Sweat Hacks

If your sweating is holding you back, here is a list of hacks to help free yourself from this burden.

Sweat Hacks

If your sweating is holding you back, here is a list of hacks to help free yourself from this burden.

“I try to wear only dark colors such as blue or blacks and I try to find material for clothes that are dry-fit.”

Pro tips to help you manage your sweat


Antiperspirant or Deodorant?


Always choose an antiperspirant, not a deodorant.

Deodorants work to mask body odor, but they don’t stop you from sweating. Non-prescription, “clinical strength” antiperspirants that contain active ingredients such as aluminum chloride are available over-the-counter and can temporarily block sweat pores to reduce sweating. Applying antiperspirant to clean, dry skin before going to bed can help you absorb it better.


How Should I Dress?


Select breathable, natural fabrics for everyday wear.

Natural fabrics, such as cotton, allow air to reach your skin. In fact, cotton fabrics offer many important benefits. There are clothiers who design clothes specifically for hiding and wicking sweat: Ejis, Lawrence Hunt Fashion, and Thompson Tee® offer options from t-shirts to dress shirts.


Can Stress Affect Sweating?


Less stress, less sweat!

Stress can trigger sweating, although it is not inherently the cause of hyperhidrosis. Controlling stress may be useful in controlling excessive sweat. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress as well as anxiety and blood pressure. There are many mobile apps available that offer free guided meditation. Meditation Finder can also help you find meditation classes in your area.


How Do I Prepare When Going Out?


Carry a spare!

Having a change of shirt and undergarments in your purse, briefcase, backpack, or even at work can be a great backup in the event of a “sweat blow-out”. You can also assemble a “sweat relief kit” with your backup clothes to include antiperspirant, a small towel, and wipes.


What Foods Should I Avoid?


Avoid spicy food.

Hot sauces, peppers, and spices can add flavor, but they can also increase the amount of sweat you produce.


Is Caffeine Ok?


Skip the coffee and tea.

Caffeine is a major sweat trigger. It excites the central nervous system and activates sweat glands. The more caffeine you drink, the more you may sweat.


In the last day, have you experienced excessive underarm sweating?

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How can you tell if your sweat might be due to a medical condition? Take a self-assessment questionnaire to learn more. You can use these questions and your answers as a discussion guide when talking to your dermatology healthcare professional about your sweating.

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There are some treatments available for excessive sweating. The chart below is a summary of possible treatments—from antiperspirants to surgery.

Talk to a dermatology healthcare professional about potential treatment options.

Treatment How It Works
“Clinical Strength” Antiperspirants “Clinical strength” antiperspirants are available over-the-counter and sit on top of your skin. As you sweat, the antiperspirant is pulled into your sweat glands and then plugs them, reducing the flow of sweat.
Prescription Strength Antiperspirant Prescription strength antiperspirants contain higher concentrations of the active ingredients (eg, aluminum hexahydrate) and may provide more effective relief.
Prescription Medications There are prescription medicines that can temporarily provide relief by chemically blocking the sweat glands from working. Some are delivered as pills and others as a series of injections.
Thermolysis This is a more recent hand-held treatment device that emits electromagnetic (microwave) energy to destroy axillary (under arm) sweat glands.
Surgery A dermatologist can surgically remove sweat glands from the underarms during an in-office procedure. Surgical techniques involved can include excision (cutting out sweat glands), liposuction, curettage (scraping out), or laser surgery (vaporizes tissue).

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