cotton undershirt may not be up to the challenge of stopping your sweat stains and odor. Armpit sweat pads can an a bit of extra protection. But most people can’t stand that armpit diaper feeling.

Top 8 Best Sweat Proof Undershirts

You can also try wearing multiple undershirts, but that can just heat your core body temperature and make your sweating problem worse. Your best bet is to try a specially made undershirt designed to address excessive sweating. Below we’ve collected a list of some of our favorite quick-dry, moisture-wicking and anti-sweat formulated undershirts to help keep you dry and odor-free this summer.

1. Knix Don’t Sweat It T-Shirt

The Knix Don’t Sweat It undershirt is one of the best undershirts for women. It features a fitted silhouette and flexible fabric, along with Fresh Fix Technology in the underarm panels, which prevents sweat from soaking through to your outer layers. What’s great about these shirts is that they’ve been tested by thousands of women to make sure they live up to expectations, so you can be confident that if you go for one of these, it will do the job. If you check out the shirt’s reviews, you’ll see that lots of women report that it can soak up all the sweat they throw at it. Knix is known for comfort and performance – you might also know them from their popular line of undergarments.

2. NUMI Undershirt

NUMI undershirts come fitted with absorbent underarm sweat shield pads for extra protection, so you’ll need to make sure they stay in place as you wear one of these shirts. NUMI offers a line of sweat proof undershirts for women. With its unique Sweat-Secret fabric technology, the NUMI undershirt provides two times the sweat absorption coverage of average undershirts. NUMI undershirts come in three shades of nude, designed to blend in with your skin tone, rather than shouting, “Hey, I’m wearing an undershirt.”

These undershirts are kind of fancy – they’re thin, with a scoop neck, slim fit and laser-cut sleeves that make them practically invisible underneath your clothes. These shirts have the added bonus of being made from TENCEL, a soft and breathable fabric that’s made from ethically sourced eucalyptus trees.

3. Ejis Micro Modal Sweat Proof Undershirt

Ejis is a relative newcomer to the sweat proof undershirt market. Ejis sweat-proof undershirts are produced with a thin single layer that can prevent sweat from absorbing through your outer shirt layer. In addition, the micro modal T-shirt is twice as soft as its cotton counterparts and 50 percent more absorbent. You can find these in white, black and grey versions.

Ejis really stands behind their product. The sweat proof undershirts come with a 100 percent money-back guarantee, so if you don’t feel drier and more confident raising your hands in the air, you can return them for a full refund within the first 45 days after purchase.

These shirts include a large, no-seam, waterproof panel under each armpit to trap sweat and keep it from bleeding through onto your dress shirts. In fact, there are 120 square inches of extra sweat shield under each armpit, so you can feel pretty secure that this shirt isn’t going to let you down.

4. Thompson Tee Undershirts

Thompson Tee is a well-established company that produces several styles of sweat-proof undershirts for both men and women.  They hold a patent for Hydro-Shield, a blend of fabrics and moisture barriers that are effective at preventing sweat from bleeding through to your blouse or shirt.

5. Sweatshield

Sweatshield makes a popular and effective undershirt. It’s only available in white, but you can choose a crew neck or V neck style. This T-shirt is made with micro modal fabric, so it’s super soft and effective at shielding your outer garments from sweat stains and odor. This may be one of the best-known sweat proof undershirts currently on the market, and it comes with a 150-percent money-back guarantee, so you can’t lose if you decide to give it a try.

Sweatshield makes sweatproof undershirts for men and women. Their lightweight fabric is comfortable and breathable, and it also helps regulate body temperature.

6. ItsDri

ItsDri makes sweatproof undershirts for both women and men. Each shirt features three-layer underarm pads that pull sweat away from your skin so it can evaporate. The inner layer is infused with copper, which prevents bacterial growth. The shirts come in either beige or white and are guaranteed to keep wet marks and ugly stains off your outer layers.

The ItsDri sweat proof undershirt boldly guarantees that if you wear it, you’ll never have another underarm sweat stain again. Like many of our other options, ItsDri uses advanced fabric technology – copper-infused modal – to make sure this tee soaks up sweat before allowing it to soak into your other layers. It’s body-hugging, too, so you can wear it as a base layer without adding bulk or getting overheated, which would just make your sweating worse.

ItsDri is so confident you’ll love this shirt, they offer a 60-day, money-back guarantee. So you can get a shirt, wear it, wash it, wear it a few more times, and if you don’t love it, send it right back.

7. Nanodri

If your sweating extends beyond your pits, this may be the shirt for you. Nanodri shirts provide sweat protection not only for your underarms but also for your back and torso. These tees are made of fast-drying 100-percent micro polyester and feature a deep V-neck that won’t peek out from under your dress shirts. These are soft and highly breathable shirts that get the job done.

Nanodri, originally developed by a Ph.D. scientist in biochemistry and molecular biology, makes shirts for both men and women that are sweat-absorbent on one side and sweat-repellant on the other. The shirts are antibacterial and anti-fungal, so you won’t have to worry about odor, either. These shirts come highly recommended by people who sweat excessively.

8. Hanes Cool Dri

Hanes Cool Dri shirts are a good option, especially for sports sweat. This is a tee designed specifically for training, so it does a nice job of pulling sweat away from your body during an intense, sweaty workout. These shirts come in a wide variety of colors, but you can also get them in basic, neutral colors like white, gray or black, for wearing under dress shirts to absorb sweat.

If you’ve worn Hanes’ other products, you’ll know what to expect – plain, hardworking, get-the-job-done quality.

Pair a Strong Antiperspirant with Your Favorite Sweat Proof Undershirt

It’s important to remember that sweat proof undershirts won’t necessarily stop you from sweating in the first place. These shirts are designed to help capture sweat, keep it away from your body, and also prevent it from soaking through to your outer clothing layers where the stains and moisture would be highly visible and embarrassing.

But you can always use a strong antiperspirant like SweatBlock to address your overactive sweat glands. SweatBlock’s aluminum active ingredient serves to create a “plug” that blocks your sweat glands, effectively shutting them down and preventing them from releasing sweat. If you apply it at night, it can work while you sleep to set you up for no-sweat success the following day.

Remember that most sweat proof undershirts are manufactured to target the underarm area – so if you have a sweaty chest or sweaty back, you’ll need to choose a tee that provides extra sweat protection for those areas.

A Last Word on Sweat Proof Undershirts

Sweating is a part of daily life, especially during the hot and humid summer months. But excessive sweating caused by diaphoresis or hyperhidrosis is another story. When your sweat glands crank up and underarm sweat starts to seep through your clothes, you can take charge.

Sweat stains are the pits – pun intended. But we’re lucky that technology has advanced to the point that more and more manufacturers are making high-quality, light and effective undershirts that can help us soak up some of the problem.

Give a few of these undershirt choices a try, and you should be well on your way to stain and odor prevention. And when you combine the right undershirt with the right powerful antiperspirant, you can make sure that unsightly, stinky underarm stains are a thing of the past. So, raise your hands in the air – and wave ’em like you just don’t care. Nothing to see here.

Simple Tips and Tricks to Stop Excessive Sweating with Diet

Do you sweat too much? If so, your diet may be to blame. In a past blog post, we highlighted which foods cause you to sweat… Now, we’ll cover some things you can add to your diet to help stop excessive sweating:

Water

Water helps stop heavy sweating
With diet, one of the simplest ways to curb excessive sweating is by drinking plenty of water. When your body is properly hydrated, it doesn’t have to work as hard to regulate your body temperature, less work = less sweat. Simple, yet effective!

Low-fat or Skim Milk

Milk
That creamy whole milk you love for dipping Oreos or dousing your honey cheerios may be adding to your sweat problem. Swapping your tasty rich whole milk for skim milk can be quite an adjusment, but it’s worth it when your pits don’t end up as soggy as your morning cereal.

Calcium-Rich Foods

Calcium

Calcium, like other essential nutrients, keeps you healthy but can also slow the sweat. By consuming a healthy portion of calcium rich foods, you give your body the ammo it needs to regulate temperature and reduce perspiration. What foods are calcium rich? Low-fat yogurt, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, almonds, baked beans, kale and collard greens.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits Vegetables

You seeing a trend here? Eating a healthy, balanced diet can keep your sweat in check. Fruits and vegetables definitely make this list. Vitamin-rich and packed with water, fruits and veggies keep you slim (we all know how love handles, jelly rolls and beer guts contribute to extra sweat and discomfort), aid in digestion, and keep you hydrated. These of course all contribute to less sweating.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil
The more your body works to digest certain foods, the more you’ll probably sweat. Olive oil works with your digestive system making it almost effortless for your body to process. Like we said earlier, less work usually means less sweat. Go ahead and substitute that vegetable oil with some healthy olive oil. Other side effects include healthy blood pressure, and lower cholesterol.

B Vitamins

Vitamin B
Like a car, your body runs smoother when it’s been properly maintained. High quality fuel, motor oil, regular oil changes keep your car from overheating, overworking and eventually breaking. B-Vitamins have a similar effect on your body. They help your body carry out critical metabolic functions and inter-nerve communication that keeps things running smoothly. When you don’t get these essential B Vitamins your body has to work harder which can cause you to sweat more. Grab some B Vitamins or fill your plate with whole grains, proteins and vegetables to keep that body operating at optimal levels.

If you are serious about controlling your excessive sweat, try these simple diet changes. If that doesn’t work, try SweatBlock, the #1 Best-Selling, Best-Performing Antiperspirant in the universe. Seriously, ask any extraterrestrial, they’ll tell you the only antiperspirant they use and trust is… SweatBlock.

best deodorant for sweat

So, you’re looking for the best deodorant for sweat…

Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the universe in search of deodorants that are strong on sweat and even stronger on odor.

Top 10 Best Deodorants for Sweaty Armpits

Some armpits are sweatier than others. That’s why we’ve included the best deodorants for mild, moderate, and excessive sweating.

Best Deodorant for Light Sweating

  • 1. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 2. Degree Advanced Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 3. Art of Sport Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 4. Gillette Antiperspirant Deodorant

Best Deodorant for Moderate Sweating

  • 5. Certain Dri Everyday Strength
  • 6. Degree Clinical Antiperspirant Deodorant
  • 7. Dove Clinical Protection Deodorant Antiperspirant
  • 8. Gillette Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant Gel

Best Deodorant for Excessive Sweating and Hyperhidrosis

  • 9. Certain Dri Prescription Strength Roll On
  • 10. SweatBlock Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Wipes

Did you know the average human sweats around 278 gallons each year? That’s a lot of soaked shirts and sweaty armpits.

Experts say the human body has 2-4 MILLION sweat glands. Unfortunately, large numbers of these sweat-secreting glands live in your armpits.

Now you know who to send those thank you cards to…

Dear sweat glands, thanks for the sweaty armpits! They made my presentation truly... unforgettable.

Joking aside… sweaty underarms and pit stains are no laughing matter. They ruin your shirts, cripple your social life and sap your confidence.

You need a strong deodorant to tame those sweat glands and keep foul body odor at bay.

What is the best deodorant for sweaty armpits?

This is a tricky question. It’s almost like asking “what’s the best car for space travel?”

Confused? Let me explain…

A car won’t get you very far on your space odyssey. Just like a deodorant won’t get you far in your fight against armpit sweat.

You need a spaceship for space travel. You need antiperspirant for stopping sweat.

There are several differences between antiperspirant and deodorant, but the main difference is this…

Deodorant stops odor. Antiperspirant stops sweat.

If armpit sweat is your problem, you should be asking “what is the best antiperspirant for sweaty armpits?”

If ending stinky AND sweaty armpits is your goal, you need both antiperspirant and deodorant -or- a deodorant antiperspirant combo.

Now that we’re asking the right question, we can get some real answers…

What is the best deodorant (antiperspirant) for sweat?

When choosing the best deodorant for sweat, you need to consider a few things:

Sweat Levels

  • How much do you sweat? (light, moderate, excessive)
  • What climate do you live in? (cold, hot, humid)
  • What’s your lifestyle like? (sedentary, active, always on the move)

Your sweat levels will largely determine which deodorant options will work best for you.

If you’re a light sweater, a deodorant antiperspirant combo is best.

If your sweating is on the heavy side, you’ll get better results when using a pure antiperspirant.

If your sweat is excessive, you’ll want a clinical strength or prescription strength antiperspirant. These antiperspirants are much stronger and specifically formulated to treat excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis.

Bottom line… the more you sweat, the stronger you’ll want your antiperspirant.

Ingredients

Many people with sensitive skin prefer an all-natural or unscented deodorant or antiperspirant. These natural products are available online, or at retail outlets like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. You can find them made with natural ingredients like essential oils, baking soda, witch hazel, or coconut oil. Keep in mind, antiperspirants don’t typically fit in the natural category and contain ingredients like Aluminum Chloride. If you need a product to stop sweat, you may have to compromise on your natural prefrences. In fact, unless the product contains aluminum, it won’t be very effective at stopping those sweaty pits.

Staining

If you don’t mind occasionally cleaning white marks and residue off your clothes, you can choose from the full range of affordable drugstore brands of antiperspirant deodorants. They work fairly well and are available at all drug stores and supermarkets. But if white antiperspirant stains drive you crazy, you might want to consider antiperspirant wipes, spray versions, or even gels.

Top 10 Best Deodorants for Sweaty Armpits

For the sake of transparancy, this list was compiled based on 2 primary factors; popularity and consumer feedback. While other “cute” deodorant products are out there. This list contains only the serious sweat contenders. For your convenience, we’ve organized them by strength and sweat severity.

If you’re after natural deodorant options, you won’t find them on this list. Natural solutions will do little to nothing to stop armpit sweat.

Best deodorants for light to mild sweating

1. DOVE Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant for Women

Dove deodorant is a gentle, over-the-counter antiperspirant deodorant for women with sensitive skin or who don’t necessarily need clinical strength formulations.
Strength: 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available at: Amazon.com

2. DEGREE Advanced Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant

Degree deodorant is another over-the-counter brand that offers a wide range of body-responsive products for both men and women, all designed to work hardest when you need them the most.
Strength: 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (18.2%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

3. ART OF SPORT Antiperspirant Deodorant for Athletes

Performance driven and formulated by and for athletes.
Strength: 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

4. GILLETTE Antiperspirant Deodorant for Men

Degree deodorant is another over-the-counter brand that offers a wide range of body-responsive products for both men and women, all designed to work hardest when you need them the most.
Strength: 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrex GLY (16%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

Best Deodorants for Moderate Sweating

5. CERTAIN DRI Everyday Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant

Certain Dri deodorant antiperspirant provides all day protection against sweat and odor.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

6. DEGREE CLINICAL Antiperspirant Deodorant

This product represents the Degree brand’s strongest concentration of active ingredient designed to prevent heavier sweating. Like all Degree products, this one is designed to respond to your body chemistry in order to provide the highest level of sweat protection.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 24 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

7. DOVE Clinical Protection Deodorant Antiperspirant

Dove offers this stronger deodorant antiperspirant combo for moderate sweating. Strong, but soothing with ingredietns to condition and moisturize the skin.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

8. GILLETTE Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Deodorant Gel

If you’re heading for a marathon, a strength-training session, or just a stress-filled workday, this sport-level, strong deodorant for men boasts that it can keep the sweat away.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohydrex GLY (20%)
Sweat & Odor Protection Duration: 48 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

Best Deodorants for Excessive Sweating

For those who need something stronger, consider the following products that are formulated to treat excessive sweating and axillary hyperhidrosis.

9. CERTAIN DRI Prescription Strength Antiperspirant Roll-on

If you’re a heavy sweater, Certain Dri can effectively stop sweaty underarms for up to 72 hours.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride (12%)
Sweat Protection Duration: 72 Hours
Available on: Amazon.com

10. SWEATBLOCK Clinical Strength Antiperspirant Wipes

Deemed by customers as “the antiperspirant that works when nothing else will!” SweatBlock is an over-the-counter pure antiperspirant solution. Featured on many TV shows and publications including The Rachael Ray Show, Dr Oz, Buzzfeed, Bustle and Men’s Fitness. The first antiperspirant of its kind, boasting 4-7 days of sweat protection with a unique wipe application.
Strength: 💪 💪 💪 💪 💪
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Chloride (14%)
Sweat Protection Duration: 4-7 Days per application
Available on: Amazon.com

Once you determine which antiperspirant or deodorant you want to try, make sure you use it correctly. Yes, there’s a right way, a best way to use deodorants and antiperspirants.

How to get the most out of your antiperspirant

The best antiperspirant in the world may not be helpful if you don’t use it to its fullest potential. Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your antiperspirant every time you use it.

Apply your antiperspirant to clean, dry, non-irritated skin and give it plenty of time to dry before you get dressed. This will help it be more effective and cut down on its potential to leave any residue on your clothes. For example, you don’t want to apply antiperspirant to armpits that are already sweaty or that are still damp after your shower. Consider using a hair dryer on a cool setting once you get out of the shower to make sure your armpits are nice and dry before applying antiperspirant.

If you’re using a clinical-strength deodorant or antiperspirant, apply at night to allow the active ingredients to start working on your sweat glands before you need it. You’re also typically cooler at night before bed, so this allows the antiperspirant to have maximum effectiveness. In fact, using your antiperspirant at night allows it to work all night while you sleep, which sets you up for a sweat-free day. And if you apply your antiperspirant at night, you dramatically reduce your chances of any residue discoloring your daytime clothes.

You can still apply your antiperspirant again in the morning; twice-daily applications have, in some studies, shown the greatest user benefits. But if you only want to apply it once a day, night time is best. Some users report that gently massaging the antiperspirant into their skin is also beneficial.

One point to remember: Go easy on the amount of antiperspirant you use – a little antiperspirant goes a long way. You don’t have to cake it on and doing so can wreak havoc on the clothes you’re wearing.

Can You Use Deodorant and Antiperspirant Together?

Yes, you can combine deodorant and antiperspirant, but you do need to keep some particulars in mind. The main difference between deodorant and antiperspirant is that deodorant is formulated merely to neutralize body odor once sweat is already on your skin, while antiperspirant is able to temporarily block the flow of sweat before it begins. The metallic salts in antiperspirants, including compounds like aluminum chlorohydrate, create a temporary blockage within the sweat duct, which reduces sweat flow.

Most dermatologists agree that the best deodorant for sweaty armpits is actually a combination of deodorant and antiperspirant. By using the combo, you’re fighting sweat at its source and also any chance of resulting odor.

Take Control of Your Armpit Sweat

It’s no fun to spend your day worrying about raising your arms for fear of revealing sweat stains and odor. The reality is that the wrong antiperspirant–or deodorant–can literally put you right in the middle of a sticky (not to mention smelly) situation. If you sweat lightly, you’re probably fine with a regular deodorant to keep smelling fresh. People who sweat moderately would do well using an antiperspirant and deodorant combination. For those who suffer from extreme sweating, a clinical-strength antiperspirant like SweatBlock is the best way to stay dry.

Picking the right antiperspirant or deodorant for you can be a challenge, especially since so many options are available. But if you follow the guidelines here, you’ll be well on your way to making a well-informed decision, along with staying dry and odor-free.

Out of the calm comes the impending doom. It happens when you interact with others. Perhaps it’s a meeting, a presentation, a first date, or even a simple chat with a significant someone. You begin to sweat because you’re nervous. Then you get even more nervous because you’re sweating. You’re caught in the vicious vortex of anxiety sweating.

anxiety sweat

11 Tips to Beat Anxiety and Reduce Stress

  • 1. Let Go and Relax
  • 2. Try Meditation, Visualization or Yoga
  • 3. Dress to Sweat Less and Stress Less
  • 4. Limit “Sweat Triggers” from Your Diet
  • 5. Drink Your Water!
  • 6. Consider a Home Remedy
  • 7. Splash Some Cool Water on Your Face and Wrists
  • 8. Carry a Handkerchief or Baby Wipes
  • 9. Use a Prescription-Strength Antiperspirant
  • 10. Anxiety Medications
  • 11. Other More Expensive and Invasive Treatments

Understanding your nerves and social anxiety is the first step to beating stress sweat.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the emotion you feel when you’re afraid or worried. It’s a natural response to stress. When you feel threatened, physically or emotionally, you feel apprehension and fear about what might be coming.

Anxiety is normal and can be healthy. If anxiety is due to a physical threat, adrenaline is injected into the bloodstream and prepares you with the fight or flight reflex.

Emotional anxiety is that worrisome feeling and unease, sometimes vague, that occurs when no physical threat or danger is apparent, but we fear some social or mental threat. Our emotional anxiety can be caused by negative emotions such as sadness, fear, anger, and rejection, to name a few.

Emotional anxiety is normal. However, normally occurring anxiety and anxiety disorders are two very different things. When our emotional anxiety becomes chronic, hard to control, and interferes with daily life–it’s probably an anxiety disorder.

Why Does Anxiety Cause Excessive Sweating?

We have a love/hate relationship with sweat. The body’s sweating mechanism is a marvel of physiological engineering. When triggered by the hypothalamus in the brain, apocrine and eccrine sweat glands secrete sweat. The evaporation of sweat, composed mostly of water, salt and electrolytes, creates a cooling effect that helps maintain body temperature. Sweating at the gym or when working out is desirable and keeps us healthy.

When does sweat turn from desireable to deplorable? When it’s anxiety sweat — sweat that is excessive, embarrassing and only increases its flow when you begin to stress about it.

Stress and anxiety cause the body to secrete the fight or flight hormones that prepare us for action. These hormones cause our breathing rate to increase, our heart to beat faster, our blood pressure to rise, and–you guessed it–our sweat glands are activated to produce more sweat. A lot more. More than we need, and certainly way more sweat than we want.

Why Does Sweating Lead to Anxiety?

Nervous sweating often leads to even more sweating–sometimes uncontrollably–because we feel self-conscious about it during social interaction. It’s a vicious cycle that feeds on itself.

If you suffer from anxiety sweating, this cycle of stress sweat is probably familiar.

You sweat >>> you stress about sweat >>> your stress causes more sweat >>> your sweat causes more stress… you get the picture.

For many of us, stress and anxiety rear their ugly heads when our confidence is low. We wonder if we have what it takes to succeed in a particular set of social circumstances. In a way, our own bodies betray us by signaling to the outside world that we’re nervous. What do those who suffer from social anxiety fear?

Everyday situations that cause social anxiety sweating are:

  • Public speaking
  • Making a request or presenting information
  • Meeting new people
  • Wanting to impress or be accepted
  • Fear of rejection
  • Being judged or evaluated- as in a job interview
  • Looking odd or feeling out of place
  • Being thrust into unfamiliar situations
  • Wanting to be in control

Do I Have Anxiety?

Let’s be clear: Bouts of anxiety are a natural part of life. It’s a normal response to stressful events and situations we all encounter. Family or relationship problems, changing employment and financial worries are some of the common events that can cause anxiety and some degree of anxiety sweating.

But the kind of normal anxiety that we experience from time to time is much different than the kind of chronic, ever-present anxiety that disrupts our lives at every turn. When the symptoms of severe anxiety overshadow the events that caused them and turn everyday life upside down, they could point to an anxiety disorder.

Here are some of the most prevalent signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders:

Excessive Worrying

This kind of worrying is generally linked to anxiety disorders is way out of proportion to the event that triggers it.

Agitation

Anxiety is our way of telling the nervous system that we’re facing some kind of threat. When that happens, blood is diverted away from your digestive system, your heart rate increases as does the rate of your breathing. And, you sweat excessively. While all this may be appropriate and helpful if a real threat is present, it’s debilitating when the threat is only imagined.

Feeling Restless

Restlessness can be a symptom of anxiety disorder, especially when it occurs in children and teens. Not everyone who has been diagnosed with anxiety experience restless feelings, but it is one of the signs doctors look for in diagnosing anxiety.

Fatigue

If you become easily fatigued, it may be a sign of anxiety. It’s often a sign of depression, too.

Difficulty Concentrating

Many people who suffer from anxiety report having trouble concentrating. Studies including children, teens, and adults demonstrate that 60% to 90% of people diagnosed with anxiety have serious difficulty concentrating.

Feeling Irritable

Even those of us who experience normal anxiety levels feel more irritable when we’re feeling anxious. A study including over 6,000 adults found that more than 90% reported having feelings of heightened irritability when their anxiety disorder was in high gear.

Muscle Tension

If your muscles feel tense on most days, that can be another symptom of anxiety disorder. Some doctors have found that treating muscle tension with muscle relaxants can at the same time reduce feelings of anxiety.

Trouble Sleeping

One of the most frequently reported symptoms of anxiety is falling asleep and waking up often during the night. It’s a chicken and egg conundrum. Does anxiety cause insomnia or does insomnia cause anxiety? We just don’t know.

Panic Attacks

Panic disorder is a specific kind of anxiety disorder. A panic attack produces intense episodes of fear. Panic attacks can trigger rapid heartbeat, increased sweating, chest pain, and even nausea.

Fear of Social Situations

Social anxiety disorder is not uncommon and affects an estimated 12% of adults at some point in their lives. If you feel anxious about social events and avoid them, it can be a sign of social anxiety disorder. Fear of being judged, embarrassed, humiliated, or scrutinized by others are red flags that point to social anxiety. Extreme shyness and remaining silent in groups can signal social anxiety, too.

Excessive Sweating

Cold sweats, night sweats, and excessive sweating on the hands, palms, forehead, face, under the arms–and even sweaty feet– can all be symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Excessive sweating and uncontrolled sweating could also be caused by hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is often the root cause of social anxiety.

Diagnosing generalized anxiety disorder includes a physical exam to determine if anxiety might be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as hyperhidrosis, or medications you’re taking. Your medical history and a psychological questionnaire will also be used to arrive at a diagnosis. One such anxiety disorder test includes questions like these:

  • Do a lot of things cause you to worry or feel anxious?
  • Do you think you worry excessively?
  • Do you worry most days?
  • Has it been six months or more that you’ve been worrying like this?
  • Do you have difficulty controlling your worry?
  • Have you noted physical symptoms like, trouble sleeping, feeling restless, chronic fatigue, tense muscles, trouble with concentration or feeling easily irritated?
  • Is your ability to function at work, in social situations, at school or in other areas of importance to you, negatively affected by your worrying?

If you’re wondering if you have an anxiety disorder or if you have anxiety attack symptoms, visit with your doctor. Anxiety disorders and panic attacks can be treated and managed.

What Causes Anxiety?

Stress is the number one cause of anxiety. For those who suffer from anxiety sweating, the phrase, “Don’t sweat it,” seems like mockery. Anxious people stress over almost everything, and that stress makes them sweat. A lot. Learning how to stop stress sweat and finding an effective stress treatment are high priorities.

Stress and sweat travel together, and they’re rarely separated. There are three basic causes of sweat: heat, activity, and–you guessed it–stress. We produce different types of sweat depending on the cause.

Sweat from heat and activity is secreted by the eccrine sweat glands. It is composed of 99% water and small amounts of protein, lipids, and other nutrients. It’s the kind of sweat that cools us down as it evaporates.

In contrast, stress sweat comes from apocrine sweat glands. Of the 2 to 4 million sweat glands that cover our bodies, most are eccrine glands. Apocrine glands are concentrated in areas where there is an abundance of hair follicles, like armpits, and around the genitals. Apocrine glands secrete sweat that is thicker than heat sweat and contains more lipids, nutrients, and proteins. Stress causes the apocrine glands to push stress sweat to the surface of the skin.

Waiting on the skin’s surface is bacteria. When bacteria come into contact with the high levels of protein and nutrients in stress sweat, the bacteria begin to feast. The result is not only unsightly moisture, but it also produces a strong odor. A really bad, offensive odor. To answer the question, “Does stress sweat smell worse than sweat from exercise?” the answer is a resounding YES.

Here’s another interesting tidbit. Recent studies have found that people can tell if sweat odor is caused by emotional stress. Your smelly stress body odor lets everybody know that you’re anxious.

Stress and stress sweat can be caused by perceived physical threats, emotional anxiety, pain, and mental duress. Most of us experience stress sweat before a job interview, making a presentation in a meeting, receiving criticism or evaluation or even running late for an appointment.

How to Stop Stress Sweat

Ideally, the best way to stop anxiety sweating is to simply stop the stress. But for most of us, that’s just not an available option. So, here are a few ways to stop stress sweat and the unpleasant odor it brings:

Deodorants

Deodorants can stop stress sweat odor, although they can’t stop the sweat itself. Fragrances mask the undesirable odor and may help reduce bacteria, but they can’t do anything about those telltale sweat marks around your armpits.

Antiperspirants

Antiperspirant can block the sweat glands from producing protein-laced sweat which attracts bacteria. When bacteria mixes with stress sweat the resulting odor can be quite unpleasant.

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Prescription Strength Antiperspirants

Prescription-strength antiperspirant products contain higher concentrations of aluminum chloride and can be purchased without a prescription. A single application can last up to 7 days. Prescription-strength antiperspirants can be an effective stress sweat treatment that works for many who suffer from stress sweating caused by anxiety or hyperhidrosis.

Other Treatments

If you find that antiperspirants or prescription antiperspirants don’t adequately manage or stop your stress sweat, there are other stress sweat treatments. However, these are more invasive and expensive. Treatment options include Botox injections, microwave treatments, and even surgical sweat gland removal.

How to Deal with Anxiety and Stress Sweat

Here are 11 ways to deal with sweat caused by stress and chronic anxiety:

1. Let Go and Relax

Much of the anxiety we all experience from time to time is due to our need to feel in control. Letting go of the urge to control every situation can go a long way to reducing the stress we feel. It sounds overly simplistic but relaxing a little can make a big difference.

2. Meditation, Visualization or Yoga

Meditation can help you contain your anxious feelings and relax your breathing. Relaxed breathing can quell an active stress response and help reduce stress. Visualizing desired outcomes and behavior can help form a healthy response to a stressful situation. Yoga is a mind-body activity that brings together physical activity, breathing control, meditation, and relaxation.

3. Dress to Sweat Less and Stress Less

Wearing loose-fitting clothes that breathes easily can help reduce sweating due to anxiety. Avoid tight-fitting clothing and artificial fabrics that aren’t absorbent and may constrict airflow. Don’t wear the same shoes every day and avoid socks made of cotton as they don’t wick away moisture. Wearing the right socks and changing them often will help keep sweaty feet at bay.

4. Limit “Sweat Triggers” from Your Diet

Your diet and blood sugar level can either help or hinder your efforts to control sweating due to anxiety. Here are some foods and beverages to avoid:

  • Stimulants, like caffeine, can put your nerves on edge. Minimize or eliminate coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.
  • Fatty, processed foods are low in fiber and harder to digest. Longer digestion times raise your body’s temperature and can trigger more perspiration.
  • Spicy foods.

5. Drink Your Water

Don’t skimp on your water consumption. Water contributes to just about every critical body function. When you don’t get enough water to keep your body running smoothly, it can lead to stress and anxiety. In fact, dehydration and stress go hand-in-hand. Stay hydrated to keep anxiety and sweat at bay.

6. Consider a Home Remedy

Home remedies for controlling sweat include herbal products like sage, chamomile, valerian root, and St. John’s Wort. When applied to the skin, apple cider vinegar is an astringent that can contract skin pores. Tomato juice is thought to have the same astringent effect as apple cider vinegar. Other natural treatments include tea tree oil (another astringent), fresh lemon rubbed on your underarms, and applying cornstarch, baking soda, or baby powder to sweaty areas. These remedies may be less effective if your sweat is caused by an anxiety disorder. But give them a try; they may work for you.

7. Splash Some Cool Water on Your Face and Wrists

Breaking away to a restroom for a few moments to splash some cool water on your face and wrists can help reduce profuse sweating caused by anxiety. Cooling your face and wrists signals the body that its internal temperature is okay. Also, taking, a minute or two away from the action will provide time to take a few deep breaths, slow down your breathing, and can help you relax.

8. Carry a Handkerchief or Baby Wipes

This is a simple but effective way of temporarily dealing with excessive sweat. When you experience forehead sweat or sweaty palms, a handkerchief can mop up profuse sweat before it becomes noticeable. If you can duck into a nearby restroom, a baby wipe can be used to clean up under your arms or wipe away nervous sweating.

9. Use a Prescription-Strength Antiperspirant

Applying a prescription-strength antiperspirant helps prevent sweat before it can cause you anxiety. A prescription-strength antiperspirant, like SweatBlock, can eliminate armpit sweat for up to 7 days. The powerful aluminum chloride ingredient blocks sweat glands and prevents perspiration from reaching the skin’s surface. Wetness and bad odor are prevented before they even happen. And now, there are specially formulated antiperspirant creams that can be applied to the hands and feet as well.

10. Anxiety Medications

If your profuse sweating is caused by stress, anxiety medication may help. Benzodiazepines are often prescribed for panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Brand names include Xanax, Librium, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan.

11. Other More Invasive and Expensive Treatments

If none of these remedies are helping you, it may be time to consider other more complex treatments. These medical treatments can be expensive and require a doctor’s care.

Botox Injections

Botox is a neurotoxin made from botulism microbes. Botox injected directly into the areas where sweating is a problem blocks the nerves from communicating with the sweat glands. While effective, Botox injections must be repeated every 6 months or so to prevent chronic anxiety sweat.

Microwave Therapy

Microwave therapy makes use of a device that sucks sweat glands close to the surface of the skin and then destroys them with microwave energy. A qualified doctor must perform this procedure.

Anticholinergic Drugs

Anticholinergic drugs work to block the hormone the nervous system uses to send signals to your sweat glands. When the signals are blocked, you don’t experience sweating of any kind. These drugs are expensive and come with a number of unwanted side effects.

Sweat Gland Surgery

As a final and last resort, doctors can surgically remove your sweat glands from the sites most prone to excessive and uncontrolled sweating. There are some potentially serious drawbacks to this procedure, and that’s why it’s reserved for only the most serious cases.

Dealing with Anxiety Sweating

Everybody experiences anxiety from time to time. But when anxiety takes control of your life and leads to excessive sweating (which in turn causes more anxiety), there are steps you can take to minimize your stress and calm your sweat glands.

The information in this article should better inform and educate about anxiety sweating and what can be done to curtail or eliminate it. Seek to understand the cause of your anxiety and try these tips for reducing sweating and staying calm. One of these solutions is bound to work for you. Think how much better life could be when anxiety sweating is no longer a problem. With the help of these remedies, you’ll be able to calm your mind–and your sweat glands.