Don’t let excessive sweating leave you feeling embarrassed or insecure. Gain control over your sweat with these easy tips and sweat hacks.
If you are experiencing wardrobe challenges because of excessive sweating, you’re not the only one. Other people in the community have also shared their frustrations. But dressing with excessive sweating doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same old options.
Here are 5 fun and stylish ways to update your wardrobe, plus tips for keeping your current clothes looking fresh and new.
“I’ve been suffering with hyperhidrosis ever since I was a child. I now go out of my way to buy only cotton shirts and blouses.”
“I only wear black or white shirts or busy patterns.”
“Most of my shirts are white because they don't show the sweat marks as much.”
“I am constantly sweating whether it's hot or cold. I only wear tank tops or sweaters regardless of the temperature to hide my sweat.”
“I feel like I can't buy nice clothing because I may ruin them with sweat stains.”
Find even more tips from people just like you who have found their own ways to manage excessive sweating.
“I always carry small washcloths with me. They’re better than paper towels to dry the sweat.”
“Dry fit undershirts help keep me dry for a longer period of time.”
“I carry extra shirts with me because I have to change 2 or 3 times a day.”
“As someone who has dealt with hyperhidrosis at a young age, sweating was always a daily life struggle…” JASON R.
Find out how Jason eventually overcame his insecurities, plus hear from others who are going through the same.
Get tips on how to keep up with your antiperspirant routine, track your triggers, and manage stress.
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. For the best results, apply antiperspirant to dry skin before going to bed.
Why Track 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.
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.
Certain foods and drinks can trigger sweat. Try eliminating these 3 things from your diet so you don’t increase the amount you sweat throughout the day.
Caffeine is a sweat trigger. It can excite the central nervous system, which then activates sweat glands.
Hot sauces, peppers, and spices can add flavor, but they can also increase the amount of sweat you produce.
While reducing alcohol consumption is good for your overall health, it may also decrease the potential for excessive sweating.