No matter how pretty, handsome or smart you are; excess sweating can be very unattractive. Perspiration on the forehead and underarms as well as sweaty and wet palms can be extremely distracting. Some people simply sweat too much – they cannot help it. Excess sweating is known as hyperhidrosis which has many causes. Thankfully, there are some tried and tested ways to sweat less (both natural and artificial). Let us take a look at some of these techniques:
1. Keep the body cool
The easiest way to sweat less during exercise or in excess heat is to cool the body down. Stay indoors in climate control environment under a fan or in air conditioning. You can also excuse yourself to the restroom to pour some cold water on your face and wrists from time to time. This will regulate body temperature and prevent sweating.
2. Sip on icy cold water
In order to stop sweating naturally, sip on ice cool water and stand in a cool, dark corner. This easy trick will cool down your body temperature and stop the sweat naturally.
3. Zinc oxide pills
An easy way to sweat less under arms and on the face is using zinc oxide pills. Take a couple of pills of zinc oxide to prevent deficiency of zinc which may be the cause behind profuse sweating. Talk to your doctor before using this remedy.
4. Vinegar baths
Taking vinegar bath can also help you stop excessive sweating head and body. Add a cup of vinegar (distilled white or apple cider vinegar) to bath water and use it as a final rinse. Vinegar prevents excess sweating as well as body odor.
5. Slow down
In order to sweat less during exercise, you might want to slow down. Take frequent breaks and sip on cool water. Stand near a fan or the AC vent to cool down. Also avoid strenuous exercise. If you are running, decrease your speed to sweat less.
6. Apply stronger antiperspirant products
Apply a stronger antiperspirant than normal to the underarm area to curb excess sweating. Repeat application of the product twice a day. You can use aluminum chloride in ethyl alcohol or scented medicated powders to curb excess sweat. Drysol, Odaban, and Maxim are some strong antiperspirants that can be applied to problem areas after drying the skin completely.
7. Take frequent baths
This might not stop you from sweating, but it can prevent body odor. In summers, bathe twice a day to feel fresher.
8. Change undershirts frequently
Carry extra undershirts if excess sweat causes dark patches in the underarm region. You can also use underarm sweat absorbing pads to absorb the moisture and keep your clothing devoid of dark patches. Wearing dark/black clothing can also help though it may not be the best idea in the heat.
9. Wear loose clothing
Tight restrictive clothing tends to make you sweat more profusely. So wear loose, baggy shirts/tops/blouses. This is a simple trick to sweat less in heat.
10. Use prescription medicines
If the remedies and methods to sweat less naturally do not show results, talk to your doctor about oral medicines which can keep you dry. Some doctors also recommend injections. However, many of these medicines come with side effects like blurry vision and dry mouth.
11. Curb stress
Stress, anxiety and tension can all cause profuse sweating. To curb stress, meditate or do yoga. Your doctor can also suggest bio feedback or psychotherapy to curb stress and sweating.
12. Eat healthy, drink more fluids
A healthy, well balanced, protein rich diet is very important to sweat less during exercise. Add fiber to the diet to stay regular and throw out toxins. Also drink lot of water because without water, the blood gets thick and the body has to work harder to circulate it leading to excess sweat.
13. Use herbs
Herbal remedies to stop sweating won’t work instantly- you need to use them for at least 2 weeks to see results. Two of the most effective herbal remedies to stop excess sweating on face, hands and underarms are Sage and St. John’s Wort. You can steep these herbs into a hot tea and drink 2-3 cups a day. St. John’s Wort pills are also available. Talk to an experienced herbalist about the dosage.
14. Detox from time to time
Every 4 weeks, do a 48 hour detox. Go on a juice only or water only fast. This will remove all the toxins from the body and curb excess sweating.
A surgical option to stop excessive sweating is also available. The surgeon will remove excess sweat glands from the underarms. This is a permanent though painful and expensive method to curb sweating.
Hypnotherapy can be used to stop excess sweating on the face and head. An expert hypnotherapist will give you suggestions to calm your mind or put you in a trance to make you believe you will not sweat. The more you believe in the method; the better will be your chances at success.
17. Keep sweaty friends around you!
Keep sweaty friends around you so that you do not are not the odd one out! This easy way will not stop you from sweating profusely but it will help you feel more comfortable at social events!
Finally, take it easy. Life is meant to be fun. Follow the above easy ways to balance your health and control stress. Have fun in the process and soon you will find yourself sweating a lot less!