Underarm sweating can be such an embarrassing issue to have. Often times we forgo doing certain things because we fear we may sweat profusely or have an unusual body odor stemming from our excessive sweating. In this article I'll discuss two things you can do immediately that will remedy your sweat and odor issues as well as provide one long term, more permanent solution. If you implement these today, you will find yourself much less concerned with your "problem" and find yourself enjoying the smaller things throughout your day.
Underarm Pads and Clothing:
Trying to stop underarm sweating can take a little time, however, there are certain things you can do today to prevent sweat from ruining your day. Underarm pads are a great choice because they are very effective at absorbing wetness and odors, they conceal very well and they can also be some of the most economical options on the market. There are many vendors, so finding them shouldn't be a challenge. These include Kleinert's, Braza and Sweatex just to name a few.
As another alternative, you can also choose to buy sweat free undershirts. These are great and convenient because you can wear them under your button up work shirts or women can wear the smaller, more sleek camisoles. These are made of a special material that absorb moisture and eliminate any odors. There are several manufacturers of these sweat proof undershirts including Kleinert's, Advadri, Sweatshield and one of my favorites Silverback Apparel.
Having an effective deodorant is necessary to prevent and stop underarm sweating. If you sweat profusely, you don't want to use a non-medicated deodorant because they use fragrances to try to mask sweat odors. Often times they are masked with floral fragrances that people are allergic to, both superficially on your skin and internally through your nose.
Medicated deodorants attack this issue from a different angle. They stop the excessive sweating by reducing the quantity of bacteria found on the skin that causes the odor in the first place. The primary way medicated deodorants are able to do this is by altering the PH of your skin as bacteria need a certain PH to thrive. The only real drawback to deodorants is that they do nothing to actually stop underarm sweating permanently.
Antiperspirants contain other elements that prevent the sweating from occurring in the first place - usually aluminum and some other version of chloride. You can find non-prescription antiperspirants at any local drug store, grocery store or larger chain stores, however, prescription based antiperspirants are stronger and work more effectively. They are typically found as a solution or a gel, but not the sticks that we are accustomed to.
If you are searching for more permanent remedies for excessive sweating then you may want to investigate Iontophoresis machines. These are electronic battery powered devices that use electrical current to stop sweating in any area of the body. These devices work by sending out electrical currents directly to the sweat glands to disable their sweat production. It has an effective rate of 85% and you will need to apply 7-8 10-15 minute sessions for the first 6 months. After that, you will maintain the area by doing another session every 3-6 months as needed. These machines are extremely convenient as you can perform a session within just a few minutes and in the comfort of your own home. The downside, however, is that these machines can run a few hundred dollars in price.