As a former personal trainer, Sarah is passionate about all things health, beauty, and self care.
While sweating during a heavy workout or a hot humid summer is absolutely normal, some of us don’t sweat like the average person. Instead, we find ourselves dripping in sweat after a short walk or even at random occasions just hanging out on the couch at home. Fortunately there are a few ways to control this excessive sweating, some of which include some simple switch ups from your regular routine, and others that involve a bit of medical intervention. Here’s what you can do.
Choose antiperspirant over deodorant
Deodorant is usually the go-to for someone dripping in sweat, however, even though deodorant may mask the smell, it won’t stop you from sweating, meaning that it will only be so long before it gets worse again. Antiperspirants on the other hand, cause a rise in the pH which allows aluminum salts inside the antiperspirant to block the sweat ducts. This results in a decrease in sweat as well as the unwanted side effects that come with it.
Wear breathable clothes and layer up
A lot of artificial materials such as synthetic polyester fabric are notorious for smelling terrible when you sweat. This type of clothing doesn’t allow enough breathing space, which is why opting for more breathable clothes can be incredibly helpful when it comes to reducing the smell that comes with sweat. In addition, fabrics such as cotton will also absorb some of the sweat, helping in drying out the problem area. Some of the best breathable fabrics include cotton, linen, bamboo, and wool.
Believe it or not, Botox is actually capable of doing a lot more than just eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. Just like it paralyzes the muscle in which it is injected, Botox (and other neurotoxins for that matter) paralyze the sweat glands in the areas in which it is injected. The most common treatment areas for this include the armpits (or underarms), hands, and feet. Botox for hyperhidrosis is FDA approved and is often even covered by health insurance since it is approved for medical use as well as cosmetic purposes. You can get Botox for hyperhidrosis at a regular doctor’s office or at a medical spa. Experts suggest getting the treatment once every three to four months for the best results.
Avoid spicy foods
If you enjoy spicy foods, you may have to slow down. Spicy foods have a chemical called capsaicin, which signals your nerves to make the body feel hotter. In people who already suffer from excessive sweating, adding spicy foods into the mix may not be the best idea. Instead, you may want to stick to more refreshing and hydrating foods such as salads and fruits. If you want to add some spice here and there go ahead, just be sure to follow the above mentioned steps to avoid letting your sweat get too much in the way.
There are quite a few options that can help you bring down your sweat levels and mask its smell. The best way to find out which option is right for you is to speak with your doctor and try to find the root cause behind your sweating. It may have something to do with hormones or other imbalances.