Tips on How to Stop Sweating

In this article I will describe some of the best tips I know on how to stop sweating.

How to Stop SweatingPlease understand that these tips aren’t going to work for everyone because there are many reasons why you may be suffering from excessive sweating. If you have had the condition for some time or you feel your sweating is extreme then the first thing you should do is talk to your preferred medical practitioner.

But if you one of the majority of sufferers of excessive sweating who is embarrassed about the large sweat patches under your arms, or you are terrified of shaking hands because of your sweaty palms then check out these tips on how to stop sweating.

Tip #1 – Relax!

Excessive sweating is a terrible vicious cycle. You sweat a little which makes you embarrassed, anxious and tense. Your tension and anxiety then makes you sweat a little more… And so the cycle continues until your clothes are saturated.

Now, think about a time when you didn’t sweat so much. Chances are you were in a relaxed state of mind. You were probably alone or with a loved one, away from the social anxiety that your sweating causes. At these times it didn’t matter whether you sweated or not. Who would care?

So it is logical to say that the most powerful strategy for how to stop sweating is simply to not care.

By mastering the psychological aspects of your excessive sweating you will considerably reduce the severity of your condition. And by using some excessive sweating control strategies it is much easier than you think.

Here is an example of how this might work:

You are in the car on your way to the office. Usually this is one of your most anxious times because you are worried about the sweat marks building up on your business shirt before you have even arrived at the office. But today, instead of wearing your business shirt, you are wearing a t–shirt. You think to yourself “who cares if I sweat right now? – I’ll be putting on my clean business shirt once I arrive at the office.” Immediately you will feel more relaxed and as a result you will reduce your sweating.

Now, you may be sceptical because the example above only deals with one small situation but in a very realistic and pragmatic way you can manage your entire day using a variety of control strategies.

And remember that the key is not the specific control strategy you use; it is the reduction in your stress and anxiety levels that will ultimately reduce your excessive sweating.

Tip #2 – What not to wear

When you first start to apply control strategies to manage your excessive sweating it is important to become sensitive to things that reduce your sweating and things that exacerbate your condition.

Important examples are the clothes you wear and antiperspirant products that you apply. You should always experiment to find what works best for you but here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Choose clothes made from breathable natural fibres. Avoid wearing man-made materials such as nylon directly next to your skin.
  • Pick clothes in styles that are most comfortable for you. Ignore all advice about what you should wear – just pick items from your wardrobe that work best for you personally.
  • Choose a good antiperspirant product. Make sure the label says antiperspirant – and not just deodorant. Experiment with different brands and see if any improve your condition.
  • Try wearing dress shields. In the short term, choose disposable ones and carry a few spares with you.

Tip #3 – Be prepared

Carrying a few key items with you is probably the best thing you can do to immediately reduce your anxiety and, as a result, reduce your excessive sweating. I recommend the following items:

  • A spare shirt or blouse.
  • A spare pair of socks or tights.
  • Some disposable dress shields.
  • Some moist wipes to maintain your hygiene and help to cool you down.
  • A can or bottle of antiperspirant.

Ideally you with have these items on-hand at all times. You can read more about how I used this strategy in my article on how I beat my excessive underarm sweating.

What to do next?

I hope these tips inspire you to take some action. Each and every one will, to some extent, help to reduce or stop excessive sweating.

Remember there is currently no miracle solution to this condition so your best bet is to do lots of these small things that together will make a big difference in your life.

If you need more detailed guidance be sure to check out my excessive sweating product review section. There you will find some great resources on how to stop sweating.

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151 Gizzy January 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

Hey ppl before I used to sweat a little bit then I travelled to my country then I didn’t drink water, maybe I used to drink 1 glass in a week,I used to do that every week then when I came back from my country I started sweating too much even it smells and am embrassed all the time so one day I asked my mother I told her that I sweat too much? And she told me to drink 7 to 9 glasses of water and I start drinking the water after two days I didn’t sweat at all maybe I sweat a lil bit when I work very hard after a week I stopped drinking water and it came back so take my advise try to drink 8 glasses of water in a day.

152 CodySimpsonsBoy January 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Hey guys
If u suffer from sweaty palms and feet theres nothing that works for me I am I teenage girl and my palms are always soaked in sweat I feel embarrassed because when I wanna hold hands with my boyfriend I make exuses not to. Also in gym class we have to dance in partners and my hands are really sweaty and every ody makes fun of me…… If there is anything you guys know about how I can fix this please email me

153 yy January 14, 2012 at 8:35 am

try lucas pawpaw oinment, it really work for me

154 josh January 16, 2012 at 4:25 am

Hello guys,
I think i have hyperhidrosis, but I am not sure because, i don’t sweat when i am at home, I sweat from my armpit, chest, feet, and hands, it is terrible, I start sweating when i am out, I am nervous when i am out for why i don’t know, guys don’t be worry that nobody sweat like you in your class in your friend etc.. I also can’t find person in my school like me who sweats too much, but i find out why I can’t find, cuz everyone is trying to hide wet armpits, wear black, white clothes etc.
I have classmate he is my friend I told him about my problem, that i sweat to much, and wonder, he told me that he has same problem i was like what you have excessive sweating problem? cuz I am looking my classmate in armpits often and havn’t seen wet marks and I have never notice wet mark on that guy, he told me his feet gets wet, and he sweats when he gets nervous, he is very free don’t thinks don;t takes care about it and i can only notice little wet marks armpit on that guy when he is at desk, but after he sits at chair it fast gets dry,
so guys don’t be nervous, find out what makes you nervous and try to be calm down
sweating ruins my life, i told about it to my parents, (I am 16 year old i notice wet mark 2 years ago) but they say it’s normal O_O , mother told when my father was yung he had same problem but now sweating just gone O_O, i hope it happens to me also, in my country there arn’t good doctors, i know they will say me same as my parents, so I hope one day there will appear correct, good, easy, cheap way to prevent excess sweating.
i have tried certain dri 1 month ago I think it only just helps to don’t sweat as much as before, yes it helps alot but not as well as I excepted

sometimes I think and dream how my life would be without this problem, I can hand out with friends in summer, huge my friends ehh
and I don’t want to have girlfriend

FUCK YOU hyperhidrosis

155 betty7609 January 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

hi, i’m a lady aged 40 and I’ve had the sweaty pits problem for years so it’s not just a puberty thing.
i think mine is anxiety too.
i often stay home as i can keep tops dry longer [up to 4 days] as opposed to going out even to the local shops and BAM, sweaty wet and i have to wash again when i get back. worse thing of it is, the sweat smells like a person who hurt me for many years and this adds to my problem. i know nobody can help me with that, but thought i’d add it to illustrate how far this problem goes. it gets psychological too.
i dare not ask a guy out either, as i am too self conscious of my problem.
[not that there is any talent worth the interest round here]

if i don’t wash fast enough in the mornings i get sweaty to the elbows and of course the top is dumped in the bath for soaking in soda crystals].
i am currently on a Nivea anti perspirant deodorant. Heard of a thing called Perspirex costing £8 for a small roll on thing but I won’t pay that much. Besides, as someone else posted I think they cause breast cancer.
we can’t seem to win. :(
But I shall try not to think anxiously as I note that from previous posts as well.
Meditation might help us? It helps to calm you, and maybe by maintaining a level of calm we can cheat by avoiding spending £££ the deodorants advertised?

Good luck everyone!

Betty 7609 [sweaty betty]

156 khadeejah January 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm


157 I hate sweat January 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

hey guys :(
Im 14 at high school in England and I sweat A LOT!
Someone told me ’sweatblock’ was good, has anyone used it?
Thanks x

158 sarah February 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

the one thing i try to avoid is color if you wear black it helps. i thought you only sweat when you exercise or something but i would just start to sweat and i get so mad and stressed. i need help. i tried staying away from antiperspirant, but it doesnt help. its weird though, i dont sweat alot at church or a resturant but i do at school. i try going to the doctor and asking but she said it was nothing… WELL ITS SOMETHING!!!! im 13 and a very troubled person. i hope this wont go on 4ever. :( everyone stares at me. at least im not the only 1. it helps me and it makes me feel better and it lowers my self esteem.

159 vasilis February 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I’m cursed too.. lol If it has outside -30°C my armpits will be wet. I am 26 now and i remember having this problem since sixth grade. I wanna say that smoking making things worse for me. Let’s say 20-30% larger stains :D it’s a very big problem and i’m sick of watching my armpits every half an hour. Now i use an antiperspirant for exsessive sweating which called MAXIM. It has aluminium chloride 15%. It does work, but is itchy and it stings at night and many times you can’t even sleep because it bother you! I imagine people who use products with aluminium chloride 20% are heroes!!! I hope one day to solve our huge/stupid problem cause i’m really losing my confidence..

160 Destiny February 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Ok so I’m 13 and I’ve had hyperhidrosis sense last year in the 6th grade and I can’t raise my hand in class to ask for help (reason for bad grades) and I see all of the kids in my class and in my school who can wave their arms in the air and no sweat that’s what I look at when people put there arms up lol to see for sweat. I want my life to go back to the way it was in elementary because I had high self confidence I was so energetic and going to more places when I was younger but now I can’t do nothing. I used various amounts of thing Vinegr, lemon juice, tomato juice (I Even bathe in tomato juice) Certain Dri, Degree clinical protection, arm and hammer deodorant, baking soda but no results nothing works for me. They say eat fruits, drink water, eat less spicy food and salty foods, and less pop, and that’s what I did drank 8 glasses a day ate fruit and vegetables and stopped drinking pop. I mean I pray about it and I wish about it. But is there any thing else I can try

161 Samantha February 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

I am 12 and I have been suffering from this for quite some time. I have tried every deodorant and all the home remidies but nothing works! I told my mom but she says everyone sweats and that this is normal. She also told me my dad had a sweating problem and I heard you could inherit this from family. I also heard that dinking caffeine could cause you to sweat more so I didn’t drink as much caffeine as I did and it has helped some. I recently tried using baby oil and it has worked like a charm. I reccomend using baby oil because it has worked for me. If it doesn’t work for you then try to drink more water like I did. I hope this workd for you guys!!!

162 Anna March 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

Hi Samantha!
I’m 12 too!
But in my case its different cause I take a shower 2 times daily, so I don’t sweat in my armpits. But what’s REALLY bothering me since FOREVER was my issue with sweaty palms. It’s giving me a hard time coping with my social life and its VERY embarrassing when you come to hold/shake someone’s hand. CAN ANYONE HELP ME?
I don’t want to use any of the prescribed junk. I just want it to go away without any harm done to me!
Thanks :)

163 Izzie March 5, 2012 at 1:39 am

hello ive been reading the comments and i feel alot better about myself now :) haha i dont think anybody would bother to read this but i wanna tell someone so yeah itll make me feel better hopefully :) haha i think i was born with hyperhidrosis my sister would never hold onto my hands when i was little cause it would always be wet. she hated holding my hands and i cant blame her i hate it 10 times more than she hated it. my sisters used to make fun of me how when i grow up and get a boyfriend the boyfriend would be like eeewww ur hands are sweaty and all and i didnt really cared about it that much cause i was still small. but now that i think of it its really gross and i wondered if ill ever get accepted by a guy casue of my wet hands. going to high school was hell i couldnt understand why i just cant be normal and stop sweating!!! ive had tears through the years of high school wondering why me!! i still cry about it now. i thought why isnt my friends like that why do i get sweat patches and stains why why why?? ive questioned myself alot and thought the world wasnt fair to me but at least its not a life threatening disease so that made me feel better. but its a life ruining disease and really puts ur self confidence and self esteem down in the dump!!! im in year 10 now and we have this dancing assessment where you have to dance for a whole term while holding hands!!! everytime i hear the word dancing i would sweat like crazy cause im so so so scared!!!! scared that someone will make fun of me and i would feel extremely embarassed!!!! i seriously feel like dying !!!! and cause its summer that just makes everything a whole lot worse!!!! i had to dance with girl instead of guys and i could see the other girls whispering and pointing at me and made me feel super embarassed i felt like hiding and just dissappearing !! i dont want people to know!!! its gross and embarassing i just dont know how im gonna live with this for the rest of my life!!! i can never wear all those pretty clothes that girls wear i cant wear flats, thongs or sandels at all !!! i tried to calm myself but every single time someone touches my hands itll start to swaet and ill tell myslef not to think about it but it just makes it worse!!!! i wanna hold hands hug people and raise my hands up with full confidence and no fear but unfirtunately that can never happen in my world that i live in!!! :( if you did read this i fully appreciate it it feels so good to tell other people who feels the same way XD much love <3 btw live life max!!!!

164 kella March 17, 2012 at 1:35 am

Hey. Im ella. Im 15 and I sweat alot specially on my underarms. Everytime I wear colored shirts my sweat marks exist and it really is noticeable. Im so shy to raise my hands . Good thing there are shirts where my sweat marks are not noticeable but there are only few of them. I just hope I know how can I stop sweating even not totally stop but to lesser the way sweat comes out on my armpits.Because even if I use antiperspirant deodorants It doesnt work. please help. I hope you can email me tips. thankyou and Godbless.

165 Leah Gazzana April 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I tell you what works for me, but many work places etc dont allow them…are buffs…its a headscarf that sucks up the sweat. I swear I sweat substantially less all over if I wear one of these. All of the above suggestions are awesome. However they dont really work for me…I move an inch and I sweat…profusely mostly on my back and my head. I start nursing clinicals in the fall and I fear I will have to shear off my long locks to help keep me cool…

166 Paul June 11, 2012 at 3:06 am

A solution I use and have used for years is BOTOX for my underarms – botox works instantly by the very next day the sweating has stopped and lasts for approx five to six months. I have the treatment twice a year. It’s thebest solution and works.

167 amy August 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

hi there am 24yrs old and a single mum to 3.
i have had this sweat underarms goin on for a long time and its getting me dawn.
i have seen all the comments on here now and going to try some of them.its only today i have started drinking i will update in about a week to let every one no if it works or not.
i hope something dus work and so i can pass it on to other people..
thank you amy x

168 hayley September 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

hi. im 34 and have had this problem for about 3yrs. i am constantly makeing excuses not to go out any where with anyone as i suffer from extreme facial sweating. or from my scalp. my hair is constantly soaking . its so embarassing. NO1 understands. they just say … oh ure fine… when im sooo not. its ruined my life.. especially hoovering/cleaning then its even worse. even walking short distances its so humilating. even ifs its freezing outside its still the same. when shopping i normally gotta run out to acoid ppl stareing …. any1 know how to reduce it or amazinly stop this..?? as without this problem my life would be so much better :(

169 CHRIS March 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

please see your doctor for a prescription for hyperhidrosis,painful to use but well worth it.botox also helps if you can afford it and now i beleive they have laser therapy ….no need to have life governed by sweat my friends

170 Leperachaun April 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Ok, I’m 13, turning 14 in about a month and this stinks. I sweat, but it doesn’t drip or anything, just makes unbearable pit stains! I love wearing Hollister and Abercrombie, but I can only wear dark colors! I don’t know if this is just ‘growing up’ or what, but can someone help?
The thing is, it only happens at school (unless I’m seriously running around or working out alot) But I know it’s not anxiety or anything (I have many friends, guy I like likes me back, teachers love me, I have great grades, etc) yet there’s no solution!
I am going to ask my mom for a stronger deoderant (even though I use one made for sporty people, which I’m not, and I apply it about three times a day on gym days because I sweat through it by gym. Which is just 90+ minutes after my homeroom, and I sweat it off again by the time gym’s over) The boys in my class, whom are constantly running, jumping, etc all over the place sweat less than me!
Also, not sure if this affects anything, but I am sorta highly mildly ADHD and don’t really severly sweat any where else. I just want to be able to sit in class, raise my hand to answer a question, and NOT feel like every is looking at me in disgust. So, can anyone help? I can’t order any books or crud, I’m still technically a child (teenager I guess) so drugs and such are limited and rather unwanted. Herbal/do it yourself home remedies that worked for anyone?!? I am so beyond done with this whole ’sweating more than the football players during a game … while I’m just casually walking’ thing. Please help me!

171 Ivanm April 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

hi guys, here someone wrote about the problem. i wish it would help all of you, will change your life -!

I bought this book and it didn’t help at all but I hope it helps you! My computer won’t let me open the file anymore, but the main point of the book was to use a loofah and scrub under the underarms in the shower every night. Like I said, this didn’t really help at all, and made my underarms raw and painful.
I’m 17, so I’ve been dealing with excessive sweating for a long time (since 6th grade). I don’t know if you know, but excessive sweating is called hyperhydrosis. I like knowing a name for it because it makes me feel more as if it’s something I can’t help…A LOT of people are affected by hyperhydrosis.
I’m not sure what solutions you’ve tried, but something to look into would be CertainDri. There’s a night and morning version of it. I have the night version, which is a roll-on substance that you put on before going to sleep. CertainDri shrinks the sweat pores and it works really well. Sometimes, with certain people, after using it for too long, it stops being as effective, but what I do is I use it in intervals, so I’ll use it for a month or so, go a month without it, then go another month with it, and so on. Also, my sweating has stopped being so bad, I think it may be just something that can be grown out of. There are also other ointments that can be put on. I’m sure if you search around your local pharmacy, you’ll find some other ones…
There is always the option of surgically removing the sweat glands in the underarm, but that’s a very last resort because a lot of compensating sweating occurs, like in the feet or back or breasts (if you’re a girl..).
Believe me, I know how much the sweating sucks, it really, really freaking does. But, trust me when I say, you’re not the only one with it. I don’t know how many times a day I see people raise their arms and have pit stains. And people that make fun of people with it are just ignorant and I’m sure they have some sort of embarrassing trait that they wouldn’t want any one to see…so, I know it’s hard, but don’t stress too hard about it.
Good luck! I hope things work for you :)

172 Georgia May 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm

omg this is me. except on my hands.. I can’t make it stop it’s so annoying!!! I can’t even hold my boyfriends hand):

173 Faye May 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I’m 12… And it happens at school…. Where I cannot control it! I hate it! No matter how hot/cold it is I have sweat ALL over my pits, I almost always have a sweatshirt on unless I have a ‘big’ shirt on or a sports shirt of some kind because my arm pits ALWAYS have stains! It’s soooo embarrassing! And I’m 12! The last thing I need with growing up and being bullied all the time is just one more thing to get bullied by! Arm pit stains! It’s rediculious! I sure hope your tips help me! Thanks!(:

174 someone May 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

hi i am 12 years old and in 7th grade i am not revealing my name online but i sweat to much i would never sweat last year it started in october when i got my first boyfriend all of a sudden i was stressed because this girl would make up lies about us and try to break us up and since them i have been nervous in front of people stressed out and scared and sometimes i get bullied so that is even worse because on monday i wore a pair of jordans and this boy made fun of me but all he wears is polo boots and i was sweating excecivly and i cant stop it and you can see it through alll of my shirts and jackets and it wont stop so i always have to keep my jacket on even when its hot and it is so embarrising and i dont know how to stop it i dont like talking to people because i am shy and i have adhd and it is very hard for me to get by in life with this it never happened till the boy i was in love with came along and he broke my heart and went to the girl i was talking about and i cant tell my mom about anything at all cause i get in trouble and i certainly dont want to tell her about this can someone please help me???????????? I dont know what to do please help me?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

175 Aarohi July 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

hi my name is Aarohi(19)
iam sweating a lot….
After sweating a bad smell is coming from my body. All of my family members are laughing.I have had this sweat underarms goin on for a long time and its getting me dawn. When i give explanation on the board i can’t move my hands up because of my lots of sweat….
Some body please help me to control my and bad smell………

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