Sweating is a natural process of the body and occurs to cool our bodies down. It is a fact of life that when we are hot, we sweat. The moisture our bodies produce then evaporates in order to cool us down.
While sweating is a perfectly natural part of life, many people find that they sweat much more than others and end up with very noticeable stains and patches. If this is the case, below are some options to help reduce how much you sweat.
1. Apply Antiperspirant Before Going to Bed
Remember, deodorant and antiperspirants are different. Deodorants simply mask the smell your body produces, while antiperspirants work by actually blocking the sweat ducts in our bodies. Purchase an antiperspirant and use it before going to bed. This allows the ingredients the time it takes to effectively block the sweat ducts.
2. Avoid Problem Foods
If you are out somewhere and are trying to avoid sweating, then you will definitely want to avoid spicy meals. Spicy foods cause our bodies to react the same way they would if they were in the sun- by sweating to cool down. Even caffeine can stimulate the adrenal glands and cause excess sweat.
3. Choose Breathable Fabrics
Always try to wear light, breathable fabrics that have good ventilation. Lighter colored clothing also reflects the sunlight rather than absorb it, making it a good choice when you are outside. If you have to wear a dark color, look for patterns that will hide any excess sweating you may experience.
4. Stay Cool
While this may seem obvious, staying cool is the best way to avoid excess sweating. During hot days, keep all blinds and curtains drawn to keep the sun out. Put a large bowl of ice in front of your fan or air conditioner to circulate even more cold air. Stay under shade if you have to be out in the hot sun. Wear large hats out in the sun to keep some shade on your face.
5. Purchase Prescription Antiperspirant
Your doctor may prescribe you a prescription antiperspirant if you have tried over-the-counter brands that do not stop excessive sweating. Talk to your doctor to find out what is available in your area.
6. Ask About Oral Medications
Your doctor may even consider prescribing an oral medication that blocks the chemicals that permit certain nerves from “speaking” to one another, which will then help reduce the amount that you sweat. You may experience some side effects while on this medication, such as blurred vision, dry mouth, and bladder problems, so speak with your doctor to see if the benefits will outweigh the possible risks.
7. Botox Injections
Consider Botox injections if your excessive sweating is causing social concerns like self-confidence or low self-esteem. Botox can temporarily block the nerves in your body responsible for sweating. Injections typically last anywhere from six months to a year depending on the patient.
8. Try Relaxation Techniques
If you deal with a lot of anxiety, this could be the cause of excessive sweating. Talk to a doctor about different relaxation techniques to help with anxiety. Some techniques can include deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
9. Consider Laser Treatment
If nothing else works, there are different laser treatments like miraDry that will permanently reduce sweating. Miradry patients have seen up to a 92% decrease after just three treatments.
Seattle Skin & Laser can help if you are experiencing excessive sweating. While it is completely natural, we understand that you may be uncomfortable with the amount that you sweat. Dr. Kean B. Lawlor, along with his extensive medical team, can offer you solutions that work. Contact Seattle Skin & Laser at (206) 525-1168 or by filling out an online form to see what the professionals can do for you today.