Some people produce so little underarm sweat that they don’t even use deodorant, while others sweat through every antiperspirant they use, even in the cold winter. There are many factors that contribute to how much you sweat, including hormones, genetics, and, of course, temperature and physical activity. While you cannot control many of those factors, you can help manage the sweat you do produce. Follow these tips to help keep underarm sweat in check.
1. Make Sure You Are Not Just Using Deodorant
Before you proceed with anything else, check the label of the product you use under your arms to ensure it says the word “antiperspirant” and not just “deodorant”. Some products are labeled with both words, which is fine as well. Although the term “deodorant’ is often used casually to refer to both products, they work very differently. Essentially, deodorant only helps mask the odor of the sweat your underarms produce and kill some bacteria under your arms.
Deodorant does not block your underarm sweat glands and keep them from producing sweat like antiperspirants do. I use lady speed stick as a preferred choice.
2. Try Prescription-strength Antiperspirants
Prescription-strength antiperspirants contain a stronger ingredient that controls sweating than typical antiperspirants. They typically contain aluminum chloride, which is similar to the active ingredients in other antiperspirants, but more effective. They are not just labeled “prescription strength” as a gimmick; some countries really do require a prescription to obtain them.
These very strong antiperspirants can cause underarm dryness and irritation, so it is important to start with a lower strength, like a 12-percent aluminum chloride product, then work your way up to the strongest, which contains 20-percent aluminum chloride, until you find one that helps you.
These antiperspirants should never be put on directly after showering, as this can make them even more irritating. It is best to apply them before bed at night for this reason. Some people just cannot tolerate the strong active ingredient in them and develop red, sore, underarms. If this happens, then unfortunately you will have to try something else to manage your sweat.
3. Consider Underarm Botox
If a prescription-strength antiperspirant sounds too harsh for your delicate skin, or if you already tried it and it didn’t work for you, then underarm Botox can be a great option. Unlike the daily application and underarm moisturizing you must do with the strong antiperspirant, you only need to obtain Botox injections in your underarms every several months with no maintenance in-between sessions.
Time between sessions varies from person to person, but most people only need injections twice a year to keep sweat away.
Botox works differently on your underarms than it does when used to get rid of facial wrinkles, so you don’t have to worry about stiff underarm skin or any other strange side effects. When used for underarm sweat, Botox does not stop muscle movements like it does in the face. Instead, it keeps nerves from sending signals to your underarms that “tell” them to produce sweat. You can learn more about the Botox option at a local clinic.
If you sweat too much, then follow these tips to help manage your problem. You don’t have to live a life of constantly wet underarms and the discomfort and embarrassment that comes with them.