Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is a shock to one's confidence. When it strikes, you're left with zero opportunities to make a good impression. Your sweaty hug, sticky handshakes, and unappealing pit stains (right when you have an ongoing presentation at that) can leave you in such a bind that your personal stock plummets beyond recovery.
To save you from future embarrassments, here are a few tips we’ve learned to effectively keep you dry under this sweltering heat.
1) Use a specialized antiperspirant deodorant
First things first, get a deodorant dedicated to stopping sweat, preferably, a clinical strength antiperspirant that has a higher than usual aluminium chloride content. “Aluminum chloride is known to obstruct the sweat glands, keeping you from sweating,” explains Dr. Christian Corpuz of ICliniq. Unfortunately, most store-bought antiperspirants do not have enough aluminum chloride to counter a bad case of hyperhidrosis. So if you’re usually sweating like a pig, better go to the nearest dermatologist and buy a specialized deo with high aluminum chloride content.
2) ...and apply it the right way
For an antiperspirant deo to be effective, apply at night before going to bed. Why? “Aluminum chloride should remain on the skin for 6 to 8 hours to be effective,” says Dr. Corpuz. “Overnight application should then be done to take advantage of low sweat output during sleep.” But make sure your underarms are clean and dry before applying. So take a shower, stat!
3) Dress strategically
Dressing in breathable fabrics (cotton, linen, and polyester) can also be helpful in reducing sweat, though it’s not always effective especially if you sweat excessively. If that’s the case, then the best option is to hide those dyahe sweat marks the best you can. Pro tip: Wear black and dark-colored shirt or wear polos with loud patterns. Opting for grays and other bright colors will only reveal your sweaty side.
4) Watch what you eat
Spicy foods are sweat triggers. If you already sweat more than you want to, it's best to avoid your fiery favorites for a while. “Your body reacts to the spicy taste the same way it would react to a hot day—it cools you down by triggering a sweat response,” shares Dr. Corpuz.
5) … and watch what you drink
Drinking coffee also contributes to excessive sweating. Caffeine works by stimulating your nerves, giving you that much-needed jolt to wake you up faster. “Your body responds to caffeine like it would respond to danger. And consequently, that reaction stimulates the production of sweat on the palms, feet, and underarms,” says Dr. Corpuz. Unfortunately, reducing or eliminating your caffeine intake won’t necessarily stop excessive sweating, but at least, it will significantly lessen the amount of sweat produced by your glands.