If your excessive sweating is holding you back, here are some hacks and tips to help you manage this burden.
A quick look at how a little preparation can help you graciously glide through a lot of perspiration during the workday.
This sounds like a long list, but actually most of these things can be kept in a desk drawer, or even a gym bag if necessary.
Is Caffeine Ok?
Skip the coffee and tea.
Caffeine is a sweat trigger. It can excite the central nervous system, which then activates sweat glands.
Antiperspirant or Deodorant?
Always choose an antiperspirant, not a deodorant.
Deodorants work to mask body odor, but they don’t relieve excessive 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.
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.
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 also anti-sweat fashions, ranging from t-shirts and underwear to dress shirts, available from companies such as Ejis, Lawrence Hunt Fashion, and Thompson Tee® that help to block underarm sweat and odor.
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.
Can Stress Affect Sweat?
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.
What About Hydration?
Maintain your fluids. Drink plenty of water.
Sweating can happen when your body temperature gets too high. Maintaining fluids by drinking water helps to regulate your body temperature.
Track Your Triggers
Keeping a “sweat journal” can help.
If you keep a log of when you sweat excessively, you can start to see patterns of what activities and foods can trigger your sweating. There are some common triggers, like heat and stress, but knowing what your own personal triggers are can help you to either avoid or prepare for them.
What About Alcohol?
Consider cutting back on alcohol.
While reducing alcohol consumption is good for your overall health, it may also decrease the potential for excessive sweating.