How to Prevent Sweat With Dry Powder

by Kimberly Dedes

The human body uses sweat glands to regulate body temperature and remain cool even in warmer temperatures. Despite its functionality, excessive sweating, medically known as axillary hyperhidrosis, is often accompanied by odor and can be embarrassing. In addition, sweat can stain shirts and cause an unkempt appearance. Using a dry powder helps absorb excess moisture from sweating, ultimately preventing odor and keeping clothing in prime condition.

Step 1

Review ingredients of both talcum and baby powders to avoid potential allergic reactions.Determine which would be best for your personal use to prevent sweating.

Step 2

Select the areas of your body to apply the powder. While underarms are an obvious location, powder can also benefit feet and palms that habitually or excessively sweat. Using powder to prevent sweating between the legs, especially in hotter months, can prevent chafing and extend the life of clothing.

Step 3

Shower and towel-dry completely before applying powder. After towel-drying, immediately dust talcum or baby powder to problem areas to stop sweating before it has the chance to start.

Step 4

Sprinkle a small amount of powder in your shoes before putting them on if your feet are the source of your sweating woes. Make sure feet are clean and dry before putting on shoes.

Step 5

Carry a small amount of powder with you when going out and re-apply if necessary. While initial application after showering is important, a second or third application later in the day can prevent sweat from breaking through, and soak up any moisture that may have accumulated.


  • Use a scented talcum powder to substitute for body sprays and perfumes.

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About the Author

Based in Phoenix, Kimberly Dedes began writing professionally in 2000. She worked in the breaking news and sports departments of "The Arizona Republic," contributing to print and online publications. She was also associate editor of "The Moon Valley Tattler," a local newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.