How to sweat less
Sweating is a completely natural process of the human body, necessary for the regulation of its temperature.
When we're hot, we sweat, and the evaporating moisture helps us cool down.
However, we understand that it can be uncomfortable and undesirable in certain situations and for some people sweating can cause problems in their daily activities and personal lives.
The purpose of this article is to discuss some simple steps that anyone can implement in their daily routine to reduce sweating.
Be sure to stick with us until the end of the article to learn all about the strategies that can help you get rid of excessive sweating and get as close as possible to zero sweating.
Apply antiperspirant before bed
Antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat ducts so that sweat cannot reach the surface of our skin.
Sweat is still being produced, but it can't reach the surface.
Deodorants don't prevent sweating but their purpose is to mask the smell produced by bacteria when we sweat, so deodorants won't make you sweat less.
Sometimes antiperspirants contain deodorant. The majority of antiperspirants you can buy at the drugstore are made up of metal salts called aluminum chloride.
For best results with your antiperspirant, make sure your underarms are clean and dry, then apply it at night before you go to bed.
This is because the ingredients need time to create the block on the sweat duct and most people sweat less or not at all at night.
It might not start working overnight, but follow this routine for a few nights and you will get the results you want.
Once the antiperspirant starts working, you can apply it as you see fit.
Wear breathable clothing
The most effective way to stop sweating is to choose loose, breathable clothing.
We understand that black is an easy color to match, but lighter colors can let in the sun rather than absorb it.
Wearing white, gray or other light colors can help keep you cool and reduce sweating.
When not an option, choose dark colors or distracting patterns that hide sweat.
You can also wear layers, like a tank top under your shirt, to absorb some of the sweat so it isn't as visible to others.
Avoid certain foods
There are certain dietary restrictions that you will need to follow, especially during a work lunch or a date, when you want to avoid sweating.
Absolutely avoid spicy dishes. Our body reacts to spicy foods the same way it does to any other heat - it tries to cool things down, which leads to sweating.
Caffeine is also discouraged as it can stimulate the adrenal glands and cause your armpits, palms and feet to sweat.
Also, caffeine can cause anxiety in some people, leading to excessive sweating.
Use powder to remove sweat
You may have seen gymnasts, during practices or sporting events, powdering their hands.
Powder wicks away moisture and helps gymnasts get a better grip.
You can use the same technique, applying moisture to excessively sweating areas to keep them from sweating.
Choose the right sheets
It's as important as choosing the right clothes.
Using breathable sheets, like cotton, instead of silk, can help you sweat less at night and keep your skin dry and cool at the start of the day.
Starting the day dry is important so you don't sweat for the rest.
Sweating is your body's way of cooling you down. So, by staying cool, you reduce the need to sweat.
During the summer, placing a bowl of ice cream in front of a fan helps circulate the cold air in the room better.
Another good idea is to keep your curtains and blinds drawn during the day to prevent the sun from overheating your rooms.
If you go outside, try to stay in the shade.
Eating smaller meals more regularly can help keep you cool, as metabolic heat is needed to break down food.
Staying well hydrated will also keep your body temperature down.
You can also store your moisturizers in the fridge for a cooling effect when you apply them.
Using a portable fan and keeping your head and feet cool by avoiding hats and wearing open shoes in hot weather can make a big difference.
Finding ways to reduce stress
Anxiety and stress can cause sweating.
Finding ways to manage stress can significantly reduce this problem.
You can try meditation, light exercise, or talking to a therapist, which will help you overcome your anxiety.
If you feel like you're sweating excessively, you may want to see your doctor to see if you have a condition called hyperhidrosis.
If you suffer from this disease, you have many options.
Prescription antiperspirant: Your doctor may prescribe a high-strength prescription antiperspirant that is not readily available for purchase over-the-counter. Prescription creams are also available if your face and head are affected.
Oral medications: There are medications available from your doctor that block chemicals that allow certain nerves to communicate with each other, which can help reduce sweating. There are some potential side effects (including bladder problems, dry mouth, and blurred vision), so ask your doctor if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications: Anxiety can lead to excessive sweating. your doctor may prescribe antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications to help regulate stress and reduce sweating.
Botox injections: These injections temporarily block the nerves that cause sweating. The injections last from 6 to 12 months, after which the treatment will have to be repeated. The injections can cause minor pain, and some people temporarily experience muscle weakness in the area they treated.
The operation: In extreme cases, certain surgical options are available to you. These include microwave therapy, sweat gland removal, and nerve surgery. Surgery should only be considered when your doctor determines that you have a serious condition that causes you to sweat an unusual amount.
You can make some changes to your habits to minimize how often you sweat.
Making lifestyle changes, such as adjusting your diet and reducing your caffeine intake, can help you manage your sweating.
Using topical antiperspirants can also help.
If these methods don't work, ask your doctor if you should try Botox injections or another medical procedure to stop your sweating.
With the right approach, you should soon be back to drier, more comfortable armpits.