How to Reduce Sweating in Underarms

by Kimberly Johnson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Antiperspirants work best when applied at night.

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Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow -- so they say. Although everyone suffers from underarm sweat, some people constantly look like they spend a little too much time around yard sprinklers. The causes of sweating are actually diverse and don’t always correlate with heavy physical activity. You don’t have to suffer through sweat-soaked shirts forever. Taking a closer look at what you eat and the types of clothing you wear may be the solution to stopping those sweat glands in their tracks.

Reduce or eliminate the consumption of caffeine and spicy foods that contain peppers. These foods stimulate the glands that produce sweat, causing them to go into overdrive.

Switch to an antiperspirant that's labeled “clinical strength.” These formulations, which are available at most drugstores, contain higher concentrations of sweat-stopping ingredients. If you currently use only a deodorant, try switching to a regular-strength antiperspirant first.

Apply antiperspirant at night instead of in the morning. Your underarms produce less sweat at night; thus, the antiperspirant can soak into your pores more easily. Apply another layer of antiperspirant the next morning. Showering will not remove the antiperspirant, since it is already in your pores.

Wear loose undershirts and shirts. Opt for natural fibers, such as cotton, which allow for more air flow and reduce sweating. Man-made materials, such as nylon or polyester, restrict air flow and increase sweating.

Fill a tea kettle with water and bring it to a boil on a stove burner. Place two to three black tea bags in a bowl and pour 2 to 3 cups of boiling water over them. Let the tea bags steep until the water cools; then, soak up the liquid with a wash cloth. Hold the washcloth under one arm for five minutes; then, rinse it and repeat with the other arm. Repeat the process daily for two weeks to reduce the amount of sweat produced.

Tips

  • If your sweating does not respond to these treatments, visit a physician, who can prescribe medication or surgical treatment options to reduce sweating.

    It does not matter whether you use a gel, spray or solid form of antiperspirant, as they are all effective at stopping sweat production.

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About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.