How to Stop Excessive Sweating

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Sweating, especially in hot weather or right after working out, is perfectly normal, so you shouldn't worry too soon. If, however, you tend to sweat even when your body doesn't need to cool down, you might be suffering from excessive sweating, also known is hyperhidrosis. To help you fight this common condition without having to see a doctor, this short article on How to Stop Excessive Sweating includes some of the best suggestions for how to efficiently deal with excessive sweating and regain your confidence.

Sweating while running
Sweating while working out is perfectly natural

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a common yet slightly embarrassing condition that causes people to sweat profusely without any real cause. There are actually two types of hyperhidrosis:

  • Primary hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating in the hands, underarms, face and feet without any apparent reason. Doctors are still not sure why people have it, although it may simply be hereditary.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating all over the body or in a larger area, and is generally triggered by excessive heat, as well as a medical condition or medication.

Tips to Help You Stop Sweating So Much

Although hyperhidrosis is generally not dangerous, it can have devastating effects on your social life and self-esteem, so we know how important it is for you to minimise the problem as much as possible. Unless you opt for a medical treatment, such as botulinum, anticholinergic drugs or even surgery, your sweat glands will still produce excessive amounts of sweat. Luckily, there is quite a lot you can do to make the problem as unnoticeable as possible, and our list of suggestions should be a great starting point for your battle with sweat.

Dress Strategically

If you're sweating excessively, the most natural thing to do is to wear light fabrics that allow air circulation, such as cotton or linen. Light colours can also help to keep you cooler, as they don't absorb as much light and heat as dark ones do.

As for dressing strategically to conceal sweat stains, the best advice would be to avoid grey clothing, or any similar colour that significantly changes its shade when damp or wet. This is another reason for why white should be your go-to colour in hot weather. If feet are your major problem area, pack a pair of extra socks when leaving the house for an extended period of time, and change them as needed.

Discreetly Absorb Sweat

There are certain body parts that tend to sweat more than others, but luckily, they are also conveniently situated to allow you to wear discreet, moisture-wicking underwear or undershirts and avoid visible sweat stains on your outer clothes. The Belly Bandit Don't Sweat It Bra Liner can help you minimise the effects of uncomfortable and embarrassing under-breast perspiration, while these Anti-Odour Copper Insoles will keep your feet dry and safe from most common fungal and bacterial infections.

Belly Bandit Bra Liner

Wash with Antibacterial Soap

Needless to say, if you suffer from excessive sweating, you should shower at least once a day. But did you know that using a neutral antibacterial soap can actually be much more beneficial for concealing unpleasant odour than using a perfumed soap with a nice, flowery smell?

Antibacterial soap will control the bacteria that can inhabit your sweaty skin, preventing the unpleasant smell from developing altogether. This Perspi Guard Antibacterial Body Wash has been formulated for cleansing your skin and eliminating body odour.

Use a Clinical Strength Antiperspirant

Are you still using your old, chalky, supermarket-bought deodorant? As you've probably already noticed, this is not a suitable weapon for fighting hyperhidrosis. Deodorants only mask the smell of sweat, but do very little to prevent it, so it's important you invest in a high quality over-the-counter antiperspirant.

Aluminium chloride is the chemical that actually blocks sweat, so it's important you go for an antiperspirant with at least 12% rate. This Perspi Guard Maximum Strength Antiperspirant Treatment System has been scientifically formulated to stop excessive sweat and odour, and can last for up to five days with only one application.

Perspi Guard Maximum Strength Antiperspirant Treatment System

The SweatBlock Antiperspirant Pads are another miracle-like solution that can stop excessive sweating for up to 6.4 days, while the Neat 3B Action Cream works wonders for preventing sweat rashes and chafing, which can be a huge problem when sweating between your buttocks, breasts, legs and toes.

Neat 3B Action Cream

Eat Healthily

You probably already know this, but sometimes old habits die hard, and a quick reminder might be just what you need to embrace a new, healthier you. Caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods may cause excessive sweating, especially if you're already prone to the condition, so do your best and try to avoid these trigger foods whenever possible.

Don't Sweat It

Stressing over sweating too much only makes things worse, and you can quickly find yourself in a vicious circle. We know that's easier said than done, but try not too worry too much about your sweat - breathe deeply and relax whenever you find yourself in stressful situations. When you know ahead of time you'll find yourself in a situation like that, try coming prepared by establishing the source of your stress, and trying to overcome your fears.

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