Sweating can be a problem for most of as at some point. You can guarantee if you have an interview, or go to take that dinner jacket of you’ll be wearing that light coloured shirt that’ll uncover the truth that everyone suspects – you really are a sweaty monster!
For some people sweating is more of a problem that the occasional situation mentioned above. Anxiety, nervousness and stress can trigger excessive perspiration meaning socialising can be made more difficult. For some people this can result in loss of confidence.
Scroll down to the bottom of this article if you just want to see the products we recommend in order of effectiveness (depending on heavily you perspire) but first we’ll go through why we sweat and why some people sweat more than others.
Causes of excessive sweating
Mammals produce sweat from sweat glands for the purpose of thermo-regulation. All that basically means is that humans produce sweat in an attempt to cool us down. Think about when you get out of the shower it feels colder, right? That’s because air passing over the water droplets on your skin causes them to evaporate and this has a cooling effect. The fancy term that describes heavy or excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis.
What is Body Odour or “BO”
It’s not actually the sweat itself that smells, sweat is odourless. There are a couple of types of glands that produce sweat but the ones under the arm pits, around the feet and genitals produce sweat that contains more organic compounds in than that of the sweat produced on the forearm for example.
In areas like the armpit, which is moist and humid bacteria can thrive. The organic compounds in the sweat feed the bacteria and the breakdown of these compounds cause the unpleasant smell.
Whats the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?
Deodorants make you smell nice but don’t actually do anything to prevent the sweating. Anti-persperants have chemicals in the that reduce the amount of sweat you produce AND smell nice.
The treatments over view
From simple product to surgery there are more options available now than ever before to help you stop or stem excessive sweating.
- Special Anti Perspirants - There are a number of brands of anti-perspirant that contain the chemical compound Aluminium Chloride. It is thought after a number of applications (overnight) the compound blocks the pores and create a barrier against sweat. Highly effective treatment to try in the first instance. We recommend Odaban spray or driclor roll on depending on your preferred method of application.
- Iontophoresis – This treatment involves putting your hands and feet in water and a small electrical current is passed through it. It is thought that over 6 or 7 treatment the pores in your skin start to close up.
- Botox – This wrinkle banisher can also block the release of sweat-triggering acetylcholine in your armpits, as well as your hands.
- Surgery – There is a percedure that can remove the sweat glands from under the skin however this doesn’t go with out risk. Always use surgery as a last resort.
Help to stop sweating excessively
- Shower frequently
- Use an anti bacterial soap
- Always wear fresh clothes
- Avoid very spicy food
- Cut down your caffeine intake
- Use an anti-perspirant NOT just deodorant
- Loose weight
- Avoid clothes made with man-made fibres such as Lycra® and nylon
- Use products such as those mentioned below
Best sweating at night time product
Cooling pillows help with a number of things and don’t just have to be used on your head. A great tip is to put them on your feet when you’re hot in bed as the sensation of cold feet appears to cool down the whole body. Being cool at night helps you get a deeper more relaxing sleep. These colling pillows are also great when you go abroad and a bonus is that they don’t need any refrigeration!
Best sweat shields
Sweat Shields are designed to stop sweat from under your arms reaching your clothing by putting a physical barrier in its way.
We find that Purax pads yield the best results but they actually stick to your skin. Great if you are a swimmer and shave but limiting if you have hair.
An alternative is sweat shields by Axilla. They adhere to the garment itself and not to your skin.
Anti sweat shirts
Incorporating smart weave technology these shirts draw sweat away from the outside of the shirt.
Moisture absorbing insole
By containing the odour the bacteria on your feet produce in combination with sweat these will help keep your feet dry all day long.
Anti-persperant spray and roll-on
There are a number of good Aluminium Chloride based anti-persperants available on the market today and we’ve list the best 2 depending on what application method you prefer.
Odaban is a very effective spray anti-perperant. This is what it says on the tin:
Driclor on the other hand is ideal if you prefer a roll on compared to a spray.
For advice in greater detail, specialists sites are available such as hyperhidrosisuk.co.uk