“How to sweat less? What should I do, what should I try or what should I change in order to reduce the amount and frequency of sweat secretion from my face and/or body?” In this type of questions we try to help you in this magazine article Dynamic woman. We will share with you some tips that will probably help you either a little or a lot.
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First, let’s point out that sweat is a normal function of our body.
No matter how annoying it can be at times, no matter how unpleasant or awkward it puts us, it is important to keep in mind that sweat is a completely normal activity of the human body. It is a healthy reaction either to the difference between internal and external temperature or to the mechanism of stress that occurs in humans.
Also, let’s say that there seem to be two types of sweat: eccrine and apocrine.
Eccrine sweat is small drops of water that are released from the skin, on the face and body. This happens when the outside temperature in the environment exceeds 36 degrees Celsius, which is the normal temperature inside the average person. And when we say external temperature, we are not only referring to the temperature of the environment or the space in which we are. But also where the temperature varies on the outer layer of the skin of each area. This automatically means that, e.g. a t-shirt that hugs the body can create a higher temperature than (for example) 20 degrees Celsius that the atmosphere has.
Apocrine sweat, on the other hand, usually occurs in the armpits, palms, forehead, and soles of the feet. It’s about the… sweat of stress, if we can call it that simplistically. It seems to be denser, more associated with bad breath, and mostly caused by stress. After all, stress is not a vague psychological phenomenon. Rather, it is an eminently physical phenomenon that sets in motion an entire mechanism within our bodies. Part of this neurophysiological mechanism that is mobilized in stressful situations is also the secretion of sweat in the above areas.
So how do I sweat less?
Having read these two important points first, we think there are some self-explanatory answers to your “how to sweat less” question. You must make sure that the temperature outside the body does not exceed the temperature inside the body. This includes the temperature of the room, the space, the environment, but also how it is absorbed by your skin (see e.g. clothes).
When it comes to stress, it would be naive to tell you not to stress so you don’t sweat! First of all, the stress mechanism is demonstrably useful for humans, so it must be mobilized. Unless it is chronically hyperactive, in which case we are talking about chronic, dysfunctional anxiety, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, etc. Secondly, it is not possible for a normal person not to be stressed at all, and even more so not to be stressed because we told them the magic advice “don’t be stressed!” And thirdly, we don’t think it’s possible for anyone not to stress just because they don’t want to sweat.
Therefore, our advice here is that in potentially stressful situations you can think that it is better to keep your balance as otherwise you will have to endure the sweat that follows your stress.
Antiperspirant products: when to use them
Using a commercial antiperspirant product may be necessary to reduce the frequency and amount of your sweat. And specifically the sweat that has to do with the temperature difference. Chances are you already have an antiperspirant in your cupboard. Either in the form of a cream, spray or roll-on. In fact, in fact, we don’t think that the form of the product and any change would help you in relation to the problem of “how to sweat less”.
But do you know when to use antiperspirant? The right time is the one that would probably help you! So dermatologists recommend putting on the antiperspirant just before going to bed for the night. And to repeat its application the morning after, as soon as we wake up. Due to the relaxation of the body during night’s sleep, the skin is kept dry and this has the effect of absorbing the ingredients of the product even better.
You can try baking soda on sensitive areas.
A healthy alternative to commercial antiperspirant is baking soda. Its application has been suggested in general in areas where sweating occurs, but also especially in sensitive areas. For example, in the chest. In them, it not only prevents the secretion of sweat, but also acts preventively in terms of any irritations. Because it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
For sweat on the head and feet
There are two more specialized solutions to the “how to sweat less” you’re wondering. In particular, choose a shampoo that is dry type if your scalp sweats easily and a lot. Also, for foot sweat, you can try a product that contains miconazole and it may help with both fungal odors and sweat that makes your feet slippery.
Water and water again!
Pouring water on your body or individually on areas that you usually sweat (whether you already sweat or anticipate that you are about to sweat) is definitely a good solution. Cool water lowers the body’s temperature and, as a result, stops the sweat-secreting activity of the relevant glands. Many times, it is enough to cool your feet or soles with water instead of showering your whole body.
Sage may help you with the “how to sweat less” concern.
Sage contains B vitamins which, among other things, can reduce excessive sweating. It also contains magnesium, which limits the activity of the sweat glands.
You can drink a decoction of sage up to 3 times a day, which will even have a slimming effect. As long as you don’t add honey or other sweetening substances to it, it won’t even be calorific. You can make it and drink it hot on cold days and nights of the year. Or make it warm and wait to eat it when it cools during the hot seasons of the year.
In addition, limit alcohol, smoking and coffee.
These are three habits that often coexist or two of them coexist. If you want to know how to sweat less, you just have to take them into consideration.
More specifically, alcohol worsens sweating, since it causes an increase in the body’s internal temperature. Caffeine acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system, facilitating the activation of the sweat glands. And the nicotine contained in cigarettes binds to the nicotinic receptors of nerve cells in the brain, leading to an increase in the levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter (or, simply put, a chemical substance) whose actions include the stimulation of sweat glands.
As you understand, reduced amounts of these in your body also result in reduced sweating.
Finally, see what is true with botox injections and generally with the dermatologist.
If the problem of excessive sweating has tired you, if you constantly ask yourself “how can I sweat less?”, if none of the above or other things you have tried have no effect, then surely a visit to a dermatologist is considered imperative.
Hyperhidrosis, which is a pathological cause of excessive sweating, can only be diagnosed by a qualified professional. And he or she will guide you on what to do. Possibly, to recommend that you take high strength antiperspirants. Perhaps, it has motivated you to do laser hair removal in some areas, which often results in the reduction of the activity of the sweat glands. Finally, it is possible that he will urge you to get botox injections, since botox can drastically disable their function.
In any case, remember that sweat is not only an appearance thing, which may cause you an unpleasant feeling here and there and make you look for solutions for “how to sweat less?”. On the contrary, it is a physiological mechanism, a function that man naturally carries with him. And solutions can be found if you look for them calmly, without hasty decisions, but consistently.