Sweaty armpits are awful. It’s not only the pit stains. Excessive sweating is physically uncomfortable. You’re constantly distracted trying to hide embarrassing sweat marks and it’s a stressful blow to your confidence. Luckily there are steps you can take to avoid getting sweaty armpits.
Use an antiperspirant rather than deodorant. Find ways to manage stress through exercise or deep breathing. Wear a sweat proof undershirt to block sweaty armpits before it soaks through your clothes.
We’ve broken down in detail how to avoid getting sweaty armpits.
Using Topical Anti-Perspirants
Diagnose the problem specifically. Before you go buy more of the same old deodorant at the store, you need to think a bit about what exactly your problem is, to get the right product for the job. For some people, the biggest problem with sweaty pits is body odor, while for others the biggest problem is unsightly sweat stains and the resulting embarrassment.
If you struggle from body odor and sweat stains, you need to use an approach that addresses these problems individually.
Applying deodorant will do nothing to stop your armpits from sweating though it will mask the odor.
You can’t stop your body from perspiring completely without medical procedures, which are typically only performed in extreme cases. If your body stopped excreting salts and toxins through the skin, you would die.
Try making your own natural deodorant treatments. There are all-natural commercial deodorants, but you can also create your own natural deodorant to control sweat produced in your underarms.
- Mix equal parts of baking soda and water to create a sweat-controlling paste, then let it sit for 20-30 minutes. After that time, rinse off the mixture with water.
- Try using apple vinegar or other malt vinegar to neutralize the armpits’ natural odor-causing bacteria. This in turn creates a drying effect in your underarm, which conditions your armpits to sweat less and to stay dry.
- Try a mixture of lemon juice and tomato pulp before bed. Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Make a paste from ground walnut leaves and eucalyptus.
- Some people think that sage tea helps to act as a “coolant,” keeping the body from sweating.
Shower more regularly. Controlling underarm sweat requires more than just products and remedies. Keeping your body clean and dry is essential to controlling your underarm sweat throughout the day. If you struggle with it, it’s a good idea to shower your body, or at least your underarms, at least once and as many as two times a day to keep it in check.
During the summer time, if you live in a humid climate, try to keep a little time between a hot shower and getting dressed, if you struggle with underarm sweat. Let yourself completely dry and let your body cool down before you put clothes on, or you may immediately start sweating.
Wash your shirts after every use. Especially if you’ve sweated in a shirt, it’s essential that you thoroughly wash your clothes between wearings. Again, underarm body odor is not caused by sweat, exactly, it’s caused by the bacteria left from dried sweat, which produces an unpleasant odor.
If you don’t wash sweat from clothes, the bacteria from the sweat you leave builds up over time, making the smell worse. It’s very important to change clothes regularly and keep them clean.
If you really sweat a lot, change your shirt more often, even if it’s in the middle of the day. If you know you might get sweaty at work, keep a pressed shirt if your bag, ready to go if necessary.
Shave your armpits. If you have a big sweating problem, it’s sometimes true that shaving your armpits can help, somewhat. While shaving your pits won’t make your armpits cooler, or produce less sweat, it will keep the sweat from collecting in your armpits, which can make the sweat stains more pronounced, and the odor more prevalent.
It’s important to know that body hair, including armpit and even facial hair, actually helps to cool your body in hot temperatures collecting the sweat you secrete, which cools as it evaporates. Shaving body hair might make the sweat less present in your armpits, but it might also make your body sweat slightly more.
Change your diet. Strong-smelling foods and some food families will affect the way your sweat smells, according to recent studies. If you already tend toward sweatiness, it’s important to be aware of dietary issues that might be making it worse.
- Onions, garlic, and other foods in the alliaceous family will cause sulfurous, pungent sweat upon drying. Some spices, like asafetida, cumin, and curry powder will likewise be detectable in the underarms, as well as cruciferous vegetables like cabbage or broccoli.
- Diets high in red meat, dairy, or alcohol produce distinctive-smelling sweat that many people become acclimated to over time.
- Capsaicin, found in hot peppers, will stimulate the nerve receptors in your mouth in the same way that actual heat does, tricking your body into thinking that you’re hot. Your hypothalamus will send out a signal to sweat.