Sweating is a normal occurrence due to hot weather, exercise, illness, or nervousness. Unfortunately, some people sweat excessively and often without any obvious reason. Many people feel embarrassed because they may frequently have large sweat stains under their arms. There are ways you can help keep your underarms drier and regain your confidence.
Wear The Right Antiperspirant
You want to make sure any deodorant you choose also contains an antiperspirant, which is the key component to help keep you dry. Read the back of the label to determine the amount of the active ingredient and choose the product with the highest percentage. Although an antiperspirant may say "maximum protection" or is designed for men, it does not mean it is more effective.
You should also change how you apply your antiperspirant depending on the formulation. For example, roll-on antiperspirants should be allowed to dry completely before putting on your shirt. This will minimize the amount of the product that rubs off onto your clothing before it has a chance to work. Experiment with spray antiperspirant to determine if it keeps you drier than traditional roll-on or stick formulas.
Use Underarm Shields
Underarm shields are discreet pads that are used to absorb excess moisture under your arms. These products are ideal if you frequently sweat enough to soak through your clothing. Another benefit is they can reduce issues that are associated with excess moisture in the armpits, such as the development of yeast infections or other skin irritation. If you choose to use these products, you may want carry a spare set of underarm shields to minimize the amount of moisture that stays close to your skin.
Consider Medical Treatments
You may want to speak with your doctor to make sure excessive sweating is not due to an underlying medical condition. If excessive sweating is a sudden occurrence, it could be due to changes in hormones or other metabolic disorders. Once you have ruled-out medical issues, you should consider speaking with a dermatologist. Temporary treatments include Botox injections, which can block sweat glands in your armpits. The results may last for six months before you need the area treated again.
Surgical removal of the sweat glands is another option and can remedy the problem permanently. Having your sweat glands removed may be a more cost effective option if you need frequent, indefinite treatments to maintain control over the problem.
Sweating profusely under your arms can become an embarrassing problem. Fortunately, there are several ways to regain control over excessive sweating and feel more confident.