How to Deal with Excessive Sweat
It’s time to stop living in fear of raising your arms. If you suffer from excessive sweating, wet armpits, and sweat-stained fabrics, here are some tips to make your life a little easier.
The fact that most of your apocrine glands are concentrated in your underarm region is why you only put deodorant or antiperspirant under your arms and not all over your body. Your Eccrine glands, on the other hand, fire off when your body gets too hot and you need to cool down. Most of the wetness you feel when you work out or when you’re in a hot environment comes from these glands, but there is much less odor. Here are a few of the main causes of excessive sweating:
When your body heats up from exercise, sweat is produced to cool you off.
Nervousness: Your fight or flight system activates when you’re nervous and it generates a rush of hormones in your body. Your heart rate enlarges and you start to burn energy, so your sweat once again comes to cool your body down.
Hyperhidrosis is a situation that affects 1-3% of the population and involves excessive sweat in the palms, underarms, feet, and groin. Essentially, people with Hyperhidrosis produce a great deal more sweat than what’s considered normal.
Emotions: Strong emotions like anger, excitement, or stress can activate your sweat glands. Similar to the way being nervous makes you sweat, strong positive feelings—like seeing the love of your life or being next in line to get on your favorite ride—can crank up your sweat production.
Six tips to help you stop sweating so much:
- Exercise frequently to combat stress sweat.
- Apply antiperspirant correctly to maximize effectiveness.
- Dress strategically to reduce and conceal sweat.
- Manage diet to minimize sweat – Avoid sweat triggers.
- Use a strong antiperspirant.
- Relax – Don’t “sweat” your sweat.
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