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Your Guide to Armpit Sweat
Sweaty pits arenormal. But if you sweat constantly from your underarms, it could be a different story. So how can you stop armpit sweat?
The Pits of Perspiration: Understanding Armpit Sweat
The cold, clammy feeling of sweaty pits is uncomfortable. And when armpit sweat shows through your shirt, you have to deal with embarrassment and unwarranted stares.
Pit stains can happen anywhere and to anyone - whether you've been diagnosed with axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) or not. Regardless, visible sweat marks cause undue stress (oh, which makes you to sweat even more).
Some people just sweat more than others, especially under stress, high emotions or when exposed to the heat. And nothing is more embarrassing (and distracting) than flashing sweat rings in your sales pitch or during the dreaded first date.
So why do your armpits sweat so much?
Your body contains two to four million sweat glands called eccrine and apocrine glands. Eccririe glands develop across your body while apocrine glands are concentrated in areas with hair (like the armpits and groin). Apocrine glands are also responsible for body odor, which is why your armpit sweat smells worse than other areas.
Overactive sweat glands cause some laeople to sweat more than others. And if your armpits sweat constantly, regardless of the temperature, your stress level or other external factors, you could suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis.
For more signs of hyperhidrosis, read our blog post: Hyperhidrosis or Not: 12 Signs Your Armpit Sweat Isn't Normal.
Signs of Axillary Hyperhidrosis
Do you sweat excessively when stressed - or even when it's cold — but don't know if qualifies as a medical condition?
With hyperhidrosis, sweating is uncontrollable and spontaneous. Anxiety, heat and other factors that would normally induce sweating only intensify it.
Here are other telltale symptoms of hyperhidrosis:
- You sweat unnecessarily
- Antiperspirants, powders or deodorants don't work
- You have family members who complain of excessive sweating
Triggers Of Armpit Sweat
While your armpit sweating may not classify as axillary hyperhidrosis, it could still interfere with your work or social life.
To help manage your excessive underarm sweating and regain control of your confidence, it's important to know some common yet stealthy sweat inducers.
How to Stop Sweaty Armpits for Good
If your armpits get extra wet from time to time, invasive treatments and surgeries probably aren't the answer.
Here are some less risky options that provide relief from underarm sweating:
Antiperspirants block your sweat ducts to reduce the amount of armpit sweat you produce and also cover up the odor.
For the best sweat protection, apply antiperspirant to clean, dry skin before bed so the solution can fully absorb into your skin. Here are some top-rated options:
- Dove Men+Care Sensitive Shield Antiperspirant Stick
Antiperspirants can cause skin irritation and yellow stains and don't work for everyone. If you're in one of these camps. consider natural deodorants.
Natural deodorants only mask the smell of underarm sweat but are less harmful to your skin. Deodorant alone won't stop armpit sweat, but when paired with a sweat proof undershirt (like Thompson Tee), you can prevent against odor and visible wet marks. Here are some effective natural deodorants:
- Arm & Hammer Essentials
The Thompson Tee
Obvious sweat marks are one of the most frustrating parts of sweaty pits. They destroy your clothes, drain your wallet and diminish your confidence. Thompson Tee sweat proof undershirts completely absorb armpit sweat and allow it to evaporate. Never pat down your pits with paper towels, toss out brand-new shirts ravaged by sweat or fear raising your arms again. Designed for people who sweat profusely, Thompson Tees are guaranteed to keep you dry.
If you need just a little extra armpit sweat protection, underarm sweat pads can work. They stick on your shirts or armpits to capture sweat and prevent it from hitting your shirt. Take caution when using underarm pads. though. The adhesive can rub off on your clothes, and the pads also cause serious rashes and redness.
Factors like body weight and diet can affect how much you sweat. Avoid drinking excessive alcohol and spicy foods to help suppress armpit sweat. Incorporating these foods into your diet can also help you sweat less:
- Water and water-dense fruits and vegetables
- Calcium-rich foods
- Easily digestible foods like oats
- Magnesium-rich foods
- Green tea
Stressful situations can fire up your nervous system and unleash heavy armpit sweat. Controlling stressors can help curb sweat, though that's easier said than done.
Take a few minutes each day to try these stress reduction tips:
- Start each morning with 15 minutes of long, deep breathing
- Put armpit sweat out of mind by wearing a protective sweat proof shirt
- Stay hydrated
- Decide how you want to respond to stressful situations, and control your reaction
- Dedicate an hour each day to something you're passionate about
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