Do you constantly find yourself sinking like Atlantis in a sea of your sweat? When someone says ‘sweatshop’, does it relate more to your life condition than fast fashion? Do you leave the house with a change of clothes, even if you’re just going ’round the corner to the grocery store?
If your response to the above is a resounding yes, you, my friend, are sweating the small stuff, the big stuff and everything between – and there’s a tough-to-spell name for it: it’s called hyperhidrosis.
The condition means your whole body – or certain ‘sweat-spots’ like your palms, feet, armpits, face and chest – are tormented by constant perspiration. Of course, this isn’t a life-threatening condition. Many before you have sweat buckets and survived to tell the soggy tale. But being in constant fear of soaking your clothes from doing tasks big or small isn’t the most comfortable situation to be in. As a woman, the pressure to be sweet-smelling and have on a perfect face of makeup certainly isn’t helped by your body’s incessant need to expel its juices.
So, what can you do to part the Sweaty Sea and fight four million glands staging a mutiny? To begin with, you need to figure out what strain of hyperhidrosis you’ve got. Primary hyperhidrosis makes you perspire overtime without any apparent reason (because, you know, the universe can be cruel like that). What that means is your eccrine sweat glands are a little more earnest and hardworking than you’d like, so when you’re feeling emo or dancing at the club, or even thinking about the cringe-worthy drunk text you sent that night, you break into a profuse puddle o’ pain. Fortunately, there’s plenty of non-surgical treatments for your problem, from prescription-strength antiperspirants and botox injections for clammy underarms to oral meds or electric current treatment (iontophoresis).
If it’s secondary hyperhidrosis, that means your sweating isn’t the problem, but a symptom of the problem. Unlike the former, this one might cause you to sweat in your sleep due to a medical condition, or due to the medication you might be taking for that condition. If you’re pregnant, menopausal or diabetic, suffer from hyperthyroidism, obesity or a variety of other illnesses, these could be the source of your sweatiness. A trip to the doctor is all you need to sort out your sogginess.
Once you’ve received a proper medical diagnosis, there are several strategies you can implement to keep those dirty droplets at bay:
- Make sure to use an antiperspirant that contains aluminium chloride. The compound acts as a plug, corking your sweat glands. Use that antiperspirant at night, when sweat production is at its lowest, allowing for the ingredients to do a deep dive before your glands wake up. If it’s not that serious, options roll-on deos like Nivea Fresh Natural Anti Perspirant Roll-On Deodorant or Cinthol Women's Deo Stick – Spark will do the job.
- If you have an important event coming up like a date or meeting, avoid caffeine or spices, which stimulate sweat-producing neurotransmitters.
- Anxiety and stress are also huge causes of sweating. Take time out to channel your inner chi with breathing exercises and other relaxing activities.
- Your armpits aren’t the only hell pits! Swipe antiperspirant on other sweat-prone areas of your body too, apart from your face and groin area.
- Skip hot drinks for water (8 glasses worth) but if you have to, go for sage tea, a powerful natural astringent proven to help curb perspiration. Try Seer Secrets White Sage & Pomegranate Flower Tisane Herbal Tea.
- Tomatoes and grapes cool your body internally, preventing overheating. Other natural remedies like baking soda and lemon juice applied to your underarms will also help neutralize any nasty smells.
- Switch your regular soap or shower gel with an anti-bacterial option like Dettol Original Soap.
Now that you know what you need to do, wipe that sweat off your brow, go forth and prosper, not perspire.